SYST 571 – Systems Engineering Management

Fall 2005


Dr. Harold Camp


(703) 585-7745 (with voice mail)


Office Hours:

Thursdays  before and after class, others by appointment

Course Description:

571 Systems Engineering Management (3:3:0) Prerequisite: SYST 471 or SYST 530. Study of more advanced topics in systems engineering management. Seminar style; students expected to read a number of selections from the current literature as well as make presentations and produce papers on engineering management topics. Students will also execute a project involving developing a Systems Engineering Management Plan, a Risk Management Plan, and a Product Assurance Plan for a complex System. Topics include multiproject management (Task Orders, IDIQ, CPAF, CPFF, T&M, and FFP), quality and product assurance programs, independent reviews, risk management, and the impacts of process change on an organization. The class focuses strongly on the practical aspects of various system engineering management techniques and practices on projects, organizations, and personnel. Students will be required to research a systems engineering topic and present their findings in class, half of each class will be devoted to student presentations and content will be on the final examination.


Any required text will be assigned during October. The course materials will comprise INCOSE, IEEE, EIA, ISO, and DoD literature available over the internet. This literature includes articles, standards, handbooks, policies, processes and procedures.


40% - Group Project:

·        20% SEMP

·        10% Risk Management Plan

·        10 % Product Assurance Plan

30% - Research and Class Presentations

30% - Final Exam

Group Project

The Group Project is one focal point of student effort within this course.  The majority of effort toward the group projects will be expended outside of class, with class time being reserved for reporting on activities. Each group will produce three systems engineering planning documents; a Systems Engineeirng Management Plan (SEMP), a Product Assurance Plan (PAP), and a Risk Management Plan (RMP). Criteria and guidance for these documents will be given in class. 

Final Examination:

Final examinations are comprehensive over the work you and other students presented or performed during the course and the course lecture material. The final examination will be open book and open note since the final examination will test you on the application of princeles learned. You will be expected to interpret the material of the course, not to repeat it via rote memory. The final examination is intended to enhance the student’s classroom experience and challenge the student to correctly apply the course material. Final examinations are not designed to punish the student.

CLASS SCHEDULE – Updated on 28 February 2005

Week 1>

1 September

¨       Lecture: Overview of Systems Engineering Management

¨       Lecture: Systems Engineering Management Literature

Week 2>

San Diego

8 September

¨       Guest Lecturer (first half)

¨       Form and Organize Groups

Week 3>


15 September

¨       Lecture: Systems Engineering Management Plan

¨       Lecture: Assign first topics research and presentation

Week 4>

Los Angeles

22 September

¨       Note: Guest Lecturer (first half of class)

¨       Work on SEMP

Week 5>

29 September

¨       Lecture: Risk Management

¨       Student Presentations

Week 6>


6 October

¨       Lecture: Risk Management Plan

¨       Student Presentations

¨       Assign second topics for research and presentation

Week 7>

13 October

¨       Lecture: Product Assurance

¨       Student Presentations

Week 8>

20 October

¨       Lecture Product Assurance Plan

¨       Student Presentations

Week 9>


27 October

¨       Lecture: Multi project management

¨       Student Presentations

Week 10>

3 November

¨       Lecture: Process Management

¨       Student Presentations

¨       Assign third topics for research and presentation

Week 11>

10 November

¨       Lecture: Configuration and Data Management

¨       Groups:  Turn in SEMP

¨       Student Presentations

Week 12>


17 November

¨       Lecture: Internal Project Reviews and Customer Reviews

¨       Student Presentations

¨       Groups:  Turn in RMP

Week 13>

24 November

¨       No Class -- Thanksgiving

Week 14>

1 December

¨       Lecture: Integrated Product Teams

¨       Last Student Presentations

¨       Groups: Turn in PAP

Week 15>


8 December

¨       Lecture: Systems Engineering Life Cycle

¨       Group Activity: Review for Final Examination

Week 16>

15 December

¨       Final Examination (includes requirements group evaluations)

Note: Weekly minutes of group activities to be emailed to beginning 6 October 2005. Format will be discussed in class.