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SYST 490: SENIOR CAPSTONE DESIGN - FALL 2017

SYLLABUS

August, 2017

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

Section 001
Instructor: Dr. Lance Sherry
Contact Info: lsherry@gmu.edu, (703-993-1711)
Class Location: 9am Planetary Hall 126 (Donohue Senior Design Lab: Engineering Building, Room 2211)
Class Day: 9am Monday and Wednesdays
Office Hours:  Wednesdays 1:00-3:00pm or by appointment. Please email for appointment
Textbook: A Primer for Model-Based Systems Engineering (2nd Edition) - Click Here to Download
Textbook: Thank You For Being Late (Thomas L. Friedman)

Section 002
Instructor: Dr. George Donohue
Contact Info:gdonohue@gmu.edu (301-346-7498)
Class Location: Innovation Hall 133 (Donohue Senior Design Lab: Engineering Building, Room 2211)
Class Day: 4:30pm Thursdays
Office Hours: Thursday 3:00-4:00pm or by appointment
Textbook: Thank You For Being Late (Thomas L. Friedman)

"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 08/28 Course Overview
System Engineering Design and (Tradeoff) Analysis for Complex, Adpative Systems: A Process and Deliverable Map

System Engineering "V" Process
Project Planning Process
A Primer for Model-Based Systems Engineering (2nd Edition)


Framework: Context, Stakeholder, Needs Analysis

HW#1 Critical Reading (Tradeoff Analysis Regen Power ....) Hardcopy Due Wed 08/30

08/30 Case Study #1 Trade-off Analysis of Regenerative Power Source for Long Duration Loitering Airship Model-based System Engineering Review - Homework #1 (Due 09/06)
2
09/04 Labor Day (No class)
09/06 Case Study #2 Design and Analysis of a Sustainable Oyster Aquaculture Business for the West and Rhode Rivers

Model-based System Engineering Review - Homework #2 (Due 09/11)

3 09/11 Lecture: A Skeptics Guide to Computer Models Model-based System Engineering Review - Homework #3 (Due 09/13)
Review The Engineering Laws We Live By for Wed 9/13
09/13 Lecture: Professor Donohue
The Engineering Laws We Live By - Chap 1
The Engineering Laws We Live By - Chap 2
The Engineering Laws We Live By - Lecture Notes
Model-based System Engineering Review - Homework #4 (Due 09/18)

4 09/18 Lecture on "Innovation & Entrepreneurship" by Dr. David Miller (Director, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and GMU Entrepreneurship Initiatives)

Project 1 Briefing (Context/Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, SOW, WBS, Schedule, Budget, Project Risks/Mitigations)
  1. Time Sheets Due Time Sheet
  2. Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due Weekly Accomplishment Summary
  3. Project Plan due: Section 1: Background: Context Analysis (prelim), Stakeholder Analysis (prelim), Problem Statement (prelim), Needs Statement (prelim), Proposed Solutions/Alternates (prelim), Simulation Design (prelim), Section 2: Statement of Work, Section 3: WBS, Schedule and Budget
09/20 Lecture on "Innovation & Entrepreneurship" by Dr. David Miller (Director, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and GMU Entrepreneurship Initiatives)

Project 1 Briefing (Context/Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, SOW, WBS, Schedule, Budget, Project Risks/Mitigations)

5 09/25 Project 1 Briefing (Context/Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, SOW, WBS, Schedule, Budget, Project Risks/Mitigations)
Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
09/27 Project 1 Briefing (Context/Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, SOW, WBS, Schedule, Budget, Project Risks/Mitigations)

6 10/02 Project Briefing 2 (Context/Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Need Statement, Mission/Functional/Design Reqs) Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due

Revised Project Plan due: Section 1: Background: Context Analysis, Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Needs Statement, Proposed Solutions/Designs/Alternates (prelim), Simulation Design (prelim), Section 2: Statement of Work, Section 3: WBS, Schedule and Budget, 4: Critical path & Project Risk Mitigation, 5: Earned Value, CPI, SPI, etc.
10/04 Project Briefing 2 (Context/Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Need Statement, Mission/Functional/Design Reqs)
7 10/09 Columbus Day
No Class Monday. No Class Tuesday.
Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
10/11 Mid-term Exam (SE Methods/Primer on MBSE, Laws of Engineering, SD Projects)
360 Degree Evaluation

8 10/16
Project Briefing 2 (Context/Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Need Statement, Mission/Functional/Design Reqs) Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due

10/18 Project Briefing 2 (Context/Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Need Statement, Mission/Functional/Design Reqs)
9 10/23 Project Briefing 3 (Context/Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Need Statement, Mission/Functional/Design Reqs, Sim Reqs/Design, DoE, SOW/Budget/Project Risks) Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
10/25 Project Briefing 3 (Context/Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Need Statement, Mission/Functional/Design Reqs, Sim Reqs/Design, DoE, SOW/Budget/Project Risks)
10 10/30 Project Briefing 3 (Context/Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Need Statement, Mission/Functional/Design Reqs, Sim Reqs/Design, DoE, SOW/Budget/Project Risks) Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
11/01 Project Briefing 3 (Context/Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Need Statement, Mission/Functional/Design Reqs, Sim Reqs/Design, DoE, SOW/Budget/Project Risks)
11 11/06 Project Briefing 4 (Context/Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Need Statement, Mission/Functional/Design Reqs, Sim Reqs/Design, DoE, SOW/Budget/Project Risks) Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
11/08 Project Briefing 4 (Context/Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Need Statement, Mission/Functional/Design Reqs, Sim Reqs/Design, DoE, SOW/Budget/Project Risks)
12 11/13 Project Briefing 4 (Context/Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Need Statement, Mission/Functional/Design Reqs, Sim Reqs/Design, DoE, SOW/Budget/Project Risks) Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
11/15 Project Briefing 4 (Context/Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Need Statement, Mission/Functional/Design Reqs, Sim Reqs/Design, DoE, SOW/Budget/Project Risks)
11/17 FACULTY PRESENTATIONS
13 11/20 Customer Meeting/Research (No Class) Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
11/22 Customer Meeting/Research (No Class)
14 11/27 Final Deliverable Preparation (No Class) Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
11/29 Final Deliverable Preparation (No Class)


15 12/04 Final Deliverable Preparation (No Class) Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
Senior Design Poster Template
INCOSE Conference Paper Senior Design Template

IEEE Conference Paper Senior Design Template
12/06 Written Final Exam
Topics: SED&TA Process, Describe Class Projects, Systems Thinking Problems, Fundamental Engineering Principles (used in class projects)

Submit one hard-copy and an electronic copy of each:
Final Reports Due
Final Report Slides Due
Draft Conference Paper Due
Draft Poster Due
Final Exam Solutions for Q3

* Dates all tentative, subject to change without notice.

Important Dates & Links:
  1. 2017 Dean Andrew Sage Memorial Systems Engineering Senior Capstone Design Invitational Competition May 7, 2018
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. Individual Engineering Log Book (hard copy in every class for spot inspection
  4. 360 degree team evaluations (Midterm Exam and Final Exam)
  5. Preliminary Project Plan  (Oct 18)
  6. Briefings (paper copy due in class prior to briefing)
  7. Proposal Presentation (Dec 6)
  8. Proposal Final Report (Dec 6)
  9. Draft Conference Paper (Dec 6)
  10. Draft Poster (Dec 6)
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, MethodAnalysis/Simulation, Design of Experiment, Prelim Results, Project Plan/Budget
Grades:
  • Quizzes 10%
  • Mid-term Exam 10%
  • Final Exam 10%
  • Engineering Portfolio Binder 10%
  • Professionalism 10%
  • Deliverables (8) 50%
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)
YOU RAISED US - NOW WOERK WITH US: Millennials, Career Success, and Building Strong Workplace Teams (Lauren Rikleen)
COMMAND & CONTROL (Eric Schlosser)