2016 Systems Engineering and Project Management to Realize Large and Complicated Systems

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Graduate major in Engineering Sciences and Design
Oda Mitsushige  Sakamoto Hiraku 
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Course description and aims

Large and complex systems should be often constructed for the achievement of objectives (missions) for space explorations, space development applications, and other projects. The same situation is true even for international cooperation projects and resource development projects. This lecture teaches "systems engineering (SE)" and “project management (PM)”, which are applicable during the development of new huge and complex systems. It aims at clarifying what systems and how they should be developed, and how the systems should be operated.

Student learning outcomes

The student will be able to use SE&PM methodologies in their own projects, such as a robot design course at Tokyo Tech, or the development of large systems after their graduation, when they become professional engineers.


Large and complex system developments, systems engineering, project management

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Course materials are given as handouts and projected on the screen during lectures.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 What are missions/projects? Assigned in the lecture.
Class 2 Mission requirement analysis Assigned in the lecture.
Class 3 Validation for requirements Assigned in the lecture.
Class 4 (Group exercises) Assigned in the lecture.
Class 5 System’s feasibility Assigned in the lecture.
Class 6 Management of tasks, costs, and schedule Assigned in the lecture.
Class 7 Making project management plan Assigned in the lecture.
Class 8 (Group exercises) Assigned in the lecture.
Class 9 Technology Readiness Level (TRL) and making development plan Assigned in the lecture.
Class 10 Reliability management Assigned in the lecture.
Class 11 System integration and verification for requirement specifications Assigned in the lecture.
Class 12 (Group exercises) Assigned in the lecture.
Class 13 Configuration management Assigned in the lecture.
Class 14 Risk management Assigned in the lecture.
Class 15 (Group exercises) Assigned in the lecture.


Handouts will be given in lectures

Reference books, course materials, etc.

NASA's Systems Engineering Handbook

Assessment criteria and methods

Based on the levels of understanding of course contents.

Related courses

  • MEC.M332 : Space Systems Design Project
  • MEC.M432 : Practical Space Engineering Project

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Preferable if student has some experience on project participation, such as satellite development or RoboCon.

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