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SYST 490: SENIOR CAPSTONE DESIGN - FALL 2012

SYLLABUS

August, 2012

First semester of a two semester capstone course in Systems Engineering program. Students apply knowledge they have gained to a complex real-world problem in a group project. During the first semester, students perform concept definition and requirements analysis. A Project Plan for carrying out the project is developed, culminating in a proposal presented to faculty at end of semester.

Course Objectives:

  • Provide students the opportunity to apply and synthesize knowledge and skills they have gained in the SEOR program to real-world problems
  • Prepare students for the professional environment.

Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing the course, students will be have demonstrated:

  • Project Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Problem Identification and Definition
  • Requirements Elicitation, Requirements Definition
  • Value Hierarchy/Utility Theory
  • Simulation
  • Modeling
  • Design of Experiments
  • Data Analysis
  • Testing, Verification and Validation
  • Problem Solving
  • Team Building
  • Communication
  • Technical Report and Proposal Writing
  • Poster Preparation
  • Conference Paper Preparation
  • Time Cards and Weekly Accomplishment Summaries
  • Professionalism under adversity

Instructor:  Dr. Lance Sherry 
Contact Info: lsherry@gmu.edu,  703-993-1711
Class Location:  Planetary Hall Room 124 (Donohue Senior Design Lab: Engineering Building, Room 2211)
Class Day: Monday and Wednesdays 9am
Office Hours:  Wednesdays 1:00-3:00pm or by appointment

Textbook: The Goal, Goldratt. North River Press,MA. ISBN 088427-061-0
"PROGRESS is any action that takes you one step closer to YOUR GOAL. Do you know what YOUR GOAL is?"

Week Date Course Plan and Handouts Homework
1 08/27 Course Overview
System Engineering Design and (Tradeoff) Analysis for Complex, Adpative Systems: A Process and Deliverable Map

Framework: Context, Stakeholder, Needs Analysis
Slide Show Senior Design Final Presentations Fall 2011
Prepared by Rosana Stoica

ESG

08/29 Case Study #1 Trade-off Analysis of Regenerative Power Source for Long Duration Loitering Airship HW#1 Critical Reading Hardcopy Due Wed 9/05

Project Kick-off Assignments from Team Leads. Individual Assignment Hardcopy Due Wed 9/24
2
09/03 Labor Day (No class) Read "The Goal"
09/05 Case Study #2 Assessment of Soccer Referee Proficiency in Time-Sensitive Decision-Making--> HW#2 Critical Reading Due Wed 9/10
3 09/10 Case Study #3 Design and Analysis of a Sustainable Oyster Aquaculture Business for the West and Rhode Rivers HW#3 Critical Reading Due Wed 9/12
09/12 Lecture: Professor Donohue
The Engineering Laws We Live By - Chap 1
The Engineering Laws We Live By - Chap 2

4 09/17 Customer Meeting/Research (No Class)
Time Sheets Due Time Sheet
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due Weekly Accomplishment Summary
09/19 Customer Meeting/Research (No Class)
5 09/24 Customer Meeting/Research
10 Minute Progress Report (Mandatory) - Donohue Senior Design Lab
Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
09/26 Customer Meeting/Research (No Class)

6 10/01 Project Briefing #1 - Planetary Hall 124 9am PRELIM Project Plan due (1) Presentation, (2) Report: Context Analysis (prelim), Stakeholder Analysis (prelim), Problem Statement, Needs Statement, Proposed Solutions/Alternates, Simulation Design (prelim), WBS and Budget

Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
10/03 Project Briefing #1 - Planetary Hall 124 9am
7 10/8
10/09
Columbus Day (No class)
Customer Meeting/Team Research (ROQA, Grav-Surv, Green Buildings, Sports Analytics) - Donohue Senior Design Lab
Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
10/10 Customer Meeting/Team Research (Optional) - Donohue Senior Design Lab
8 10/15 Customer Meeting/Team Research (Optional) - Donohue Senior Design Lab Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due

10/17 Mid Term Exam - Planetary Hall 124 9am
Topics: SED&TA Process, Describe Class Projects, Theory of Constraints/The Goal, Systems Thinking Problems, Fundamental Engineering Principles (used in class projects)
FINAL Project Plan Due
360 Degree Evaluation
9 10/22 Project Briefing #2 - Planetary Hall 124 9am Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
10/24 Project Briefing #2 - Planetary Hall 124 9am
10 10/29 Project Briefing #2 - Planetary Hall 124 9am Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
10/31 Project Briefing #2 - Planetary Hall 124 9am
11 11/05 Project Briefing #2 - Planetary Hall 124 9am Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
11/07 Dry Run Final Presentation - Planetary Hall 124 9am
12 11/12 Dry Run Final Presentation - Planetary Hall 124 9am Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
11/14 Dry Run Final Presentation - Planetary Hall 124 9am
13 11/19 Dry Run Final Presentation - Planetary Hall 124 9am Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
11/21 No Class
14 11/26 Dry Run Final Presentation - Planetary Hall 124 9am Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
11/28 Dry Run Final Presentation - Planetary Hall 124 9am
Faculty Presentations FRIDAY Nov 30
Faculty Presentation Evaluation Form
15 12/03 Class Meets to Review Faculty Questions/Comments and Student Response

Submit one hard-copy and an electronic copy of each:
Proposal Final Reports Due
Proposal Final Report Slides Due
Draft Conference Paper Due
Draft Poster Due
Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
Senior Design Poster Template
IEEE Conference Paper Senior Design Template
12/05 Written Final Exam (3 - 4:15pm)
Topics: SED&TA Process, Describe Class Projects, Systems Thinking Problems, Fundamental Engineering Principles (used in class projects)
Final Exam Solutions for Q1

* Dates all tentative, subject to change without notice.

Important Dates & Links:
  1. SIEDS Conference April 26, 2012
  2. SIEDS Abstracts due Feb tbd (*Abstract must be approved by Instructor prior to submittal), March tbd Notification, April tbd Completed Manuscript (*Paper must be approved by Instructor prior to submittal)
  3. General Donald R. Keith Memorial Cadet Capstone Conference May tbd (7:30am), 2012
  4. General Donald R. Keith Memorial Cadet Capstone Conference Registration before April tbd(*Papers must be approved by Instructor prior to submittal)
Deliverables:
  1. Individual Time Cards (hard copy due Monday before class)
  2. Individual Accomplishment Summary (hard copy due Monday before class) [Accomplishments, Issues, Plans for Next Week]
  3. 360 degree team evaluations
  4. Preliminary Project Plan  (Oct 3)
  5. Briefings (paper copy due in class prior to briefing)
  6. Proposal Presentation (Dec 2)
  7. Proposal Final Report (Dec 5)
  8. Draft Conference Paper (Dec 5)
  9. Draft Poster (Dec 5)
Content of Briefings and Reports
  • Project Briefing #1: Context, Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Proposed Solutions, Method Analysis/Simulation, Project Plan/Budget
  • Project Briefing #2: Method Analysis/Simulation & Design of Experiment
  • Final Reports: Context, Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Proposed Solution, Method Analysis/Simulation, Design of Experiment, Prelim Results, Project Plan/Budget
Grades:
  • Quizzes 10%
  • Mid-term Exam 10%
  • Final Exam 10%
  • Deliverables (8) 60%
  • Professionalism 10%
Deliverables handed in late by the next class will be penalized 50%. Deliverables handed in after that will receive 0%. No exceptions.

Grading Scale:
  • A    93%    Exceptional in all respects
  • A-    90%    Excellent, shows clear understanding of concepts and application of ideas
  • B+    88%    Very good, shows basic understanding of concepts and application of ideas
  • B    83%    Good, shows acceptable understanding, baseline for undergraduate work
  • B-    80%    Adequate, shows acceptable understanding, but with deficiencies
  • C+    78%    Weak, but minimally meets requirements
  • C    70%    Very weak, but minimally meets requirements
  • D    60%    Misses several requirements, but not to the point of being considered failing
All grades are final
Academic Honesty:
Honor Code strictly enforced.
Suspected violations will be reported


System Engineers need experience in a wide-range of subjects. One way to get experience is live a long time and work on many projects. A short-cut is to READ. Here are a list of books recommended for System Engineers that include topics we will discuss in class.
THE SOUL OF A NEW MACHINE (Tracy Kidder)
ANGLE OF ATTACK: Harrison Storms and the Race to the Moon (Mike Gray)
OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS (Malcolm Gladwell)
THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Malcolm Gladwell)
WHAT THE DOG SAW (Malcolm Gladwell)
CHAOS (James Gleick)
THE DESIGN OF EVERYDAY THINGS (Don Norman)
LIVING WITH COMPLEXITY (Don Norman)
AUGUSTINES LAWS (Norm Augustine)
TERMINAL CHAOS (George Donohue)
THE CHECKLIST MANIFESTO (Atul Gawande)
BETTER: A SURGEONS NOTES ON PERFORMANCE (Atul Gawande)


DELIVERABLES SENIOR DESIGN FALL 2012
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