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Model Based System Engineering with SysML Training

Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) is a megatrend in modern software and systems engineering – the key element in larger engineering transformation initiatives. Model based, not document based, MBSE clarifies understanding, and has been empirically proven to significantly accelerate development projects. This 3-day course provides a solid grounding in MBSE project processes and how to build robust model using SysML notation and diagrams. Attendees will receive solid grounding in MBSE and SysML with the understanding and confidence to participate, and be successful as a modern-day system engineer.

Key Features of this Model Based System Engineering Training:

  • End-of-course exam included
  • After-course instructor coaching benefit
  • After-course computing sandbox

Who Should Attend

The course is intended as a comprehensive introduction to MBSE and SysML intended for practising engineers, software developers or those with similar backgrounds. It is also useful an overview for managers who want to have an insightful talking understanding of the topic. Participants should have a general awareness of systems engineering, software development and Agile/DevOps processes but there are otherwise no pre-requisites.


This course uses Sparx Enterprise Architect as the sample modelling tool.

What technologies does this course demonstrate?

This coure demonstrates SysML use and process plus integration with Agile and DevOps.

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Learning Objectives

  • Explain the six goals of Model Based System Engineering
  • Transition through the four pillars of MBSE from Requirements to Structure to Behaviour to Parametrics
  • Create and relate all 9 SysML diagrams with understanding of the underlying model
  • Structure the model for testing, validation and requirements satisfaction

Course Content

Chapter 1 – System Engineering Transformation

  • What is System Engineering Transformation?
  • Engineering Challenges
  • INCOSE Definition of MBSE
  • MBSE Benefits
  • An Architectural Approach
  • Document Generation
  • Activity: Discussion of modelling needs
  • Review Questions
  • References
  • Chapter Summary

Chapter 2 – Modelling Process and SysML Overview

  • Historical Context System Engineering
  • Waterfall to Agile/DevOps Tie In
  • Iterative and Incremental Development
  • Historical Context SysML
  • UML Roots
  • UML Diagram Set
  • Early vs Late Iteration
  • SysML Diagram Overview (9 not 13)
  • Four pillars of MBSE
  • Laying out a Model
  • Case Study – Shop and Go Smart Cart
  • Exercise 2.1 – Creating and Organising a Model with SysML
  • Review Questions
  • References
  • Chapter Summary

Chapter 3 – Modelling Functional Requirements

  • What are Requirements?
  • Requirement Classification
  • Activity: Discussion – are these requirements?
  • Inputs to Requirements
  • Why start with the functional model?
  • Shop and Go Brief Description
  • SysML Notational Elements
  • Use Case Diagrams
  • Use Case Text
  • Activity Diagrams
  • Developing Use Cases
  • Identifying Actors
  • Exercise 3.1 – Discussion Identifying Actors and Use Cases
  • Debrief
  • Exercise 3.2 – Hands-On Adding Use Cases in SysML
  • Review Questions
  • References
  • Chapter Summary

Chapter 4 – The Structural Model

  • Composite Structure Diagrams (not in SysML)
  • Replaced by Block Definition Diagrams (BDDs)
  • <<block>> icon and symbology
  • Hierarchical Diagrams
  • Instances vs Type
  • Instances on BDDs
  • Exercise 4.1 – Overall Discussion of a Smart Cart
  • Debrief
  • Exercise 4.2 – Implementing and using BDDs
  • Debrief
  • Specialization on BDDs
  • Activity 4.3 – Demonstration of serialisation
  • Correlating Different Diagrams
  • Software/Firmware Modelling within a System
  • Creating UML Class Diagrams
  • Process steps
  • Associations and Roles
  • Exercise 4.4 – Hands-On creating a Class Diagram
  • Debrief
  • Package Diagrams
  • Review Questions
  • References
  • Chapter Summary

Chapter 5 – Second Requirements Iteration

  • Six Goals of MBSE (6 slides)
  • How Much modelling is needed?
  • Modelling Process Walkthrough
  • Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Concerns
  • Capturing and Coordinating Concerns
  • Adding new requirements
  • Exercise 5.1 – Demonstration of upgrading a model
  • Requirements Diagrams
  • <<Satisfies>> and <<Validates>> relationships
  • Copy and Trace
  • Don’t Panic – it is simpler than it looks
  • Exercise 5.2 – Hands-On Adding a Requirements Diagram
  • Review Questions
  • References
  • Chapter Summary

Chapter 6 – The Behavioural Model

  • Moving from Structure to Behaviour
  • Nature of Sequence Diagrams
  • Relating Activity Diagrams and Sequence Diagrams
  • Exercise 6.1 – Group Discussion – Flow of Make Purchase use case
  • Debrief
  • Exercise 6.2 – Hands On – Creating a Sequence Diagram
  • Debrief
  • State Modelling
  • What is State?
  • What is State Really?
  • Nature of State Diagrams
  • Sub-States
  • Ensuring absolutely every path is understood
  • Actions and guard conditions
  • Error detection vs error prevention
  • Exercise 6.3 – Group Discussion – States in Make Purchase
  • Debrief
  • Exercise 6.4 – Hands On – Adding a State Diagram
  • Debrief
  • Review Questions
  • References
  • Chapter Summary

Chapter 7 – Parametrics and Simulation

  • Know before you build
  • What are parametrics?
  • Defining a mathematical condition by formula
  • Exercise 7.1 – Group Discussion How big should the battery be?
  • Debrief
  • Exercise 7.2 – Hands-On Adding a Parametric Diagram
  • Debrief
  • Prove before you build
  • Automated validation of model elements
  • Running a simulation
  • Manual simulation
  • Automated simulation
  • Exercise 7.3 – Hands-On Running a Manual Simulation
  • Review Questions
  • References
  • Chapter Summary

Chapter 8 – Course Summary

  • Closing Thoughts
  • Next Steps
  • Related Courses
  • Lagniappe

Exams & Certification

  • 40 questions
  • Passing Score 70%

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