Information Systems Architecture

Subject 615-346 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 lectures and up to 2 hours of tutorial/practical sessions per week plus up to 6 hours per week of additional study and group work
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

615-245 Systems Analysis and Design, and either 615-237 Telecommunications Concepts or 433-254 Software Design

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Students cannot gain credit for both this subject and 615-347.
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Sean Maynard
Subject Overview:

Modern information systems development places a premium on the separation of the logical application and information architecture from implementation detail. In this subject, we study the principles of high-level design and architecture of distributed information systems. We focus on current architectures that use XML and web services in development of a new generation of e-commerce applications. Topics covered include component-based design, client-server and n-tier architectures, web applications design and application development frameworks.

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • understand the issues involved in the architecture and design of complex inter- and intra-organisational systems;

  • develop the skills to produce high-level models and designs for complex distributed systems;

  • gain exposure to modern application development frameworks such as.NET and J2EE;

  • understand the rationale behind emerging distributed systems technologies such as J2EE, XML, Web Services and.NET;

  • understand the complexities underlying enterprise level distributed systems by designing and architecting for reliability, scalability and security and;

  • develop an understanding of business processes and how these are being matched to underlying e-Commerce applications and services.


Ongoing assessment of individual (20%) and group (20%) project work throughout the semester; a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (60%). Satisfactory completion of both project work and the examination is necessary to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Notes: Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 degree), BASc or a combined BSc course (except for the BSc/ BIS) will receive science credit for the completion of this subject
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Information Systems

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