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Cursus: 192320111
Architecture of Information Systems
Cursus informatieRooster
Studiepunten (ECTS)5
VoertaalEngels M.J. van Sinderen
dr. W. Corbo Ugulino
dr. J.L. Rebelo Moreira
Examinator M.J. van Sinderen
Contactpersoon van de cursus M.J. van Sinderen
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After completing this course successfully, the students are capable of:

  1. explaining the principles and main concepts of architecture of information systems for enterprise integration and enterprise evolution;
  2. explaining integration techniques and how to apply them to meet high-level requirements in different enterprise integration cases regarding aspects like reliability, scalability, security, flexibility, and maintenance;
  3. applying and evaluating integration techniques;
  4. designing an architecture definition document (ADD) for a given case, comprising a baseline architecture for the as-is situation, a target architecture for the proposed to-be situation, a gap analysis of the changes from as-is to to-be, and an impact analysis of the expected effects on the enterprise;
  5. explaining the ADD, defending the architectural choices and design decisions to business decision makers and peers.
Information systems are crucial to enterprises, but they also become increasingly complex. This is caused by competitive pressure on enterprises to offer better products (goods and services), which in turn leads to more sophisticated business processes and information objects to realize the products, and the accumulation of old and new Information Technology (IT) to support the business processes and to handle the information. To deal with complexity, to integrate old and new systems, to accomplish effective and efficient IT support of business processes, and to avoid application silos and information lock-in, we need an architectural approach. This course treats architectural patterns for integrating systems within an enterprise information system, and it includes a project to model an enterprise architecture in which such patterns are applied to satisfy business requirements and contribute to business goals.

Topics covered in the course are: the role of architecture in information systems, IT and enterprise architectures, reference architectures, architecture styles of software systems, client/server architectures, internet-based architectures, middleware technology patterns, and service-oriented enterprise architecture patterns, and smart services.

Completed TCS or BIT bachelor.

No special background knowledge is required, but the Enterprise Architecture course (201400277 and 202001483) is a useful predecessor of this course, especially with respect to the practical assignments of the course. Students who did not follow the Enterprise Architecture course will be provided with self-study material and a short presentation to be able to do the practical assignments.
Participating study
Master Computer Science
Participating study
Master Business Information Technology
Verplicht materiaal
Course material
Chris Britton & Peter Bye: IT Architectures and Middleware, 2nd. ed. Addison-Wesley, 2004. ISBN 9780321246943
Course material
Marc Lankhorst: Enterprise Architecture at Work, 4th ed. Springer, 2017. ISBN 978-3-662-53933-0
Course material
Scientific publications related to modern IT architectures
Aanbevolen materiaal

Project begeleid


Zelfstudie geen begeleiding

Presentation, Project, Report, and Exam

The project is assessed on basis of a report and a presentation, and determines 50% of the final grade.

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