Topic outline for 3-day & 4-day overview course versions: Model-based systems engineering with the OMG's Systems Modeling Language (SysML®) and the SysML Plugin for MagicDraw® and Cameo™

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This topic outline accompanies this course:
IMPORTANT: If some of your prospective course attendees have minimal or no prior experience with the SysML language or the MagicDraw/Cameo tools, we strongly recommend that you request our 4-day extended introductory course version, which covers (mostly) the same topics as the 3-day course, but offers far more time to explore the language and tool basics and includes extended mini-workshop exercises. This is particularly recommended if you choose the Live Online web seminar format (rather than on-site).

Topic outline for 3-day or 4-day overview course version

Not all topics listed are covered in all course versions for all clients. Topics may be customised according to your special domain interests.
The 4-day extended introductory course version covers these topics in more depth than the 3-day version and has extended hands-on mini-workshop exercises.
More advanced and experienced users should consider instead attending the 5-day full workshop course version.
  1. Introduction – Why SysML?
    • SysML® as a new standard and common systems engineering language
    • Stakeholders: OMG + INCOSE + industry players + academia and research
    • UML® for software engineering vs SysML for systems engineering
  2. Overview of SysML
    • What SysML is and what SysML is not
    • The SysML diagrams vs the UML diagrams
    • The main SysML element stereotypes and notations
    • Aspects of UML2 useful for systems engineering and how SysML builds on them
    • The SysML extension mechanism
    • UML4SysML: Elements that SysML includes and excludes
  3. UML “101” for SysML
    • The main UML metaclasses
    • Classifier, Class, Type
    • Class basics and Class notations and compartments
    • Generalization, VisibilityKind, and inherited Features
    • Associations, multiplicity, navigability, and Property cases
    • UML instances, links, and Object Diagrams
    • Composite structure and Connectors
    • UML Behaviors and Classes
    • Encapsulation and Ports
    • ValueSpecification and OpaqueExpressions
    • Behavior: States, StateMachines, and StateMachine Diagrams
    • Behavior: UML Activities and Activity Diagrams
    • Behavior: Actions, Pins, and structured actions
    • Behavior: Interactions and Sequence Diagrams
    • Execution: About Foundational UML (fUML®)
    • Simulation: About Cameo™ Simulation Toolkit and UML/fUML
  4. The SysML Block
    • What Blocks can model
    • Block compartments and notations
    • The Block Definition Diagram (BDD)
    • The Internal Block Diagram (BDD)
    • Case study: A home entertainment system
    • Part Property representations
    • Reference Property vs shared aggregation
    • Use of Generalization (inheritance) in systems engineering domain modelling
    • Redefining/Subsetting Properties
    • Associations vs Dependency vs Usage relationships
    • Association vs Connector
    • Encapsulation: Blocks with parts and ports
    • Connector kinds
    • SysML :features compartments in IBDs
    • Useful user-defined stereotypes for Blocks
    • The IBD as top-level Context Diagram
    • Breakdown of a system hierarchy
  5. Values and quantities with units in SysML
    • The SysML ValueType and Unit
    • Representing physical, engineering, industrial, and financial quantities in SysML
    • The ISO-80000 ModelLibrary and the International System of Quantities (ISQ)
    • DataType vs PrimitiveType vs ValueType
    • Structured ValueTypes
    • Enumerations in SysML
    • Objects and instances: Slots as value carriers
    • The SysML :values compartment in IBDs
    • The SysML QuantityKind and the International Vocabulary of Metrology (VIM)
    • Creating a custom ValueType, Unit, and QuantityKind
  6. Context-specific values and system configuration
    • Block with parts as creation templates
    • The limits of UML default values
    • The SysML initialValues compartment in IBDs
    • Levels of customisation and deep configuration in SysML
    • Mini workshop session: Deep configuration using training props
  7. Ports and flows
    • Port notations and display options
    • Types of Ports
    • Creating Ports in BDDs and IBDs
