LG201 Systems Engineering & Analysis

for F1HH 2012

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LG 201 Systems Engineering & Analysis


F1HH 2012 PA


Wagner, Peter G.


Senior Instructor


MS, Systems Mgt/Logistics
BS, Accounting

Office Location


Office Hours

Before or after class, or by appointment




Semester Dates

Aug 20 - Oct 14, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:30 PM


MA 120

Credit Hours



Blanchard, Benjamin S. and Fabrycky, Wolter J.; Systems Engineering and Analysis, 5th Edition, 2011;
ISBN-13: 978-0-13-221735-4; ISBN-10: 0-13-221735-X. 

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Additional Resources:
Numerous titles on general systems engineering and analysis considerations and also on specific technical aspects are available at the WPAFB Base library, Dayton/Montgomery County Public Libraries, Greene County Public Libraries, and other area libraries (e.g., Wright State University, Sinclair Community College, etc.)


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Course Description:
LG201 Systems Engineering and Analysis: A study of the design, development, direction, management, and control of the systems engineering process. Emphasis is placed on the application of quantitative and qualitative techniques to systems analysis, evaluation and performance. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: MA120.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, and writings. The instructor will seek to engage each learner in a lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define a system. The students should include the classifications of systems (natural, human-made, physical, conceptual, static, dynamic, closed and open) definitions and elements.
  2. Explain the system design process. The students should include in their discussions conceptual system design; preliminary system design, detail design and development; and system test and evaluation.
  3. Describe several decisions and models in decision making as related to systems analysis. The student should calculate expected value, laplace, maximin, maximax, present value, future value, and break even analysis.
  4. Explain and apply queuing theory. The student should be able to evaluate a single channel queuing model.
  5. Explain the factors involved in designing for operational feasibility. Discussions should include reliability, maintainability, usability, supportability, producibility, disposability and lifecycle cost.
  6. Describe a System Engineering Management Plan (SEMP).

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

QUIZZES There will be four (4) quizzes, designed to provide current feedback to both the student and the instructor, on meetings #2, #3, #5, and #7.  Each quiz will consist of ten (10) objective questions (True/False and/or Multiple Choice) on course material addressed in the prior week's class meeting and/or in student reading of text material assigned in preparation for the prior week's class meeting, as indicated in the syllabus.   There will be no quiz make-ups.   
TESTS There will be three major tests given at appropriate course milestones (meetings # 4, #6, and #8) on chapters as indicated in the course outline  These tests (two intermediate tests at meetings #4 and #6 plus the final test at meeting #8) may require the solution and interpretation of problems as well as objective (True/False and/or Multiple Choice) questions and questions requiring an essay response.   Make-up tests will be permitted only when prior arrangements are made and/or when the circumstances are explained to the instructor’s satisfaction.   In accordance with Park University policy, the final (third) test will be closed book/notes, proctored, and comprehensive .  The final examination will measure CORE ASSESSMENT: All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the relevant Departmental Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities. The core assessment will measure at least 75% of the Core Learning Outcomes (CLO’s).  

HOMEWORK  Homework assignments will consist of end-of-chapter review questions/problems, which will be reviewed for credible effort and accomplishment.  Exact review questions/problems will be determined and announced in class one week prior to due date.  The number of questions per assignment may vary.  Homework will be typed/written and turned in when due, or may be submitted electronically prior to class time on the due date.  There will be six (6) graded homework assignments which will be collected on each of meetings #2 through #7.  There will be no homework make-ups.

PARTICIPATION IN CLASS  Participation will consist of active engagement in class activities and discussions.  More specifically, participation includes but is not necessarily limited to meaningful responses to questions from the instructor, either directed to the student particularly, or to the class in general.  Please note that attendance is a prerequisite for participation.  Absence from class, either excused or unexcused, cannot count toward participation in class.


Your final numerical rating will be calculated based on a 1000 - point scale as follows:

Homework               240 points (six assignments, 40 points each)                             

Quizzes                    160 points (four quizzes, 40 points each)                                            

Tests                         200 points (two intermediate tests, 100 points each)

Participation            100 points
Final Examination   300 points


Final course letter grades will be assigned as follows:

A 900 - 1000 points

B 800 - 899 points

C 700 - 799 points

D 600 - 699 points

F 599 points or lower


The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Absences: The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but any missed work permitted to be completed late be must be made up within the term of enrollment. What determines an excused absence other than TDY or medical reason is up to the instructor’s discretion. THREE UNexcused absences will result in a grade of F. This is the official Park University policy. Please note that for an absence to be an officially excused absence, (1) I must agree and (2) you must provide documentation (which I have to turn in to the Administrator). 

Incompletes are only to be given in place of a grade in extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control (excessive TDY hospitalization, etc.) If a student does not show up for the final, an incomplete is never automatically given.  Only if you contact the instructor and provide documentation for an excused absence will an incomplete be given. All incompletes are subject to approval by the Park University Administrator. Students have 60 days from the last day of the term to make up their grade. If not made up, incompletes become “F’s”.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

A credible level of effort appropriate to the course material, which may vary from student to student (e.g., time required for independent study), is expected. Students are expected to initiate communication with the instructor regarding absences, perceived deficiencies in coursework performance, etc. Park University policies regarding attendance and student conduct, which includes academic honesty, will be enforced. Submitting someone elses work as your own, for example, will not be tolerated. Penalties for violating ethical standards can include receiving an “F” for the course and suspension or expulsion from the College. On the issue of academic honesty/plagiarism Park University policies regarding academic honesty will be enforced. Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence I will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park. Plagiarism is the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work – sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.


The following codes have been adopted as a structure by which Park University will function. The major emphasis in any disciplinary action is the education and development of the student for responsible citizenship and the protection of the rights of the other students to participate fully in the educational process.


The student conduct standards apply to behavior on Park University Property and at all Park University sponsored activities held off-campus or students attending Park University extended campus centers. Park University has the right to subject off-campus students to Student conduct Code. Regulations apply to both individual students and student organizations. Violations of either civil law or Park University regulations, which are subject to disciplinary action include, but are not limited to, the following:


A.       Dishonesty, whether cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly providing false or misleading information to Park University or to persons of authority who are in the process of discharging their responsibilities.

C. Obstruction or disruption of teaching, classes, research, administration, disciplinary procedure, or other Park University activities…

D. Abuse of any person on…Park University Campus Centers, whether physical, emotional, or verbal.

G. Possession, consumption, or being under the influence of or impaired by alcoholic beverages in Park University…

H. Use, manufacture, possession, or distribution of drug paraphernalia, narcotic, and illegal and/or illicit drugs…

J. Smoking or other use of tobacco. Tobacco use is only permitted out of door in designated areas.

K. Failure to comply with directions of Park University officials acting in the performance of their duties.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

MTG         Chapts          Topic                                                         

 1  8/22        1 - 2           Overview

                                       Introduction to Systems
 2  8/29        3 - 4           The System Design Process

 3  9/5          5 - 6           The System Design Process (cont’d)

 4  9/12        1 - 6           Test 
                   7 - 9           Systems Analysis and Design Evaluation
5  9/19       10 - 11         Systems Analysis and design Evaluations (cont’d)

6  9/26        7 - 11          Test 2

                12 – 17          Design for Operational Feasibility

 7 10/3      18 -  19          Systems Engineering Management                                       

 8 10/10                          Final examination

Note: Homework exercises will be announced in class.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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