Systems Capability & Design Certificate -- Curriculum 131

The Department of Systems Engineering offers a four-course academic certificate in Systems Capability & Design (SCD) that enables students to apply systems engineering in defense acquisition and system lifecycle support.  Practicing systems engineers need technical and management competence with statistical operational analysis, requirements and capability engineering, lifecycle cost management and application of architecture models in technical and programmatic decision-making. 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.

Entry Requirement:

Undergraduate engineering, science or technical degree with a minimum 2.2 grade point average and at least one calculus course. 


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


CAPABILITY ENGINEERING: Model and analyze military operations in order to identify capability needs and derive system requirements. Use modeling and simulation to analyze the operational effectiveness and performance of existing systems, emerging technological concepts, and planned systems. Consider the joint warfighter environment, technology readiness levels, effectiveness, cost, and risk in the analysis. Select the appropriate modeling tools to include back-of-the-envelope spreadsheet modeling, analytical modeling, discrete-event simulation, and continuous simulation modeling. Analyze cost and perform suitability analysis considering the entire life cycle.

SYSTEM DESIGN: Understand and apply the system design process in a holistic context, applying and integrating methods for both software and hardware aspects including identifying capability need, defining requirements, conducting functional analysis and allocation to hardware, software, and human elements, creating a system functional design, designing a system, deriving and defining requirement specifications, allocating requirement specifications to sub-systems (for hardware, software, and human elements), design for suitability, including reliability, availability, maintainability, operability, and logistical supportability, perform system assessment by conducting trade-off studies, evaluating system design alternatives against system capability need expressed as military effectiveness, estimating and analyzing the system cost and risk, including risk mitigation strategies, integrating human elements into the system design, and analyzing and planning for system testing and evaluation.

Typical Course of Study

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OS3180Probability and Statistics for Systems Engineering



Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE3250Capability Engineering



Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE3011Engineering Economics and Cost Estimation



Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE4150Systems Architecting and Design