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Systems Engineering Course by TONEX

Learn Systems Engineering by Project – The Leading Systems Engineering Course Focusing on Architecture – A Three Day Course

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The Center for Enterprise Architecture (EA) at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) has received a donation valued at $6.7 million from Tonex, a company that provides training and consulting services to a wide variety of industries. The donations will support curricular development in the field of enterprise architecture at IST.


Course Content

System Analysis and Design Process

  • Systems Engineering Requirements Specifications
  • Understanding and Defining User Requirements
  • Performing a Function Process
  • Developing and Selecting a Systems Architecture
  • Software and Hardware Architecture
  • Defining, Controlling, and Managing Interfaces
  • Performing System Design and Development
  • Defining and Managing System Performance Parameters
  • Defining and Managing Systems Reliability Parameters
  • Alternative Models
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Optimization in Design and Operations
  • Queuing Theory and Analysis
  • Control Concepts and Techniques
  • Reliability and Maintainability
  • Usability (Human Factors)
  • Supportability (Serviceability)
  • Producibility and Disposability
  • Design for Affordability (Life-Cycle Cost)


Requirements Engineering

  • Capturing Source Requirements
  • Define/Derive/Refine Functional/Performance Requirements
  • Requirements Allocation and Traceability
  • Development of Spec Tree and Specifications
  • System and Subsystem Requirements
  • System Functional Requirements
  • System Operational Requirements
  • System Performance Requirements
  • Writing Specifications
  • Specifications (A spec/B spec, product specifications)
  • Test Requirements
  • Communication Techniques for Eliciting Requirements
  • Stakeholder involvement
  • Defining valid and meaningful needs
  • Technical reviews
  • Stakeholder feedback on the needs being collected
  • Prioritization of the needs
  • ConOps to System Requirements (generic)


System Architecture Synthesis

  • Define/Refine System Element Alternatives
  • Synthesize Multiple System Architectures
  • Select Preferred System Architecture/Element Solution
  • Define/Refine/Integrate System Physical Configuration
  • Case Study and Example
  • Design Constraints
  • Technical Design Constraints
  • High-Speed Navigation
  • Practical Design Constraints
  • Economic
  • Environmental
  • Sustainability
  • Manufacturability
  • Health and Safety
  • Software Design16
  • Software Functionality
  • Test Certification


System Design and Development

  • Conceptual Design
  • Interface Design (Physical Interfaces, User Interfaces)
  • Models and Simulations (includes Prototypes)
  • System Concept (candidate concepts and selected concept)
  • System Preliminary Design
  • System Functional Architecture
  • System Physical Architecture
  • System/Subsystem Detailed Design (hardware/software)
  • Validated System Model (Design Validation)
  • Systems Engineering Method (Requirements Analysis, Functional Definition, Physical Definition, and Design Validation)
  • System Design Evaluation Criteria and Method (includes Contractor Design Evaluation)
  • Test Plans, Procedures, and Methods (Demonstration, Inspection, Testing, and Analysis)
  • System Design Reviews


Integrating, Testing, and Evaluating the System

  • Test and evaluation plans and procedures
  • The Test Construct
  • Deriving test objectives and requirements
  • Test methods (demonstration, analysis, inspection, and test),
  • Developmental T&E
  • Operational T&E
  • Operational Capability Assessments
  • Test maturity
  • The “illities”


Integrating, Testing, and Evaluating the System

  • Test Plans
  • Test Procedures
  • User Acceptance Testing
  • Requirements Verification Matrix
  • Traceability to user requirements (Validation against ConOps)
  • Traceability to system requirements (Verification against System Specs)
  • Verification (Functional, Non-Functional, and Interface requirements)
  • Validation (ConOps)
  • System Integration
  • Standards and Policies


System Verification and Validation (V&V)

  • Verification [Sub-system and system level verification]
  • The Verification process
  • Inputs
  • Concept of Operations
  • System and Sub-system Requirements
  • Design Specifications
  • Integration Plan [optional]
  • Deployment Strategy [optional]
  • Control
  • Project Plan/Systems Engineering Management Plan [SEMP]
  • Configuration Management Plan
  • Verification Enablers
  • Verification Process Activities
  • System/Software Verification Overview
  • System Validation
  • Description of System Validation
  • System Validation Process
  • The system’s owner and stakeholders
  • Objective of System Validation
  • Assessment of the operational system
  • Needs of system’s owner and stakeholders
  • Validation process three primary activities
  • Planning
  • Stakeholder involvement
  • The plan
  • Validation Master Plan
  • Systems Engineering Management Plan [SEMP]
  • Validation strategy
  • Perform validation
  • System acceptance
  • Planning & strategy and the assessment results


