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Systems Development (ICTiB&PS)


Admission requirements

Not applicable.


This course covers the concepts, principles, techniques and tools used in conceptual modelling of large-scale enterprise information systems. It discusses the models and notations used in the requirements and analysis phases of the software development process using the Unified Modeling Language (UML). The objective of the course is to provide an in-depth understanding of the core set of diagrams available for modelling the structural and dynamic aspects of complex systems in industrial environments.

Course objectives

Students will attain an understanding of:

  • The core set of UML diagrams used for modelling the structural and dynamic aspects of large-scale computer systems, i.e. those that are used 80% of the time, versus more advanced, but less used, diagrams.

  • The different forms of syntax (visual, textual) and semantics (informal and formal) of modelling languages.

  • The different development methodologies that UML supports, such as data driven, use case driven, process driven.

  • The role of advanced technologies such as model driven architectures (MDA), model driven engineering (MDE), and low code platforms.

  • The different ways in which UML is applied in projects: white boarding; documentation; code generation; executable models.

  • An introduction to the functionality of commercial UML modelling tools, focusing on modelling functionality, as well as code generation capabilities, and a demonstration of advanced NLP research tools.

The course consists of lectures and an in-depth team based practical component that focuses on the requirements analysis of an end to end application to be deployed in a service oriented architecture.


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Mode of instruction

6 Interactive lectures.

Assessment method

  • Team based modelling assignment report: 50%

  • Team based presentation and discussion of the assignment report: 30%

  • Team based modelling assignment: 20%

The teacher will inform the students how the inspection of and follow-up discussion of the assignment results will take place.

Reading list

  • To be announced on Brightspace.

Lecture slides will be made available online.


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Programme Co-ordinator: ms. Esme Caubo


Important information about the course is posted in Brightspace.

There is only limited capacity for external students. Please contact the programme Co-ordinator