TDT4240 - Software Architecture


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 40/100
Assignment 60/100

Course content

In the course, the students will learn to define and explain central concepts within software architecture and to use and describe design and architectural patterns, methods to design software architectures, methods to achieve software qualities, methods to document software architectures, and methods to evaluate software architectures.
The course gives knowledge about various design and architectural patterns for some domains, and about software architecture and games.
The course gives also a practical introduction to use of methods and techniques related to software architecture through a project that goes through the whole development process, as well as implementation of a software architecture.

Learning outcome

- Central concepts related to software architecture.
- Quality requirements and quality attributes.
- Methods for evaluation software architectures (ATAM and CBAM).
- Development processes that includes architectural design.
- Various design and architectural patterns.
- Methods for designing software architectures.
- Methods for specifying quality requirements in a system.
- Relationship between requirements, architecture, process and quality.
- Methods for generating an architecture from an existing system.
- Games and software architectures.

- Usage of design and architectural patterns.
- Document quality requirements.
- Document software architectures.
- Evaluate software architectures.
- Design software architectures.
- Implement software architectures.

General competence:
- Improved skills within software engineering in general.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises. The course will be held in English.

Further on evaluation

Portfolio evaluation is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final written test (40%) and exercises (60%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade.

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may change from written to oral.

In the case that the student receives an F/Fail as a final grade after both ordinary and re-sit exam, then the student must retake the course in its entirety. Submitted work that counts towards the final grade will also have to be retaken. If one would like to improve the grade on the subject, one can just re-take the examination part of the subject and use prior grade on the project.

Course materials

To be announced at the start of the term.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIF8056 7.5
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Informatics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Computer Science



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Summer UTS Home examination 40/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 40/100

Release 2021-05-21

Submission 2021-05-21

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Assignment 60/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 60/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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