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Systems Engineering and Technical Project Management

Course Description

The goal of this unique course is to learn how technical projects are managed using both project management and systems engineering tools and techniques – two disciplines that complement each other well. This course explores the differences between a project manager’s outcomes and responsibilities (timeline, cost, and scope) and those of the system engineer (technical integration, verification, and validation) – and how both roles are critical for the success of technical projects. Each phase of the standard “waterfall” project management lifecycle is addressed: Initiation (business case and feasibility), Planning, Execution, Monitoring and Control, and Closure. The “V” process of systems engineering – decomposition and construction – in product development and integration is explored using case-based examples. Other effective methodologies, tools, and processes often used in engineering and technology project management such as Agile, Iterative, Spiral, and Hybrid (using Scrum and Kanban) are reviewed. Students learn from a variety of technical project management and systems engineering case studies.

NOTE: This course utilizes Zoom for weekly live sessions. The sessions will be recorded and posted for students who are not able to attend. The Zoom meeting link and password to join will be provided in your course. Students will need to have access to the internet, have speakers and a microphone to participate. The following student guide provides additional resources/information on how to use and access your courses Zoom sessions.

  • Details
  • $745
  • October 11, 2021 to December 05, 2021
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00362
  • ID/Units: EECS X410.11  (2.50)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: FALL 2021


Kyle S. Wills, M.S., Ph.D. candidate at Eastern University, is the Senior Global Director of Technology & Innovation at Secant Group, LLC (Telford, PA). His career spans more than 20 years in product development, business development, and executive management in the medical device industry, with a particular emphasis on project and portfolio management. He is an adjunct professor at multiple universities in the areas of project management and leadership.

Textbook Information

Textbooks for your course may be purchased from any vendor or bookseller of your choice.

No textbook information is available for this course.

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START10/11/2021Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
OL-LEC10/28/2021Thursday7:00 PM8:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC11/11/2021Thursday7:00 PM8:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC11/23/2021Tuesday7:00 PM8:00 PMZoom---
END12/05/2021Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---