Scientific Principles of Test and Evaluation

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Scientific Principles of Test and Evaluation

Course Description

The Scientific Principles of Test and Evaluation course covers the application of test and evaluation (T&E) to systems or products and highlights the statistical methods that are most useful in that application. The course includes a brief summary of innovation, systems engineering, acquisition, and T&E. It also describes the basic uses and types of modeling and simulation (M&S). This M&S discussion will include model construction; model taxonomy; simulation applications; availability of M&S resources; Live-Virtual-Constructive simulation; and verification, validation, and accreditation. The course will explore the development of new applications to streamline or otherwise improve your product and system development and T&E, including confidence intervals, graphics generation, analysis of variance, Design of Experiments, and other statistical tools. Use of these statistical tools will be integrated into the discussions of the T&E process.

Course Content


  • Purpose and phases of T&E
  • Description of T&E results for various systems


  • Innovation of new systems or products
  • Systems engineering and acquisition
  • How and why T&E supports systems engineering and acquisition


  • Modeling and simulation tools and use cases
  • Live-Virtual-Constructive simulation
  • Verification, validation, and accreditation


  • Descriptive statistics, graphics generation, analysis of variance
  • Confidence intervals
  • Design of Experiments


  • T&E of radars, missile systems, and weapons
  • Group projects in analysis of Design of Experiments results

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers, technicians, and managers who handle test and evaluation, modeling and simulation, and statistics and design of experiments.

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What You Will Learn

  • Phases of T&E and the relationship to the acquisition lifecycle
  • T&E as part of systems engineering
  • Detecting and resolving problems early
  • T&E approach derived from mission and task decomposition
  • Scientific methods to support T&E, including statistics, graphical analyses, and design of experiments
  • Test plans and test reports supported by scientific methods
  • M&S overview, including M&S types, sources, and uses in the acquisition cycle
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How You Will Benefit

  • Understand the objectives of developmental, operational, integrated, live-fire, and interoperability testing and how they fit into the acquisition lifecycle.
  • Learn how to explain the connection of T&E to systems engineering and the benefits of finding errors early.
  • Know the range of M&S, the M&S applications to T&E, and the M&S accreditation process.
  • Explain simple Design of Experiments and other statistical test outcomes.
  • Write acceptable Test Plans and Test Reports using scientific principles and statistical evaluations of test outcomes.
  • Locate resources to aid in the process of applying M&S and statistical techniques to support T&E needs.
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The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

- Abe Kani


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