For the courses offered during any given semester, consult the Schedule of Classes.
For the list of qualified elective courses, consult the USC Catalogue.

SAE Courses

SAE 515 Sustainable Infrastructure Systems

Explores broad issues and mitigation measures involved in the analysis and design of complex, uncertain, interacting infrastructure systems needing to be resilient and sustainable.

SAE 541 Systems Engineering Theory and Practice

Integration of engineering problem solving methodologies based on systems concepts. Application to complex, large scale technical systems and problems faced by engineering managers. Case studies.

SAE 542 Advanced Topics in Systems Engineering

Advanced topics in integration software management and systems engineering, probabilistic foundations of decision-based theory, quantitative risk management, decision-based design, and safety aspects of systems engineering.

SAE 543 Case Studies in Systems Engineering

Real-world case studies in DoD, NASA, and commercial arenas, employing new methodologies to cover the fundamentals positive and negative development learning principles of systems engineering.

SAE 546 Engineered Resilient Systems and System-of-Systems

Formal methods for the design and analysis of resilient systems and system-of-systems (SoS); Disruption risks as a function of system scale and complexity, management, and architectures.

SAE 547 Model Based Systems Engineering

Approaches for modeling systems using software such as SySML; modeling system, requirements, structure, behavior, and parametrics; mapping to hardware description language and behavioral code generation.

SAE 548 Systems/System-of-Systems Integration and Communication

Essentials of systems and system-of-systems integration from the perspectives of business,programs, and technology. Process, Legacy, and Systems-of-Systems Integration. Verification and Validation methods. Case Studies.

SAE 549 Systems Architecting

Introduction to systems architecture in aerospace, electrical, computer, and manufacturing systems emphasizing the conceptual and acceptance phases and using heuristics.

SAE 550 Systems Architecting and the Political Process

Analysis of risks inherent in managing high-tech/high-cost government-funded engineering programs; tools and techniques for coping with the impacts of politically-driven budgets on the engineering design process.

SAE 551 Lean Operations

Study of lean principles and practices as applied to automotive, aerospace and other industries.

SAE 560 Economic Consideration for Systems Engineering

Impact of economic factors for systems architects and engineers, tools for understanding these factors, fundamental quantitative analysis of cash flow, life-cost estimating for systems and software engineering.

SAE 574 Net-Centric Systems Architecting and Engineering

In-depth examination of the technical design approaches, tools, and processes to enable the benefits of net-centric operations in a networked systems-of-systems.

SAE 590 Directed Research

Research leading to the master’s degree. Maximum units which may be applied to the degree to be determined by the department.

SAE 599 Special Topics

Course content to be selected each semester to reflect current trends and developments in the field of systems architecture and engineering.