System of Systems Certificate -- Curriculum 132

The Department of Systems Engineering offers a four-course academic certificate in System of Systems (SoS) that enables students to apply systems engineering in defense acquisition and system lifecycle support.  SoS is an important area in the practice of systems engineering, requiring the skills necessary to translate capability objectives, analyze component system relationships, assess performance to capabilities, evolve SoS architectures, monitor change, address requirements and solution options, and orchestrate upgrades.  This program is targeted for mid- and upper-level engineers working in or in support of the Defense Acquisition System but has great benefit for all who seek further knowledge in the theory and practice of systems engineering.

Requirement for Entry

– Undergraduate degree with minimum 2.2 grade point average. 

Prerequisite

Successful completion of System Engineering Certificate (282) or approval of academic associate.

Outcomes

SPECIALIZATION: Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the principles, technologies, and systems used in at least one major specialty area. These areas can be specific warfare areas, such as combat systems, total ship systems, EW, IW, avionics, undersea warfare, or net-centric systems, a single traditional engineering specialty, such as mechanical, electrical, software, aerospace engineering, or naval architecture, or specialized disciplines such as human factors, availability, or safety. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the scientific and engineering principles of the respective specialty, such as sensors, weapons, C4I systems, information systems, ship structures, hydrodynamics, power systems, and reliability. Demonstrate broad understanding of systems context of the specialization. Apply that understanding to the design of system components, sub-systems, and interfaces in the holistic context of the engineering of systems.

Typical Course of Study

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE3411System of Systems Program Definition and Concept Development

3

2

Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE3910System Evolution and Technology Assessment

4

0

Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE4930Model-Based Systems Engineering

3

2

Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE4950System of Systems Engineering

4

0