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Systems Engineering Concepts

I need help with the following.

1. Which of the following is not a basic systems engineering concept?

a. Define need before function
b. Define function before requirements
c. Developing a prototype based on the solution to a previous similar problem.
d. Define requirements before seeking answers
e. Examining alternatives before selecting an answer
f. All of the above
g. None of the above
h. d and e only

2. The high-profile disasters of the Denver International Airport baggage handling system, the Boston Central Artery Project, the Hanford liquid waste disposal project, and the Tyler, Texas radiation therapy overdose deaths have the following aspects in common:

a. poor understanding of client needs
b. inadequate understanding of how requirements relate to the product
c. dependence on software
d. All of the above
e. None of the above
f. a and b only
g. b and c only

3. Which of the following are characteristic of good systems design processes?

a. A philosophy of "Deliver it now and fix it later"
b. A disciplined top-down systems approach
c. Absence of early planning
d. Methodic definition and allocation of requirements
e. All of the above
f. None of the above
g. a and c only
h. b and d only

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Question 1:
The correct choice is b. Requirement definition is the first phase in system engineering. Therefore, the developer should not start the design or implementation before defining and analyzing the requirements. (Same reason for why d is true.) Exploring the solution space and comparing different solutions in terms of cost, efficiency and reliability is necessary before selecting an answer. (Therefore, e is true.)

Question 2:
The correct answer is c. This is especially observed with Tyler, Texas radiation therapy overdose deaths and Denver International airport baggage handling system. Therapies were not done through the software ...

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