    • Connecting to nested Properties and the SysML property path name
    • Standard UML Ports and Connector types
    • UML Port conjugation vs type-based SysML conjugation
    • The SysML InterfaceBlock and ~InterfaceBlock
    • SysML required/provided DirectedFeatures
    • SysML DirectedFeatures vs UML Interface
    • Displaying DirectedFeatures on Ports in IBDs
    • ItemFlows on Associations and Connectors
    • ItemFlow with itemProperty
    • The SysML FlowProperty and flow directions
    • Using FlowProperties on parts and Ports
    • Combining ItemFlows on Connectors with Ports and flows
    • Port vs SysML ProxyPort vs SysML FullPort
    • The BindingConnector and the ProxyPort
    • ProxyPort cases
    • The SysML FullPort
    • Combining port types
  8. SysML Activity modelling extensions
    • SysML ControlFlow notation
    • Activity notations for BDDs
    • Control as and control operators
    • Continuous systems and rate of flow
    • Probabilities for edge decisions
    • Timing and duration constraints
    • ObjectNode extensions: NoBuffer and Overwrite
    • Understanding Actions with Pins vs ObjectFlows and ObjectNodes
    • AdjunctProperty and Activity decomposition in a BDD
  9. SysML Requirements
    • The Requirement Diagram and the Requirement symbol compartments
    • Tracing, refining, deriving, and copying Requirements
    • Using callouts and compartments to expose relationship queries
    • Decomposing requirements and Requirement hierarchies
    • The Satisfy relationship and tracking satisfaction
    • Satisfaction matrices and query tables
    • Derived relationships: Satisfaction of a Block vs a Property
    • The Verify relationship and TestCases
    • Verify matrices and query tables
    • Using Trace for model element elicitation
    • The AbstractRequirement base
    • The non-normative ExtendedRequirements and their constraints
  10. Use Cases
    • Examples of Use Cases in SysML
    • UseCase owner vs subject
  11. SysML Allocations
    • Functional (behavioral) allocation, structural allocation, model refinement allocation
    • The Allocate relationship, allocation notations, and the allocation compartments
    • Using allocation callouts for non-Block elements
    • Definition level vs usage level allocations
    • Allocating to any Element anywhere
    • Functional (behavioral) allocation
    • Functional allocation using Activity Diagram swimlane partitions
    • Allocation tracing using matrices and query tables
  12. Comment stereotypes
    • The Problem and Rational comments
    • Creating custom Comment stereotypes
    • Case study: A JIRA issue tracking comment with tagged values
    • Linking to external resources
  13. The SysML ElementGroup and logical grouping
    • ElementGroup members
    • On combining text and graphical symbols in diagrams
  14. The Webel Parsing Analysis recipe for the ElementGroup
    • Using the ElementGroup for model element elicitation
    • The Snippet text extract extension of the SysML ElementGroup
    • Relating a Snippet text extract to a domain source document
    • Parsing Analysis as a meta-process
    • Parsing Analysis for requirements elicitation
    • Mini workshop session: Traceable elicitation of model elements from a source document
  15. Views and Viewpoints
    • Communicating with Stakeholders
    • View vs Viewpoint conformance
    • The Viewpoint as rules for a View
    • Exposing model elements for a View
    • Creating a View as a query over model elements
  16. Mathematics with SysML Parametrics
    • A brief demonstration may be included in this short-course version on request
  17. Tools: Tips for using the MagicDraw® SysML Plugin and Cameo Systems Modeler
    • Versions of the tools, plugins, and product bundles
    • Getting started with a project
    • About the Webel Best Practice modelling policies
    • Recommended naming conventions
    • Power tips for rapid diagram modelling and element manipulation
    • Creating well-organised, navigable projects
    • Optional: Sharing versioned projects via the Cameo™ Teamwork Server/Cloud
    • About the Cameo™ Simulation Toolkit
    • Examples: The SysML specification Hybrid Sports Utility Vehicle sample problem
    • Examples: The SysML specification figure diagrams
  18. Concluding remarks
    • The bright future of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) with SysML

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