Fundamentals of Systems Engineering (APPEL-FSE)
This course is designed for junior to mid-career NASA systems engineers, functional engineers, project managers, integrated product team members, and business managers.
This five-day course introduces the methods and techniques for a structured systems development process that proceeds from requirements to concept to production to operation and is based upon NASA policy guidelines, specifically NASA Procedural Requirements (NPR) 7123.1A and 7120.5D. The NASA practice of systems engineering is the glue across all engineering and project management disciplines that ties customer needs to the right solution. Systems engineering focuses on the interfaces between the people, processes, and products that are often outside the responsibility of any one function or discipline. This course equips your teams with the knowledge necessary to realize successful solutions.
Learning will be accomplished through lecture and class discussion. Attendees will practice the 'how-to' of the principles through case studies and illustrative examples. Practical exercises provide experience in the techniques and decisions required in a real world environment.
If the hands-on lifecycle activity option is selected, the participants will develop and present appropriate artifacts and content based upon a real NASA case study. This activity will be conducted post-course with guidance from the instructor.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Explain the purpose of systems engineering.
- Describe the systems engineering process incorporating NASA policy guidelines (NPRs 7123.1A and 7120.5D).
- Explain the process for system requirements development and management.
- Describe the system definition process (concepts and architecting).
- Defend project decisions and trade-off analyses.
- Analyze product and project risk and mitigation based upon NASA policies and practices.
- Examine reliability, availability, and supportability factors during the design process.
- Explain performance measurement needs.
- Describe the system implementation process.
- Explain verification and validation activities.
Competencies and Technical Areas Addressed
- Incorporating Reliability, Availability and Supportability Considerations into the Design Process
- Purpose of Systems Engineering
- System Definition Process (Concepts and Architecting)
- Systems Engineering Processes Incorporating NASA Procedural Requirements (NPRs) 7123.1A And 7120.5D
- System Implementation Process
- The American Council on Education (ACE) has recommended that 2 transferable graduate level credits be awarded for the successful completion of this course.
- This course is registered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) for 40 Professional Development Units (PDUs). PMI Course ID: FSE031