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Mission Engineering is an emerging discipline in which system of systems engineering (SoSE) tools and practices are combined with the tactical insights of operational planning. The findings are captured in "effects/kill chains" addressed through investigations, analysis, exercises, experimentation, and systems engineering to clearly identify operational needs that can be translated into specific programmatic guidance for strategic programs. In this certificate program, you'll gain an understanding of the difficulties that are endemic to working with complex, socio-technical systems, or system of systems, in extremely transient and uncertain situations. In particular, you will hone your planning, decision-making, and execution skills to work in transformational environments. You may be able to apply the courses in this certificate towards an ODU graduate degree in engineering or a related discipline.
Offered on campus and online
Only Mission Engineering program offered nationally focused on the emerging Department of Defense defined area of specialization
Program was designed and developed in collaboration with working professionals and the leading experts in Mission Analysis and Engineering in the Department of Defense
May be customized to specific domains such as the U.S. Navy or Department of Defense when offered through the School of Continuing Education
The course provides an overview of mission engineering and the role of mission engineering and the mission engineer in government acquisitions. The course presents the theoretical foundations that enable a fuller representation of complex problem as well as the required engineering and management approaches needed to deal with the high level of complexity and uncertainty. It applies the theoretical facets to specific engineering problems/cases and explores robust approaches given the conditions of the problem. Developments, on-going research, as well as gaps in knowledge and know-how are discussed. Prerequisites: ENMA 640.
As machine age problems have given way to systems age messes, the underlying complexity associated with understanding these situations has increased exponentially. Accordingly, the methods we use to address these situations must evolve as well. This course will introduce students to a method for thinking holistically about problems and messes conceptually founded in systems theory. This paradigm, known as systemic thinking, will be contrasted with traditional systematic thinking, and practical guidelines for the deployment of a systemic thinking approach will be provided. This paradigm will increase the student?s ability to make rational decisions in complex environments.
A written, comprehensive demonstration of the candidate?s competence in the fields covered by the program of study that is intended to fulfill the non-thesis master?s examination requirement. Prerequisites: Completion of minimum of the 18 core credit hours in program of study.
Students entering the Certificate program in Mission Analysis & Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
All degree-seeking applicants admitted to the certificate program must meet ODU requirements for graduate admission: an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution. Those whose native language is not English must submit a minimum score of 230 on the computer-based TOEFL or 80 on the TOEFL iBT.
Non-degree seeking students are required to have these same credentials, though documentation is not required. Ultimately, students must apply to the program in order to obtain the certificate.
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
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