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16.842 Fundamentals of Systems Engineering (Fall 2015, MIT OCW). Instructor: Professor Olivier de Weck. General introduction to systems engineering using both the classical V-model and the new Meta approach.

Topics include stakeholder analysis, requirements definition, system architecture and concept generation, trade-space exploration and concept selection, design definition and optimization, system integration and interface management, system safety, verification and validation, and commissioning and operations. Discusses the trade-offs between performance, lifecycle cost and system operability. Readings based on systems engineering standards and papers. Students apply the concepts of systems engineering to a cyber-electro-mechanical system, which is subsequently entered into a design competition. (from ocw.mit.edu)

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  • Lecture 01 – Instructor Insights Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Requirements Definition Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Systems Modeling Languages Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – System Architecture and Concept Generation Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Concept Selection and Tradespace Exploration Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Design Definition and Multidisciplinary Optimization Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Miscellaneous Topics – MBSE and Introduction to CAD Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Systems Integration and Interface Management Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Verification and Validation Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Commissioning and Operations Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Lifecycle Management Unlimited

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