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Software architecture

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Course code:INFOMSWA
Credits:7.5 ECTS
Period:period 3 (week 6 through 15, i.e., 3-2-2020 through 9-4-2020; retake week 27)
Participants:up till now 30 subscriptions
Schedule:Official schedule representation can be found in MyTimetable
Teachers:Dit is een oud rooster!
lecture          Jan Martijn van der Werf

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: N. Rozanski, E. Woods (2012) Software Systems Architecture: Working with Stakeholders Using Viewpoints and Perspectives, Addison Wesley. ISBN 9780321718334. See We will use the 2012 edition, earlier editions (e.g. 2005) differ in many places. Make sure you have the latest edition!

Recommended literature is:

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

Exam form:This course consists of three parts: a written exam and two practical assignments. The grade of the course is calculated as follows:
  • Two practical assignments, in total 70%
  • Written, individual, exam (30%)
To pass the course, all elements should be at least 5.5!
Minimum effort to qualify for 2nd chance exam:Om aan de aanvullende toets te mogen meedoen moet de oorspronkelijke uitslag minstens 4 zijn.