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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title IT Architecture
Module Code CA361
School School of Computing
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Michael Scriney
Semester 2: Michael Scriney
Autumn: Michael Scriney
Module TeachersMichael Scriney
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

INACTIVE - To develop an understanding of the need for IT architecture and the role of the IT Architect. An increased understanding of the foundations of IT architecture, and a new exposure to principles of best practice in applying architectural principles. An appreciation of issues associated with managing IT architecture.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the function of the IT Architect in the context of medium and large scale systems development.
2. Recognise the various roles played by IT Architects in the development of information systems
3. Translate various functional and non functional requirements into an architectural framework for systems development.
4. Demonstrate a proficiency in developing models including component models, use-case models, architecture overviews and system context diagrams which describe the static and dynamic aspects of Information Technology Systems.
5. Apply techniques using components and patterns gleaned from experience, in the solution architecture of new problems and projects.
6. Demonstrate an ability to make presentations in public.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture15Guest lecturers from IBM present topics.
Lecture16Workshops over two full days
Group work10Preparation of final presentation
Total Workload: 41

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

There is a large practical component to this course, centred around an IT Architecture workshop, held in conjunction with IBM IT Architects acting as mentors, guest lecturers and tutors to the students. Topics include the following ... ?

- Components and Patterns

- What IT Architects do

- Information Security

- Non Functional Requirements - Quality of Service

-Tools of the Trade

- Requirements Analysis-

-Use Case Modelling-

-Architecture Overview and Component Model

Places are limited on this module to approximately 25 students. There may be competition for places.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Oral ExaminationGroup presentation of work done in workshops50%Week 3
Report(s)New system proposal based on case study from workshop.50%Week 3
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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    Programme or List of Programmes
    CASEBSc in Computer Applications (Sft.Eng.)
    COMSCIBSc in Computer Science
    Date of Last Revision14-MAR-07

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