Tools and Methodologies for Designing Systems


Credit Hours:


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.
F2019 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, i.e., calculus and perhaps some probability. A Windows operating system is necessary to use the modeling tools.

Applied / Theory:

70 / 30

Web Address:


Homework assignments will be exercises that are presented as part of the class lectures, completed as individuals and must be submitted via the class Brightspace 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.
Tentative: REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Buede, Dennis M. and William D. Milelr. 2016. The Engineering Design of Systems: Models and Methods, 3rd Edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Note: Available as free eBook through Purdue Libraries.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd Minimum Requirements

ProEd Minimum Requirements: