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Mark Austin,
Institute for Systems Research,
University of Maryland, College Park.
General Information
Notes from Class
Frequently-Asked Questions
Internet Resources
Meet the Class, [ 2002 ] [ 2000 ] [ 1999 ]
Project Requirements, [ 2002 ] [ 2000 ] [ 1999 ]
Project Abstracts, [ 2002 ] [ 2000 ] [ 1999 ]


The topics will be as follows:

  • Definition and Scope of Systems Engineering.
  • Representations for System Structure, System Behavior, System Interfaces and Systems Integration.
  • Reactive (Event-driven) Systems, Systems-of-Systems.
  • Measures of System Complexity.
  • Introduction to Model-Based Systems Engineering.
  • Visual Modeling of Engineering Systems with UML.
  • Frontend Specification of Systems via Use Cases, Scenarios, Activity and Sequence Diagrams.
  • Hybrid Representations for System Behavior. Synthesis of Concurrent Behavior Models.
  • Representations for System Processes.
  • Models of Systems Engineering Development.
  • Measures of System Effectivenes
  • Evaluation and Ranking of System Alternatives
  • Simplified Procedures for Multi-Objective Trade-Off Analysis.
  • Phase I of Systems Modeling Project.

By the end of semester all students should have a home page on the World Wide Web.
Since this isn't a programming class, I won't be too strict on its contents.


  • Graduate level status in engineering.
  • A good knowledge of engineering mathematics (e.g., calculus, linear algebra, differential equations).
  • A willingness to create web-based projects that demonstrate ideas from systems engineering modeling and analysis.


  • Class. M, 7.00 pm - 9.40 pm, Room 2107, A.J. Clark Engineering Building.
  • Office Hours. By appointment. For a quick response to your problems, send me e-mail.


  • Volumes 1 and 2 of the ENSE 621 class notes (630 pages in total) will be available at the Engineering Copy center on Sep't 13, noon, for $40.

Labelled Transition System Analyser


Student projects are developed incrementally over three semesters needed to complete the Systems Engineering Core ENSE 621-622-623.

  1. System-Level Design of a 4-Way Traffic Intersection
    Students: Masoud Hamedi and Saini Yang,
    ENSE 622 Class Project, Spring Semester 2002.

  2. Design of an Identification System for Access Control in a Building
    Student: Rajeshree Varangaonkar, ENSE 622 Class Project,
    Spring Semester 2003.

  3. System-Level Design of a Combat Marking System
    Student: Adrian Marsh,
    ENSE 622 Class Project, Spring Semester 2003.

  4. Development of a Building Elevator System
    Students: Mike Buck and Bonnie Lawson (in ENSE 621),
    ENSE 622 Class Project, Spring Semester 2003.

  5. Online Stock Brockerage System
    Student: Gouthami Chintalapani,
    ENSE 621-622-623 Class Project, Fall Semester 2003.

  6. Automated Inventory Tracking System
    Students: Ben Standish and Steve Sullivan,
    ENSE 621-622-623 Class Project, September 2002 - December 2003.

  7. Automated Food Ordering System
    Students: Vimal Mayank and Deep Saraf,
    ENSE 621-622-623 Class Project, Fall Semester 2003.

  8. Fishery Statistics System
    Students: Noriaki Suzuki and Jonathan Eser,
    ENSE 621-622 Class Project, Spring Semester 2004.


There will be two exams:

  • Midterm (25%) : November 11. 5 mins to read the exam. 2 hrs long. Open book and open notes. Please bring some graph paper. For more details, see the notes from class page.
  • Final (35%) : December 9. 2 hrs long plus 15 minutes to read the paper. The exam is open book and open notes. Please bring some graph paper.


  • There will be no midterm or final make-up exams.
  • Students may drop the midterm score is they do better in the final (i.e., the final exam can count for up to 60% of the grade)
  • The final exam must count for at least 35% of the final grade.
  • Occasional homework assignments will account for 10% of the grade.
  • The systems requirements and design project will count for 30% of the grade. All project material must be presented on the web.

Developed in August 2002 by Mark Austin
Copyright © 2002, Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland