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Getting to know Software Architecture

This module will introduce you to the world of software architecture. We'll define what SA actually is, why it is important and talk about some of the challenges faced in modern Software Engineering. This course is also part of a Blended Master Programme in Internet of Things through Embedded Systems.

6 videos (Total 42 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Challenges in Modern Software Engineering10m
What is Software Architecture?8m
Why is software architecture important? (1)8m
Why is software architecture important? (2)7m
The role of the software architect5m
6 readings
Recap: UML10m
How to navigate through this course2m
Learning objectives per week4m
Want more software architecture?2m
Software Architecture in practice: 1, 2, 31h
How business goals drive architectural design20m
2 practice exercises
Challenges in modern software engineering8m
The role of the Software Architect10m
8 hours to complete

Design process and software requirements

Creating good software starts with a solid understanding of the requirements that will have an influence on the software. In this module, we will discuss both functional and non-functional requirements, such as quality attributes, business requirements and constraints.

8 videos (Total 50 min), 7 readings, 6 quizzes
8 videos
The Software Architecture Design Process57s
Software requirements7m
Documenting Requirements7m
What is the ADD process?9m
Software Architecture in the Development Process8m
Introduction Share & Charge7m
Introduction Share & Charge case: Business model8m
7 readings
Automatic Recharging of Electric Vehicles (EV)10m
ADD paper20m
Enabling agility through architecture20m
Optional: ADD applied example20m
Software architecture in practice: 4, 16, 171h
Basics of Blockchain10m
Value Delivery Architecture Modeling10m
4 practice exercises
Documenting requirements10m
Attribute driven design8m
The place of software architecture in the software development process10m
8 hours to complete

Quality Attributes

Up till now, we have been talking about quality in an informal way. However, if you want to build systems that support the required qualities you will need a way to express those quality attributes and understand how you can achieve them. After this module you should be able to formulate your own quality requirements. We will also study 2 qualities that are especially relevant for Internet of Things: interoperability and modifiability.

7 videos (Total 58 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
7 videos
Second Interview8m
What are quality attributes?7m
The nature of quality attributes4m
What are QAS?7m
QA - Interoperability10m
QA - Modifiability10m
1 reading
Software Architecture in practice: 5, 6, 71h
3 practice exercises
Quality Attributes8m
Quality attribute scenarios4m
3 hours to complete


In the fourth week, we will explain how architectural tactics can help you create a software architecture that achieves the predefined requirements. This is what needs to be done in step three of the ADD - remember? We'll start of by learning about the difference between tactics and patterns. We will give some examples of tactics to achieve interoperability and modifiability. We will discuss the MVC pattern and its relation to the modifiability tactics. Lastly, we'll discuss how MVC is being used in Android.

5 videos (Total 29 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Tactic: Interoperability8m
Tactic - Modifiability9m
Introduction to DYAMAND2m
Problems and solutions8m
2 readings
Introduction to Tactics and Patterns10m
Modifiability - tactics and patterns pt. 120m
1 practice exercise
10 hours to complete


In this last week, we will explain how architectural patterns can help you create a software architecture that achieves the predefined requirements. Patterns are closely related to tactics, as we saw last week. First, we'll look at different types of patterns. Then, we'll learn how to combine tactics and patterns. We'll conclude this last week with a case study: DYAMAND's requirements and their architecture.

5 videos (Total 51 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes
5 videos
Combining Tactics and Patterns8m
DYAMAND's requirements8m
DYAMAND's architecture (1)10m
DYAMAND's architecture (2)14m
2 readings
Modifiability - tactics and patterns pt. 220m
Software Architecture in practice: 1320m
1 practice exercise
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Top reviews from Software Architecture for the Internet of Things

By MHSep 16th 2017

I learned a lot through this course and was able to apply some of my learnings to my current work. Definitely would like to recommend this course!

By VMMar 3rd 2017

Excellent Course. I highly recommend this course with people who are software architects and who intended to become one day.



Frank Gielen

UGent/IBCN: Internet Based Communication Networks

About EIT Digital

EIT Digital is a pan-European organization whose mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life. By linking education, research and business, EIT Digital empowers digital top talents for the future. EIT Digital provides online and blended Innovation and Entrepreneurship education to raise quality, increase diversity and availability of the top-level content provided by 20 leading technical universities around Europe. The universities deliver a unique blend of the best of technical excellence and entrepreneurial skills and mindset to digital engineers and entrepreneurs at all stages of their careers. The academic partners support Coursera’s bold vision to enable anyone, anywhere, to transform their lives by accessing the world’s best learning experience. This means that EIT Digital gradually shares parts of its entrepreneurial and academic education programmes to demonstrate its excellence and make it accessible to a much wider audience. EIT Digital’s online education portfolio can be used as part of blended education settings, in both Master and Doctorate programmes, and for professionals as a way to update their knowledge. EIT Digital offers an online programme in 'Internet of Things through Embedded Systems'. Achieving all certificates of the online courses and the specialization provides an opportunity to enroll in the on campus program and get a double degree. Please visit https://www.eitdigital.eu/eit-digital-academy/ ...

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