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SYSE 603 - Introduction to Systems Test and Evaluation

  • 3 credits

Test and evaluation of systems at both the component and systems levels to provide insights into how systems succeed or fail based on test methodologies.

Course Objectives:
Students will discover how testing and evaluation is an important component within the systems engineering process.
Successful students will learn to:
• Apply/test evaluation processes in the systems engineering context
• Understand the different frameworks used to incorporate testing and evaluation into complex systems and projects
• Demonstrate test principles to determine what, how, where, and when to stop test and evaluation in systems
• Evaluate why systems succeed or fail
• Apply test/evaluation principles to a notional project
• Create test plans and documentation
• Optimize test strategies for better design, development, and production


ENGR 502 (Engineering Project and Program Management); ENGR 531/ECE 531 (Engineering Risk Analysis); Bachelor's degree required.; Credit allowed for only one of the following: ENGR 603, ENGR 680A3, or SYSE 603.

Important Information

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 to learn more. (Discounts are not applicable to Denver sections.)

This class is available live via the Internet Mondays from 5:15 to 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Log into your Canvas account to access the course; directions will be posted.


Gregory Marzolf

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Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering

Colonel Gregory Marzolf (USAF retired) is a skillful leader with over 30 years of experience working in and across large organizations. He’s held diverse assignments including working with large Department of Defense aviation systems, conducting operational test and evaluation for all Air Force fighter, bomber, unmanned, and high altitude platforms. He also executed nuclear air-launched cruise missile and free-fall munitions testing.

Marzolf recently commanded the Air Force’s premier large-force multi-domain combat exercise—RED FLAG—at Nellis AFB, NV where he worked to develop and refine multi-domain warfighting integration.

He is a credible and well-networked author, developer, advocator, and manager of advanced concepts and complex systems.

He joined Systems Engineering in the summer of 2017 and teaches SYSE 501 – Foundations of Systems Engineering, and SYSE 603 – Introduction to Systems Test and Evaluation.

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