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MSSE/MEngSE core curriculum

Both the MSSE and MEngSE programs require 30 credits of work of which 18 credits are required core courses. The MSSE and MEngSE programs differ in how electives are approved and whether a thesis or scholarly paper is required. | Learn about the differences between the MSSE and MEngSE degrees |

The MSSE and MEngSE programs share a common required core curriculum. MSSE students sign up for the “ENSE” section of each course, while MEngSE students sign up for the “ENPM” section. Students from both sections share the same class and have the same assignments. This core curriculum is described below.

Core curriculum

The following courses are required of all MSSE students:

ENSE 621/ENPM 641 Systems Concepts, Issues and Processes (3)
ENSE 622/ENPM 642 Systems Requirements, Design and Trade-Off Analysis (3)
ENSE 623/ENPM 643 Systems Projects, Validation and Verification (3)
ENSE 624/ENPM 644 Human Factors in Systems Engineering (3)

Note: ENSE 621/ENPM 641, ENSE 622/ENPM 642, and ENSE 623/ENPM 643 may not be taken out of sequence.

The following management core courses are also required of all MSSE students:

ENSE 626/ENPM 646 System Life Cycle Analysis and Risk Management (3)
ENSE 627/ENPM 647 System Quality and Robustness Analysis (3)

Core course descriptions

ENSE 621/ENPM 641 Systems Concepts, Issues and Processes (3)
Prerequisite: permission of department.
This course is an introduction to the professional and academic aspects of systems engineering. Topics include: systems engineering activities, opportunities and drivers; case studies of systems failures; models of system lifecycle development; introduction to model-based systems engineering; representations for system structure, system behavior, system interfaces and systems integration; reactive (event-driven) systems, systems-of-systems, measures of system complexity; visual modeling of engineering systems with UML and SySML; simplified procedures for engineering optimization and tradeoff analysis. Software tools for visual modeling of systems with UML and SySML. Students will complete a project for the frontend development of an engineering system using UML/SysML.

ENSE 622/ENPM 642  Systems Requirements, Design and Trade-Off Analysis (3)
Prerequisite: ENSE 621 and permission of department.
This course builds on material covered in ENSE 621/ENPM 641, emphasizing the topics of requirements engineering, system-level design and trade-off analysis. Topics include: requirements engineering processes; representation and organization of requirements; implementation and applications of traceability; capabilities of commercial requirements engineering software; system-level design; design structure matrices; principles of modular design; component- and interface-based design methods; multi-objective optimization-based design and tradeoff; approaches to system redesign in response to changes in requirements, reliability, trade-off analysis, and optimization-based design. Students will complete a project focusing on the development of requirements and their traceability to the system-level design of an engineering system.

ENSE 623/ENPM 643  Systems Projects, Validation and Verification (3)
Prerequisite: ENSE 622 and permission of department.
This course builds on material covered in ENSE 621/ENPM 641 and ENSE 622/ENPM 642. Topics will cover established and emerging approaches to system validation and verification including: inspection, testing, and traceability; writing validation and verification plans; formal approaches to system validation and verification; specification-based testing; role of logic in system validation and verification; automaton models of computation, timed automaton; model-based design and model checking for reactive systems. Students will be introduced to software tools for specification-based testing, model-based design and model checking. Students will work in teams on semester-long projects in systems engineering design and formal approaches to system validation and verification.

ENSE 624/ENPM 644  Human Factors in Systems Engineering (3)
Prerequisite: permission of department.
This course covers the general principles of human factors, or ergonomics as it is sometimes called. Human Factors (HF) is an interdisciplinary approach toward dealing with issues related to people in systems. It focuses on consideration of the characteristics of human beings in the design of systems and devices of all kinds. It concerns itself with the assignment of appropriate functions for humans and machines – whether the people serve as operators, maintainers, or users of the system or device. The goal of HFs is to achieve compatibility in the design of interactive systems of people, machines, and environments to ensure their effectiveness, safety and ease of use.

ENSE 626/ENPM 646  System Life Cycle Analysis and Risk Management (3)
Prerequisite: permission of department.
This course covers topics related to estimating the costs and risks incurred through the lifetimes of projects, products and systems. In addition, treatment is given to methods that determine the drivers of costs and risks and then propose the most effective alternatives to reducing them. The course covers relevant analytic tools from probability and statistics and also important managerial and organizational concepts. Extensive use will be made of case studies and examples from industry and government.

ENSE 627/ENPM 647  System Quality and Robustness Analysis (3)
Prerequisite: permission of department.
This course covers systems engineering approaches for creating optimal and robust engineering systems and for quality assurance. It provides an overview of the important tools for quality analysis and quality management of engineering systems. These tools are commonly used in companies and organizations. Focus will be placed on the Baldrige National Quality Program, ISO 9000 certification, 6-sigma systems, and Deming total quality management to examine how high quality standards are sustained and customer requirements and satisfactions are ensured. The Taguchi method for robust analysis and design is covered and applied to case studies. Issues of flexible design over the system life cycle are addressed. Statistical process control, international standards of sampling, and design experimentation are also studied.

Questions

John MacCarthy
Director, Systems Engineering Education Program
The Institute for Systems Research
2175 A.V. Williams Building
Email: jmaccart@umd.edu
Phone: 301.405.4419

Information about the Director of the Systems Engineering Education Program