Tools and Methodologies for Designing Systems (SYS 510)


Offering semester:
Fall 2018


MWF 9:30-10:20am WALC 3090

Buede, Dennis M. and William D. Miller. 2016. The Engineering Design of Systems: Models and Methods, Third Edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Course description:

Introduction to modeling tools and methods for designing engineered systems. Topics include: defining the design problem; defining and validating stakeholders’ and system
requirements; discrete mathematics for system modeling; defining and modeling system operational scenarios; the system development life cycle; defining and modeling
functional, physical, and allocated architectures; evaluating and modeling the tradeoffs between alternative architectures; and defining the system qualification process.

Course goals:

The purpose of the course is to:
1. emphasize patterns of systems thinking,
2. introduce systems engineering processes and methods,
3. introduce theory for model-based systems engineering, and
4. provide practice in using model-based systems engineering tools.

Learning objectives:
SYS 510 Flyer

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. apply the discrete mathematics concepts of set theory, relations and functions, and
graph theory to characterize and analyze the functional and structural aspects of
models for designing engineered systems,
2. critique different approaches for system development life cycles and for systems
engineering processes,
3. define an engineered system’s context,
4. define and critique a functional model of a system development life cycle using a
model-based systems engineering tool,
5. define and critique models of the functional architecture of an engineered system
using a model-based systems engineering tool,
6. define a system’s stakeholders and define formal system I/O requirements,
7. define models of the physical architecture of an engineered system using a modelbased
systems engineering tool,
8. apply an option creation technique to generate alternative physical architectures
9. define an allocated architecture of an engineered system using a model-based
systems engineering tool,
10. define the relationship of stakeholders’ requirements to design trade-off objectives,
11. flow down a formal system I/O requirement,
12. understand alternative graphical modeling approaches for data modeling, process
modeling, and behavior modeling
13. define and model uncertainty, value, and risk preference for evaluating design
tradeoffs between alternative system architectures,
14. review and evaluate models of the interfaces of an engineered system using a
model-based systems engineering tool,
15. critique a functional model of early validation using a model-based systems
engineering tool, and
16. define a qualification requirement for a formal system I/O requirement

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