16.842 Fundamentals of Systems Engineering

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General introduction to systems engineering using the classical V-model. Topics include stakeholder analysis, requirements definition, system architecture and concept generation, trade-space exploration and concept selection, human factors, design definition and optimization, system integration and interface management, system safety, verification and validation, and commissioning and operations. Discusses the trade-offs between performance, life-cycle cost and system operability. Readings based on systems engineering standards. Individual homework assignments apply concepts from class and contain both aeronautical and astronautical applications. Prepares students for the systems field exam in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

This class has no prerequisites.

16.842 will be offered this semester (Fall 2019). It is instructed by E. Crawley.

This class counts for a total of 6 credits. This is a graduate-level class.

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