Systems Engineering, Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Systems Engineering

Course Descriptions

In certain semesters, select courses (noted by an asterisk below) can also be attended in-person at our South Metro Denver location. See specific course description for details.

CIS 600 – Information Technology and Project Management

Course topics include balancing project stakeholder requirements for scope, time, cost, quality, risk, and human factors. The course emphasizes the Project Management Institute's (PMI) body of knowledge and considers PMP/CAPM professional certifications. You can participate via live web conferencing or view the recorded session at your convenience. In addition, online students may occasionally attend on-campus classes in Fort Collins, but we ask that you let us know ahead of time to ensure your attendance isn’t during an exam or other prohibitive activity.

CIS 610 – Software Development Methodology

This course covers methods for all phases of software development focusing on the establishment of economical software that is reliable and cross platform compatible. You can participate via live web conferencing or view the recorded session at your convenience. I semester.

CIS 670 – Advanced IT Project Management

In this class, an applied examination of project management is conducted with an emphasis on preparing for and completing PMI certification. The focus is on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). This course aims to prepare you to test for either Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® or Project Management Professional (PMP)®.

ECE 508 – Introduction to Power System Markets

This course provides an introduction to the structure and techniques (tools) of market operations in deregulated electric power systems. The emphasis of the course is on topics related to: participants in electric power markets; system security; investments in generation and transmission; auctions; ancillary services; and congestion management.

ECE 520 – Optimization Methods-Control and Communications

Linear and nonlinear optimization theory and methods; applications in systems, control, and communication.

ECE 565 – Electrical Power Engineering

Analysis of power systems in terms of current, voltage, and active/reactive power; introduction of computer-aided tools for power systems.

ECE 566 – Energy Conversion for Electrical Power Systems

Energy conversion; fuel cell, battery storage, solar-photovoltaic, wind energy and traditional rotating-magnetic-field based machines.

ECE 568 – Electrical Energy Generation Systems

Energy systems: renewable and traditional. Physics and operation of energy devices; solar-photovoltaic, wind energy, gas, coal and nuclear plants.

ECE 621 – Energy Storage for Electrical Power Systems

Theory and practice of electrical, mechanical, thermal and novel energy storage systems/devices.

ECE 622 – Energy Networks and Power Distribution Grids

Energy networks: generation, storage, consumers. Systems approach to analysis of distribution networks and transition to intelligent grid systems.

*ENGR 501 – Foundations of Systems Engineering

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, the concept development stage every viable system must go through, and the process steps of the engineering development stage. Several issues related to post-development and special topics areas are presented. You can participate via live web conferencing or view the recorded session at your convenience. In addition, you have the option to attend on-campus sections in Fort Collins during the fall semester and at our South Metro Denver location during the spring semester.

ENGR 502 – Engineering Project and Program Management

Engineering program management fundamentals, program planning and control strategies, risk assessment, work breakdown structures and costing options.

ENGR 510 – Engineering Optimization: Method/Application

Optimization methods; linear programming, simplex algorithm, duality, sensitivity analysis, minimal cost network flows, transportation problems.

ENGR 520 – Engineering Decision Support/Expert Systems

Decision support systems for complex engineering problems; multicriteria decision making and optimization; hybrid knowledge-based/algorithmic methods.

*ENGR 530 – Overview of Systems Engineering Processes

This course helps students develop a conceptual understanding of the systems engineering life-cycle process and familiarity with analysis techniques used in that process. It also introduces concepts of reliability and robustness, and rigorous tools for analysis and design with them in mind. The course utilizes real-world experience and case studies of working with a system through all phases of the system design process. You can participate via live web conferencing or view the recorded session at your convenience. In addition, you have the option to attend on-campus sections in Fort Collins during the fall semester.

*ENGR 531 – Engineering Risk Analysis

Successful engineering project management includes estimation and proactive risk identification and development of mitigation techniques. System uncertainty is reduced when project risks are identified, quantified, and mitigation strategies implemented. Tools, techniques, and methodologies used by successful project managers will be examined. You can participate via live web conferencing or view the recorded session at your convenience. In addition, you have the option to attend on-campus sections in Fort Collins during the fall semester.

ENGR 580A4 – Cybersecurity for Systems Engineers

Cybersecurity principles, practices, technologies, design approaches, and terminology. Incorporation of cybersecurity principles into effective systems designs. This course is directed to System Engineers and other technical personnel with a need to understand cybersecurity in order to integrate it into a balanced system design.

ENGR 581 A2 – Coupled Electromechanical Systems

Coupled electrical and mechanical systems and the analysis of energy transfer between these systems. Analysis of field energy and the relationship between electrical, mechanical and electromagnetic forces. Analysis and design of linear motors, servo-motors, DC and motors are presented. Other topics include inductively coupled charging circuits and vibrational modes that can arise between coupled electrical and mechanical systems. Graduate standing.

ENGR 680 A2 – Systems Requirements Engineering

Introduction to the rigorous requirements process within systems engineering, including system requirements analysis, requirements decomposition, allocation, tracking, verification, and validation.

ENGR 799 – Dissertation

MECH 513 – Simulation Modeling and Experimentation

This course will introduce fundamental concepts of integrated modeling, simulation, and experimentation as a component of the systems engineering process. You will learn practical processes for improving the defensibility, cost and capabilities of your simulations. This course places emphases on verification and validation of computational models, on quantification and propagation of uncertainty, on multi-disciplinary analysis and optimization, and on synthesis and decision making. We will use tools including MATLAB, Excel, ModelCenter, Simulink and SimEvents to model in a variety of engineering applications and domains. With semi-weekly homework and mid-term and final projects, this course will build engineering students’ capabilities to perform scientific and engineering computing for the purposes of design, research and decision support.