IT Architecture (M) COMPSCI5013

  • Academic Session: 2017-18
  • School: School of Computing Science
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

IT Architecture's key role is to design and maintain system integrity of large heterogenous enterprise systems. Such systems may involve integrating disparate systems such as legacy systems, new web-based externally facing systems, systems developed externally or in collaboration with other organisations. IT Architects may also be faced with strategic problems caused by enterprise mergers or acquisitions. Within this context, this course aims to give students:

1. an appreciation of the need for IT Architecture and the role of the IT architect;

2. an understanding of the foundations of IT architecture and the best practice in applying architectural principles.

Timetable

3 hours per week

Requirements of Entry

Professional Software Development (H) (or equivalent).

Excluded Courses

None 

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Examination 60%, coursework 40%.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

 

RESIT EXAMINATIONS ARE ALLOWED FOR MASTERS STUDENTS

RESIT EXAMINATIONS ARE NOT ALLOWED FOR HONOURS STUDENTS

 

The coursework cannot be redone because it is done as part of a group.

Course Aims

IT Architecture's key role is to design and maintain system integrity of large heterogenous enterprise systems. Such systems may involve integrating disparate systems such as legacy systems, new web-based externally facing systems, systems developed externally or in collaboration with other organisations. IT Architects may also be faced with strategic problems caused by enterprise mergers or acquisitions. Within this context, this course aims to give students:

1. an appreciation of the need for IT Architecture and the role of the IT architect;

2. an understanding of the foundations of IT architecture and the best practice in applying 

  architectural principles.  

 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

1. Discuss the role of IT architecture and the IT architect in a business;

2. Enumerate the management and strategic issues that impact on IT architectures;

3. Recognise major architectural styles in existing IT applications;

4. Architect a simple system when the context and requirements have been described;

5. Design a technical architecture for a specified application through participation in an intensive workshop on architectural design supported by IBM staff;

6. Critically appraise architectural alternatives proposed for problems.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.