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Postgraduate education in Systems Engineering and Knowledge Management


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Postgraduate education in Systems Engineering and Knowledge Management

  1. 1. Postgraduate education in Systems Engineering and Knowledge Management <ul><li>Martin Lee & Alan Harrison </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Informatics & Simulation Philip John, Engineering Systems Department Royal Military College of Science Cranfield University, Shrivenham Swindon, SN6 8LA </li></ul>
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Business Systems Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>MSc Degrees in Systems Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>MSc in Knowledge Management Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Barrington Project </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Systems Engineering in Business <ul><li>Systems Problems are becoming crucial in business : </li></ul><ul><li>Products, Processes and Organisations are increasingly highly integrated and inter-active …systemic behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>The individual parts’ (subsystems, functional specialisms, suppliers) contribute to the achievement of objectives only through the combined ‘enterprise’ … the system level </li></ul><ul><li>Constraints are becoming tighter and acceptable overall solutions are more difficult to achieve … balanced systems solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Change is the norm … need systems solutions which are robust </li></ul><ul><li>Customers increasingly demand variety (customisation, differing priorities etc) … need appropriate system adaptability & versatility </li></ul>The Systems level forms the crucial decision framework for the enterprise
  4. 4. Systems Engineering in Business <ul><li>Systems level decisions ( for product, process & organisation …systems) have a critical impact on business performance such as : </li></ul><ul><li>reducing product development time & cost </li></ul><ul><li>improving time to market & competitiveness </li></ul><ul><li>coping with technological advance & obsolescence </li></ul><ul><li>providing solutions which are robust to change </li></ul><ul><li>providing a coherent framework for multidisciplinary teamworking </li></ul>
  5. 5. Systems Engineering & Knowledge Management SYSTEMS LEVEL DECISIONS & KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT Understand and reconcile conflicting demands Identify & explore potential overall solutions A traceable, justifiable, auditable decision process Clear Communication across extended enterprise Support Learning from Experience … (Information = data + purpose + relevance Knowledge = Information + Rules) Structured approach to information
  6. 6. Systems Engineering at Cranfield / RMCS <ul><li>Postgraduate & Continuing Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Full time MSc in Systems Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Part-time MSc in Systems Engineering </li></ul><ul><ul><li>reduced attendance, increased flexibility </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flexible Education / Distance Learning (in development) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fundamental Systems (systemic & systematic) approach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on the application & role of the student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using the ‘Barrington Building’ virtual environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High degree of flexibility for student and employer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuous delivery of benefit to employer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demands a supportive environment for maximum benefit </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. MSc in Knowledge Management Systems: Modules (1) <ul><li>Knowledge Management </li></ul><ul><li>Organisational Behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>Human Behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Analysis & Discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Representation & Inference </li></ul>
  8. 8. MSc in Knowledge Management Systems: Modules (2) <ul><li>Knowledge Programming </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Storage </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Storage Interfaces </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Networks & Network Programming </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Systems Design & Security </li></ul>
  9. 9. Barrington Project <ul><li>Virtual Building on World Wide Web: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student rooms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff rooms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Steering Group: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Principal, Deputy, 2 Heads of Departments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technical Group: CC, Library, DOIS </li></ul><ul><li>User Team: 2 Developers, Course Leaders & Module Managers </li></ul>
  10. 10. Barrington Project Software <ul><li>Built with MediaSurface: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content Management System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Single source: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic display </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Printed copy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Oracle: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relational Data Base Management Systems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Linux Operating System </li></ul>
  11. 11. Barrington Project MSc Courses <ul><li>Master of Defence Administration (MDA) </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Engineering (SE) </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Management Systems (KMS) </li></ul><ul><li>Design of Information Systems (DIS) </li></ul><ul><li>Forensic Computing (FC) </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanical Engineering (SME) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Conclusions <ul><li>Both SE & KM are essential skills. </li></ul><ul><li>A variety of relevant MSc courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Please comment on our plans. </li></ul><ul><li>We would welcome collaboration. </li></ul><ul><li>Barrington is both medium and message. </li></ul><ul><li>Please visit: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>