SYST 530/ TCOM 521

Systems Engineering

For Telecommunications Management


Pre-Requisites: ††††††††† TCOM 500††††† ††††††††††

Term†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Spring, 2002

Time:†††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7: 20 PM to 10:00 PM on Wednesdays

(6: 30 PM to 7.00 PM on Wednesdays for meetings with students on an individual basis.Please email in advance.

Course Meets: †††††††††† January 23- May 1††††††

Location:†††††††††††††††††††† TBD

Instructor:††††††††††††††††††† D.K.Sachdev (†††††††††††††††


Course Objectives



The main objectives of this course are to learn modern project management and system engineering principles and to apply them towards the implementation of complex telecommunications systems.†† For the Spring 2002 class, the students will actively participate in an interactive project for a modern satellite-based system. They will first learn the basics of Project Management.They will then grasp the programmatic fundamentals as applied to satellite systems. Thereafter they will learn and critique case histories for recently implemented systems.In the final phase, they will do project work in teams at the system-level, requirements definition, ground segment and the space segment.†† In this project work, the focus will be on system or sub-system definitions, real-world procurement practices and methodologies, and sound management of time frames.††



Course Policies:


Students are permitted and encouraged to collaborate on homework and design project assignments.All graded work, however, must be the original effort of the student submitting the paper.This means that, while two or more students can develop a solution approach for a homework problem together, each student must independently execute the solution if it is to be submitted for grading.In the case of the design project, it is encouraged that, while each student must independently develop a response, students seek and provide comments for each otherís approach.This collaboration is characteristic of the actual engineering design environment.


Students are not permitted to provide, seek, or accept assistance or information for examination problems other than from their own class notes, class handouts, or published written materials.This policy is intended to include general discussions of the theory and practice of satellite communications systems and related topics during the period between when the examination is released to the students and submitted to the instructor for grading.Questions may be submitted to the instructor during the examination periods but, depending on the question posed, may not be answered.If a student feels that insufficient information is provided to answer an examination question, the student should ask the instructor for clarification.If this is not possible or practical, the student should state the apparent deficiency clearly, make a reasonable assumption, and proceed with the problem.


Students must be on time for the classes.The deadlines for homework will be strictly adhered to.


Grade Composition



Home Work†††††††††††††††† 20%

Project†††††††††††††††††††††††† 25%

Mid-Term†††††††††††††††††††† 25%

Final††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 30%



Text Books


1. Jack R. Meredith & Samuel J. Mantel Jr., Project Management, A Managerial Approach, 4th Edition, 2000,John Wiley. ISBN 0-471-29829-8


2. Introduction to Satellite Communication, Second Edition, 1999, Bruce R. Elbert, Artech House, ISBN 0-89006-961-1




DATE††††††††††††† CLASS††††††††††††††††††††††† TOPICS

1/23†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††† Project Management-1


1/30†††††††††††††††† 2††††††††† Project Management -2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


2/06†††††††††††††††† 3††††††††† Project Management-3††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


2/13†††††††††††††††† 4††††††††† Satellite Background & Tools-I††††††††††††††††††††††


2/20†††††††††††††††† 5††††††††† Satellite Background & Tools-II††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


2/27†††††††††††††††† 6††††††††† Satellite Background & Tools-III

††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††


3/6†††††††††††††††††† 7††††††††† Mid-term Test



3/13†††††††††††††††† 8††††††††† Case Studies-1 & Project Teams†††††††††††††††††

3/20†††††††††††††††† 9††††††††† Case Studies-2 & Team Work


3/27†††††††††††††††† 10††††††† System Planning & Team Work


4/3†††††††††††††††††† 11††††††† Spacecraft Procurement & Team Work†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


4/10†††††††††††††††† 12††††††† Ground Segment Procurement & Team Work


4/17†††††††††††††††† 13††††††† Class Presentations-1


4/24†††††††††††††††† 14††††††† Final Exam.


5/01†††††††††††††††† 15††††††† Class Presentations-2