SYST 512

Syllabus - Spring 2003



Dr. Donald M. York

Work Phone:

240.568.2869 (with voice mail)


703.993.1521 (SEOR Dept. Office)



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 B118




1.       Chapters 1, 2, 18, 19 System Engineering and Analysis, Blanchard & Fabrycky, 3rd Edition, 1998.

2.       Unified Software Development Process, Jacobsen,, 1998.


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


15% - Group presentation


40% - Exams (20% for each exam)


30% - Final Paper



Refereed Journal Articles

See separate handout.

Group Presentation

Each student will be a part of a small group and 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. Each member of 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 comprehensive research paper on a particular topic associated with the unit. Although there is no set length for the paper, a good estimate of length is twenty (20) pages. An annotated outline of the paper is due on the fifth week of classes. The final paper is due the last week of class, May 1st. Both a softcopy and hardcopy of the paper are due. The student may not submit a paper or topic that is being used or has been used for another class!


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>

23 January

       Class Overview and Structure, Background, Introductions

       Unit One: Systems Engineering (Systems Definition, History of Systems Engineering, System of Systems)

       Lecture: Blanchard Chapter 1

       In class exercise




Week 2>

30 January

       Unit One: Systems Engineering (SE Standards, Lifecycles)

       Lecture: Blanchard Chapter 2

       In class exercise




Week 3>

6 February

       Unit One: Systems Engineering (Management)

       Lecture: Blanchard Chapter 18, 19

       In class exercise




Week 4>

13 February

       Unit One: Systems Engineering

       Articles on Systems Engineering Due

       Group Presentations: Unit One




Week 5>

20 February

       Unit Two: Process Improvement

       Lecture: Process Improvement Frameworks; CMMi

       In class exercise

       Annotated Outline of Final Paper Due




Week 6>

27 February

       Unit Two: Process Improvement

       Lecture: CMMi; SCAMPI; ISO9000

       In class exercise




Week 7>

6 March

       Exam One: Unit One and Unit Two (material covered to date)




Week 8>

13 March

       Spring Break No Class




Week 9>

20 March

       Unit Two: Process Improvement

       Guest Lecturer: CMMi evaluation
Lecture: Summary and Results for Process Improvement

       Articles on Process Improvement due




Week 10>

27 March

       Unit Two: Process Improvement

       Group Presentations: Unit Two




Week 11>

3 April

       Unit Three: Unified Software Development

       Lecture: OO basics; Jacobsen

       In class exercise




Week 12>

10 April

       Unit Three: Unified Software Development

       Lecture: Jacobsen

       In class exercise




Week 13>

17 April

       Articles on Systems OOT Due

       Group Presentations: Unit 3




Week 14>

24 April

       Unit Three: Unified Software Development

       Lecture: Jacobsen

       In class exercise




Week 15>

1 May

       Exam Two: Units Two & Three

       Final Research Paper Due