Systems Engineering Processes and Professional Competencies

This course covers life cycle processes performed by systems engineers and soft skills essential to being a successful systems engineer. Topics include systems engineering technical processes, technical management processes, organizational strategies and operations supporting system development, tailoring of processes to industry sectors and domains, cross-cutting systems engineering methods, specialty engineering, systems engineering competencies, and relevant soft skills.

SYS59000

Credit Hours:

3

Learning Objective:

By the end of the course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify the organization, content, and key principles of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook
  2. Critique primary literature on systems engineering practices and competencies and apply it to the practice of systems engineering
  3. Synthesize systems engineering life cycle processes and competencies to create tailored applications of the concepts for an industry or organization
  4. Identify key components of INCOSE systems engineering certification and create a certification application
  5. Create a professional development plan through self-assessment of systems engineering professional competencies

Description:

This course covers life cycle processes performed by systems engineers and soft skills essential to being a successful systems engineer. Topics include systems engineering technical processes, technical management processes, organizational strategies and operations supporting system development, tailoring of processes to industry sectors and domains, cross-cutting systems engineering methods, specialty engineering, systems engineering competencies, and relevant soft skills.

Spring 2024 Syllabus

Topics Covered:

  1. INCOSE Certification, Systems Engineering Overview, and Life Cycle Concepts
  2. Concept Definition and System Definition
  3. System Realization and System Deployment & Use
  4. Specialty Engineering
  5. Technical Management, Agreement, and Organizational Strategy & Operations
  6. Application of Systems Engineering and Cross-cutting Methods
  7. Systems Engineering Competency Framework
  8. Professional Competencies and Soft Skills

Web Address:

https://purdue.brightspace.com

 

Homework:

There will be Peer Assignments based on primary source material. Instructions for each assignment will be provided in the Circuit platform, and you will submit your assignment and also participate in self and peer reviews withing the Circuit platform. It is very important to remain aware of the due dates for each phase of the Peer Assignments. If you miss any due date, you will be unable to proceed to the subsequent phases of the assignment and will receive a score of zero for the assignment.

Exams:

Short quizzes will be used to asses your understanding of the material for each module. Students will have one attempt to complete each quiz, and 20 minutes to complete each quiz.

ICOSE Certification Exam Equivalency:

Achieving a course grade of 85% or higher will waive the requirement to take the INCOSE CSEP/ASEP exam. Purdue will provide a list of students to INCOSE who have earned equivalency after course completion. Note that you will still have to apply for ASEP or CSEP and pay the application fee via the INCOSE certification process (see Certification Program Overview)

Textbooks:

Required:

  • INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook Fourth Edition (SEH4E). A PDF version of this handbook will be downloaded by students from the INCOSE Store after they have registered as an Associate Member of INCOSE under Purdue's Corporate Advisory Board membership. Hard copy versions of the handbook will be available for purchase at a discount using a discount code from the INCOSE Store. Details and directions for registering with INCOSE will be provided in Brightspace.
  • INCOSE Systems Engineering Competency Framework (ISECF). A PDF version of this handbook will be downloaded by students from the INCOSE Store