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Development of a Systems Engineering Course for Multiple Delivery Methods

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Systems Engineering Division Technical Session 2

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Systems Engineering

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24.420.1 - 24.420.10



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Richard Sugarman United States Air Force

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Richard is an instructor of systems engineering and program risk management with the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. Prior to becoming an instructor at AFIT, he was a systems engineer and program manager at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma. He is currently a visiting faculty member at the University of Dayton through the Air Force Education with Industry Program, where he is developing and teaching a graduate course in systems engineering. Richard holds a B.S. Chemical Engineering from Ohio University and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

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Kellie Schneider University of Dayton

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Kellie Schneider is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Management & Systems at the University of Dayton. Prior to joining the faculty at UD, she was an instructor in the Freshman Engineering Program at the University of Arkansas. She received her Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. all in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas. Her primary research involves the use of operations research methodologies and reliability methods to model, evaluate and quantify the interactions of constituents and dissemination of information within various organizations. She is a member of ASEE and IIE.

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Edward F Mykytka University of Dayton

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Development of a Systems Engineering Course for Multiple Delivery MethodsThe Department of Engineering Management and Systems at our university delivers master’slevel courses over a 16-week semester in a traditional classroom setting. To accommodateworking professionals, classes are delivered on campus and are also simulcast over the Internetvia web conferencing. In addition, the lectures are recorded and available for later viewingthrough our learning management system. Recently, our university has partnered with an onlinelearning services company to also offer our degree program via a series of 8-week accelerated,online courses.One of the first courses set for online accelerated development and delivery is the Managementof Engineering Systems course. In its current format, the course topics significantly overlap withother required and elective courses. Therefore, the department has decided to revamp the coursefor all the delivery methods beginning with the offerings in Spring 2014. This situation allowsfor the unique opportunity to develop a course from the ground up as a traditional live class, asimulcast classroom experience, and as an accelerated online class.The developers are employing the basic steps of the ADDIE model ISD process, but with theunique criteria of addressing non-traditional student stakeholders, non-traditional course deliverymethods, and non-traditional pedagogical and androgogical considerations. Active learningprincipals are being liberally used in all offering modalities to create an immersive experiencefor the students. Application of various systems engineering concepts, tools, and techniques areheavily emphasized via scenario-based exercises, case studies, and projects; however, theimplementation of these activities are being designed to best fit with the course delivery mode, toinclude in-class group work, online discussion boards, and Web 2.0 applications.The course will further take advantage of technology-enabled education by using an onlinewebsite as the foundational text for the class. The Systems Engineering Body of Knowledgewiki site ( will serve as the basis for course topic and objectives creation. Theselection of an online text further enhances the ability of the students to access critical courseinformation at any time from anyplace with web access, both while taking the class andafterwards as engineering employees.This paper will describe the process the teachers and web-designers used to create this newcourse and the techniques and the challenges associated with its development.

Sugarman, R., & Schneider, K., & Mykytka, E. F. (2014, June), Development of a Systems Engineering Course for Multiple Delivery Methods Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20311

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