University of Colorado Boulder

The Need for Systems Engineering

This course is part of Introduction to Systems Engineering Specialization

Taught in English

William Van Atten

Instructor: William Van Atten

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  • Define systems engineering and the systems engineering approach

  • Describe a system and identify the phases of a system’s development life cycle

  • Assess the application of systems engineering throughout the life cycle of a system

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There are 5 modules in this course

Welcome the the first week of "The Need for Systems Engineering". This week, we will define what we mean when we say system, a system of systems, and systems engineering. We will draw from publicly available systems engineering handbooks used by NASA and the Department of Defense (DoD) to identify the role system engineering serves in complex engineering processes, the interdisciplinary role of a systems engineer, and the lifecycle of a system.

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9 videos3 readings3 quizzes1 discussion prompt

In this module, we will examine how complex system design program is initiated based on establishing a need. It is best to study how the needed capability is currently provided and why this leaves a capability gap. We will then proceed with defining the system by writing requirements as well as identifying its functions.

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7 videos4 readings1 quiz2 peer reviews

In this module, we will examine two space craft accidents and how Systems Engineering could have potentially been used to avoid the mishap.

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2 videos2 readings2 quizzes

There is an important symbiotic relationship between Systems Engineering and Test Engineering. Those two disciplines often report to the same functional manager because they are so tightly coupled. This module will introduce some important test considerations.

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5 videos3 readings2 quizzes

In this module, we will reflect back on the topics that have been covered during the first Module of this Specialization on Systems Engineering by highlighting a few of the main concepts. I will introduce you to the topic of Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and conclude by explaining how Systems Engineering is put to use in a large, complex design effort.

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3 videos3 readings1 quiz

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William Van Atten
University of Colorado Boulder
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