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Systems Engineering Processes and Professional Competencies


Credit Hours:


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


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.

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


Applied / Theory:

Web Address:


INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook Fourth Edition (SEH4E)
INCOSE Systems Engineering Competency Framework (ISECF)

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