ESD.34 System Architecture

January (IAP) 2007

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.)

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of slides from class lectures. 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.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .zip and .xls.

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Prof. Edward Crawley

Course Meeting Times

Seven sessions over 5 weeks
2.5 hours / session