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Systems Engineering Fundamentals (Blended)

Length: Approximately 12 hours


This course provides an introduction to systems engineering for ITS project managers and staff. It provides a high-level view of a broad and rich topic area, introducing basic concepts to individuals who are working on ITS projects. The goal is to allow these individuals to understand the benefits of applying systems engineering approaches as a means of developing quality systems. The course covers technical practices such as modeling, prototyping, trade-off analysis and testing, and management practices such as risk assessment and mitigation, which make up “best practices” in the systems engineering arena.

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Upon completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define Systems Engineering and its application to ITS.
  • Describe the system’s life cycle and its relationship to systems engineering.
  • Develop, derive, and validate requirements for a system.
  • List the systems engineering tools available to mitigate risk.
  • Define and apply the concept of earned value as a tracking mechanism.
  • List three alternative strategies that may be applied to decision making under uncertainty.
  • Identify where to find appropriate standards for developing ITS projects.
  • Identify resources that may help project personnel to look at systems as a whole.

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Philip Tarnoff
Chairman of the Board, Traffax Inc.

Richard W. Denney, Jr., P.E.
FHWA Resource Center—Operations

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