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Software architecture

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Contents:The course on software architecture deals with the concepts and best practices of software architecture. The focus is on theories explaining the structure of software systems and how system’s elements are meant to interact given the imposed quality requirements.

Topics of the course are:

  • Architecture influence cycles and contexts
  • Technical relations, development life cycle, business profile, and the architect’s professional practices
  • Quality attributes: availability, modifiability, performance, security, usability, testability, and interoperability
  • Architecturally significant requirements, and how to determine them
  • Architectural patterns in relation to architectural tactics
  • Architecture in the life cycle, including generate-and-test as a design philosophy; architecture conformance during implementation
  • Architecture and current technologies, such as the cloud, social networks, and mobile devices
  • Architecture competence: what this means both for individuals and organizations
Literature:The compulsory book for this course is: Len Bass, Paul Clements, Rick Kazman (2012) Software Architecture in Practice (3rd Edition), SEI Series in Software Engineering, Addison Wesley Professional. ISBN 9780321815736. See:

We recommend the students also the book: R.N. Taylor, N. Medvidovic, E.M. Dashofy (2010) Software Architecture: Foundations, Theory and Practice, Wiley. ISBN 9780470167748. See

Course form:Lectures, guest lectures from experienced software architects, and practical assignments on real-life architectures. Excursion.

We envision to organize one or two software architecture master classes , where experienced software architects discuss and advise students in their architecting process.

Exam form:Written exam on the theory of software architecture.
Minimum effort to qualify for 2nd chance exam:Om aan de aanvullende toets te mogen meedoen moet de oorspronkelijke uitslag minstens 4 zijn.