COTS-Based Systems Fundamentals Training

Commitment 3 Days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


This three-day Certified Systems Engineering Professional Training (CSEP) course walks through the CSEP requirements and the INCOSE Handbook to cover all topics that might be on the CSEP exam. The INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) rating is a useful and coveted milestone in the career of a systems engineer, demonstrating knowledge, education, and experience that is of high value to systems organizations. The certification requires passing an extensive examination based on the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook v4.0 Interactive work, study plans, and sample examination questions help you to prepare effectively for the exam.

  • 3 days of Certified Systems Engineering Professional Training (CSEP) with an expert instructor
  • Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee



Upon completing this COTS-Based Systems Fundamentals course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • The key characteristics of COTS components.
  • How to effectively plan and manage a COTS development effort.
  • How using COTS affects your requirements and design.
  • How to effectively integrate COTS into your systems.
  • Effective verification and validation of COTS-based systems.
  • How to manage your COTS suppliers.
  • The latest lessons learned from over two decades of COTS developments.
  • We can adapt this COTS-Based Systems Fundamentals course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this COTS-Based Systems Fundamentals course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the COTS-Based Systems Fundamentals course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the COTS-Based Systems Fundamentals Training course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this COTS-Based Systems Fundamentals course:

  • Prime and subcontractor engineers who procure COTS components.
  • Suppliers who produce and supply COTS components (hardware and software).
  • Technical team leaders whose responsibilities include COTS technologies.
  • Program and engineering managers that oversee COTS development efforts.
  • Government regulators, administrators, and sponsors of COTS procurement efforts.
  • Military professionals who work with COTS-based systems.

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this COTS-Based Systems Fundamentals course are:

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COTS Concepts and Principles.
  • Key COTS concepts. COTS-Based Systems Engineering (CBSE). Complexity is inherent in COTS-based solutions. CBSE is compared and contrasted with Traditional Systems Engineering (TSE). Key challenges and expected benefits of CBSE. COTS lessons learned.
COTS Influences on Requirements Development.
  • Tailored and new approaches to requirements. Stakeholder requirements and measures of effectiveness (MOEs). System Requirements and measures of performance (MOPs). Flow down of requirements to COTS components.
COTS-Based Systems Fundamentals Training – COTS Influences on Architecture and Design.
  • Architecting principles. Make vs. buy decisions. Architectural and design strategies for CBSE. Supporting the inherent independence of the leveraged COTS components. Dealing with the unique interdependencies of overlapping COTS and system lifecycles. Support for ongoing change and evolution of the COTS components. Architectural frameworks. Technical performance measures (TPMs). Readiness levels. Modeling and simulation.
COTS Life Cycle Considerations.
  • Reliability, Maintainability, Availability (RMA). Supportability/Logistics, Usability/Human Factors. Training. System Safety. Security/Survivability. Producibility/ Manufacturability. Affordability. Disposability/Sustainability. Changeability (flexibility, adaptability, scalability, modifiability, variability, robustness, modularity). Commonality.
COTS Influences on Integration.
  • Integration, verification, and validation approaches in a COTS environment. Strategies for dealing with the dynamic and independent nature of the COTS components. Evolutionary and incremental integration, verification, and validation. Acceptance of COTS components.
COTS Influences on Technical Management.
  • Planning, monitoring, and control. Risk and decision management, Configuration, and information management. Supplier identification and selection. Supplier agreements. Supplier oversight and control. Supplier technical reviews. COTS Integrator role.
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