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Models in Engineering

Course 2 of 4 that comprises the Architecture and Systems Engineering Professional Certificate Program. This course may be taken individually, without enrolling in the professional certificate program.

Start Date: Oct 30, 2017
Duration: 4 weeks
Price: $849

Course Description

Engineering practice is full of models—from equations to prototypes to simulations. But which should you choose and when should you use which models? In this course, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of practical and conceptual modeling considerations so you can make more effective decisions supported by modeling analysis.

Are you a Boeing/NASA employee? There is a private cohort and special pricing for all Boeing and NASA employees. Please go here for more information.

What You'll Learn

  • Explain what types of models exist in engineering and how they can be organized into an overall taxonomy
  • Enumerate the purposes for which models are created in engineering and evaluate the success of modeling for those purposes against your own career experience
  • Describe a potential model development process, leading to models of increasing levels of fidelity
  • Demonstrate through examples how models are used to make decisions in engineering and how models can be used for optimization, including the definition of design variables, fixed parameters, objective functions and constraints
  • Evaluate the credibility and fidelity of existing models using a set of clear criteria
  • Evaluate and explain whether it is better to pursue a single model or an ensemble of models in support of a specific problem/decision. This includes the resolution of conflicts when multiple models provide contradictory results
  • Explain the basic principles of combining subsystem models together into a system model in a multidisciplinary computational environment
  • Understand the basic principles of verifying and validating models
  • Examine the tradeoffs between the use of physical and virtual prototypes for system verification, validation, and testing. Decide when to invest in additional modeling versus additional physical testing of systems

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Instructors

Dr. Bruce Cameron

Dr. Bruce Cameron Faculty Director, A&SE Certificate Program Director, System Architecture Lab

Dr. Olivier de Weck

Dr. Olivier de Weck Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems

Dr. Warren Hoburg

Dr. Warren Hoburg Boeing Assistant Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Dr. Donna Rhodes

Dr. Donna Rhodes Director, Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative

Dr. Adam Ross

Dr. Adam Ross Research Scientist

COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Video tutorials and research-based content from a host of MIT professors
  • Guest lectures from industry experts from Boeing and NASA, as well as case studies drawn from different engineering fields
  • Group projects based on real-world examples
  • Robust collaborative environment to network and connect with students
  • Network with classmates and become part of the MIT professional community
  • Learn online—when and where you would like—as long as you complete each module by the assigned time
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion and 2.5 CEUs from MIT Professional Education

Course Design and Time Commitment

Browser/Technical Requirements

The course is four weeks of content spread out across five weeks (no assignments are due during the week of Thanksgiving). The time commitment per week is around five hours of work, between viewing videos, reading content, completing practice activities, and working on application/project assignments.

The course is self-paced in that learners can go through the content on their own schedule. There are, however, a few assignments that are time bound and specific because they require coordination of student submissions.

Towards the end of this course, students are asked to work in teams to complete an assignment. Group work achieves an important pedagogical goal: To have systems architects work together to solve a problem (aside from other upsides like networking value, etc.)

Group work on projects can be as flexible as the learner desires in terms of both group size and meeting time. While no synchronous meeting time is required, many groups use their own virtual collaboration tools such as Skype, Google Hangout, and WebEx to meet. Other teams leverage the collaboration tool in the course to connect.

Links to additional readings are provided within the course for those who want to dig deeper into the content. There is no required book for the certificate program, however, students are welcome to review and purchase Dr. Bruce Cameron’s book System Architecture: Strategy and Product Development for Complex Systems (Pearson 2015).

Time Commitment

This course requires a time commitment of four-to-five hours a week comprised of videos, assigned reading, projects, and peer-to-peer evaluations.

This course is designed to fit the schedules of busy professionals. It’s self-paced and available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Browser/Technical Requirements
Access to our courses requires an Internet connection, as videos are only available via online streaming, and cannot be downloaded for offline viewing. Please take note of your company's restrictions for viewing content and/or firewall settings.  You can also view the content on your mobile device.

Our courseware works best with current versions of Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 10 and above. For the best possible experience, we recommend switching to an up-to-date version of Chrome. If you do not have Chrome installed, you can get it for free here: http://www.google.com/chrome/browser/

Microsoft Office or Google Documents/Sheets are recommended for this course

EARN A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION AND CEUS

Certificate of Completion

Participants of this course who successfully complete all course requirements will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by MIT Professional Education after the course has ended.

Grading: Letter grades are not awarded for this course.

Sample Certificate of Completion

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Participants of this course who successfully complete all course requirements in order to earn a Certificate of Completion are eligible to receive 2.0 Continuing Education Units (2.0 CEUs).

CEUs are a nationally recognized means of recording noncredit/non-degree study. They are accepted by many employers, licensing agencies, and professional associations as evidence of a participant’s serious commitment to the development of a professional competence.

Acceptance of CEUs depends on the organization to which one is submitting them. If your employer requires any additional information, MIT Professional Education can answer questions and provide information, but we cannot guarantee that any particular organization will accept our CEUs.

CEUs are based on hours of instruction. For example: One CEU = 10 hours of instruction.

CEUs may not be applied toward any MIT undergraduate or graduate level course.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE

This program is well suited for engineers, system architects, directors, senior managers, and technical leads who want to optimize their operational, manufacturing, and design systems. While it is appropriate for professionals across a wide range of industries, it may be of particular interest to those in aerospace, automotive, defense, and manufacturing. Departmental teams are encouraged to apply. 

