System Verification and Validation

Course #SE4354

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


This course applies the  verification and validation (V&V) principles of inspection, demonstration, analysis, and test  to confirm the system satisfies the capability needs and system requirements.  The course places special emphasis on test and evaluation including inferential statistics methods such as design of experiments (DOE) and analysis of variance (ANOVA), and testing methods such as functional simulation, analysis, examination, software in the loop, hardware in the loop, full system testing, and operational testing; in order to verify that the hardware matches the simulations in the earliest available environment and continuing during the entire lifecycle.  The course content will be consistent with Congressional and DoD requirements and guidelines and will include case studies and lessons learned from actual defense system tests. This course is also offered as OA4603.

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 131
  • 311
  • 722


  • OS3180
  • SE3100
  • OS3111

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the role of V&V within systems engineering and throughout the acquisition process.

  • Characterize and distinguish the key characteristics of developmental and operational T&E, as conducted by DoD.

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the DoD Handbooks governing V&V.

  • Formulate traceable requirements for testing complex systems using the dendritic approach.

  • Prepare a draft Operational Test input to the Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP) using the Integrated Evaluation Framework (IEF).

  • Demonstrate familiarity with principles and statistical tools of design of experiments (DoE).

  • Develop test scenarios and identify the required resources for tests.

  • Apply statistical tools for evaluating specification compliance and designing experiments.

  • Utilize the model-based systems engineering (MBSE) environment to support development of a V&V strategy.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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