COMP SCI 4100 - Software Architecture - Honours

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

The following are the main topics to be covered in this course: Introduction to the fundamentals of software architecture. Software architecture and quality requirements of a software system. Fundamental principles and guidelines for software architecture design, architectural styles, patterns and frameworks. Methods, techniques and tools for describing software architecture and documenting design rationale. Software architecture design and evaluation processes. Rationale and architectural knowledge management in software architecting. Approaches and tools for designing and evaluating software architectures for the state of the art technologies such as cloud-computing and service-operation and mobile computing. Future challenges and emerging trends in software architecture discipline.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMP SCI 4100
    Course Software Architecture - Honours
    Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Course Description The following are the main topics to be covered in this course: Introduction to the fundamentals of software architecture. Software architecture and quality requirements of a software system. Fundamental principles and guidelines for software architecture design, architectural styles, patterns and frameworks. Methods, techniques and tools for describing software architecture and documenting design rationale. Software architecture design and evaluation processes. Rationale and architectural knowledge management in software architecting. Approaches and tools for designing and evaluating software architectures for the state of the art technologies such as cloud-computing and service-operation and mobile computing. Future challenges and emerging trends in software architecture discipline.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Ali Babar

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1. Argue the importance and role of software architecture in large-scale software systems.

    2. Design and motivate software architecture for large-scale software systems.

    3. Recognise major software architectural styles, design patterns, and frameworks.

    4. Describe a software architecture using various documentation approaches and architectural description languages.

    5. Generate architectural alternatives for a problem and selection among them.

    6. Use well-understood paradigms for designing new systems.

    7. Identify and assess the quality attributes of a system at the architectural level.

    8. Motivate the architectural concerns for designing and evaluating a system's architecture.

    9. Discuss and evaluate the current trends and technologies such as model-driven and service-oriented architectures.

    10. Evaluate the coming attractions in software architecture research and practice.
    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Books

    The students will be expected to work with the course curriculum based on the following book:

          Gorton, I., Essential Software Architecture, 2nd edition (2011), Springer.

    Research Papers included in the course syllabus (Assessable material) and for Presentations:
    1. L. Chen, M. Ali Babar, B. Nuseibeh, Characterizing Architecturally Significant Requirements, IEEE Software 30(2): 38-45 (2013).
    2. J. Cleland-Huang, A. Czauderna, E. Keenan: A Persona-Based Approach for Exploring Architecturally Significant Requirements in Agile Projects. REFSQ 2013: 18-33.
    3. C. Hofmeister, et al., A general model of software architecture design derived from five industrial approaches, Journal of Systems and Software (JSS), 2006.
    4. M. Singh, and M. Huhns, Service-Oriented Computing: Key Concepts and Principles, IEEE Internet Computing: 9(1): 75-81 (2005).
    5. M. Stal, Using Architectural Patterns and Blueprints for Service-Oriented Architecture, IEEE Software, March/April 2006.
    6. E. Curry and P. Grace, Flexible Self-Management Using the Model-View-Controller Pattern, IEEE Software, May/June 2008.
    7. K. M. Khan and J. Han, Composing Security-Aware Software, IEEE Software, Jan/Feb 2002.
    Recommended Resources
    Some material for the course will also be drawn from other complementary books such as the followings; if relevant material used from these books, you would be given photocopies of the material. You are NOT required to buy any of these books for this course:

    · Bass, L., Clements, P. and Kazman, R., Software Architecture in Practice, 2013, Addison-Wesley.

    · Taylor, R., Medvidovic, N., Dashofy, E., Software Architecture: Foundations, Theory, and Practice, 2010, Wiley.

    · Clements, P., Bachmann, F., Bass, L., Garlan, D., Ivers, j., Little, R., Nord, R. and Stafford, J., Documenting Software Architectures: Views and Beyond, 2002, Addison-Wesley.

    · Clements, P., Kazman, R. and Klein, M., Evaluating Software Architectures: Methods and Case
    Studies, 2002, Addison-Wesley.

    · Buschmann, F., Meunier, R., Rohnert, H., Sommerlad, P., Stal, M., Pattern-Oriented Software
    Architecture: A System of Patterns, 1996, Wiley.
    Online Learning
    This course will use Canvas, which is available from the following link:
    https://myuni-canvas.adelaide.edu.au/courses/25364

    We may also use GitHub and Slack for discussions, groupwork, collaboration, communication and coordination within each team and across the teams in the class.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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  • Assessment

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    Submission

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

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