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The Engineering Design of Systems: Models and Methods

The Engineering Design of Systems: Models and Methods

The Engineering Design of Systems: Models and Methods
By Dennis M. Buede

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Book Description

The ideal introduction to the engineering design of systems—now in a new edition

The Engineering Design of Systems, Second Edition compiles a wealth of information from diverse sources to provide a unique, one-stop reference to current methods for systems engineering. It takes a model-based approach to key systems engineering design activities and introduces methods and models used in the real world. Features new to this edition include:

  • The addition of Systems Modeling Language (SysML) to several of the chapters, as well as the introduction of new terminology

  • Additional material on partitioning functions and components

  • More descriptive material on usage scenarios based on literature from use case development

  • Updated homework assignments

  • The software product CORE (from Vitech Corporation) is used to generate the traditional SE figures and the software product MagicDraw UML with SysML plugins (from No Magic, Inc.) is used for the SysML figures

This book is designed to be an introductory reference and textbook for professionals and students in systems engineering. It is also useful in related courses in engineering programs that emphasize design methods and models.


Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #860973 in Books
  • Published on: 2009-02-03
  • Ingredients: Example Ingredients
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.54" h x 1.22" w x 6.30" l, 1.85 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 536 pages

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover
The ideal introduction to the engineering design of systems—now in a new edition

The Engineering Design of Systems, Second Edition compiles a wealth of information from diverse sources to provide a unique, one-stop reference to current methods for systems engineering. It takes a model-based approach to key systems engineering design activities and introduces methods and models used in the real world. Features new to this edition include:

  • The addition of Systems Modeling Language (SysML) to several of the chapters, as well as the introduction of new terminology

  • Additional material on partitioning functions and components

  • More descriptive material on usage scenarios based on literature from use case development

  • Updated homework assignments

  • The software product CORE (from Vitech Corporation) is used to generate the traditional SE figures and the software product MagicDraw UML with SysML plugins (from No Magic, Inc.) is used for the SysML figures

This book is designed to be an introductory reference and textbook for professionals and students in systems engineering. It is also useful in related courses in engineering programs that emphasize design methods and models.

About the Author
Dennis M. Buede, PhD, has over thirty years of experience in both the theoretical development and engineering application of systems engineering and decision-support technologies. Dr. Buede has applied systems engineering methods throughout the federal government. He is a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering.


Customer Reviews

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
1Outdated and tiresome
By Hengyi Hu
I took a class with Dr. Andrew P. Sage (the editor of this book) at George Mason University focusing on Systems Engineering, where this book is required. I also took a doctoral qualifying exam with this book in the reading list.

To start, the first edition of this book did a very amicable job of describing Structured Systems Analysis & Design (SSAD), while this version tried to cram in Object-Oriented Systems Analysis & Design (OOSAD) in a few of the chapters. IDEF0 (a SSAD diagram) is still used in many of these chapters right along the SysML (OOSAD diagramming) stuff.

While SSAD is outdated, the OOSAD material in this book is simply tacked on and not very useful when explained in conjunction with SSAD. Furthermore, it makes both approaches more difficult to understand when presented without a clear divider between the two. This edition is unfortunately an attempt to make an old book relevant for modern systems engineering - a classic "attach a few paragraphs and resell it" scenario.

If you need this book for class, I would recommend picking up the cheaper first edition, then getting yourself a good SysML or UML book (A Practical Guide to SysML by Friedenthal is LEAGUES better than this book) which will give you all you need to learn both approaches.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
3SE Design Reference Book
By Brian Kinson
An average system engineering design book. The book is well structured as a reference book and has great SE tools which can help in the design and development process. The tools can be applied best in determining optimal design referencing well understood specifications which were developed from solid requirements. The book tends to over complicate simple concepts and conversely simplify complex topics.

Examples of explained tools are:
1. Sequence Diagrams
2. Input/Output Diagrams (phase based)
3. Trade studies

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
1Terrible Text
By Jeff T
This is easily the worst engineering textbook I've ever had to purchase.

The author is long-winded and extremely difficult to follow. He is repetitive and verbose..."a thousand words paint a picture" seems to be his mantra. Much of the discussion seems circular and is otherwise poorly sequenced. There are few examples, and the few that exist are poor. The figures and diagrams do little to improve the text, unfortunately.

Lots of definitions are provided...then never used again.

There are numerous mistakes throughout the text, which is disappointing for a 2nd edition.

Taken together, this is a very difficult read. I frequently found myself asking, "What's the point of this topic?" on more than one chapter...

Definitely a book I would not recommend. There must be better alternatives available.

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