CS2SA16-Service-Oriented System Applications

Module Provider: Computer Science
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Lily Sun

Email: lily.sun@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module aims to adopt service-oriented concepts and principles for developing and integrating software applications and technology. This approach represents business operations in “business services”, and breaks down a software application into common repeatable “application services” and “technology services”. Using this approach, enterprises can configure and reconfigure these sets of services for conceptualising service-oriented systems applications which are aligned with business structure and goals. In order to represent the architectural requirements, the enterprise architecture and ArchiMate can be employed for modelling service-oriented systems applications.

This module also encourages students to develop a set of professional skills, such as problem solving; end-user awareness; creativity and critical thinking; technical report writing for technical and non-technical audiences; team working; negotiation and persuasion; self-reflection; effective use of commercial software.

In general, this module enables students to extend the learning of the enterprise architecture in the study programme and prepare for their career. In particular the aims are to
(a) give the students a theoretical and practical basis for expressing business aligned IT application as coherent models and thence to appreciate service oriented paradigm of enterprise systems and (b) provide a detailed insight into the business roles, architectural structures and information management of some exemplar business applications.

Assessable learning outcomes:

After completing the module a student should be able to:

• Understand the service orientation paradigm and the enterprise architecture theory to aid enterprise analytics;

• Apply the enterprise architecture theory to specify key business and technical elements, and the alignment between these elements in an enterprise;

• Model an enterprise architecture to reveal business strengths and weaknesses, and sustainability which are largely determined by an integration of business operations, applications, and technologies;

• Use the enterprise architecture model to support decision making over a set of KPIs.

Additional outcomes:


Students will also develop

  • Experience in working and negotiating in a team setting;

  • Experience of self-managed research andchallenging design tasks;

  • Ability to articulate a prospective architecture;

Technical skills on the modelling language of ArchiMate.

Outline content:

• Fundamentals of a service-oriented business application

• Service-oriented functional components for building and integrating the business applications (e.g. CRM, ERP, and SCM);

• The enterprise architecture methodology with its techniques through the modelling language of ArchiMate;

• Modelling of enterprise architecture elements and aligning the system application elements with their influential enterprise elements from the business layer and technology layer;

• Validation of the architecture design through a given scenario.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There are lectures to establish the required ‘knowledge’ of techniques and concepts. These are then explored using syndicate based interactive work sessions and practical sessions.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study: 80
Total hours by term 100
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

There are two pieces written technical report, including an individual report (40% of the overall assessment)  and a group report (60% of the overall assessment), which contributes towards an overall module mark of 100%.

Formative assessment methods:

The seminar sessions are used as the formative assessment where feedback is provided to the modelling work throughout the term.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Students will be re-assessed by a 2-hour re-sit examination in August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    1. Required text books:

    2. Specialist equipment or materials:

    3. Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:

    4. Printing and binding:

    5. Computers and devices with a particular specification:

    6. Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 16 April 2019


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