Engineering Professional Education

Tools and Methodologies for Designing Systems


Fall 2017

Days/Time: MWF / 3:30-4:20 pm
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
The purpose of the course is to 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 a model-based systems engineering tool.

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.
F2017 Syllabus

Topics Covered:
Introduction to Systems Engineering; Overview of the Systems Engineering Design Process; Modeling and SysML Modeling; Discrete Mathematics: Sets, Relations, and Functions; Graphs and Directed Graphs (Digraphs); Requirements and Defining the Design Problem; Functional Architecture Development; Physical Architecture Development; Allocated Architecture Development; Decision Analysis for Design Trades; Interface Design; Graphical Modeling Techniques; Integration and Qualification.

Students are assumed to have completed some college-level mathematics. They will be asked to do elementary proofs and solve problems related to sets, graphs, and probability and decision trees. A Windows operating system is necessary to use the modeling tools.

Applied/Theory: 70/30

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Homework assignments will be exercises that are presented as part of the class lectures, completed as individuals and must be submitted via the class Blackboard site.

There will be no projects.

There will be no exams.

Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
Buede, Dennis M. and William D. Miller. 2016. The Engineering Design of Systems: Models and Methods, Third Edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. ISBN:9781119027904

Computer Requirements:
ProEd Minimum Requirements. A Windows operating system is necessary to use the modeling tools.

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Other Requirements:
The first assignment will provide instructions for installing two Windows-based software modeling tools.


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Charles Robert Kenley



Purdue University
School of Industrial Engineering
West Lafayette, IN 47907

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