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Engineering Course Descriptions    

SYSM 6301 Systems Engineering, Architecture and Design (3 semester hours) Architecture and design of large-scale and decentralized systems from technical and management perspectives. Systems architectures, requirements analysis, design tradeoffs, and reliability through case studies and mathematical techniques. International standardization bodies, engineering frameworks, processes, notations, and tool support from both theoretical and practical perspectives. (3-0) Y

SYSM 6302 Dynamics of Complex Networks and Systems (3 semester hours) Design, development, and analysis of large, complex interconnected networks and systems. (3-0) Y

SYSM 6303 (OPRE 6301) Quantitative Introduction to Risk and Uncertainty in Business (3 semester hours) Introduction to statistical and probabilistic methods and theory applicable to situations faced by managers. Topics include: data presentation and summarization, regression analysis, fundamental probability theory and random variables, introductory decision analysis, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and One Way ANOVA (Some sections of this class may require a laptop computer). (3-0) S

SYSM 6304 (OPRE 6335) Risk and Decision Analysis (3 semester hours).  This course provides an overview of the main concepts and methods of risk assessment, risk management, and decision analysis.  The methods used in industry, such as probabilistic risk assessment, six sigma, and reliability, are discussed. Advanced methods from economics and finance (decision optimization and portfolio analysis) are presented.  Prerequisite: SYSM 6303 or OPRE 6301. (3-0) T

SYSM 6305 Dynamic Systems Optimization (3 semester hours) System modeling using time-domain and frequency domain approaches.  Dynamic programming, conditions for optimality. Relation to control theory and operations research. Applications to real-world engineering. (3-0) Y

SYSM 6306 (BMEN 6372, MECH 6314) Engineering Systems: Modeling & Simulation (3 semester hours) This course will present principles of computational modeling and simulation of systems. General topics covered include: parametric and non-parametric modeling; system simulation; parameter estimation, linear regression and least squares; model structure and model validation through simulation; and, numerical issues in systems theory. Techniques covered include methods from numerical linear algebra, nonlinear programming and Monte Carlo simulation, with applications to general engineering systems. Modeling and simulation software is utilized (MATLAB/SIMULINK). (3-0) Y

SYSM 6307 (EESC 6331, MECH 6300) Linear Systems (3 semester hours) State space methods of analysis and design of linear dynamical systems. Coordinate transformations and tools from advanced linear algebra. Controllability and observability. Lyapunov stability analysis. Pole assignment, stabilizability, detectability. State estimation for deterministic models, observers. Introduction to the optimal linear quadratic regulator problem. Prerequisites: EE 4310 or MECH 4310 or equivalents (3-0) Y

SYSM 6308 (CS 6356, SE 6356) Software Maintenance, Evolution, and Re-Engineering (3 semester hours) Principles and techniques of software maintenance.  Impact of software development process on software justifiability, maintainability, evolvability, and planning of release cycles.  Use of very high-level languages and dependencies for forward engineering and reverse engineering. Achievements, pitfalls, and trends in software reuse, reverse engineering, and re-engineering.  Prerequisite: CE/CS/SE 5354. (3-0) Y

SYSM 6309 (CS 6361, SE 6361) Advanced Requirements Engineering (3 semester hours) System and software requirements engineering.  Identification, elicitation, modeling, analysis, specification, management, and evolution of functional and non-functional requirements.  Strengths and weaknesses of different techniques, tools, and object-oriented methodologies.  Interactions and trade-offs among hardware, software, and organization.  System and sub-system integration with software and organization as components of complex, composite systems.  Transition from requirements to design.  Critical issues in requirements engineering.  Prerequisite: CE/CS/SE 5354. (3-0) S

SYSM 6310 (CE 6367, CS 6367, SE 6367) Software Testing, Validation and Verification (3 semester hours) Fundamental concepts of software testing.  Functional testing. GUI based testing tools. Control flow based test adequacy criteria. Data flow based test adequacy criteria. White box based testing tools. Mutation testing and testing tools.  Relationship between test adequacy criteria. Finite state machine based testing. Static and dynamic program slicing for testing and debugging. Software reliability. Formal verification of program correctness. Prerequisite: CE/CS/SE 5354 or consent of instructor. (3-0) Y

SYSE 6321 Systems Integration (3 semester hours) Introduction to systems integration in complex systems using the automotive sector as an example; plan, organize and manage the integration of complex automotive systems; understand the decomposition/integration paradigm to manage complexity; define metrics to define achievement of objectives; and, demonstrate ability to work in cross-functional/multi-disciplinary teams. Features of the course include: Team approach; simulated production environment including (virtual) client and vendor interaction in the face of unpredictable (virtual) external events; cross-disciplinary. Intended for a broad audience of engineering graduate students regardless of their specific knowledge or interest in automotive systems or that industry. (3-0) T

SYSE 6322 Digital Control of Automotive Powertrain Systems (3 semester hours) Digital control systems, discretization and design by equivalents. Input-output design and discrete-time state variable estimation and control. Introduction to various control problems in automotive powertrains. Application of digital control principles to automotive powertrains for internal combustion engine idle speed control and air-to-fuel ratio control. Prerequisites: EE 4310 or MECH 4310 or equivalents (3-0) T

SYSE 6323 (MECH 6323) Robust Control Systems (3 semester hours) Theory, methodology, and software tools for the analysis and design of model-based control systems with multiple actuators and multiple sensors. Control oriented model parameterizations and modeling errors. Definitions and criteria for robust stability and performance. Optimal synthesis of linear controllers. The loop shaping design method. Methods to simplify the control law. Control law discretization. Mechatronic design examples. Prerequisites: MECH 6300/EESC 6331/SYSM 6307 or equivalent. (3-0) T

