This module can only be taken as a Short Course for Credit.

For more information please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section.

This course provides an introduction to architectural design in Information Systems (IS) and considers architectural roles, design methods and processes, and frameworks for representing complex designs. You will be able to identify the components needed to meet the present and future enterprise strategy. Define and assess the interrelationships between architecture components.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 25 - 29 Nov 2024
  • Duration5 days face to face learning (with additional distance learning to be completed during 7 weeks)
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£2,350 - Short Course for Credit fee 
    Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Examine the relationship between IS architectures and enterprise strategy,
  • Differentiate between different architectural strategies and tactics based on their cost, effectiveness and user needs,
  • Critically evaluate IS architecture options against user and business needs,
  • Distinguish the steps required to develop an IS architecture,
  • Appraise the variety of approaches to architecture development driven by the different architectural frameworks, such as TOGAF, NAF and MODAF.

Core content

Course content:

• What is Systems Architecture, how do IS architectures relate to system architecture?
• How do we align the need for IS architectures with Enterprise needs, Enterprise Architecture Frameworks (including MoD use of TOGAF and NAF),
• How to use viewpoints and views to represent system architectures,
• The strategies, styles and patterns used to develop and assess system architectures
• Applying an architecture design and assessment approach, using architecture quality attributes to define, evaluate and select architecture options.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

After successful completion of this Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Information Capability Management MSc.

Find out more about short course credit points.


Rick Adcock


A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

Location and travel


How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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