Fundamentals of Systems Engineering with Economics, Probability, and Statistics

C. Jotin Khisty, Jamshid Mohammadi




For one/two-semester, undergraduate/graduate-level courses in Systems Engineering in departments of Civil Engineering, Chemical, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical, and Industrial Engineering, Urban Planning, Architecture, Construction Management.

Based on the reality that today's engineers need a broad range of decision-making skills, this unique text draws together—into a single comprehensive volume—all the fundamental principles of systems analysis (both hard and soft systems), economics (particularly microeconomics), probability, and statistics that engineering students need to develop a rich, multifaceted perspective from which to tackle—and solve—complex engineering problems. The emphasis throughout is on presenting the fundamental concepts and their practical engineering applications, unobscured by complicated mathematics. Coverage is broad-based and applicable for students in practically all branches of engineering, not just civil engineering.

Table of Contents

1. Mapping the Terrain of the Systems Approach.
2. Problem Solving and Designing in Engineering and Planning.
3. Basic Engineering Economics & Evaluation.
4. Basic Microeconomics for Engineers and Planners.
5. Principles of Probability: Part I—Review of Probability Theory.
6. Principles of Probability: Part II—Random Variables and Probability Distributions.
7. Principles of Probability: Part III—Joint Probability Functions and Correlated Variables.
8. Principles of Statistics: Part I—Estimation of Statistical Parameters and Testing Validity of Distribution Functions.
9. Principles of Statistics: Part II—Hypothesis Testing, Analysis of Variance, Regression and Correlation Analysis.
10. Basic Hard Systems Engineering—Part I.
11. Basic Hard Systems Engineering—Part II.
12. Soft Systems Thinking and Analysis.
Appendix A.