System Architecture

Diagram of a skateboard and photo of the space shuttle.

The concepts and practice of system architecture are relevant to the design of both simple products, like a skateboard, and highly complex systems, like the Space Shuttle. (Skateboard by MIT OCW. Space Shuttle photo courtesy of NASA.)

Instructor(s)

MIT Course Number

ESD.34

As Taught In

January IAP 2007

Level

Graduate

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Course Features

Course Highlights

This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

Course Description

This course covers principles and methods for technical System Architecture. It presents a synthetic view including: the resolution of ambiguity to identify system goals and boundaries; the creative process of mapping form to function; and the analysis of complexity and methods of decomposition and re-integration. Industrial speakers and faculty present examples from various industries. Heuristic and formal methods are presented. Restricted to SDM (System Design and Management) students.

Crawley, Edward. ESD.34 System Architecture, January IAP 2007. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/engineering-systems-division/esd-34-system-architecture-january-iap-2007 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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