SysML 101 - Model-Based Engineering Fundamentals: Understanding SysML Models

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SysML 101 - Model-Based Engineering Fundamentals: Understanding SysML Models

Course Description

Get started in the context of model-based engineering (MBE) in general and model-based systems engineering (MBSE) in particular. Learn the essentials of OMG SysML®, a general-purpose modeling language for developing complex systems composed of hardware, software, information, personnel, procedures, and/or facilities. In this 101 course, you'll cover key concepts in a tool-independent manner with a focus on how to read and properly interpret SysML models that other people have created. You will walk away with an understanding of all nine SysML diagram and their corresponding model elements.

Course Content


  • Context and motivation for system modeling and MBSE
  • SysML foundations and MBSE processes
  • SysML element and diagram highlights:
    • use case diagram (uc)
    • requirement diagram (req)
    • package diagram (pkg)
    • block definition diagram (bdd)
    • internal block diagram (ibd)
    • block parametric diagram (par)
    • state machine diagram (stm)
    • activity diagram (act)
    • sequence diagram (sd)


  • Use cases (uc)
  • Requirements (req)


  • Packages and model organization (pkg)
  • Block and instance basics (bdd)
  • Block connectivity (ibd)
  • Block parametrics (par) and support for analysis, trade studies, and modeling and simulation (M&S) interoperability


  • State machines and state-based behavior (stm)
  • Activities and function-based behavior (act)
  • Interactions and message-based behavior (sd)


  • Cross-cutting SysML relationships
  • MBSE methods and processes
  • Model-based automation: document generation and scripting
  • Team collaboration via model-based repositories


  • Deploying SysML in model-based ecosystems
  • SysML and its relationship with DoDAF, UPDM, and UAF
  • Industry and government usage status, benefits, and examples
Requirements & Materials


  • Notebook and CD-ROM of course notes

  • Textbook, A Practical Guide to SysML, by Friedenthal, Moore and Steiner

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 model-based engineering.

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What You Will Learn

  • MBE and MBSE context and motivation
  • How to understand upfront concepts (system objectives), structure and behavior concepts, and cross-cutting concepts in a SysML system model
  • Leading-edge applications and deployment considerations
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How You Will Benefit

  • Recognize the various types of SysML diagrams and understand their essential constructs.
  • Learn how to apply this knowledge in your day-to-day work.
  • Learn about the role of SysML in MBE/MBSE, including how SysML supports the systems engineering “Vee” model and what you can do with a SysML model.
  • Discover the benefits and costs of a SysML-based MBE/MBSE approach.
  • Gain know-how for deploying SysML technology in your organization.
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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.

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