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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

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    Course Outline

    Course Outline

    • Introduction
      • Why do we need trade study?
      • Systems engineering process overview.
      • Role of trade study and its process.
    • Traditional Trade Study Methods
      • How to determine selection criteria.
      • Methods (including QFD) for determining weights for selection criteria.
      • How to identify and down-select too many alternatives.
      • Introduce different scoring methods for selection criteria.
      • Score alternatives against selection criteria.
      • Calculate ratings for alternatives.
      • Perform sensitivity analysis.
      • How to write a credible, structured and thorough trade study report.
    • Develop decision trees.
    • Study trade space for CAIV.
    • The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)
      • Discuss the process and the difference with Analytic Network Process (ANP).
      • Learn the methodology by following an example.
    • Make decision with Weighted Sum Model (WSM).
    • Potentially All Pairwise Rankings of All Possible Alternatives (PAPRIKA)
      • Build additive multi-attribute value models with an example.
      • Learn how to solve too many pairwise combinations and rankings problems.
    • Decision Analysis with Uncertain information/data
      • Maximax method
      • Maximin method
      • Criterion of realism method
      • Equally likely method
      • Minimax regret method
    • Conclusions
      • Risk Areas/Suggestions/Guiding Principles