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Motivation: Modeling Depends on Having Decisions to Make
  • Tradespace Represents the Outputs of a Model
  • Types of Models Used in Engineering
  • What Level of Fidelity Do You Need to Model?
  • Basics of Optimization: Global Solutions vs. Local Solutions
  • How Do We Put Many Models Together? What is MDO?
  • Verification and Validation of Models and Systems

FAQs

REGISTRATION QUESTIONS 

What do I do if I have questions about this program?
If you have any questions about this program or the individual courses that comprise this program, please email: sysengx-support@mit.edu

Who can register for this course?
Unfortunately, US sanctions do not permit us to offer this course to learners in or ordinarily residing in Iran, Cuba, Sudan, and the Crimean region of Ukraine. MIT Professional Education truly regrets that US sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

What do I need to do to register for this course?
Go to mitprofessionalx.mit.edu and click on the program title. Then click “Enroll Now.” You may be prompted to first register for a mitprofessionalx account if you do not have one already. Complete this process, then continue with checkout and pay for the course. After you complete registration, you will receive a purchase receipt and confirmation/instructions via email.

How do I register a group of participants?
For a group of 10 or more individuals, you can pay via invoice. To be invoiced, please email href="mailto:sysengx-support@mit.edu">sysengx-support@mit.edu with the number of individuals in your group you want to register. Please note that our payment terms are net zero, and all invoices must be paid prior to the course start date. Failure to remit payment before the course begins may result in removal from the program. No extensions or exceptions will be granted.

What is the registration deadline?
Individual registrations must be completed by May 1, 2017. For group sales, purchases can take place up until April 24, 2017. Please note that once registration has closed, no late registrations or cancellations will be granted.

How should I pay?
Individual participants must complete registration and pay online with a valid credit card at the time of registration. MIT Professional Education accepts globally recognized major credit or debit cards that have a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Diner's Club logo. Invoices will not be generated for individuals, or for groups of less than 10 people. However, all participants will receive a payment receipt. Payment must be received in full; payment plans are not available.

When will I get access to the course site?
Instructions for accessing the course site will be sent to all paid registrants via email prior to the program start date. If you have not received these instructions, visit your account dashboard to login and begin the course on the advertised start date.

I need to cancel my registration. Are there any fees?
Cancellation requests must be made two weeks prior to the course start date. Any requests received after this will not be eligible for a refund. To submit your request, please include your full name and order number in your email request. Refunds will be credited to the credit card used when you registered and may take up to two billing cycles to process. Cancellation requests must be submitted to sysengx-support@mit.edu.

Can I transfer/defer my registration for another session or course?
Admission and fees paid cannot be deferred to a subsequent session; however, you may cancel your registration and reapply at a later date.

Can someone else attend in my place?
We cannot accommodate any substitution requests. Please review the time commitment section and course schedule.

COURSE QUESTIONS

How do I know if this program is right for me?
Carefully review the program description page, which includes a description of program content, objectives, and target audience, and any required prerequisites.

How many hours per week will I have class or homework?
Each course in the program requires a time commitment of four-to-five hours a week comprised of videos, readings, project-based works, and peer-to-peer collaborations.

How long will the program material be available online?
Program materials for each course will be available to registered and paid participants for 90 days after each course’s end date. No extensions may be granted.

Will I receive an MIT Professional Education Certificate?
Participants who successfully complete the program and all required activities will receive a Professional Certificate from MIT Professional Education. In addition, a Certificate of Completion will be awarded for each course you successfully complete. Letter grades are not awarded for this program. All four courses that comprise the program are pass/fail. You must submit your Professional Certificate for successful completion of the certificate program; or the Certificate of Completion for each course if taken individually, in the LTP system to satisfy LTP grade submittal requirements (select “Pass” as the grade).

Will I receive MIT credits?
This course does not carry MIT credits. MIT Professional Education offers non-credit/non-degree professional programs for a global audience. Participants may not imply or state in any manner, written or oral, that MIT or MIT Professional Education is granting academic credit for enrollment in this professional course. None of our Digital courses or programs award academic credit or degrees. Letter grades are not awarded for this course.

Will I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?
Course participants who successfully complete all course requirements are eligible to receive 8.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from MIT Professional Education for the full certificate program (see number of CEUs for each course above if taken individually). CEUs are a nationally recognized means of recording non-credit/non-degree study. They are accepted by many employers, licensing agencies, and professional associations as evidence of a participant’s serious commitment to the development of a professional competence. CEUs are based on hours of instruction. For example: One CEU = 10 hours of instruction. CEUs may not be applied toward any MIT undergraduate or graduate level course.

After I complete this course, will I be an MIT alum?
Participants who successfully complete a Digital Programs course are considered MIT Professional Education Alumni. Only those who complete an undergraduate or graduate degree are considered MIT alumni.

Are video captions available?
Each video for this course has been transcribed and the text can be found on the right side of the video when the captions function is turned on. Synchronized transcripts allow students to follow along with the video and navigate to a specific section of the video by clicking the transcript text. Students can use transcripts of media-based learning materials for study and review.

I have never taken a course on the edX platform before. What can I do to prepare?
Prior to the first day of class, participants can take a demonstration course on edx.org that was built specifically to help students become more familiar with taking a course on the edX platform.

What are the technical requirements to participate in this course?
Access our courses requires an Internet connection, as videos are only available via online streaming, and cannot be downloaded for offline viewing. Please take note of your company's restrictions for viewing content and/or firewall settings. Our courseware works best with current versions of Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 10 and above. For the best possible experience, we recommend switching to an up-to-date version of Chrome. If you do not have Chrome installed, you can get it for free here: http://www.google.com/chrome/browser/

We are unable to fully support access with mobile devices at this time. While many components of your courses will function on a mobile device, some may not.

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