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Model-based Systems Engineering Fundamentals
A Layered Approach to Model-based Systems Engineering

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Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) is rapidly becoming the approach of choice in the SE world. But, in reality, all systems engineering is, and has always been, model-based. It isn’t possible to discuss or even think about a system without using a model. In traditional systems approaches that model was carried and maintained in the minds of the designers. Much time and effort was spent aligning and documenting the various aspects of the model across the design team. With MBSE the model is no longer closely held by individual members of the design team but is expressly instantiated in a repository where it is unambiguously described and accessible to customers, stakeholders and designers alike through a rich variety of tailored views.

This 1-day course will introduce the concepts and process of MBSE in a practical setting. The relationship to other approaches will be discussed. A rich menu of views including SysML and structured diagrams will be presented.

Each student will receive a copy of A Primer for Model Based Engineering by David Long and Zane Scott and course notes.

This one-day course is designed for program managers who want to understand the concepts. It may be taken independently or combined with the 2-day Model-based Systems Engineering Applications course that follows. .


Zane Scott received a BA in Economics from Virginia Tech and a JD from the University of Tennessee Law School. He did post graduate work in Business Administration and Educational Counseling. He brings a unique perspective to systems engineering from a professional background in litigation, crisis negotiation, labor management facilitation and mediation. He has practiced interventional mediation, and taught communications, conflict management and leadership skills in university and professional settings. He has worked as a senior consultant and process analyst assisting government and industry clients in implementing and introducing organizational change into their companies. Zane is a member of INCOSE where he sits on the Corporate Advisory Board. A member of the American Society of Training and Development and the International Association of Hostage Negotiators, he blogs frequently and is the co-author of A Primer for Model Based Engineering.

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What You Will Learn:

  • MBSE in context- traditional approaches to systems engineering and their inherent problems;
  • essential model characteristics– understanding the model is critical to unleashing its power;
  • the uses of a model in systems engineering –the key to applying that power;
  • the nature and purpose of the four SE domains –keeping the system design on track at each stage;
  • the treatment of the domains in traditional and MBSE methodologies –avoiding traps and pitfalls while capturing the benefits of MBSE;
  • the major tasks of systems engineering in MBSE;
  • the issues and impacts of MBSE in system designs

Course Outline:

1. Systems and Systems engineering. Introduction to systems and systems engineering. Why and how systems problems are solved. What is a system? What is systems engineering? Systems problems and their solutions.

2. Context – 4 Domains, 3 Systems, 2 Ways of Thinking and 1 Model. Four domains in systems engineering problem solving. The context, process and system of interest systems. Considering systems problems analytically AND synthetically. The concept of a single repository, single model approach to system solutions.

3. System Life Cycle. System life-cycle stages- Concept, design, production, utilization, support and maintenance. System design and improvement opportunities at each life cycle stage.

4. Problem Classes. Systems engineering is no longer confined to the world of conceptual development and clean sheet design. Systems engineering from top-down, middle-out and reverse engineering perspectives. Techniques for eliciting and modeling existing systems. Change management implications of interactive modeling and problem-solving. 5. Traditional Engineering- Process and Problem. Traditional SE approaches. Problems and pitfalls. MBSE approaches.

6. What is a Model? What constitutes a model? Power and uses of models. Role of models in solving systems problems.

7. MBSE – Process and Tasks. The layered approach to system problem-solving and design. Detailed process steps and techniques. Working in all four domains at every layer. Advancing design granularity. Model-based techniques compared and contrasted to traditional SE.

8. Views. Views were once thought to be the model itself. In this section views are presented as structured answers to queries posed to the model repository depicting what the audience needs to see in a way that it can be understood. Selecting views fit for their purpose. The variety of views available and their uses. SysML and structured diagrams.

9. Supplemental Topics (Service Oriented Architectures, Agile Processes et cetera). Additional topics tailored to the class needs and preferences. These topics are discussed in relationship to MBSE and how they interact. There are a variety of topic modules which can be offered as the class desires and time permits.


This course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses. If you are interested in attending this or another course as open enrollment, please contact us at (410) 956-8805 or at and indicate the course name and number of students who wish to participate. ATI typically schedules open enrollment courses with a lead time of 3-5 months. Group courses can be presented at your facility at any time. For on-site pricing, request an on-site quote. You may also call us at (410) 956-8805 or email us at