Systems Analysis Cases I

Course #OS3081

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


This is the first course in a three-course sequence in systems analysis practice. This course focuses on learning from real defense systems analysis case histories through readings, discussion, and writing point papers. Emphasis is on understanding the pitfalls of analysis, highlighting critical assumptions, and recognition of the strengths and weaknesses of applied analytical methodologies. Case histories include actual defense studies conducted with large-scale warfare simulations, seminar wargaming, and other methodologies common in DoD studies and analysis. PREREQUISITES: Graduate standing in Systems Analysis, Operations Research, or Systems Engineering; completion of courses in probability, statistics, simulation, uncertainty modeling, cost-benefit, decision analysis, and optimization.

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 363


  • OS3080
  • OS3380
  • OS3680
  • OS4680
  • OS3211
  • OS4011
  • OA4702

Learning Outcomes

·       Gain experience in the review and evaluation of analytical studies to support national-level decisions, particularly within DoD.

·       Present concise briefings on the content, strengths, and weaknesses of analytical studies.

·       Gain an appreciation for analytical processes such as problem formulation, identification of objectives, selecting measures of effectiveness, and highlighting critical assumptions.

·       Understand common problems in executing analytical studies and their application to decision making.

·       Gain an appreciation for creating an analytical study plan.

·       Understand references on creating Statements of Work, Statements of Objectives, and Study Guidance.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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