SYST 513: Total Systems Engineering, Reengineering and Enterprise Integration
Prerequisite: SYST 510 or SYST 520


Principles of strategic quality, including TQM. Quality standards including ISO9000 and 14000. Organizational leadership, cultures, and process maturity, reengineering. Quality, organization learning and reengineering approaches to enable information integration and management and environment and framework integration in the systems engineering of knowledge intensive systems. Emphasis is placed on the role of integrated product and process design teams, standard and commercial off the shelf products in enterprise integration. Architecture driven system characteristics are studied, as is transition management of legacy systems. (Fall)



         Andrew P. Sage, Systems Management for Information Technology and Software Engineering. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1995.

         Other assigned materials will be made available on the GMU web site and other WWW locations.


         Andrew P. Sage and W. B. Rouse, Eds., Handbook of Systems Engineering and Management. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1999.

         George A. Hazelrigg, Systems Engineering: An Approach to Information-Based Design. Prentice Hall International Series in Industrial and Systems Engineering, W. J. Fabrycky and J. H. Mize, Eds. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1996.

         A much more comprehensive set of references specific to individual topics is found at the end of each chapter of our textbook.


F. G. Patterson, Jr. Email: Telephone: (202) 358-2171. Hours: after class, and by appointment.


Grades: 50% - examinations, 20% - project & presentation, 30% - home assignments. Two take home exams will be given, one approximately at the middle of the semester and one at the end of the semester. There will be a term paper assignment on total systems engineering, including a written report and a seven-minute oral presentation, and weekly assignments.

Detailed Syllabus and Outline (subject to change) Fall 2001:

  1. Course overview, administrative matters, and introduction. August 27, 2001
  2. System engineering life cycles (textbook ch. 2). September 10, 17.
  3. Strategic quality assurance and management practices and trends (textbook ch. 6). September 24, October 1, 8, 15 (mid-term exam out Oct 15)
  4. Organizational leadership, cultures, and process maturity (textbook ch. 7) October 22 (mid-term exams due Oct 22), 29, November 5, 12
  5. Business process reengineering (textbook ch. 8) October 29, November 19, 26
  6. Term paper presentations/reports, 3 December (final exam out Dec 3). Final exam papers due by midnight, 10 December.