Systems Engineering Management Capstone Certificate -- Curriculum 170

The Department of Systems Engineering offers a four-course academic Systems Engineering Management Capstone (SEMC) certificate that enables students to apply systems engineering management in defense acquisition and system lifecycle support.  SEMC provide students the opportunity to demonstrate they can understand complex problems, propose rational solutions, analyze and recommend the best solution, and communicate the results. The capstone experience is the final synthesis of Systems Engineering Management education.  Students bring together the principles they have practiced in other SEM certificate programs to real-world national security problems posed by DoD sponsors. 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 and the implementation of sound systems engineering management principles within an organization.

Requirements for Entry

– Undergraduate degree with minimum 2.2 grade point average.

Prerequisites

–Successful completion of System Engineering Certificate (282) plus Systems Integrated Development Certificate (171) plus a SE or SEM Specialty Domain Certificate or approval of academic associate.

Outcomes

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Work as a team member or leader on a military systems engineering project. Demonstrate an understanding of project management principles. Demonstrate competence in the planning and management of complex projects. Understand the principles of and apply current industry approaches and technology to manage systems design, integration, test, and evaluation for large engineering projects.

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.

SYSTEM INTEGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT: Apply the core skills of system integration and development to include integrating relevant technological disciplines that bear on the system effectiveness and cost. Understand system realization methods and processes necessary to transition from design to production, including prototyping, design for producibility, and production methods.

ENGINEERING DESIGN ANALYSIS: Understand and apply core qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze and select hardware and software system designs. Methods should include problem formulation, alternatives development, alternatives modeling and evaluation, alternatives comparison, optimization, decision analysis, failure analysis, risk analysis, and futures analysis.

Typical Course of Study

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE4353Risk Analysis and Management for Engineering Systems

3

2

Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE4420Modeling and Simulation in Acquisition II

2

0

Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE3211Systems Engineering Management Capstone I

2

4

Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE3212Systems Engineering Management Capstone II

2

4

This certificate program is targeted for students who have completed three other certificates (SE fundamentals, SEM Core, SE or SEM Specialty Domain) and want to fulfill all the requirements for a MS in Systems Engineering Management degree.  When students apply for this fourth SEM certificate, they will also need to apply for the 711 SE Non-Resident Master's Degree program.