CS951 – Information Systems Architecture

TIMETABLE TEACHING MATERIAL
Credits 20
Level 5
Semester 1
Prerequisites N/A
Availability Possible elective
Contact Lectures: 22 | Tutorials: 11 | Labs: 0
Assignments: 80 | Self study: 87
Assessment Group assignment (50%) and individual examination (50%).
Resit TBC
Lecturer Dr Steven Buchanan

General Aims

This module aims to:

  • develop participants’ enterprise-level analytical skills to allow them to contribute to the analysis and design of information system architecture (ISA);
  • develop an understanding of methodological due process and best practice for ISA development;
  • develop an understanding of the challenges and critical success factors of ISA development.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module participants will be able to:

  • apply systems thinking, and manage and communicate information systems complexity;
  • apply strategic analysis tools and techniques to ISA planning;
  • demonstrate functional knowledge of the individual architectural components of an ISA, and the technical relationship between components;
  • demonstrate methodological understanding of ISA frameworks, including methods of architectural representation;
  • model and analyse services and business processes.

Syllabus

  • systems thinking
  • information strategy
  • strategic analysis tools and techniques
  • enterprise architecture frameworks
  • business architecture
  • data architecture
  • information architecture
  • technology architecture
  • service oriented architecture
  • business process management

Recommended Text/Reading*

* This list is indicative only – the class lecturer may recommend alternative reading material. Please do not purchase any of the reading material listed below until you have confirmed with the class lecturer that it will be used for this class.

Guide to Enterprise IT Architecture. Beveridge, T., and Perks, C. New York: Springer., ISBN-13: 978-0387951324 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

IT Architecture Toolkit. Carbone, J. Prentice Hall PTR. 2004, ISBN-13: 978-0131473799 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Systems Thinking, Systems Practice. Checkland, P.Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 1999. ISBN-13: 978-0471986065 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Mastering Information Management. Marchand, D.A., Davenport, T.H. and Dickson, T. eds Financial Times/Pitman, 2000. | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

SOA: a Planning and Implementation Guide for Business and Technology. Marks, E., and Bell, M. John Wiley & Sons, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0471768944 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Business Process Management: a rigorous approach. Ould, M.A. London: Meghan-Kiffer Press, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-1902505602 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Enterprise Architecture As Strategy. Ross, J, Weill, P., and Robertson, D Harvard Business School Press, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-1591398394 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Business Process Management: concepts, languages, architects. Weske, M. New York: Springer, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-1591398394 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)