Advanced System Architecture OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Graduate Study Course on Engineering Systems

Published Jan 16, 2009

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Analyze architectural structure through a variety of complex systems and learn to influence structure in this free OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 'Advanced System Architecture' explores natural systems, such as those studied in biology, and other architectural systems in order to better understand structure and their similarities. This graduate level course is designed for students studying Engineering Systems. Though it has no specific prerequisites, a background in systems architecture could be useful.

Advanced System Architecture: Course Specifics

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Advanced System Architecture: Course Description

Learn to study the form and function of various architectural systems in order to create better systems. Determine the relationship between the different systems, and learn to influence system architecture to create complex systems that are cost-effective, flexible and easily sustainable. MIT's School of Engineering in Cambridge, Massachusetts, offers this course about analyzing systems through an engineering lens by studying them in other contexts such as biology, various technologies and even crowds of people. Students learn how systems architecture is influenced and how they interact with one another. MIT Professors Christopher Magee, Joel Moses and Daniel Whitney teach this course about the similarities between various architectural systems and how to incorporate the flexibility seen in other systems into technological architecture. The course covers various models and factors that make these models effective, such as flexibility, stability and levels of complexity.

Lectures, notes and some course readings are available for free online. Case studies and assignments from the course, along with student responses, are also available. For more information about this course, visit the system components design course page.

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