Department of Operational Sciences

Department of Operational Sciences
Test and Evaluation Certificate Program

Test and Evaluation Certificate Program

Purpose
 
The AFIT Test and Evaluation Certificate Program (TECP) provides students a fundamental understanding in the basic concepts required for supporting analysis in the Test and Evaluation (T&E) Community. Particular emphasis is given to incorporating past, present, and future DoD T&E examples from all aspects of test (developmental, operational, etc) into the curriculum to tailor the applications of the methodology and approaches within each course. Current T&E focus in design of experiments (DOE) and reliability, maintainability, and availability (RM&A) analysis are addressed in required courses to complete the T&E Certificate Program. TECP targets individuals within the acquisition or analysis career fields working within research, developmental, or operational test stationed at engineering centers, test ranges, test centers, program offices or headquarters.
 
The T&E Certificate Program is designed to support part-time and full-time students. All students are expected to participate in the TECP via distance learning, however, not all students will have the opportunity to enroll in classes each quarter. Therefore, part-time students may have a quarter with no classes scheduled and will take longer to complete the certificate program. Full-time students will take classes each quarter until completing the full certificate requirements. Course delivery is via asynchronous video with weekly synchronous classes to be held throughout the quarter.
 
The TECP also provides an avenue for personnel interested in completing an AFIT Master’s Degree in Operations Research. The possibility exists of full-time students attending AFIT for a shortened period to complete the Operations Research Master’s Degree, once completing the certificate program. The TECP provides an entry point into this program and could be tailored to support the Applied Statistics track within this program of study. The central three courses in the certificate program would most likely be transferable to an AFIT Master’s program as well as other civilian universities near the student’s home station.
 
Program Outcomes (POs)
 
Our Program Outcomes (student knowledge/skills/abilities) produce graduate certificate conferees who exhibit:
 
The ability to identify and apply basic concepts required for supporting analysis within the T&E Community.
The ability to design experiments and conduct reliability, maintainability, and availability analysis in response to the operational needs of the Air Force and Department of Defense.
Improve problem solving ability, critical thinking skills, and test planning skills.
 
Admission Requirements
 
In order to be considered for admission to TECP, candidates must meet the AFIT Graduate School of Engineering and Management requirements for admissions. These are a completed bachelor’s degree in an appropriate engineering or scientific discipline (mathematics, physical science, engineering or computer sciences are highly desirable) and a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Additionally, successful completion of undergraduate calculus I through III is required. Waivers to the stated requirements may be granted on an individual basis as approved by the Department of Operational Sciences, through the TECP Program Manager.
 
The Test and Evaluation Certificate Program (TECP) is an organizationally funded program that targets individuals within the acquisition or analysis career fields working within research, developmental, or operational test stationed at engineering centers, test ranges, test centers, program offices or headquarters.
 
Entry into the TECP requires both academic acceptance into the program and agreement on the organizational funding mechanism. The program normally starts each year in the Winter quarter of the AFIT Academic Calendar.
 
Certificate Completion Requirements
 

Students must attain a grade point average of at least 3.00 for all graded courses comprising the certificate.
 
Program Requirements
 
General Program Description
 
TECP is a graduate level program focused on the application of operational analysis techniques and methodology as applied to the T&E Community. The program provides an understanding of analysis tools dedicated to supporting the evaluation of test data, test design, and test execution. TECP is offered via distance learning on the current AFIT quarter schedule, with STAT 583 being prerequisite to the other program courses. The expected completion time of the Certificate Program is 15-18 months of part-time study.
 
The program of study for this certificate is divided into 3 areas: probability and statistics pre-requisite course, T&E methodology courses, and a capstone project course or OPER 689, in lieu of a capstone project. The T&E methodology courses include Empirical Modeling, Operational Experimentation with DOE applications, and RM&A. Students taking the capstone complete it as an independent project encompassing the concepts of experimental design for systems research, design, engineering and test. This project is completed under the guidance of an AFIT faculty-mentor (or appropriate on-site designee) and results in a final graduate report.
 
Test and Evaluation Certificate Program (TECP) Course List
 
COURSE SEQUENCE: This program normally has a WINTER QUARTER Start Date
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
STAT 583 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 4
OPER 679 Empirical Modeling 3
OPER 688 Operational Experimentation 3
LOGM 634 Reliability, Maintainability, and Supportability 3
OPER 791 Capstone Research Project 3
  OR  
OPER 689 Advanced Statistical Methods for Test 3
    16 total hours
 

STAT 583: INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS (4 credit hours)
 Basic concepts of probability and statistics with computer science applications are covered. Topics include permutations and combinations; random variables; probability distributions; estimation and confidence intervals; hypothesis testing.
 
OPER 679: EMPIRICAL MODELING (3 credit hours)
 Analysis of experimental and observational data from engineering systems, focus on empirical model building using observation data for characterization, estimation, inference and prediction.
 

OPER 688: OPERATIONAL EXPERIMENTATION (3 credit hours)
 As an introduction to designing experiments for operational testing and evaluation, this is an applied course intended for operations analysts who perform experiments or serve as advisors to experimentation. A statistical approach to the design and analysis of experiments is provided as a means to efficiently study and comprehend the underlying process of system being evaluated. Insight gained leads to improved system performance and quality.
 

LOGM 634: RELIABILITY, MAINTAINABILITY AND SUPPORTABILITY (3 credit hours)
Creating and sustaining military capability is the purpose of military leadership and management. Reliability and maintainability (R&M) are component characteristics which define the ability of a product to perform its specified functions throughout its operational life. Component R&M of the military system are primary determinants of military capability. This course teaches fundamental R&M concepts. Additionally, probability theory is discussed and employed as a tool to quantitatively define these concepts. Course Topics include the measures which quantitatively define component R&M, the relationship between R&M, and the prediction of R&M measures.
 

OPER 791: CAPSTONE RESEARCH PROJECT FOR OPERATIONAL SCIENCES (1-6 credit hours)
 A research topic is selected from problems of interest to USAF and DoD. This topic is thoroughly investigated by the student, and the findings, recommendations, and conclusions are presented as a graduate research paper under the supervision of an AFIT faculty member.
 
OPER 689: ADVANCED STATISTICAL METHODS FOR TEST (3 credit hours)
 This course provides advanced coverage in time series modeling, generalized linear models, and advanced ex-perimental design. Examples and projects are focused on problems from the test and evaluation enterprise.
 
Contact Information
 
To obtain more information about TECP contact Ms. Jennifer Vanzant, ctr at (937) 255-3636 ext. 4692 (DSN 785)
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