System of Systems Program Definition and Concept Development

Course #SE3411

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


Managing the integration of Large System of Systems (SoS) through a Lead Systems Integrator brings together all developers through a single, central point of communication and control to direct work activities, plan for SoS integration, organize for effective scheduling, and build the team's commitment to successful integration and interoperability. SoS integration often poses confounding problems due to the myriad of interactions between systems and the overall meta-system. This course discusses the special problems of managing the integration of system of systems. Topics include the characteristics of the large scale SoS, program management of SoS integration, uses of SoS design and architecture for decision analysis, feasibility analysis and approaches for SoS integration, SoS contract management, and execution for SoS acquisitions. Prerequisite: A strong background in systems engineering or approval by instructor. Prerequisites: None.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • LSI Concepts 
    • Understand the origins of LSI.
    • Understand the Congressional acquisition direction for use of LSI.
    • Understand the LSI basic roles and methods, to include the role of the 12 Touchpoints.
    • Understand the Congressional acquisition direction for use of LSI.
    • Understand the multi-billion dollar System of Systems failures that led to the Congressional acquisition direction for LSI.   
    • Understand and discuss the challenges of governmental transformation issues.
  • SE Fundamentals
    • Understand the SE principles, methods, and processes, and how they apply to LSI.
    • Understand the SE requirements engineering processes and how they apply to LSI.
    • Extend the system’s lifecycle to the LSI Enterprise Framework.
  • Introduction to Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)Concepts
    • Understand the fundamentals of MBSE, and how MBSE can be used in the LSI environment.
    • Apply knowledge of MBSE to create a model of a system, and how it can be used support LSI activities.
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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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