COMP8056 - IT Solutions Architecture

Title:IT Solutions Architecture
Long Title:IT Solutions Architecture
Module Code:COMP8056
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Computer Science
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2021/22 ( September 2021 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Next Review Date: May 2022
Module Coordinator: Sean McSweeney
Module Author: PAT MC CARTHY
Module Description: This module provides the opportunity for the student to study, analyse and evaluate a variety of IT solutions architectures. Including frameworks and private and public architecture designs, component, layers, technologies and services. On completion of this module, the student will be able to assess, design and implement the optimal solution, for proposed case studies from a theoretical and applied perspective.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the core components and objectives behind information architecture design.
LO2 Critically appraise the IASA information architecture model including its design structure, layers and functionality.
LO3 Assess how various IT solutions are defined, implemented, managed and operated.
LO4 Evaluate various enterprise architecture options (Service Oriented Architecture and Cloud Architecture) can be used in developing IT solutions.
LO5 Analyse specific case study requirements so designing and implementing the most appropriate technological architectural solution to meet these requirements.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Solution Architecture Fundamentals
Granularity of domains, goals, drivers, inputs, documentation techniques, design diagramming notation, architecture views and viewpoints and various architecture description languages
Solutions Information Architecture Model
IASA 5 Pillar architecture model, Data, Business, Software, Application and Infrastructure layers, design structures, security, networking, and service management.
Structured Design and Implementation of Solution Architectures
Evaluation of objectives, design and implementation of technology solutions to match requirements, security, compliancy, scalability and redundancy addressed to recommended architecture standards, a focus on consistency in solutions deployment, implementation, and operations monitoring.
Solution Architecture Frameworks
Review of key architectural options and tools such as Enterprise Architecture Frameworks (Zachman and The Open Group's (TOGAF)), Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Cloud Architecture (NIST) , tools for Enterprise Architecture: ARIS, Archimate, Enterprise Architecture Toolkit (EATK).
Solution Architect(s)
definition; scope; roles and responsibilities of the architect; role comparison of enterprise, cloud, software architects, range of skills; challenges, responsibilities.
Solutions Architecture Case Studies and Technologies
Enterprise Architecture (EA), Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Cloud Architecture (CA) designs and implementations, use of technological services and applications such as AWS, MS Azure and VMware vCloud for various case studies.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions Students will undertake an in class theoretical exam based on the core concepts of IT Enterprise and Solutions Architecture. 1,2,3 25.0 Week 8
Reflective Journal Students will submit a Lab Report reflecting the lab tasks that they will complete over the duration of the module. These labs will involve designing and implementing IT Solutions Architectures using architectural platforms such as AWS, MS Azure and vCloud. 3,4,5 25.0 Week 10
Project In this project the student may be expected to design an IT Solution Architecture for a given case study. 2,3,4,5 50.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture delivering theory underpinning learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Lab to support learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent Study. 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture delivering theory underpinning learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Lab To support Learning Outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent study. 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Lankhorst, Marc et al 2017, Enterprise Architecture at Work: Modelling, Communication and Analysis, 4th Ed., Springer U.S.A [ISBN: 3642013090]
  • Nick Rozanski & Eoin Woods 2014, Software Systems Architecture - Working with Stakeholders Using Viewpoints and Perspectives, 2nd Ed., Addison - Wesley Professional [ISBN: 9780321112293]
  • Ben Piper & David Clinton 2019, AWS Certified Solutions Architect Study Guide: Associate SAA-C01 Exam, 2nd Ed., Sybex U.S.A [ISBN: 111950421X]
  • John Yani Arrasjid 2016, IT Architect: Foundation in The Art of Infrastructure Design A Practical Guide For IT Architects, 1st Ed., IT Architect Resource LLC [ISBN: 9780996647717]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Steven Spewak & Stven Hill 1993, Enterprise Architecture Planning, 2nd Ed., Wiley - QED Publication [ISBN: 9780471599852]
  • Jeanne Ross, Peter Weill & David Robertson 2006, Enterprise Architecture as a Strategy - Creating Foundation For Business Education, 2nd Ed., Harvard Business Review Press [ISBN: 9781591398394]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • British Computer Society 2010, Reference Model for ISEB Certificates in Enterprise and Solution Architecture
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_KITMN_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in IT Management 8 Mandatory