System Architecture [digital collaborative format]

Remote initiation training
System Architecture: the fundamentals

How to use Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) to design a complex system?

The objective of this training is to give you the keys and the methodology to design better products by reducing design times and costs.


Mastering the complexity of the industrial systems and projects you work on within your industrial organizations is increasingly difficult. The insufficient maturity of the integration processes of these complex industrial systems and the operation in silos are often the cause of these problems, the difficulty in correctly capturing the needs of your internal or external customers as well.

We offer you an introduction to systemic modeling and collaborative dynamics to help you better control the costs, quality and performance of the complex industrial systems you design and/or manage.

Training objectives

At the end of the training, you will be able to:

  • Understand how model-based systems engineering can help any system designer to better connect key stakeholders needs to design choices
  • Understand the main principles of systems analysis in order to implement a system architecture approach within your organisation
  • Understand what a need and a requirement are
  • Understand the three system architecture views used to describe any complex system
  • Architect the environment and requirements of your system
  • Architect the functions, components and requirements of your system
Organisation of the training

The distance learning course is spread over 10 days, in 3 periods, with for each period a sequence of 4 e-learning modules punctuated at the end of the sequence by a collaborative and interactive virtual classroom. At the end of the course, participants will have one week to take the CESAM Associate certification test (see the assessment and certification procedures on the right) and join a community of over 8,000 people.

An innovative format

Virtual classes, using the collaborative online tool Klaxoon, are led by our architects. During a 3-hour session, all participants are online, sharing the same digital board. The Klaxoon tool allows a very interactive animation – the participants are led to participate using post-its on this online digital board, to ask their questions to the trainer or directly to the other trainees – and very collaborative – the construction of the architecture of the selected system is done collectively in real time.


Customer satisfaction

Rating of the 2021 satisfaction questionnaires.

Who should attend? You are engineers, project managers, managers or directors, and you are involved in the design or management of product systems or complex projects.

Prerequisites: Have at least 3 years of experience in the field of design and management of complex industrial systems.

100% online: Follow the collaborative online training sessions and consult the e-learning modules independently.

80% collaborative: 10 hours of the 14-hour course are spent in a virtual classroom (a digital room) interacting with our trainers and other participants.

Duration: The training lasts 14 hours and is spread over 10 days, consisting of 10 hours of virtual classes and 12 e-learning modules of 30 minutes each.

Cost: The price of the course is €3,000 VAT included.

Language: English.

Trainer: CESAMES senior architect.

Evaluation & Certification: This training is part of the CESAM skills development course and allows you to pass the CESAM Associate level 1 certification. The issuance of the certification is conditional on obtaining 30 correct answers to an online multiple choice questionnaire (MCQ) comprising 40 random questions on system architecture topics. The price of the certification is 200 € including VAT.

Other certification available: After completing this training, it is possible to obtain partial CESAM Confirmed certification by validating the “Architecture of a complex system” skill block of our “System Architect” skill set, subject to following a complementary dedicated coaching programme enabling this skill to be applied to an application project. Please contact us for more details at

Evaluation of satisfaction: Satisfaction questionnaire completed by each trainee.

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CESAMES is a training provider registered under the number 11 75 46653 75.

Methods used

We dedicate a large part of our modules to exchange and practice to facilitate learning. Thus, we offer a course that alternates 12 e-learning modules and 3 interactive and collaborative virtual classes of 3 hours, operated on the Klaxoon platform.

(1/3) An interactive course of 12 e-learning modules

The theoretical content of this training consists of 12 e-learning modules of 30 minutes each. The course of the e-learning modules, carried out on the online collaborative tool Klaxoon to promote interactivity, is organized according to the logic of the CESAM architecture reference system (CESAMES Systems Architecture Method).

(2/3) Organization of e-learning

Each e-learning module is structured in 4 parts including:

  1. an “introduction” which presents the vocabulary definitions and the diagrams to be built (what is a use case, what is a functional mode, etc.).
  2. a “concept analysis” sequence which presents the methodology that will be applied for a given analysis as well as the associated diagrams (such as the “life cycle diagram” or the “functional interaction diagram”).
  3. a “summary of key points” sequence which is a summary page of the definitions: this summary can be downloaded as well as the associated model diagram, under Microsoft Office.
  4. a “quiz” with generally 4 questions to confirm that you have understood the concepts presented.
Screenshots of an e-learning sequence

(3/3)  Collaborative and interactive virtual classes

After each block of 4 e-learning modules, a 3-hour live virtual class is organised. This virtual class, led by a senior architect, is organised on the Klaxoon online platform. It allows to answer all the questions of the participants, to discuss the application of the concepts within the framework of their professional experiences and finally to implement together the notions approached on an example. The animation of these sessions is very interactive – the participants are asked to contribute with post-its on an online digital board, their contributions being challenged by the trainer, if necessary – and very collaborative – the architecture of a system is done collectively in real time. The use case chosen for the exercises is the construction of the architecture of a delivery drone.

Screenshots from the collaborative sessions