Systems Engineering

Faculty Resources for Systems Engineering

Educational Development

From The Critical Thinking Community 

All NPS students are given a a copy of The Thinker's Guide to Engineering Reasoning.

Elements and Standards Online Learning Tools: 

"Elements and Standards" Online Model












"Analyzing a Problem" Online Model

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Critical Thinking Model, "Analyzing a Problem"




Educational Organizations

ASEE - American Society for Engineering Education is a non-profit organization which brings together engineering educators from all of the engineering and engineering technology fields to collaborate on solutions to promote excellence in instruction, research, public service, and practice.

The CDIO™ INITIATIVE is an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers. The framework provides students with an education stressing engineering fundamentals set in the context of Conceiving — Designing — Implementing — Operating real-world systems and products. Throughout the world, CDIO Initiative collaborators have adopted CDIO as the framework of their curricular planning and outcome-based assessment.


PETAL - Promoting Excellence in Teaching to Advance Learning.  Our mission is to foster instructional excellence through programs that emphasize strengthening and validating the connections between teaching, learning, and assessments for the resident and DL academic programs at NPS. Through formal courses, coaching, and customized project or consultation experiences, faculty receive guidance and support in their application of the principles of learning, effective course development, pedagogy, and the use of methods and technologies to improve instruction.


"Systems engineering competency models, certification programs, textbooks, graduate programs, and related workforce development initiatives around the world align with BKCASE." - The BKCASE Vision

BKCASE logo 

What is BKCASE?

BKCASE (pronounced "Bookcase") is the acronym for the Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering.  The BKCASE project is led by a university partnership between the Stevens Institute of Technology and the Naval Postgraduate School [see p. 5 of the pdf].  The project scope is to define a Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK) and use the SEBoK to develop an Advanced Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering (GRCSE, pronounced "Gracie").

The ideal outcome is that the SEBoK will be supported worldwide by the Systems Engineering community as the authoritative BoK for the SE discipline and that the GRCSE will receive the same global recognition and serve as the authoritative guidance for graduate degree programs in SE.  A leading group of systems engineers from across the world will volunteer as authors and reviewers on the project to collaborate over a three year period and deliver two quality products, the SEBoK and GRCSE, to the public in 2012.               

Over 70 academics and practitioners from around the world are on the author team, and this is one of the significant
collaboration areas between NPS and AFIT. Professor Dave Olwell (Systems Engineering (SE) Department) is the NPS PI
and a co-PI for the overall project, joined by Professor Chuck Calvano (SE), Associate Professor Ray Madachy (SE),
and Research Assistant Stephanie Enck (SE).  Read more . . .


The 0.5 version of the Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering (GRCSETM) is available for reference.  The GRCSE review period is over as we work to develop GRCSE v1.0.  The final version will be available to the public December 2012. 

If you are interested in becoming an early adopter of GRCSE, please join us at one of our upcoming panels and tutorials.  Click here for details.  Please email for inquiries.                                              
-from GRCE 0.5


The NPS Systems Engineering Program is ABET accredited.

NPS is WASC accredited.

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