Naval Weapon Systems Technology II

Course #SE3123

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


The second of a two course sequence, this course introduces the student to both the effects that weapons can produce as well as the technologies needed by weapons systems to create those effects, including the control elements. It is designed to provide an early initial familiarization of the student with critical weapons concepts. Analytic techniques are presented that allow the student to evaluate the interrelationships between the combat systems.

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 174


  • SE3122

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Describe the role of conventional weapons from a systems perspective.
  • Explain the fundamentals of explosives, their characteristics, properties and potential uses.
  • Explain the concepts of blast, fragmentation and fusing for conventional warheads.  Calculate blast overpressure, dynamic pressure, and fragment velocities as well as predict damage probabilities for various target and warhead types.
  • Quantitatively assess the physics underlying common components found in naval weapons systems to include aerodynamics, propulsion, ballistics, guidance, and launch systems.
  • Compare and contrast the construction, operation, and effects of high energy laser weapons and high-power microwave weapons.
  • Analyze the impact of the natural environment on weapons.
  • Analyze the impact of the man-made environment on weapons.
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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jan 2024

    Spring Quarter applications due

  •  01 Apr 2024

    Summer Quarter applications due

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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Academic Calendar

  •  12 Dec 2023 – 14 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter final examinations

  •  15 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter graduation

  •  18 Dec 2023 – 05 Jan 2024

    Winter break

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