Systems-thinking applied to analysis and design of engineered systems and elements, including economic, social, and environmental aspects of sustainable designs within global contexts. Includes life-cycle cost analysis, uncertainty, risk, and engineering economics. Prerequisites: STAT 141 or STAT 143 or STAT 151.
Prereq enforced by system: STAT 143 or STAT 151 Open to Degree and Continuing Education students
Systems-thinking applied to analysis and design of engineered systems and to support engineering decision-making. Includes life-cycle cost analysis, uncertainty, risk, and engineering economics. This course develops design engineering skills by applying principles of engineering design to achieve environmentally, economically and socially sustainable outcomes in local and global contexts by following a system-thinking approach. Course goals are to have students learn: 1. To recognize the interrelationships between engineered systems, socio-economic systems, and the natural environment. 2. To characterize uncertainty and quantify risk, and account for risk in evaluation of design alternatives. 3. To evaluate the costs and benefits of projects, including capital, operating and maintenance costs, internalized and externalized financial, social and environmental costs, and costs spanning a project’s lifecycle. 4. To apply systems thinking to solve contemporary engineering challenges and to support engineering decision-making.
Most topics include both a lecture and an in-class workshop that allows you to apply and practice the concepts and techniques described in the lecture. These are supplemented with homework and project assignments that support deeper understanding and independent learning. Some of the class activities and assignments involve independent work while others incorporate paired or group work or peer instruction. Students are expected to spend 6 to 8 hours per week outside of class on preparation and assignments.
Grades are based on participation in in-class workshops, homework assignments, midterms, and a final project.
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