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SF2863 Systems Engineering 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SF2863 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Basic theory for Markov chains and Markov processes
  • Queueing models based on Markov processes, including models for queueing networks
  • Models for inventory optimization, deterministic as well as stochastic.
  • Models for optimization of spare parts
  • Marginal allocation
  • Dynamic programing, for recursive decision making
  • Optimal control of Markov chains, for stochastic decision making.

Intended learning outcomes

To pass the course, the student shallbe able to do the following:

  • Apply basic theory, concepts and methods within the parts of systems engineering that is described in the course contents to solve problems.
  • Formulate simplified problems within the application areas described by the course contents using mathematical models and optimize these with the help of software.
  • Read and understand mathematical writings on, for example, linear algebra, analysis and systems engineering, and their applications, communicate mathematical reasoning and computations within this area orally and in writing in such a way that it is easy to follow.

To receive the higher grades, the student shallin addition be able to do the following:

  • Explain, combine and analyze basic theory, concepts and methods within the parts of systems engineering that is described in the course contents.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed advanced courses in Probability theory (SF2940 or equivalent).

Recommended prerequisites

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Hillier and Lieberman: Introduction to operations research, samt kompletterande kursmaterial från institutionen.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • HEM1 - Home assignment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Written exam, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web SF2863

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Main field of study


Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

SF2812 Applied linear optimization. SF2822 Applied nonlinear optimization. SF2852 Optimal control.


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Transitional regulations

Students with at least 4 bonus points on home assignments, not earlier than 2017 and at most three years old, will by passing the written exam automatically pass the home assignment part.