CS2AM16-Enterprise Architecture and Modelling

Module Provider: School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Hong Wei

Email: h.wei@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is about enterprise architecture modelling used to represent and govern the architectures of organisations that depend on IT infrastructure - especially those that depend on and/or provide IT services. Emphasis is placed on the technical infrastructure services along with application services needed to support business services.

The module aims to provide a foundation in enterprise architecture modelling and its application to modelling in service management and business serving software intensive systems.

Assessable learning outcomes:
After completing the module a student should be able to:
•Explain the need for models, viewpoints, views and representations of enterprise architectures
•Use an architectural modelling language (ArchiMate) to build a coherent model representation of an enterprise’s deployed business services, applications and technology
•Apply a set of basic architectural modelling exemplars.
•Explain the significance and key elements of TOGAF ADM (architecture development method) and how they relate to governance and the key business and technical forces driving the use of IT in enterprises
•Describe the concerns of IT Service Management in relation to an IT Infrastructure dependent architecture
•Understand the service orientation paradigm in enterprise architecture

Additional outcomes:
•Practical experience of using a standard Architecture modelling tool.
•Experience in working and negotiating in small groups
•Experience of self-managed investigation
•Confidence to discuss a prospective architecture based on standard methods of representation

Outline content:
•Business systems and applications in the light of business and historical drivers. Observing that investments in technology infrastructure and applications services must be justified against business objectives
•The enterprise architecture perspective on the Architecture Development Method (ADM) of The Open Group Architectural Framework (TOGAF) and on concepts of IT Service Management as intended in ITIL
•The goals of modelling: adequacy and viewpoint
•The ArchiMate architecture modelling language as a coherent way of representing the complex heterogeneous architectural landscape of an organisation. Emphasising the need to have available a service orientated architectural model as a basis to manage the Technology Infrastructure (TI) in an enterprise.
•Standard exemplar ‘patterns’ in IT infrastructure modelling – such as stand-along, client-server, shared file, application platforms (such as Excel), virtualisation
•Use of modelling nodes and derived associations
•Introduction to ‘as-a-service’ architectures

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There are lectures to establish the required ‘knowledge’ of techniques and concepts. These are then explored through formative exercises using an ArchiMate modelling package in the computing lab. A personal portfolio of results is produced for future reference.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 1
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study 79
Total hours by term 99.00 1.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    The assessment is 100% by an examination of two hours duration

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Students will be re-assessed by two hour re-sit examination in August/September.

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    Last updated: 4 January 2017

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