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Introduction to Systems Engineering

Introduction to Systems Engineering

Introduction to Systems Engineering
By Andrew P. Sage, James E. Armstrong Jr.

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Book Description

An easy-to-use, comprehensive guide to systems engineering methods.

Systems engineering (SE), or the engineering of large-scale systems, is key to achieving reliable, efficient, cost-effective products and services in diverse fields, including communication and network systems, software engineering, information systems, manufacturing, command and control, and defense systems acquisition and procurement. This book offers a unique introduction to the world of systems engineering, focusing on analysis and problem-solving techniques that can be applied throughout the life cycle of product systems and service systems. While the authors provide a framework for the functional levels involved in systems engineering processes and system management, the bulk of the discussion is devoted to the practical application of formulation, analysis, and interpretation methods.

Through the use of real-world examples and useful graphs, readers will learn to:
* Choose the most appropriate methods and tools for a given project
* Apply issue formulation methods to assure that the right problem has been identified
* Work with formal analysis methods to assure that the problem is solved correctly
* Apply issue interpretation methods to insure that decisions reflect human values and technological realities, and thereby make interpretation work for them in the decision-making process
* Develop an appreciation for the engineering and troubleshooting of large systems


Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #652515 in Books
  • Published on: 2000-03-27
  • Ingredients: Example Ingredients
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.50" h x 1.20" w x 6.30" l, 2.00 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 568 pages

Editorial Reviews

Review
"This book...is a comprehensive summary and teaching tool...Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduate engineering students, graduate students in related fields, and practitioners." (Choice, Vol. 38, No. 8, April 2001)

From the Back Cover
An easy-to-use, comprehensive guide to systems engineering methods.

Systems engineering (SE), or the engineering of large-scale systems, is key to achieving reliable, efficient, cost-effective products and services in diverse fields, including communication and network systems, software engineering, information systems, manufacturing, command and control, and defense systems acquisition and procurement. This book offers a unique introduction to the world of systems engineering, focusing on analysis and problem-solving techniques that can be applied throughout the life cycle of product systems and service systems. While the authors provide a framework for the functional levels involved in systems engineering processes and system management, the bulk of the discussion is devoted to the practical application of formulation, analysis, and interpretation methods.

Through the use of real-world examples and useful graphs, readers will learn to:

  • Choose the most appropriate methods and tools for a given project
  • Apply issue formulation methods to assure that the right problem has been identified
  • Work with formal analysis methods to assure that the problem is solved correctly
  • Apply issue interpretation methods to insure that decisions reflect human values and technological realities, and thereby make interpretation work for them in the decision-making process
  • Develop an appreciation for the engineering and troubleshooting of large systems

About the Author
ANDREW P. SAGE, PhD, Purdue University, is University Professor and First American Bank Professor in the School of Information Technology at George Mason University.

JAMES E. ARMSTRONG JR., PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, is Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.


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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Not a bad Intro to SE text book
By R Brown
This is a pretty good introductory book into SE. Not a hard read like some other SE text books I've read.

19 of 41 people found the following review helpful.
2KISS
By Curmudgeon
Quiz time:

You have 60 seconds to determine what the following sentence means:

"Systems engineering processes should support operational product functionality, revisability, and transitioning, both at the initial time of operational implementation and later at the time that a system is phased out of service or retired, or reengineered for continued productivity and use."

Times up. If you took more than 60 seconds in my shop, you're fired. Halfway through this sentence I would have realized that my time would have been wasted, and I would have moved on. NO ONE in the engineering world should be caught writing such unintelligable gobbledegook. This sentence nailed it for me - I WON'T be pursuing a Masters in "Engineering Management" (largely consisting of 'systems engineering')- my application to ODU is in the trash...

Now, to be fair, there is value in understanding the necessity of managing methods and tools for large scale systems development, but not at the expense of the English language and good old fashioned simplicity. I would have said:

"From conception to obsolescence, your tools for a product's management had better work and/or improve, or else, .

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