2021 Introduction to Systems Engineering

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Graduate major in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society
Akita Daisuke 
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Course description and aims

In modern society, due to increasing large and complex social environments and problems, the importance of viewing things from a broader perspective as "systems" is increasing. In other words, simply combining optimal factors does not necessarily produce an optimal outcome. This course introduces the basic concepts of interdisciplinary design and management framework needed to satisfy demands and the needs of stakeholders, and successfully implement systems. This course is comprised of understanding basic concepts of Systems Engineering as well as practical exercises for simple, real problems. In team projects, students gain experience with practical system design, creating proposals, and managing them.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to understand the basic concepts of Systems Engineering and how to apply some of its basic methods to a simple but actual project addressing complicated real-world problems.


System, Design, Project, Evaluation, Management, Safety

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The students should read designated pages of references before coming to the class.
The students must give short presentations about the assignment of the previous class at the beginning of each class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction (What is a system? What is Systems Engineering?) Investigate a failed system.
Class 2 Systems Engineering Process and Project Lifecycle Assume a system development project and apply a Systems Engineering Process to it.
Class 3 Requirements Definition Process in System Design Process Apply the mission requirements definition and system requirement analysis to your project.
Class 4 Architecture Design in System Design Process Apply the architecture design to your project.
Class 5 System Realization Process and Management Process Assume a project and apply Earned Value Management to it.
Class 6 Team Project Prepare for the team presentation and review.
Class 7 Team Presentation and Review

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

NASA Systems Engineering Handbook (NASA/SP-2007-6105)
INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook (INCOSE-TP-2003-002-03.2.2)
Handouts will be provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Achievement of student learning outcomes will be evaluated by assignments at each session (50%) and final team presentations and review (50%).

Related courses

  • GEG.P501 : Concept Designing
  • TSE.C303 : Project Management
  • ESD.D506 : Application of Systems Engineering

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

No prerequisites.

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