System Project Management

  • System Engineering of Complex Systems
  • Effective systems engineering
  • Engineering management
  • Project definition
  • Work breakdown
  • Estimating
  • Resource planning
  • Critical path development
  • Scheduling
  • Project monitoring and control
  • Scope management
  • Cost, Schedule, Resources and Tasks
  • Cost and Schedule
  • Cost/benefit Analysis
  • Critical Path Method Analysis
  • Market Research Analysis
  • Proposal Development (RFPs)
  • Resource Allocation
  • Task Definitions
  • Statement of Work (SOW)
  • Project Management Skills in SE
  • Project Management skills applied to systems engineering
  • Integration Management
  • Scope Management
  • Quality Management
  • Time Management
  • Cost Management
  • Risk Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Procurement Management
  • Communications Management
  • Systems Engineering Project Management
  • Personal Time Management
  • Formal Scheduling and Resource Allocation
  • Planning, tasking, and controlling complex task structures


Cost, Schedule, Resources and Tasks

  • Cost and Schedule
  • Cost/benefit Analysis
  • Critical Path Method Analysis
  • Market Research Analysis
  • Proposal Development (RFPs)
  • Information for Bid (IFB)
  • Resource Allocation
  • Task Definitions
  • Statement of Work (SOW)
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Communication skills
  • Writing, speaking, listening and computer literacy
  • Data base design capture
  • Simulation based design capture
  • Optimizing design capture


Synthesis and creativity skills

  • Separating real and preconceived constraints
  • Synthesis and abstraction skills
  • Creativity can be learned
  • Creative problem solving


Team building

  • Resources
  • Building small teams
  • Leadership and formal team building
  • Creating hierarchies of product teams


Process skills

  • Work breakdown structures/risk management
  • Life cycle models
  • Planning the life cycle
  • Planning product architecture
  • Control of the life cycle
  • Task controls
  • Complex program control systems
  • Maturity and capability of a given process
  • Integrated product and process team approaches
  • Design model verification
  • Capability assessment of education efforts to enhance


Overview of Tools used in the Engineering of Complex Systems

  • Tools to capture and manage requirements
  • Definition of problems and alternative solutions
  • Analysis of functions and systems
  • Requirement development
  • Generation of alternatives
  • Description and analysis of alternatives
  • Documentation and communication
  • Decision making
  • Specifications


Integration of Specialty Engineering

  • Integration of Engineering Specialties Required to Create Systems
  • Operational/Engineering Needs
  • Hardware Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Human Factors With Emphasis on the Human Computer Interface
  • Reliability, Maintainability and Availability
  • Integrated Logistics Support
  • Quality Assurance
  • Safety Engineering and Other Specialties


Reliability Engineering

  • New tools in reliability engineering principles
  • How operations can improve reliability of their processes
  • How to influence improvements in availability
  • How someone can assist in reducing process failures
  • Calculate the cost of unreliability for making business decisions to attack problems of unreliability
  • Reliability tools helpful for providing supporting evidence during root cause analysis failure investigations
  • Reliability tools and techniques helpful for understanding failure data
  • How to make business decisions, based on the failure data
  • Justify making equipment more reliable
  • Root Cause Failure Analysis
  • Error Control Coding (ECC) Fundamentals
  • Related Case Studies and Projects


Technical Quality Assurance

  • Quality Procedures
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Process Engineering (Standards) including Risks, Processes, Problems and Standards
  • Software Engineering Institute (SEI) System Engineering and Software Development Capability Maturity Models (CMMs)
  • ISO 9000 policy
  • IEEE standards
  • Malcolm Baldrige, SEI CMM®, SEI PMM, ISO 9000 (9001), and SPICE
  • Workshops


Working with Bad and Good Requirements

  • What are the bad requirements?
  • What are the good requirements?
  • How do you concert bad requirements to good requirements?

Workshop 1

  • Evaluation of good and poor requirements in the project (group project)
  • Requirements constructs
  • Group presentations and discussions

Workshop 2- Classifying requirements as functional or design

Workshop 3- Working with SOW and Specifications

  • Incorporating top level design information into a specification written as requirements
  • Develop a clear definition of SOW and Specification
  • Analyzing pitfalls when subcontracting out complex designs

Workshop 4 – Writing a functionally oriented specification vs a design oriented specification f

  • Analysis of Conops document
  • Analysis of Design
  • Analysis of Test plans/procedures
  • Workshop 5 : Reviews and Technology and Manufacturing Readiness
  • Purpose and Structure of Reviews
  • Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA)
  • Technology Readiness Levels
  • Manufacturing Readiness Assessment (MRA)
  • Manufacturing Readiness Levels
  • Best Practices and Examples of Reviews

Workshop 6: Working with Systems Engineering Process: The ‘V’ Diagram

  • Design and Specification
  • Manufacture Parts
  • Integrate and Test
  • Feasibility Study/Concept Exploration
  • Acquisition and Supply (Defining Needs)
  • Systems Engineering Technical Management
  • Concept of Operations (ConOps)
  • Requirements Definition Process
  • Functional Analysis/Allocation
  • System Design
  • Conceptual System Design and Development
  • Preliminary System Design and Development
  • High Level Design: System Architecture Synthesis
  • Developing a Systems Architecture
  • Detail Design and Development
  • Verification and Validation Testing
  • Integration
  • Technical Reviews and Audits
  • Role of Configuration Management
  • Risk Management Methodology


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