SYSM 6V70 Research In Systems Engineering and Management (3-9 semester hours) (May be repeated for credit.) For pass/fail credit only. ([3-9]-0) R

SYSM 6V80 Special Topics in Systems Engineering and Management (1-6 semester hours) For letter grade credit only. (May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours.) ([1-6]-0) S

SYSM 6V90 Thesis (3-9 semester hours) (May be repeated for credit.) For pass/fail credit only. ([3-9]-0) S  

Management Courses Descriptions  

SYSM 6311 (OPRE 6362) Systems Project Management in Engineering and Operations (3 semester hours) Systems project management is the discipline of planning, organizing and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives. The course will cover critical path methods for planning and controlling projects including time and cost tradeoffs, resource utilization, organizational design, conflict resolution and stochastic considerations. (3-0) Y

SYSM 6312 (FIN 6301) Systems Financial Management (3 semester hours) Theoretical and procedural considerations in the administration of the finance function in the individual business firm; planning, fundraising, controlling of firm finances; working capital management, capital budgeting and cost of capital. Pre-/Corequisite: OPRE 6301; AND Pre-/Corequisite Acct 6201 OR Prerequisite Acct 6305, OR Consent of Instructor. (3-0) Y

SYSM 6313 (HMGT 6324 and OB 6332) Systems Negotiating & Dispute Resolution (3 credit hours) This course explores the theories, processes, and practical techniques of negotiation so that students can successfully negotiate and resolve disputes in a variety of situations including interpersonal, group, and international settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding influence and conflict resolution strategies; identifying interests, issues, and positions of the parties involved; analyzing co-negotiators, their negotiation styles, and the negotiation situations; and managing the dynamics associated with most negotiations.  Practical skills are developed through the use of simulations and exercises. Prerequisite: OB 6301 or consent of instructor. (3-0) T

SYSM 6314 Manufacturing & Service Systems Planning & Analysis (3 credit hours) Manufacturing & Service Systems Planning & Analysis is the study of management related to transforming inputs to outputs for both manufacturing and service organizations. Its fundamental purpose is the adding of value to inputs - materials, labor, capital and management - to create outputs - products or services which customers want - throughout the supply chain. Prerequisites: Special Registration required with department (3-0) Y

SYSM 6315 (ENTP 6398) The Entrepreneurial Experience (3 semester hours) This course is designed to provide student teams with practical experience in the investigation, evaluation and recommendation of technology and/or market entry strategies for a significant new business opportunity. Projects will be defined by the faulty and will generally focus on emerging market opportunities defined by new technologies of interest to a sponsoring corporate partner. Teams will be comprised of management and engineering graduate students, mentored by faculty and representatives of the partnering company. Evaluation will be based on papers, presentations and other deliverables defined on a case-by-case basis. Prerequisite: ENTP 6370 or consent of instructor.  (3-0) R

SYSM 6316 (ENTP 6388) Managing Innovation within the Corporation (3 semester hours) Intrapreneurs are the entrepreneurs within established corporations who combine innovation, creativity and leadership to develop and launch new products, new product lines and new business units that grow revenues and profits from within.  The course seeks to equip student with the skills and perspectives required to initiate new ventures and create viable businesses in dynamic and uncertain environments in the face of organizational inertia and other sources of resistance to innovation.  Course topics include the elements of strategic analysis and positioning for competitive advantage in dynamic markets, and the structuring, utilization and mobilization of the internal resources of existing firms in the pursuit of growth and new market opportunities.  Prerequisite: ACCT 6201 and OB 6301 or consent of the instructor. (3-0) Y

SYSM 6317 The Management of High Tech Products (3 credit hours) Building on the premise that successful product management involves getting the right product to the right customer at the right price at the right time, the course will teach techniques in product definition and requirements; product development; management of internal resources, including manufacturing, sales and management; costing and pricing decisions; product planning and winning the right design win. (3-0) Y

SYSM 6318 (MKT 6301) Marketing Management (3 semester hours) Overview of marketing management methods, principles and concepts including product, pricing, promotion and distribution decisions as well as segmentation, targeting and positioning. (3-0) S

SYSM 6319 (MECO 6303) Business Economics (3 semester hours) Foundations of the economic analysis of business problems, with special emphasis on the function and determination of market prices in production and consumption.  Supply and demand, price theory, production theory, trade theory with reference to the global economy, the effects of tax and other policies in the economy, and essential elements of the banking system and monetary policy are addressed. Prerequisite: MATH 5304 or equivalent. (3-0) S

SYSM 6320 (BPS 6332) Strategic Leadership (3 semester hours) Addresses the challenge of leading organizations in dynamic and challenging environments.  Overall goal is to not only question one's assumptions about leadership, but also enhance skills and acquire new content knowledge.  Topics include visionary and transformational leadership; post-heroic leadership; empowerment; leveraging and combining resources; designing organizations; and ethics. (3-0) Y

SYSM 6V98 Systems Management Internship (1-3 semester hours) Student gains experience and improves skills through appropriate developmental work assignments in a real business environment.  Student must identify and submit specific business learning objectives at the beginning of the semester.  The student must demonstrate exposure to the managerial perspective via involvement or observation.  At semester end, student prepares an oral or poster presentation, or a written paper reflecting on the work experience.  Student performance is evaluated by the work supervisor.  Consent of the School of Management's Internship Coordinator is required. ([1-3]-0) S


Last Updated: August 6, 2012