Systems Synthesis I
Description: The Systems Synthesis sequence of courses 90-739 and 90-740 is intended to provide an opportunity for students to work together intensively on the design of a specific functioning system. The term "System" refers to the fact that the particular entity studied has an identifiable objective or function, and the word "Synthesis" refers to the fact that the desired output is an integrated "design" for students to gain experience and understanding in the formulation and solution of problems in the public sector. In doing this, students have an opportunity to integrate the facts and techniques they have learned and put them to a practical test. The operation of the course involves the class in the definition and solution of one or more major public problems. The class examines these problems from relevant viewpoints, including the definition of system objectives, user requirements, as well as the examination of technological and procedural alternatives in designing the systems and consideration of the political problems in implementing solutions. The class project leads ultimately to one or more project reports, and formal presentations are made to advisory panels at the end of each semester.