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Core/Elective: Core Semester: 1 Credits: 4

Course Description

This course introduces the essential concepts of software architecture. Software architecture is an abstract view of a software system distinct from the details of implementation, algorithms, and data representation. Architecture is, increasingly, a crucial part of a software organization's business strategy.

Course Objectives

To understand the relationships between system qualities and software architectures.
To study software architectural patterns and their relationship to system qualities
To know software architecture documentation and reuse

Course Content

1. The architecture Business Cycle (ABC) – Roots of Software architecture - Software architecture definitions and importance – Architectures and quality attributes -Architectural Styles - Architectural views: Need for multiple views – Some representative views – Conceptual View – Module view – Process view – Physical view – Relating the views to each other – The Software Architecture analysis Method (SAAM)

2. Life cycle view of architecture design and analysis – Eliciting quality attributes - QAW – Design of an architecture - the ADD method – Evaluating an architecture -ATAM method

3. Documenting the architecture – principles of sound documentation – view types, styles, views – refinement, context diagrams, variability, software interfaces – documenting the behaviour – seven part template

4. Architecture-based development Product lines – cost and benefits of product line approach – product line activities – practice areas – patterns – PLTP – phased approach for adopting product lines

5. Case study of J2EE/EJB - Future of software architecture


1.Software Architecture in Practice(3rd Ed): Len Bass, Pearson (2013)
2.Quantitative approaches for Evaluating Software Architectures:Frame Works and Models, G.Zayaraz : VDM Verlag (2010)
3. Documenting Software Architectures: Views and beyond (2nd Ed): Clements et al, AW (2010)
4.Software Product Line Engineering: Foundations, Principles and Techniques: Klaus Pohl et.al; Springer (2011)

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