The Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK) is located at The following slide-cast gives an overview of the SEBoK.



The SEBoK is intended to provide guidance on the range of topics contained in the discipline of systems engineering and gives an organizational concept for structuring the information. The purpose of the SEBoK is not to contain all information for systems engineering, but instead to provide an overview of the breadth of the discipline in context, with pointers to relevant sources for additional detail.

It consists of 7 parts broken into 25 knowledge areas, with 114 topics. There are 6 use cases, 9 case studies, and 6 vignettes to illustrate the contents.

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A PDF of the SEBoK is also available for download. Click here to download a PDF of the entire SEBoK or one of its seven parts.


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The 7 parts of the SEBoK are outlined as follows:

  • Part 1 – An introduction to the main concepts of the SEBoK as well as the organization and uses of the SEBoK itself.
  • Part 2 – An overview of the concepts of systems science and their relevance to systems engineering.
  • Part 3 – The most traditional systems engineering knowledge, including life cycle concepts, the processes that support systems engineering activities, systems engineering management considerations, and key standards.
  • Part 4 – The application of the more general principles in Part 3 to specific types of systems, specifically products, services, enterprises, and systems of systems.
  • Part 5 – A discussion of the principles needed to organize to perform systems engineering at the organization, team, and individual levels.
  • Part 6 – A discussion of several disciplines relevant to systems engineering, such as project management, engineering management, design engineering including software engineering, and industrial engineering, but also including specialty engineering areas
  • Part 7 – Real-world examples of systems engineering achievements and challenges.