This module is offered in 2023-24.


  • To introduce the concept of software architecture as a useful artefact throughout the software lifecycle.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be more able to:

  • List and explain the key elements of software architecture.
  • Identify a variety of architectural styles and combine them in a single system.
  • Design the software architecture of a non-trivial system.
  • Describe how software architecture aids different stages of the software lifecycle.


  • Architecture description: architectural elements, architecture lifecycle, architectural styles and patterns, architecture documentation.
  • Architecture design: sources of software architecture, attribute-driven design, architecture evaluation.
  • Architecture as an aid to software lifecycle: architecture reuse, product lines, architecture-driven implementation.

Compulsory Elements

This module has the following compulsory elements in addition to those common to all modules (mark of 4 in each assessment component):

  • attend at least 70% of all tutorials and guest lectures

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Last Published: 14 Jun 2024.