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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title IT Architecture
Module Code CA349
School School of Computing
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Adam Stapleton
Semester 2: Adam Stapleton
Autumn: Adam Stapleton
Module TeachersAndrew McCarren
Michael Scriney
Murat Yilmaz
Adam Stapleton
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The IT Architectures module is primarily focused on different architectural solutions when building a large IT System. The course is designed to incorporate about architectural styles for different application types, document and assess the strengths and weaknesses of each approach, and ultimately include insights into the state of the art and newer software architecture patterns and standards included but not limited to Service Oriented Architectures, Microservices, and Serverless Architectures.

Learning Outcomes

1. To explore the state-of-the-art architectures for different application types and further understand the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches
2. Be able to design an architectural solution.
3. Dfferentiate between existing architectural patterns
4. Document and justify an architecture for a given set of requirements.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Assignment Completion25No Description
Independent Study76No Description
Total Workload: 125

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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PresentationPresenting a design pattern15%Week 6
Written ExamMidterm project: Documenting a design pattern and research for its usage.30%Week 7
Group presentationSelecting and Presenting an IT architecture.15%Week 8
Written ExamFinal Project: Documenting an IT architecture.40%Week 10
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

  • Svyatoslav Kotusev,: 2018, The Practice of Enterprise Architecture: A Modern Approach to Business and IT Alignment",
  • James McGovern Scott W. Ambler Michael E,: 2003, Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture,
  • Stevens James Linn Vikas Sharan Elias K. Jo: 2003, Software Architecture in Practice,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
COMBUSBSc in Computing for Business
ECBSc in Enterprise Computing
ECSAStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
ECSAOStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
Date of Last Revision20-AUG-12

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