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ENGR 590: Fundamentals of Systems Engineering

Fall 2022

ENGR 590: Fundamentals of Systems Engineering

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Class # 16483
MonWedFri 1:25 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
UND Upson II, Room 263

Class # 16662
UND Online

Prerequisites: Enrolled CEM graduate student or instructor approval for undergraduates
Instructor: Sayani Maity, Assistant Professor & Director of Systems Engineering


Course Description & Objectives

This course is designed to discuss about the key skills of systems engineering and provide knowledge essential for successful understanding of systems engineering in today’s fast-paced environment. The main topics covered in this course are the definition and uses of systems engineering, the famous “V” mode, Need Analysis, Requirement analysis, Interface Management, System Design Process and Risk Management. This course uses a combination of real-life examples, theoretical explanations and demonstrations to better explain the concepts of systems engineering. The course also focuses on practical methods and tools for eliciting user needs and requirements, defining robust system architectures and designs, and effectively verifying and validating the operation of the product. Participants learn current industry best-practices to ensure robust, cost-effective designs that meet stringent functional, performance, and cost requirements.


After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of basic systems and systems engineering concepts and terms.
  • Structure the essential steps in the process of systems engineering starting from stakeholder analysis and ending with maintenance and operations.
  • Write ‘good’ requirements and explain the characteristics of a ‘good’ requirement, a suitable requirement management process, and enabling tools.
  • Define functional analysis, decomposition, and requirement allocation, and their relationship to concept exploration and the later phases of the product development life cycle.
  • Demonstrate the critical analysis abilities by applying tools, methodologies and procedures in order to solve system engineering problems.
  • Characterize the limitations of the way that current systems engineering is practiced in terms of dealing with complexity and real-world projects.
  • Address design for specialty engineering concepts.
  • Enable the process of systems thinking and leadership skills by working on a class project.