The Foundations of Systems Engineering course is an introductory overview of the systems engineering perspective and is presented to set the conceptual and practical framework of the entire systems engineering graduate program. The course covers the foundational components of systems engineering, from the concept development stage through the process steps of engineering development. Several issues related to post-development and special topics areas are also presented.
The online section can be accessed synchronously or asynchronously. Synchronous means you can log on live and participate in the class as it is occurring on campus, but participation in this format is not mandatory. Asynchronous means you can access the video recording of the class sessions whenever it is convenient for you.
All students will be responsible for weekly homework assignments, two project papers, and a presentation to the class, either in-person or via on-line linkage. No mid-term or final exams will be required in this course. Chapters 1 and 2 in the text should be read prior to the 1st class session.
This course can be applied toward:
None. Credit not allowed for both ENGR 501 and ECE 501.
Military personnel admitted to a College of Engineering online degree program may be eligible for a 15% tuition discount. Tuition discounts can only be given if you provide the appropriate discount code at the time of registration. Call (877) 491-4336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Discounts are not applicable to Denver sections.
This class is available live via the Internet during the in-person course section time. If you are registered for the 801 section, log into your Canvas account to access the course; directions will be posted. You can also attend the class in person if you contact the instructor ahead of time.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Systems Engineering: Principles and Practice, 2nd Ed. (2011)
Alexander Kossiakoff and William Sweet
A digital version of the textbookmay be available from the Colorado State University Library. Access instructions are contained at the following URL: https;//libguides.colostate.edu/ebooks
Colonel Gregory S. Marzolf (USAF, retired) was commissioned in 1988 from the University of Tennessee and retired after almost 29 years of service. During this time, he commanded the 53d Test and Evaluation Group, the 414th Combat Training Squadron (i.e., RED FLAG), the 64th Aggressor Squadron, and an Air Force ROTC Detachment. Colonel Marzolf is a command pilot with over 3,000 flight hours—the vast majority of it in the F-16. He has served as an instructor pilot, flight examiner, mission commander, and weapons officer to include flying combat missions in Operations DENY FLIGHT, PROVIDE COMFORT, and IRAQI FREEDOM. He has extensive experience with complex systems and is currently finishing a dissertation on America’s emergency response system. He resides in Fort Collins, CO with his wife and four children.