2019 Systems Engineering and Project Management to Realize Large and Complicated Systems

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Graduate major in Engineering Sciences and Design
Shimazu Keiko  Sakamoto Hiraku 
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Course description and aims

Large and complex systems should be often constructed for the achievement of objectives (missions) in space explorations, space development applications, and other projects. The same situation is true 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. This lecture focuses on practical uses of SE/PM; it involves hands-on activities using nano-satellite development kit, and model-based SE (MBSE) using sysML.

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 (SE), project management (PM), model-based systems engineering (MBSE)

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. Nano-satellite systems are taken as an example of complex system, and their hardware/software is used to study practical SE/PM. The participants are divided into teams, and each team proposes a space project using a nano-satellite. There will be English-speaking teams and Japanese-speaking teams.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Systems Engineering overview Assigned in the lecture.
Class 2 Nano-satellite systems 1 Assigned in the lecture.
Class 3 Nano-satellite systems 2 Assigned in the lecture.
Class 4 Vee-model, Life cycle model, Model-based Systems Engineering Assigned in the lecture.
Class 5 User model and Function model (context analysis) Assigned in the lecture.
Class 6 Function model and Physical model (static/dynamic) Assigned in the lecture.
Class 7 Risk management exercise Assigned in the lecture.
Class 8 Project acceptance review Assigned in the lecture.
Class 9 (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

The grading is based on group points (contents of project proposal), and individual points (contribution to the group, lecture attendance, and report submission).

Related courses

  • MEC.M332 : Space Systems Design Project
  • MEC.M432 : Practical Space Engineering Project
  • GEG.T503 : Introduction to Systems Engineering

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

Preferable if a student has some experience in project participation, such as satellite development, RoboCon, or Engineering Design Project (EDP).

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