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Enterprise architecture

Website:website containing additional information
Course code:INFOEAR
Credits:7.5 ECTS
History:This course was formerly known as Enterprise information architecture (INFOEIA). You can only do one of these courses.
Period:period 2 (week 46 through 5, i.e., 14-11-2011 through 3-2-2012; retake week 11)
Participants:up till now 61 subscriptions
Schedule:Official schedule representation can be found in Osiris
Teachers:Dit is een oud rooster!
lab session          Jurriaan Hage
Rudolph Kuiperi
lecture          Rik Bos
Jurriaan Hage
week: 26Thu 28-6-201813.30-16.30 uurroom: BBG-209retake exam
Note:No up-to-date course description available.
Text below is from year 2010/2011

Enterprise architecture (EA) deals with the texts, models and rules of the complete information infrastructure of an enterprise.
This course is intended for master students in Information Science, i.e. Business Informatics (for which the course is mandatory) and Content and Knowledge Engineering; and also for masters in Informatics. The course focuses on the modeling of enterprise architectures and enterprise functions. It also gives an overview of the underlying scientific theories regarding a number of architectural themes, such as different types of architectures, architectural frameworks, governance, rationalization of the product portfolio etc. Since the content of this course is obviously influenced to a great extent by developments in the IT-market, we will pay a great deal of attention to this aspect by letting the students work on practical real-world cases from industry, (semi-) governmental organizations, large IT-companies and so on (see course form below).

Literature:May change!
Enterprise architecture is a very broad topic and is still young and immature. The topics range from business and organizational issues to infrastructural issues. For these reasons, there are not many good books on EA.

Here we just mention the following two books as they provide general background:

  • Lankhorst, M. (2005). Enterprise Architecture at Work: Modelling, Communication and Analysis. Berlin, Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-540-24371-7.
  • Wagter, R., van den Berg, M., Luijpers, J., & van Steenbergen, M. (2005). Dynamic Enterprise Architecture: How to Make it Work. Hoboken, New Jersey, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN 0-471-68272-1.

To give some feeling for the broad range of topics, we refer to the topic section mentioned in Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research (TEAR; see or See also for a number of articles related to these topics. Of course, there are many more.

Because of the reasons just mentioned we will provide our own reader and selected materials from the literature. The reader contains an introduction to Enterprise Architecture Modeling (EAM) and several example papers produced by students of former EIA courses. Both the reader, the selected materials from the literature and the sheets from the lectures will be made available online.

Course form:

The course consists of lectures and practical work. The lectures will focus first on modeling aspects and then turn to a number of general topics in Enterprise Architecture. Also, students have to give presentations about their practical work (see below).

For the practical work, students need to form teams of two or three persons. Each team is responsible for finding a company for which they must write a paper containing architecture models (examples of these models can be found in last year's reader available from Besides this paper, each team has to write a paper on an architectural theme (e.g. Business IT Alignment, Service Orientation, Governance). For questions related to the practical work you can make an appointment during the weekly question hour.

It is our aim to combine a number of the elaborations made by the students in a book. This poses some extra conditions on the elaborations, e.g. a consistent lay-out. To this end we will provide two simple template files, one for text and one for diagrams.

Exam form:
  • Students will have to produce two papers as mentioned above in the description of the Course form and since the students are working in groups, it should be made clear in the papers who is responsible for which part. The first version for each topic is a draft version. It will be assessed and must be sufficient (if it's not, it must be improved during the course until it is assessed as sufficient).
  • Besides the draft versions students must produce a final version for both topics. These final versions will both count for 30% in the overall grade for the course.
  • The presentations of the students will count for 10% in the overall grade.
  • There will be one written exam at the end of the course on specified parts of the literature, counting for 30% in the overall grade. But the grade for the exam must be at least 5. If it isn't, the overall grade will be the minimum of 5 and the weighted average of the four exam parts mentioned above.
    Minimum effort to qualify for 2nd chance exam:To qualify for the retake exam, the grade of the original must be at least 4.
    Description:Modeling, architectural frameworks, different types of architectures, governance. You must have completed MSO (Modelleren en systeemontwikkeling; in English: Modeling and system development) or an equivalent course in order to appreciate the modeling techniques. Furthermore, a small part of the content presented in the lectures may have been covered by SMOI or IOBM, but for EAR there is no need to have completed these courses.