This course teaches fundamentals and concepts for applying trade-off analytics and decision analysis techniques to the system tradespace. Its specific objectives are:
- To provide a general approach for formal system-level trade-off analyses using decision analysis techniques;
- To provide methods, processes, and tools usable by technical managers to formally assess trade-offs and decisions at key stages in the systems life cycle;
- To provide some practice using analytical tools to analyze a preliminary system design concept for life cycle costs, sustainment, community impact, system effectiveness, and potential risk;
- To clarify, improve and broaden one’s personal philosophy of system trade-off analysis and decision analysis techniques;
- To strengthen the students’ communication and research abilities by exploring current societal needs addressable with a system solution;
- To provide the student with opportunities to utilize critical thinking skills to analyze and solve complex problems.
Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Examine the role of trade-off analyses to support system decisions in each stage of the system life cycle.
- Explain the advantages and disadvantages of tradespace exploration techniques for trade-off analysis of concepts, architectures, designs, operations, and retirement.
- Use decision analysis as the mathematical foundation for trade-off analysis using both deterministic and probabilistic techniques.
- Identify and structure stakeholder objectives and develop single objective and multi-objective decision analysis models to evaluate system concepts and design alternatives.
- Develop an integrated decision model that incorporates system performance, total life cycle cost, schedule, risk and uncertainty, environmental impact, and future growth and opportunities.
- Communicate the insights of life cycle (total cost, environmental impact, risk) and system effectiveness analyses and the important trade-offs to senior stakeholders and decision makers.
- Introduction to Trade-off Analysis
- Conceptual Framework Review
- Quantifying Uncertainty
- Analyzing Resources
- Understanding Decision Management Team Topic Discussion
- Identifying Opportunities,
- Identifying Objectives and Value Measures
- Developing and Evaluating Alternatives
- An Integrated Model for Trade-Off Analysis
- Exploring Concept Trade-Offs
- Architecture Evaluation
- Sustainment Related Trade Studies
- Programmatic Trade-Off Analyses
- Future Trends
This course can be used to fulfill the following requirements:
- Master’s degree in Engineering and Technology Management:
- Selective for METM Managing Resources core requirement
- Systems Engineering Management Graduate Certificate
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