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ICT Architectures


Admission requirements



This course is about the process and technique to create an enterprise architecture for an organization. An enterprise architecture is an integrated design of the organizational structure, business processes, information systems and infrastructure of an organization. It represents a long term view, consisting of principles and models, that help organizations to guide the development of their ICT over a longer period of time.

The course follows a roadmap that starts with business and ICT strategy. Next to that, the subjects of strategic alignment and information management are treated. Finally, the development of enterprise architecture models and principles is treated. For the design of an enterprise architecture model, the ArchiMate language is introduced. This course also addresses the concepts of a service oriented architecture. Service oriented architecture provides important theoretical notions for both enterprise and software architectures.

Throughout this course, practical cases will be presented to illustrate the application of architectures in practice. The third hour of every lecture is dedicated to applying and illustrating the theoretical models to practical cases. Students work in groups on an assignment to learn applying the methods and techniques. This group assignment will be graded.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Understand the process and products of ICT strategy and the relationship with a company’s overall strategy

  • Understand the goals and value of architectures in the ICT strategy process

  • Understand the difference between enterprise architecture, software architecture and service oriented architecture

  • Model an Enterprise Architecture with ArchiMate, using the basic modeling techniques

  • Define Enterprise Architecture principles

  • Understand the concepts of a service oriented architecture, both in business and technical terms

  • Apply the presented methods and modeling techniques to a practical situation (a case description).  


The schedule can be found on the Leiden University student website

Detailed table of contents can be found in blackboard.

Mode of instruction

Weekly a 3 hours lecture.

Assessment method

1) Exam (75% of the course grade)
2) Group assignment (25% of the course grade)
The group assignment is done in groups of 4 or 5 students. Every student must participate in and contribute to the group assignment in the 3rd hour of every lecture.

Students must have a minimum grade of 5.5 for the written exam to pass the course.
Attendance and active class participation is required to pass this course.



Reading list

The following textbooks are required:

  • Enterprise Architecture at Work, Marc Lankhorst et el, Springer, Third Edition 2013 ISBN 978-3-642-29650-5) or Fourth Edition 2017 (ISBN 978-3-662-53932-3)

  • SOA in practice, Nicolai M. Josuttis. O’Reilly 2007 (ISBN 978-0-596-52955-0)

The following materials will be made available online. a set of papers and articles the slide handouts

Signing up for classes and exams

You have to sign up for classes and examinations (including resits) in uSis.
Check this link for more information and activity codes.

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

Contact information

Programme Co-ordinator: ms. Esme Caubo