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Systems Engineering Principles and Practice

Systems Engineering Principles and Practice
By Alexander Kossiakoff, William N. Sweet, Samuel J. Seymour, Steven M. Biemer

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Book Description

The Bestselling Guide to the Engineering of Complex Systems, Now Thoroughly Updated

The first edition of this unique interdisciplinary guide has become the foundational systems engineering textbook for colleges and universities worldwide. It has helped countless readers learn to think like systems engineers, giving them the knowledge, skills, and leadership qualities they need to be successful professionals. Now, colleagues of the original authors have upgraded and expanded the book to address the significant advances in this rapidly changing field.

An outgrowth of the Johns Hopkins University Master of Science Program in Engineering, Systems Engineering: Principles and Practice provides an educationally sound, entry-level approach to the subject, describing tools and techniques essential for the development of complex systems. Exhaustively classroom tested, the text continues the tradition of utilizing models to assist in grasping abstract concepts, emphasizing application and practice. This Second Edition features:

  • Expanded topics on advanced systems engineering concepts beyond the traditional systems engineering areas and the post-development stage

  • Updated DOD and commercial standards, architectures, and processes

  • New models and frameworks for traditional structured analysis and object-oriented analysis techniques

  • Improved discussions on requirements, systems management, functional analysis, analysis of alternatives, decision making and support, and operational analysis

  • Supplemental material on the concept of the system boundary

  • Modern software engineering techniques, principles, and concepts

  • Further exploration of the system engineer's career to guide prospective professionals

  • Updated problems and references

The Second Edition continues to serve as a graduate-level textbook for courses introducing the field and practice of systems engineering. This very readable book is also an excellent resource for engineers, scientists, and project managers involved with systems engineering, as well as a useful textbook for short courses offered through industry seminars.


Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #125905 in Books
  • Brand: Brand: Wiley-Interscience
  • Published on: 2011-05-24
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.30" h x 1.40" w x .30" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 560 pages

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Editorial Reviews

Review
"Aimed at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, this textbook is intended as an introduction to the developmetn and acquisition of complex technical systems ... The second edition is intended to offer expansion, integration and clarification to maintain relevance and currency." (Times Higher Education Supplement {Texbook Guide}, 3 November 2011)

"The book is very readable and gives a particularly good grounding in the subject of systems engineering. It is therefore a valuable volume for any electronics engineering student, practising engineer, or as a reference for a company designing any form of equipment needing a systems engineering approach." (Radio-electronics.com, 1 October 2011)

 

From the Back Cover
The Bestselling Guide to the Engineering of Complex Systems, Now Thoroughly Updated

The first edition of this unique interdisciplinary guide has become the foundational systems engineering textbook for colleges and universities worldwide. It has helped countless readers learn to think like systems engineers, giving them the knowledge, skills, and leadership qualities they need to be successful professionals. Now, colleagues of the original authors have upgraded and expanded the book to address the significant advances in this rapidly changing field.

An outgrowth of the Johns Hopkins University Master of Science Program in Engineering, Systems Engineering: Principles and Practice provides an educationally sound, entry-level approach to the subject, describing tools and techniques essential for the development of complex systems. Exhaustively classroom tested, the text continues the tradition of utilizing models to assist in grasping abstract concepts, emphasizing application and practice. This Second Edition features:

  • Expanded topics on advanced systems engineering concepts beyond the traditional systems engineering areas and the post-development stage

  • Updated DOD and commercial standards, architectures, and processes

  • New models and frameworks for traditional structured analysis and object-oriented analysis techniques

  • Improved discussions on requirements, systems management, functional analysis, analysis of alternatives, decision making and support, and operational analysis

  • Supplemental material on the concept of the system boundary

  • Modern software engineering techniques, principles, and concepts

  • Further exploration of the system engineer's career to guide prospective professionals

  • Updated problems and references

The Second Edition continues to serve as a graduate-level textbook for courses introducing the field and practice of systems engineering. This very readable book is also an excellent resource for engineers, scientists, and project managers involved with systems engineering, as well as a useful textbook for short courses offered through industry seminars.

About the Author
Alexander Kossiakoff (deceased) was a director and chief scientist of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, as well as program chair of the MS program in systems engineering and technical management at JHU Whiting School of Engineering.

William N. Sweet, now retired, was associate department head of the Fleet Systems Department at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Samuel J. Seymour is the systems engineering vice chair at the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering. He served under Professor Kossiakoff for more than twenty-five years.

Steven M. Biemer is an instructor at the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering. He assisted Professor Kossiakoff in developing the first edition of this book.


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful.
2This book is cumbersome, lacks quality writing, and is nearly void of illustrations.
By Terpman1980
First off, I am a professor and teach systems engineering. I bought/acquired both a hard copy and a soft Kindle copy of this text book and made it the required text for my course. I bought the Kindle version so I could cut and paste items into briefing slides for use in class presentation materials. When I got half way through the text, I got a notice that I exceeded the copy limit the publisher had set up. If you want to cut and paste material out of the text, don't buy a Kindle version of it since you will be prohibited from doing so.

The first half to the text is cumbersome. The author defines his own unique phases for his own unique life cycle model and breaks out the conceptual design phase into 3 phases and grudgingly goes through all the typical system engineering tasks in each phase. The result is he doesn't release a top-level requirements spec until the last page of chapter 8. Once you get through the first eight chapters, the layout improves and there is some pretty good content in the second half of the book. Throughout the entire book, however, there are relatively few figures or illustrations, and the ones that are presented are fairly basic.

Overall, this text doesn't measure up to the system engineering works offered by Blanchard, or by Eisner's book on Project and Systems Engineering Management. Both Blanchard and Eisner write much more persuasively, and they both fill their works with worthwhile figures that help illustrate system engineering topics. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
2... taking on Systems Engineering so I have read it pretty much cover to cover
By William Schreiber
I am using this for a class I am taking on Systems Engineering so I have read it pretty much cover to cover. Frankly, I have never given such a low score on a book before. It is poorly written, poorly organized, not enough diagrams and not enough examples. I find that there are times I have to read and reread a section to make sure I understand the point of the paragraph.

The book will discuss a topic in several different places so the reader has to bounce around over five different spots to get the total information shared about it. The book discusses many complex and abstract topics and doesn't give a concrete example in many instances.

The information in the book is very good hence 2 stars.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
1Not worth the time
By AwY
This book is so generic as to be useless. As a class book, I've been forced to read it, otherwise I would have found another resource. I've worked in the aerospace industry for 20 years and needed to broaden my knowledge to have a functioning system eng understanding. This book was not.

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