Computerized tools perform the vital function of capturing and delivering Systems Engineering information throughout the product development life cycle. This course surveys the many tools, methods, and techniques that are applied to engineering systems from inception to disposal: scope/needs evaluation, requirements analysis, functional and physical allocation, optimization, test validation/verification, and product management. Hands-on use of systems engineering software will enable students to identify and apply appropriate tools through the life cycle of a product they develop.
Since entire courses are taught on many of the individual topics covered in this course, the goal is to integrate the tools with the SE process and explore how and when tools are applied. Tools described in this course include methods, techniques, and computerized tools. Since many different tools apply throughout the product life cycle, the goal is to provide an understanding of what tools apply, how to apply them to systems engineering problems, as well as when to apply them. As a result, students will leave this course with a “tool kit” of Systems Engineering tools that can be applied to engineering in their ongoing course work and every-day jobs.