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University at Buffalo

MBSE: Model-Based Systems Engineering

University at Buffalo and State University of New York via Coursera


This Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) course and the Digital Thread courses featured earlier in this specialization bring together the concepts from across digital manufacturing and design, forming a vision in which the geometry of a product is just one way of describing it. MBSE is where the model resulting from the evolution of system requirements, design, analysis, verification and validation activities is the focus of design and manufacturing. Students will gain an understanding of systems engineering, the model-based approach to design and manufacturing, the Digital Twin, and a roadmap toward a model-based enterprise.

Students will be able to explain the value and expectations of systems engineering and model-based systems engineering, and the underlying motivations and opportunities represented by a model-based enterprise. They will develop the knowledge necessary to perform a baseline assessment of an organization’s potential to leverage MBSE.

Main concepts of this course will be delivered through lectures, readings, discussions and various videos.

This is the eighth course in the Digital Manufacturing & Design Technology specialization that explores the many facets of manufacturing’s “Fourth Revolution,” aka Industry 4.0, and features a culminating project involving creation of a roadmap to achieve a self-established DMD-related professional goal. To learn more about the Digital Manufacturing and Design Technology specialization, please watch the overview video by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser:


  • Systems Engineering
    • The purpose of this module is to establish a basic understanding of Systems Engineering and the role it plays in design and manufacturing. At the end of the module, learners will be able to explain a Systems Engineering process and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the approach.
  • Model-Based Systems Engineering
    • The purpose of this module is to explain Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and its applications. Upon completion, learners will be able to assess a process for MBSE opportunities and develop an argument for implementation. The learners will also be able to develop a strategy on how to implement applications of MBSE.
  • Applications of Model-Based Systems Engineering
    • Learners will develop an appreciation of the Model-Based Enterprise, including the benefits and barriers to successful implementation. Learners will be able to identify potential opportunities for the adoption of a Model-Based Enterprise.
  • Model-Based Enterprise
    • The purpose of this module is to develop an understanding of the MBE Self Assessment tools. At the end of the module, learners will be able to go through a tool to analyze MBE maturity.

Taught by

Ken English


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