SYST 520 – System Design and Integration

Spring 2002



Dr. Phil Barry

Work Phone:

(703) 883-7826


(703) 833-6435



GMU:  Science and Technology II

Mailbox Location:  Science & Technology 2, Room 111

Office Hours:

By appointment


Danyi Wang


Course Description:

Life cycle of systems is addressed; generation and analysis of life cycle requirements; development of functional, physical, and operational architectures for the allocation and derivation of component-level requirements for the purpose of specification production; examination of interfaces and development of interface architectures. Software tools are introduced and used for portions of the systems engineering cycle.  “This class is hands-on.”

Course Hours:


Thursday  7:20 pm– 10:00 pm

Enterprise 178


1)     The Engineering Design of Systems, Dennis Buede, John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 2000, ISBN 0-471-28225-1

2)     UML Distilled Second Edition, Martin Fowler, Addison Wesley Longman, Inc., 2000, ISBN 0-201-65783


5% - Class Participation

10% - homework

30% project


27% - midterm

28% - final



Class Website:

Notes will be posted to the website.  URL to be provided in class

Late Papers:


Project Guidance

SYST 520 – System Design and Integration

Spring 2002

Due to the large number of students in this section, we are going to break into groups of 3 people.  Each group will be responsible for the design of a system of their choice.   The system designs will use CORE and Rational Rose to provide both a Structured Analysis View as well as an Object Oriented View of the Design.  Both software packages will be provided. The project should follow good systems engineering process to include a conceptual description of the system, a requirements statement and analysis as well as the actual design.  Actual implementation of the system is not required. 

Groups will be responsible for one informal and two formal presentations as well as the final deliverable report.   Due to the size of the class, each presentation will be short, so the presentations need to be extremely focused.  The informal presentation of topics will be approximately 5 minutes.  The formal presentation of topics will be 15 minutes.  Plan on 12 minutes of content with 3 minutes for questions.  Providing the instructor with backup slides is encouraged as appropriate. For the formal presentations, slides will be expected or some viable substitute.  Hard copy will be provided to the instructor; student copies are optional.  The first presentation will discuss progress to date, discuss issues and indicate projected completion.  The final presentation will discuss requirements and how the design meets the requirements, as well as other relevant issues.  The final report will present the design, document how the requirements are met by the design as well as provide other relevant information such as a system qualification strategy.



Week 1>

24 January

¨      Introductions; E-mail List

¨      Course Overview

¨      Lecture 1: Overview of Systems Engineering Design

¨      Form Groups

¨      In Class Exercise:

¨      Read Chapts. 1-2 Buede

¨      Homework: 1.1, 1.2




Week 2>

31 January

¨      TBD




Week 3>

31 January


¨      Lecture 2: Modeling and Process Modeling and Requirements Engineering

¨      Informal Presentation of Design Topics – 5 minutes / group

¨      Read Chapts. 3,6 Buede

¨      Homework: 2.1, 6.1




Week 4>

7 February

¨      Lecture 3: Functional Architecture Development

¨      In Class Exercise:

¨      Read Chapt. 7 Buede

¨      Homework: 7.2I




Week 5>

14 February

¨      Lecture 4: Physical Architecture Development

¨      In Class Exercise:

¨      Read Chapt. 8 Buede

¨      Homework: 8.3




Week 6>

21 February

¨       Lecture 5: Operational Architectures

¨      In Class Exercise:

¨      Read Chapt 9 Buede

¨      Homework: 9.1 i,ii,iii




Week 7>

28 February

¨      Lecture 6: Decision Analysis for Design

¨      In Class Exercise:

¨      Read Chapt 13 Buede

¨      Homework: 13.2




Week 8>

7 March

¨      Lecture 7:  Introduction to Object Oriented Modeling

¨      In Class Exercise

¨      Read Chapts. 1-2 Fowler

¨      Homework as assigned




Week 9>

14 March

¨      Spring Break:  No Class




Week 10>

21 March

¨      Project Reviews

¨      Project Status Reports Due




Week 11>

28 March

¨      First Exam




Week 12>

4 April

¨      Lecture 8:  Use Cases and Class Diagrams In Class Exercise

¨      Read Chapts. 3-4 Fowler

¨      Homework as assigned





Week 13>

11 April

¨      Exam Review:

¨      Lecture 9: Interaction Diagrams, Packages and Collaborations, State Diagrams

¨      In Class Exercise

¨      Read Chapts. 5, 7, 8 Fowler

¨      Homework as assigned




Week 14>

18 April

¨      Lecture 10: Activity Diagrams and Physical Diagrams

¨      In Class Exercise

¨      Read Chapts. 9,10 Fowler

¨      Homework as assigned




Week 15>

25 April

¨      Lecture 11:  Integration and Qualification

¨      In Class Exercise

¨      Read Chapt. 11 Buede

¨      In Class Exercise




Week 16>

2 May

¨      Final Projects Due

¨      Final Project Briefs




Week 17>

9 May

¨      Semester Final Exam