Introduction to Model-Based Systems Engineering

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Introduction to Model-Based Systems Engineering

Course Description

Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is the formalized application of modeling and simulation to support the systems engineering process in terms of requirements development, design, analysis, verification, and validation activities throughout the system lifecycle. This course serves as an introduction to MBSE and its foundational concepts. You will gain an understanding of what it means to employ a model-based approach, especially in comparison to traditional document-centric design. This course will introduce you to the three pillars of MBSE: Language, Tools, and Approach and how to effectively use each to meet the objective of supporting decision making during the systems engineering process.

Course Content


  • Systems Engineering in context
  • Model-based systems engineering versus document-centric design
  • MBSE and digital engineering


  • Benefits and costs of a model-based approach
  • The role and utility of a system model in the context of MBSE


  • System modeling languages
  • Modeling tools
  • Model-based approaches
Requirements & Materials



Required (student must provide)

  • Access to a computer capable of running a no-install bundle of a SysML authoring tool such as NoMagic MagicDraw™ or Cameo Systems Modeler™ - (Operating System Requirements: Windows 10 or later; Mac OS Catalina, Big Sur or later)

Provided (student will receive)

  • Course slides handouts

Session Details

  • Special Discounts: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) employees are eligible to receive a discount.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to the Organizational Development website and look for the coupon code under GT Professional Development. Review coupon instructions for more information.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers, scientists, managers, and technicians interested in MBSE, including those responsible for implementing an MBSE approach, those who need to author system models themselves, review model artifacts, and/or lead other people who will do such things. This course is targeted towards the MBSE practitioner who seeks to gain a fundamental and deeper understanding of MBSE. This course builds on the language fundamentals covered in SysML 101 and 201 and is geared towards organizations building an MBSE capability.

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What You Will Learn

  • The difference between MBSE and traditional, document-centric design/systems engineering
  • The three pillars of MBSE: Languages, Tools, and Approach
  • MBSE and its relationship to the broader digital engineering initiative
  • The role and utility of a systems modeling language in MBSE
  • Overview of MBSE tools, methods, and principles that enable an MBSE approach
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How You Will Benefit

  • Discover the benefits and cost of MBSE.
  • Learn the fundamentals of decision making in an MBSE environment, with a focus on traceability and cross-cutting relationships to verify systems requirements.
  • Understand how the modeling and simulation toolchain couples directly to relevant engineering decisions and processes.
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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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