Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK)

The current version of the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK) is intended for broad world-wide use, adds to the rapidly maturing discipline of systems engineering.  It consists of 7 parts broken into 26 knowledge areas, with 112 topics.  There are 5 use cases, 7 case studies, and 6 vignettes to illustrate the contents.  The glossary has 363 entries, and there are 224 primary references plus hundreds more additional references.

The operational phase for the SEBoK is beginning, with anticipated minor updates twice a year, and a possible major update every third year.

Shared stewardship of the SEBoK between INCOSE, IEEE-CS, and the SERC, is expected soon.

About Systems Engineering

Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of successful systems. Separate articles in Part 1 provide an overview of systems engineering, place it in historical context, and discuss its economic value.

Systems engineering has roots in systems science. Major sections (called knowledge areas (KAs)) in Part 2 discuss Systems Fundamentals, Systems Thinking, Representing Systems with Models, and the Systems Approach Applied to Engineered Systems.

About the SEBoK

The SEBoK is organized into 7 parts, with a Glossary of Terms and a list of Primary References.

The other parts are:

As a compendium, much of the contents has restricted intellectual property rights. This copyright information is placed on each page, and must be respected. The current SEBoK copyright is held by the Trustees of the Stevens Institute of Technology, and plans for the transfer of the copyright are discussed in SEBoK Evolution.

As a living document, each page footer also contains version identification in a link called “About SEBoK 1.0.”

A PDF version may be downloaded at Download SEBoK PDF.

There is a link in the left margin under Toolbox explaining how to Cite the SEBoK correctly.


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