Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Systems and Speciality Engineering

ME 53502 / 3 Cr. (3 Class)

This course offers an examination of the interaction between the principles of systems engineering and the “design for” specialty engineering areas. The focus of their interactions is viewed across the system life cycle. Special emphasis is given to contributions of the specialties to the essential knowledge development needed for concept exploration, requirements analysis and development, trade offs and decisions with uncertainty, preliminary design ,system integration, verification, and system validation. The students will use the international space station and its support systems for practical application of the principles introduced in this course. This is the second of two courses in systems engineering and is dependent upon successfully completing ME 53501 Introduction to Systems Engineering. There is a 15% overlap between these two courses.


B. Blanchard and W. Fabrycky, Systems Engineering and Analysis, 5th Edition, Prentice Hall.


After completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Define the specialty engineering disciplines, and how they apply to systems engineering, the system life cycle phases, and the product development life cycle phases.
  • Describe how the specialties contribute to the general phase gates and reviews that comprise a product development life cycle.
  • Describe how the specialty engineering disciplines apply to writing each of the four types of system requirements, how their elicitation is enhanced by integration of the specialties with the systems engineering discipline.
  • Write ‘good’ requirements from the perspective of the specialties, explain the characteristics of a ‘good’ specialties requirement, and their verification.
  • Define how the specialties are applied in systems engineering activities, beginning with concept exploration through the later phases of the product development life cycle to system acceptance and validation: functional analysis, decomposition, interface analysis, performance directly related to the specialties, requirements allocation and traceability, and verification planning.
  • Explain the key principles of each “-ilitie” and essential computations or decision making methods applicable to each discipline.
  • Describe the application of the specialties to the general methodology for trade offs and analysis of alternatives, economic analysis, and life cycle costs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how each “-ilitie” contributes to successful design reviews and program phase gate reviews, to effective technical project management, and to effective application of systems engineering principles.
  • Review of systems engineering domain
  • Concept exploration
  • Preliminary design
  • Detail Design and Development
  • System Verification and Validation
  • Alternatives and Models in Decision Making
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Design for Realibility and Maintainability
  • Design for Usability
  • Deign for Logistics and Supportability
  • Deisgn for Producibility, Sustainability and Disposability
  • Design for Affordability
  • Program Management, Control, and Evaluation