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Course Co-ordinated by IIT Kanpur
Dr. Deepu Philip
IIT Kanpur


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 Systems engineering is a discipline that utilizes an inter-disciplinary problem-solving approach across the entire technical effort irrespective of whether the systems or the systems of systems are for military, industrial, commercial or civil applications. This course will provide an overview of both theory and practice of the systems engineering discipline along with systems engineering design approach. The aim of the course is also to equip students with capability to develop system solutions that optimally fulfill customer objectives with available resources. Focus will be on creating know-how on solving open-ended problems, utilizing creativity, problem formulation, generation of need statements, requirements analysis, alternative solutions generation and examination, concurrent engineering design, enforcing various realistic aspects such as safety, reliability, manufacturability, operations, aesthetics, ethics, and sustainability.





Systems engineering – what is, origin, and examples
Systems engg as a profession    
Power of systems engg and examples    
Systems engg viewpoint, perspectives, domains    
Systems engg fields, approaches, activities, and products


 Complex system structure-building blocks, hierarchy, interfaces
Complex system structure-environment, interactions, complexity    
System development process – life cycle,evolutionary characteristics
Systems engg method    
Systems testing throughout development


Managing systems development, risks, work breakdown structure (WBS), systems engg management plan (SEMP)
Systems risk management, organizing for systems engg
Need analysis – originating, operations, functional, and feasibility
Need validation, systems ops requirement    
System requirements development, performance requirements


Implementing concept exploration, validating requirements
Concept definition – selection and validation, functional analysis and allocation
Systems architecture, system modeling languages, Model-Based Systems Engg (MBSE)
Decision making, modeling for decisions    
Simulation, Trade-off analysis


Engg development stage – program risk reduction, prototype development for risk mitigation
Development testing, risk reduction
Revision of functional analysis and design
Overview of probability data analysis
Hypothesis testing


Engineering design – implementing system building blocks, component design
Design validation, change management
Concepts of reliability, redundancy
Concepts of maintainability, availability, producibility
User interface design and GUI


Integration, testing and evaluating total system
Test planning and preparation, system integration
Developmental and operational test and evaluation
Engineering for production, transition from development to production
Production operations - 1


Production operations - 2
Installation, maintenance and upgrading
Installation testing
In-service support
Upgrades and modernization

The student should have either completed an engineering degree or is enrolled in the program and have completed at least six semesters of the curriculum




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