Systems Engineering

The Systems Engineering program is designed for engineers and other professionals who are responsible for defining, planning, managing and supporting large integrated systems. The program consists of four graduate core courses and one graduate elective course.

The value of acquiring a systems engineering certificate includes:

  • Formal recognition of the participant’s systems engineering capabilities
  • Career advancement assistance
  • A portable systems engineering designation that is recognizable across industries
  • Professional development as a systems engineer, in addition to demonstrating a commitment to personal development
  • The Systems Engineering certificate program also provides students with a strong foundation to pursue Project Management Professional® (PMP®) certification and/or the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) multi-level professional certification program.

(15 credit hours)

Certificate available on Campus and via Distance Learning 

Admission Requirements: An undergraduate degree in engineering, business, a physical science, computer science, or applied mathematics, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A probability & statistics course is a prerequisite for this certification program. 

Required Courses

EMGT 505Systems Engineering3
IMSE 501Human Factors & Ergonomics3
IMSE 515Fundamentals of Program Mgt3
IMSE 561Tot Qual Mgmt and Six Sigma3
IMSE 577User Interface Des & Anlsis3

Additional Coursework

Complete 1 elective course from the following (3 credit hours):
AENG 545Vehicle Ergonomics I3
AENG 598Energy Sys for Auto Vehicles3
CIS 553Software Engineering3
EMGT 580Mgt of Prod and Proc Design3
IMSE 516Project Management and Control3
IMSE 546Safety Engineering3
IMSE 5655Supply Chain Management3
IMSE 567Reliability Analysis3

AENG 545     Vehicle Ergonomics I     3 Credit Hours

Overview of drive characteristics, capabilities, and limitations. Human variability and driver demographics, driver performance measurements. Driver information processing models, driver errors and response time. Driver sensory capabilities: vision, audition, and other inputs. Vehicle controls and displays. Driver anthropometry, biomechanical considerations.

Prerequisite(s): IMSE 442

Can enroll if Level is Rackham or Graduate
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science

AENG 598     Energy Sys for Auto Vehicles     3 Credit Hours

This course will discuss the current and future energy systems for automotive vehicles. Topics include liquid and gaseous fuels, direct energy conversion systems and fuel cells. Characteristics of various energy systems are discussed with respect to their performance, cost, reliability and environmental concerns. Fuel cell analysis and design is covered in detail. (W, AY).

Prerequisite(s): ME 496 or AENG 596

Can enroll if Class is Graduate

CIS 553     Software Engineering     3 Credit Hours

Program design methodologies; control flow and data flow in programs; program measurement. Software life cycle; large program design, development, testing, and maintenance. Software reliability and fault tolerance. Evolution dynamics of software. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): CIS 375

EMGT 505     Systems Engineering     3 Credit Hours

Introduction to systems and systems engineering, tools in systems analysis, the system design process, design for operational feasibility and systems engineering management. (College of Engineering and Computer Science).

Can enroll if Level is Rackham or Graduate

EMGT 580     Mgt of Prod and Proc Design     3 Credit Hours

This course provides the knowledge and skills needed to manage the design of a product or process. Topics covered include: creativity, types of products, types of processes, generalized design process, identification and translation of customer needs into engineering specifications, designing for function and quality factors, design for manufacturability, life-testing, cost estimating, reporting on design projects, and concurrent engineering. (College of Engineering and Computer Science).

Prerequisite(s): EMGT 520 and EMGT 525 and ACC 505

Can enroll if Level is Graduate or Doctorate or Rackham

IMSE 501     Human Factors & Ergonomics     3 Credit Hours

The analysis and prediction of human performance in industrial and other man-machine systems using work sampling, time-motion analysis, synthetic and standard time study, and learning curves, in the design of such systems. Lecture and laboratory. Cannot receive credit for both IMSE 442, and IMSE 501. This class may be scheduled at the same time as the undergraduate course IMSE 442. Graduate students will be required to do additional research paper and/or project.

Prerequisite(s): IMSE 317* or IMSE 510*

Can enroll if Class is Post-baccalaureate NCFD or Graduate

IMSE 515     Fundamentals of Program Mgt     3 Credit Hours

An overview of the project/program management framework and knowledge areas including plan development and execution, scope management, time management, cost management, quality management, human resource management, communications management, risk management, and procurement management. Typical Program Phases and Life Cycles observed in Defense, Construction, Automobile, and Software Industries. Program Organizational Structures, Program Management Processes, and International Project Management are covered. Role of software tools for Program Management and Product Development are discussed. Applications of Lean Product Development Techniques are considered. Cutting waste and lead time in program management are covered. Case studies are used extensively throughout the course.

Prerequisite(s): IMSE 510

Can enroll if Level is Graduate or Rackham or Professional Development

IMSE 516     Project Management and Control     3 Credit Hours

Project Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling functions are discussed in detail including work breakdown structure, CPM and PERT methods, resource allocation and leveling techniques, cost control and minimization, trade-off analysis, learning curves overlapping relationships and concurrent engineering, multiple project execution and optimization. Applications of Lean Techniques in program management are discussed as well as the role of IT in accelerating the product development and reducing the program time. The importance of integrating the Supply Chain in the Product Development is also considered. Case studies and project management software are used throughout the course.

Prerequisite(s): IMSE 510

Can enroll if Level is Graduate or Rackham or Professional Development

IMSE 546     Safety Engineering     3 Credit Hours

Safety requirements for production processes, equipment, and plants; organization and administration of safety programs, current safety laws, current occupational safety research.

Prerequisite(s): IMSE 442

IMSE 561     Tot Qual Mgmt and Six Sigma     3 Credit Hours

This course covers implementing Total Quality Management (TQM), undertaking Six Sigma Projects, and applying Baldrige National Quality Award criteria and ISO 9000 principles to improve quality performances in an organization. Topics include Definitions and Importance of Quality, Quality Costs, Quality Function Deployment (QFD), Product Specification and Critical-to-quality Measures (CQM), Statistical Quality Control (SQC), Robustness Concepts, Quality System Design and Evaluation. Six Sigma and DMAIC Methodologies, Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) process, IDOV (Identity requirements, Design alternatives, Optimize the design and Verify process capability) Methodology, and several other concepts and tools related to quality are also covered.

Prerequisite(s): IMSE 510

Can enroll if Class is Graduate

IMSE 5655     Supply Chain Management     3 Credit Hours

This course will address theories, concepts, models, methodologies and techniques for managing a supply chain. Topics include supply chain strategy, drivers and metrics of performance, designing global and regional supply chain networks using optimization models, planning demand and supply in a supply chain using forecasting, aggregate planning, and inventory optimization models, designing the transportation systems, pricing, and employing IT systems effectively in supply chains.

Can enroll if Class is Post-baccalaureate Cert only or Post-baccalaureate NCFD or Graduate

IMSE 567     Reliability Analysis     3 Credit Hours

Statistics of reliability and life testing. Application of stochastic models for failure based on Poisson and related processes. Use of exponential and extreme value distribution in reliability. Use of Markov process in the areas of equipment reliability, maintenance and availability.

Prerequisite(s): IMSE 510

IMSE 577     User Interface Des & Anlsis     3 Credit Hours

Current theory and design techniques concerning how user interfaces for systems should be designed to be easy to learn and use. Focus on cognitive factors, such as the amount of learning required, and the information-processing load imposed on the user. Emphasis will be on integrating multimedia in the user interface.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 553

Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if Level is Doctorate or Rackham or Graduate


An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally