Synthesis of Form Redux
System architecture is the fundamental structure of a system: its elements, the roles they play, and how they relate to each other and to their environment. This project is to compare and contrast quantitative methods to discover the natural partitions of a system and their interfaces, achieving balance of the complexity of the partitions and the interfaces between them, while considering implications of the degree of coupling and on organizations, disciplines, integration, testability, and supportability.
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- Udo Lindemann, Maik Maurer, and Thomas Braun, Structural Complexity Management: An Approach for the Field of Product Design, Springer, 2009.
- Carliss Y. Baldwin and Kim B. Clark, Design Rules: Volume I, The Power of Modularity, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2000.
- Basem Said EI-Haik, Axiomatic Quality: Integrating Axiomatic Design with Six¬Sigma, Reliability, and Quality Engineering, Wiley, Hoboken, New Jersey, 2005.
- Don Clausing, Total Quality Development: A Step-by-Step Guide to World-Class Concurrent Engineering, ASME Press, New York, 1994.
Beyond the four core systems engineering courses, satisfactory completion of SYS/SDOE 611, 660, 750, and/or professional system architecting experience is desirable.