ENGR 567 - Systems Engineering Architecture

This course is now scheduled under SYSE. https://online.colostate.edu/courses/SYSE/SYSE567.dot

This is an introductory graduate course whose principal objectives are to:
• Teach a systematic and rigorous approach to developing, modeling, analyzing and optimizing architectures for complex, technology- and information-intensive systems and systems-of-systems. The methodology is called the Model-Based System Architecture Process (MBSAP).
• Illustrate the techniques of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) using an architecture model as the primary source material for Systems Engineering (SE) processes such as requirements analysis, high level and detailed design, performance and design trade studies, configuration management, specialty engineering, and others.
The course considers both heuristic and formal aspects of the subject, which can be thought of as the art and science of architecting. It starts with an introduction to the nature and challenges of this domain, an overview of the principles of Object-Oriented Design and the MBSAP methodology, a summary of architecting paradigms and tools, and a taxonomy of systems and enterprises to which this method applies. The course then proceeds through development of Operational, Logical/Functional and Physical Viewpoints that establish the fundamental methodology. Successive topics include real-time architecture, information assurance, executable architecture models, enterprise architectures, networked and distributed architectures, reference architectures and frameworks, and architecture assessment and governance. Each student will complete an architecture project based on a system or enterprise of her or his choice to practice the methodology.


ECE 501/ENGR 501 (Foundations of Systems Engineering). This prerequisite may be waived by the instructor for students with practical Systems Engineering experience. Credit not allowed for both ENGR 567 and ECE 567.

Important Information

This class is available live via the Internet on Mondays from 5:15 - 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time. If you are registered for the 801 section, log into your Canvas account to access the course; directions will be posted.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Effective Model-Based Systems Engineering (2018)
    Borky and Bradley
    ISBN: 978-3-319-95668-8