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Course module: 202001484
Architecture of Information Systems for PDEng
Course info
Course module202001484
Credits (ECTS)6
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact M.J. van Sinderen
dr. W. Corbo Ugulino
dr. J.L. Rebelo Moreira
Examiner M.J. van Sinderen
Contactperson for the course M.J. van Sinderen
Academic year2021
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After completing this course successfully, the students are capable of:
  • explaining the principles and main concepts of architecture of information systems for enterprise integration and enterprise evolution;
  • 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;
  • applying and evaluating integration techniques;
  • 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;
  • 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, system integration through middleware technology patterns, service-oriented enterprise architecture patterns, and smart services.

Entry requirements
Completed TCS or BIT bachelor.

This is a Post-Master course defined exclusively for the PDEng programme. Before starting the course, the PDEng trainee must discuss the content and level of the assignment together with the lecturer of the course. After completing the course, the trainee needs a covering letter (see PDEng study guide) stating that the course was performed at a Post-Master level. This letter must be signed by both the lecturer of the course and the PDEng programme director, and a scan must be uploaded to the T&SP element in Hora Finita.
Assumed previous knowledge
See details in course description.
Participating study
Master Business Information Technology
Participating study
Master Computer Science
Required materials
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
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes


Presence dutyYes

Project supervised
Presence dutyYes

Self study without assistance

Assignment, Presentation, Written Exam

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