ENGR 567 - Systems Engineering Architecture

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


John M. Borky


Dr. Borky has over 51 years of experience in the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) community, primarily in leadership positions, including research, system and technology development, and operations. He is an expert in systems architecture and engineering with emphasis on information- and software-intensive systems and enterprises. He is the developer of the Model-Based System Architecture Process (MBSAP) and has applied Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE) using this methodology to a wide range of systems. He recently completed five years as a Visiting Professor of Aerospace Engineering at UCLA, where he developed and taught the core course on System Architecture in the Master of Science Online program in System Engineering. He also has extensive experience in electronic technologies and systems, integrated modular avionics, logistics, program management, and strategic planning. He served for seven years, three as Vice Chairman, of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, and participated in studies by the Army Science Board, the Naval Studies Board, and other senior advisory bodies providing technology and programmatic support to the leadership of the Department of Defense (DoD). Following a diverse Air Force career, he has held executive technical and management positions with five A&D companies, including Raytheon, TRW, and Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies. He was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology, taught at Wright State University, and has lectured on Systems Engineering at the United States Air Force Academy and National Defense University. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. His recognitions include the United States Air Force Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service.

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