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Course Details

Course Code: ENTD412 Course ID: 3350 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course takes an in-depth look at key concepts and techniques for system engineering and analysis. It explores the life cycle approach of bringing systems into being. The course will examine the various methods and techniques for integration system design within the system engineering process. Students will examine essential systems concepts, methodologies, models, and tools needed to avoid costly and disruptive systems, which are a result of poor requirements definition and analysis. Students must have access to MS Visio 2000 or higher.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

  • Explain an engineering system and how it breaks down into a series of process steps, beginning with a definition of the problems to be solved.
  • Identify life-cycle activities that occur in the waterfall model, the spiral model, and the "Vee" model.
  • Describe the various analytical approaches to systems requirements including: structural and functional analysis, budget calculations, and risk analysis.
  • Develop an operational functional flow block diagrams (FFBD).
  • Develop a design review checklist that may be used for evaluation purposes.
  • Outline a complete overview of the basic principles involved in setting up a Systems Requirements Analysis program, including how to set up the initial specifications that define both the problems and parameters of an engineering program.
  • Demonstrate use of the tools necessary to develop and set up a proper and effective analysis of what resources, schedules, and parts that will be needed in order to successfully undertake and complete any large, complex project.
  • Formulate a methodology for a project to experience a successful launch before it is too late to make critical planning changes.

Students are expected to maintain routine contact with the instructor throughout the course. While the number of contacts may vary according to the specific course and individual student need, the University requires periodic weekly contacts during the semester. Contact will consist of professor notes, forum interaction, and email feedback. The method of discussion will be on-line related to issues concerning forum assignments, quizzes, assignments, the midterm project and final project.

Review the assigned textbook and support materials for this course! Review the table at the end of the syllabus to see assigned readings for each week.


The projects for this course are located throughout each Lesson. The projects that are required for grading with this course are created from scratch.


The Forum assignments for this course are designed to promote interactivity among students and enhance the online learning process. The Forum provides maximum flexibility because you do not have to be online at the same time as another person and you can read what other students have written.

Forum Timing: For the forum, you must post your work by midnight on Thursday, continue to follow your classmates' posts for the remainder of the week, and post the follow-up peer responses prior to midnight on Sunday, except for week one. Your follow-up posts can add additional insight to a classmate's opinions or can challenge their opinions. Use examples from the readings, or from your own research, to support your views, as appropriate. Be sure to read the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification. You are encouraged to conduct research and use other sources to support your answers.

Required Participation: Please keep in mind that the forum assignments require you to make at least 1 post to the forum with at least 250 words about the topic and also respond to at least 2 peers’ posts with at least 150 words. Please be advised that there will be point deductions if you do not comply with these requirements of the assignment. Each one of you will have a different and unique experience that we can all learn from. Your participation in the Forums unleashes the power of synergy in our classroom. To facilitate this interaction, please be prompt when posting your forum work for each week; this provides time for the others to actively engage in the dialogue. For practical reasons, when you respond to other learners’ posts, please start your response by referencing their name. I will read and grade your participation by reading the forum. There is no need to also post your forum work in the assignments area of the classroom. Refer to the forum and the syllabus for more details on grading.

The Final Project requires you to use your knowledge gained through-out the course apply what you learned.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Assignments 40.00 %
Week 1 Assignment 5.71 %
Week 2 Assignment 5.71 %
Week 3 Assignment 5.71 %
Week 4 Assignment 5.71 %
Week 5 Assignment 5.71 %
Week 6 Assignment 5.71 %
Week 7 Assignment 5.71 %
Final Project 30.00 %
Assignment 8: Final Project 30.00 %

Additional references are found in the Lessons Page of the classroom.

Book Title:ENTD412 - required software for this course is not covered by the APUS Book Grant. Purchase information is available here - Cost may vary by subscription length.
ISBN:ENTD412 Software
Electronic Unit Cost:$263.33
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.