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SYST 495: SENIOR CAPSTONE DESIGN - SPRING 2011

SYLLABUS

Jan, 2011

Second semester of a two semester capstone course in Systems Engineering program. Students apply knowledge they have gained through SE program, 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. During the second semester, students execute the Project Plan and conduct the Design and Tradeoff Analysis, culiminating in National Design Competitions

Course Objectives:

  • Provide students the opportunity to apply and synthesize knowledge and skills they have gained in the SE 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:  Engineering Building, Room 2211
Class Day: Mondays/Wednesdays 1:00-2:15pm
Office Hours:  Wednesdays 2:15-3:15pm 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?"

Important Links:
  1. Blackboard Learning System
  2. System Engineering Design and (Tradeoff) Analysis for Complex, Adpative Systems: A Process and Deliverable Map
  3. 360 Degree Evaluation
  4. IEEE SIEDS Conference
  5. Senior Design Poster Template
  6. IEEE Conference Paper Senior Design Template
  7. General Donald R. Keith Memorial Cadet Capstone Conference

Week Date Course Plan and Handouts Homework
1 01/24 Team Meeting: Prepare 15 min Project Plan Review (Abstract, Revised Project Plans)
No Lecture
Blackboard Assessment: Fluid Mechanics, due 01/26
Project Plan Review, due 1/31
01/26 Team Meeting: Prepare 15 min Project Plan Review (Abstract, Revised Project Plans)
No Lecture
Blackboard Assessment: Engineering Economics - Cash Flow and Equivalence , due 01/31
Project Plan Review, due 1/31
2
01/31 Review SYST495 Syllabus
Review SYST 490 Final Exams
Individual Team Meeting to review Abstract and Project Plans (15 minutes each)
Blackboard Assessment: Equivalent Uniform Annual Cost Available, due 02/02
Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
02/02 Individual Team Meeting to review Abstract and Project Plans (15 minutes each) Blackboard Assessment: Engineering Economics - Comparison of Alternatives, due 02/07
3 02/07 Abstract Review - 15 mins per Team Blackboard Assessment: The Goal, due 02/09
Submit Abstract/Paper for SIEDS Conference to Instructor/Sponsor for Review
Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
02/09 Customer Meeting/Team Research (No lecture)
4 02/14 Last minute review/questions Abstract/Paper for SIEDS (In Class)

Team Research: Simulation Design, DOE, Simulation Results
Submit Abstract/Papers to SIEDS Conference
Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
02/16 Team Research: Simulation Design, DOE, Simulation Results (No lecture)
5 02/21 Team Research: Simulation Design, DOE, Simulation Results (No lecture) Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
02/23 Team Research: Simulation Design, DOE, Simulation Results (No lecture)
6 02/28 Project Briefing - Simulation Design, DOE, Simulation Results, Utility Presentation Slides
Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
03/02 Project Briefing - Simulation Design, DOE, Simulation Results, Utility
7 03/07
Project Briefing - Simulation Design, DOE, Simulation Results, Utility
Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
03/09 Project Briefing - Simulation Design, DOE, Simulation Results, Utility
8 03/14 Spring Break
03/16 Spring Break
9 03/21 Midterm Exam (The Goal)
Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
03/23 Customer Meeting/Team Research (No lecture)
10 03/28 Turn in Conference papers
Submit SIEDS Paper to Instructor/Sponsor for Review

Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
03/30 Customer Meeting/Team Research (No lecture)
11 04/04 Final Presentation Dry Run Submit SIEDS Paper to Conference

Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
04/06 Final Presentation Dry Run
12 04/11 Final Presentation Dry Run
Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
04/13 Final Presentation Dry Run Submit West Point Paper to Instructor/Sponsor for Review

13 04/18 Final Exam - Part I

Instructor Review Final Presentations (15 minutes)

Draft Poster Review
Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
04/20 Faculty Presentation (9am Research I, Room 163)
Submit Final Presentations (Faculty)
Submit Draft Posters (Faculty)
Submit SIEDS Paper to West Point Conference - APRIL 22
14 04/25 Instructor Review Final Presentations (15 minutes) SYST 495 End-of-Project Individual Accomplishment Summary Due (Submit Hard-copy)
Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
04/27
04/28
04/29
Travel to West Point
Wespoint Competition
UVA - IEEE/SIEDS Conference

15 05/02 Customer Meeting/Team Research (No lecture)


05/04 Customer Meeting/Team Research (No lecture)
16 05/09 Final Exam - Part II
Topics: SED&TA Process, Describe Class Projects, Systems Thinking Problems, Fundamental Engineering Principles (used in class projects), The Goal
Submit one hard-copy and one electronic copy of each:
Final Reports Due
Final Report Slides Due
Conference Paper Due
Poster Due
05/11-18

* Dates all tentative, subject to change without notice.

Important Dates & Links:
  1. SIEDS Conference April 29, 2011
  2. SIEDS Abstracts due Feb 14 (*Abstract must be approved by Instructor prior to submittal), March 7 Notification, April 4 Completed Manuscript (*Paper must be approved by Instructor prior to submittal)
  3. General Donald R. Keith Memorial Cadet Capstone Conference April 28, 2011
  4. General Donald R. Keith Memorial Cadet capstone Conference Registration before April 22(*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 (Mid-term and Final exam)
  4. IEEE SIEDS Conference Paper (see schedule above)
  5. West Point Conference Paper (see schedule above)
  6. Faculty Presentation and Poster Session (April 20)
  7. Final Report, Slides, Poster, Conference Papers (May 9)
  8. Briefings (paper copy due in class prior to briefing)
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


2011 IEEE SIEDS Conference Papers:
  1. Airline Fleet Readiness: Trade-off Analysis of Alternate Aircraft Maintenance Approaches
  2. Analysis of Alternate Lifestyle Modification Programs to Address Runaway Health Care Costs
  3. Decision Support for Time-Sensitive Operations: Officiating Professional Soccer
  4. Turbidity Reduction for the West and Rhode Rivers


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