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Details of the SEA Curriculum Approach

NPS built this curriculum to teach US Navy Unrestricted Line Officers how the Navy builds and fights large combat systems. There are six threads interwoven in the curriculum. Each graduate completes all threads.

This curriculum reflects the cooperative best efforts of a wide range of stakeholders, each with the goal of providing line officers with a robust blend of technical and war-fighting education. This will be the best curriculum in the world for learning how to engineer, to manage, and to lead military transformation. Graduates will add value to the Navy at all levels of command through their mastery of core analytical skills and their understanding of combat systems.

The first, or refresher, quarter is taught in blocks, so the preparation material can be logically sequenced in a short amount of time. In particular, this helps students master the material in the preparation thread without being overwhelmed.

SEA 24 Month Course Matrix (as of 11/3/2014): 

QTR 1

Summer/Winter

15-7

SE1001

Math I for SEA



(4-2)

SE2003

Fundamentals of Mechanical Systems

(4-2)

SE1002

Math II for SEA



(3-1)

SE2101

Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Systems

(4-2)

 

QTR 2

Fall/Spring

15-5

SE3100

Fundamentals of Systems Engineering


(3-2)

SE3112

Combat Systems Engineering I (Sensors)

(3-2)

OS3180

Probability and Statistics for SE


(4-1)

MN 3301

Acquisition of Defense Systems


(4-0)

SE3000

SE Seminar




(1-0)

QTR 3 

Winter/Summer

15-4

SI3400

Engineering Project Management

(3-2)

OS3211

Systems Optimization


(4-0)

OS3680

Naval Tactical Analysis

(3-0)

NW3230

Strategy & Policy


(4-2)

SE3000

SE Seminar



(1-0)

QTR 4 

Spring/Fall

14-5

SE3302

System Suitability



(3-2)

SE3113

Combat Systems Engineering II (Weapons)

(3-2)

OS3380

Combat Systems Simulation


(3-1)

OS4680

Naval Systems Analysis


(4-0)

SE3000

SE Seminar




(1-0)

QTR 5

Summer/Winter

15-4

SE 3303

Systems Assessment



(3-2)

SE4112

Combat Systems Engineering III

(3-2)

OA 4602

Joint Campaign Analysis


(4-0)

OA 4702

Cost Estimation



(4-0)

SE3000

SE Seminar




(1-0)

QTR 6

Fall/Spring

10+?-6+?

XX Xxxx

Elective



(x-x)

SE4115

Combat Systems Integration

(3-2)

SE3201

Engineering Systems Conceptualization

(2-4)

NW3275

JMO I



(4-0)

SE3000

SE Seminar



(1-0)

QTR 7

Winter/Summer

9+? - 6+?

XX Xxxx

Elective



(x-x)

OA 4603

Systems Test and Evaluation

(4-0)

SE3202

Engineering Systems Design

(2-4)

NW3276

JMO II



(2-2)

SE3000

SE Seminar



(1-0)

QTR 8

Spring/Fall

6+? - 12+?

XX Xxxx

Elective




(x-x)

SE0810

Integrating Project/Elective



(0-8)

SE3203

Engineering Systems Impl. & Operations

(2-4)

NW3285

NSDM




(4-0)

Electives Options

See notes
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Foundation Skills
SE Thread
SA Thread
Technology
JPME
Project
Electives
DOD Resource Allocation

 

 

 

 

 

Notes on SEA 24 month (8 quarter) Matrix

  1. Three elective slots were included in this matrix to address a recurring interest expressed by students in feedback sessions and to possibly allow inclusion of courses that provide cultural/regional awareness or provide other skills.  Potential courses include:
SO 3750 Anthropology of Conflict (4-0) F/Sp
DA 3211 Unconventional Threat to Homeland Security (4-0) W
NS 3000 War in the Modern World (4-0) F/W/Sp/Su
NS 3020 Operational Level of War (4-0) W/Su
NS 3021 Military Transformation (4-0) Su/W
NS 3025 Intro to Civil-Military Relations (4-0) W
SO3101 War in the Information Age (4-0) F/W
SO3250 Anatomy of Intelligence (4-0) Sp

Additionally, taking a group of courses with more focus could constitute a “track” or area of more detailed study such as:

SE Track (*Students completing these three electives and possessing an ABET accredited undergraduate engineering degree are eligible for the MS SE degree)
*SE 4003 Software Systems Engineering
*SE 4150 System Architecting and Design
*SE 4151 Systems Integration and Development
ME 4271 System Survivability

OA Track

OA 2200 Computational Methods I
OA 3200 Computational Methods II
OS 3401 Human Factors in Systems Design
OA4604 Wargaming Applications
OS 4580 Logistics Systems
ME 4702 Engineering Risk Benefit Analysis

An elective “pool” of course options could easily be developed by other departments similar to the 4 course elective tracks in the 311 curriculum. Other options would certainly be entertained subject to approval by the Academic Associate/Coordinating Committee Chair.

Degree Requirements: 36 hours of graduate level course, with at least 12 at the 4000 level. Completion of Systems Engineering and Analysis course sequences and completion of a 12 hour equivalent team capstone project or a thesis (by exception). {Note: ESR and p-code requirements for Navy students generate additional requirements covered by the other courses in the matrix.}