Spring 2002



Dr. Donald M. York

Work Phone:

443.259.8252 (with voice mail) (until Feb 1st)


443.259.8006 (until Feb 1st)



GMU: Science and Technology II SEOR Main Office

Office Hours:

By appointment.

Course Description:

Intensive study of the systems engineering lifecycle for information technology and software intensive systems. Analysis and design processes for information systems engineering. Object-oriented modeling and analysis. Lifecycle models for the development of systems. Technical direction and systems management of organizational processes.

Course Hours:

Thursday 4:30 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. Robinson, room B203


1.       Chapters 1, 2, 18, 19 System Engineering and Analysis, 3rd Edition (1998); Ben Blanchard


2.       CMM Implementation Guide, (1998), Kim Caputo


3.       Unified Software Development Process, Jacobsen, 1998


15% - Refereed journal articles (5% for each unit)


25% - Group presentation


30% - Exams (15% for each exam)


30% - Final Paper

Refereed Journal Articles

See separate handout.

Group Presentation

Each student will be a part of a small group that will be required to give a formal presentation on an aspect of one of the units. Assignment of the presentation unit will be first come, first serve. The group should give me a short synopsis of their prospective topics 2 weeks before the presentation date. The groups will also work together occasionally in class to review case studies and do other group activities.

Research Paper

The student will choose one of the units as their primary interest. For the given unit, they will write a research paper on the topic. The paper should be a comprehensive study of the unit. Although there is no set length for the paper, a good estimate of length is thirty (30) pages. An annotated outline of the paper is due on the fifth week of classes. The final paper is due the second to the last week of class. Both a softcopy and hardcopy of the paper are due.


Two exams will be given. They will cover all three units of study.


Research papers WILL NOT be accepted late. Tests will be in-class. Reasonable accommodations will be made for job-related travel, etc. but requirements will not be waived.


Week 1>

24 January

       Background; Introductions,

       Unit One: Systems Engineering (Systems Definition)

       Lecture: Blanchard Chapter 1

       Inclass exercise




Week 2>

31 January

       Unit One: Systems Engineering (Lifecycles)

       Lecture: Blanchard Chapter 2

       Inclass exercise




Week 3>

7 February

       Unit One: Systems Engineering (Management)

       Lecture: Blanchard Chapter 18, 19




Week 4>

14 February

       Unit One: Systems Engineering

       Articles on Systems Engineering Due

       Group Presentations: Unit One




Week 5>

21 February

       Test One: Unit One

       Annotated Outline of Final Paper Due




Week 6>

28 February

       Unit Two: Process Improvement

       Lecture: Caputo Part One

       Inclass exercise




Week 7>

7 March

       Unit Two: Process Improvement

       Lecture: Caputo Part Two




Week 8>

14 March

       Spring Break




Week 9>

21 March

       Unit Two: Process Improvement

       Lecture: CMM-I




Week 10>

28 March

       Unit Two: Process Improvement

       Articles on Process Improvement due

       Group Presentations: Unit Two




Week 11>

27 March

       Unit Three: Unified Software Development

       Lecture: Jacobsen Part 1

       Inclass exercise




Week 12>

4 April

       Unit Three: Unified Software Development

       Lecture: Jacobsen Part 2

       Inclass execise




Week 13>

11 April

       Special SE topic lecture and discussion




Week 14>

18 April

       Test Two: Units Two & Three

       Final Research Paper Due




Week 15>

25 April

       Articles on Systems OOT Due

       Group Presentations: Unit 3




Week 16>

2 May

       No class