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Developing Systems Engineering Graduate Programs Aligned to the Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering (BKCASE[TM]) Guidelines

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Developing Systems Engineering Curriculum, Part II

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Systems Engineering

Page Count

13

Page Numbers

22.461.1 - 22.461.13

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https://peer.asee.org/17742

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20

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Alice F. Squires Stevens Institute of Technology

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Alice Squires has nearly 30 years of professional experience and is an industry and research professor in Systems Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in the School of Systems and Enterprises. She is a Primary Researcher for the Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering (BKCASE) and Systems Engineering Experience Accelerator projects. She has served as a Senior Systems Engineer consultant to Lockheed Martin, IBM, and EDO Ceramics, for Advanced Systems Supportability Engineering Technology and Tools (ASSETT), Inc. Alice previously served as a senior engineering manager for General Dynamics (GD), Lockheed Martin (LM) and as a technical lead for IBM. Alice is a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma (Business), Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering), and Eta Kappa Nu (National Electrical Engineering) Honorary Societies and is an International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) in both base and Acquisition (CSEP-Acq). She is in the process of completing her doctorate dissertation in “Investigating the Relationship Between Online Pedagogy and Student Perceived Learning of Systems Engineering Competencies” and her research interests include systems engineering competency development, systems thinking and systems engineering education. Alice is the Chair of the Systems Engineering Division of ASEE and has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE). Alice received the Stevens Institute of Technology Provost’s Online Teaching Excellence Award in 2007.

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David H. Olwell Naval Postgraduate School Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-7454-7648

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Dr. Olwell is Professor and immediate past chair of the Department of Systems Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is currently the co-principal investigator (with Dr. Art Pyster of Stevens Institute) on a multi-year, multi-national effort to define the systems engineering body of knowledge and a graduate reference systems engineering curriculum for international use.

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Timothy L.J. Ferris University of South Australia

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Dr. Tim Ferris is the Associate Director: Teaching and Learning in the Defence and Systems Institute at University of South Australia. He is the lead author of the GRCSE product of the BKCASE project. He has worked in the University for 20 years and taken an active research interest in education in addition to research intersts related to systems engienering and research methods for use in advancing systems engineering.

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Nicole A.C. Hutchison

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Arthur Pyster Stevens Institute of Technology

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Arthur Pyster is a Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology and the Deputy Executive Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center, a Department of Defense University Affiliated Research Center. Before joining Stevens in March 2007, he served as the Senior Vice President and Director of Systems Engineering and Integration for SAIC. Earlier, he served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Federal Aviation Administration and held several other executive, management, and technical roles in systems and software engineering. Dr. Pyster is a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and sits on their Board of Directors. He has a Ph.D. in computer and information sciences from Ohio State University.

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Stephanie Enck Naval Postgraduate School

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Stephanie Enck is a research assistant at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Systems
Engineering Department. She has a Bachelor of Science in Communication, sales and
marketing management experience, and volunteered to assist Army families for several years
before joining the SE department at NPS. Her research interests and project coordination
efforts include M&S education, project management, and SE education.

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Abstract

Leveraging the Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering (BKCASETM) Project Deliverables for Developing Systems Engineering Curriculum The Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering (BKCASE)team, comprised of over four dozen systems engineering experts around the world, is in theprocess of developing a Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK),followed by a Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineers (GRCSE, pronounced‘Gracie’). Initial drafts of these products were released in 2010; a second draft is planned forrelease in 2011; and the final version of the products will be released to the public in 2012. Thispaper reviews the approaches used in the initial draft versions of these products released inSeptember and December 2010, respectively, for limited review. Methods for leveraging bothguides to develop systems engineering curriculum development are explored through adiscussion of knowledge areas, topics and subtopics from the body of knowledge; and a reviewof the curriculum architecture, outcomes, and objectives recommended as a framework forsystems engineering curriculum development. A description of each knowledge area is providedas a guideline for developing a specific module, course, series of courses or an entire program.Results of surveys on systems engineering graduate programs offered around the world aresummarized. Individual, group and organizational-wide development of systems engineeringcompetency is discussed from the aspect of competency based curriculum development.Examples of various ways to leverage the curriculum architecture as a framework for organizingcore and extended core systems engineering content, institutional specific content, specialtyareas and electives as well as a capstone project, are provided. A discussion of the differences inapproach for systems centric systems engineering and domain centric systems engineeringcurriculum development is addressed as well as a review of approaches to leveraging casestudies to address domain dependent systems engineering topics.

Squires, A. F., & Olwell, D. H., & Ferris, T. L., & Hutchison, N. A., & Pyster, A., & Enck, S. (2011, June), Developing Systems Engineering Graduate Programs Aligned to the Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering (BKCASE[TM]) Guidelines Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17742

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