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Monash University

FIT5133 Enterprise architecture and management - Semester 1, 2015

Covers the core skills for enterprise architects, addressing the structuring and delivery of IT services in organisations. Addresses topics including SaaS, Cloud computing, enterprise 2.0 and other collaborative technologies, services science management and engineering and services strategy.

Mode of Delivery

  • Caulfield (Evening)
  • Caulfield (Online)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Study schedule for off-campus students:

  • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

See also Unit timetable information

Unit Relationships


FIT9123 or FIT5123 or FIT9006 or equivalent

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Dr Chan Cheah

Consultation hours: To be advised





Kevin LIAO

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

On the completion of this unit, students should be able to:
  • describe the purpose of enterprise architectures and the underlying principles of their design;
  • explain individual IT systems and services as interrelated components of an enterprise-wide platform;
  • implement knowledge of industry-standard enterprise architecture models, approaches, frameworks and standards;
  • describe into the need for sound data, information and technology governance strategies;
  • implement substantively to decisions regarding the design of an enterprise architecture for an organisation;
  • explain the alignment of an organisation's IT strategy, platforms and systems with the overall organisational strategy and management functions.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction to key concepts and overview of agile enterprise architecture  
2 Enterprise as complex system, EA framework (Zachman, TOGAP, etc), structure and culture of agile EA  
3 Agile Architecture in Practice, Zapthink 2020 vision  
4 Implementing agile EA methodology and documentation framework, architecture components and artifacts  
5 Developing current and future architecture view and enterprise architecture management plan  
6 Communication of EAs and a Language for enterprise modelling Assignment 1 due Monday 13 April 2015 by 4:00 pm
7 Guidelines for modelling, architecture analysis and alignment  
8 Enterprise Architecture tool support  
9 Clustering of Enterprise Architectures patterns  
10 Using an EA: investment planning and project management; security and privacy  
11 Can we do agile EA and future trends in Enterprise Architecture  
12 Unit summary and Examination Revision Assignment 2 due Monday 25 May 2015 by 4:00 pm
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken during SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach helps students to initially encounter information at lectures, discuss and explore the information during tutorials, and practice in a hands-on-lab environment" with case studies.

Assessment Summary

Examination (3 hours): 60%, In-semester assessment: 40%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 - Investigating the EA definitions, frameworks and approaches 20% Week 6, Monday 13 April 2015 by 4:00 pm
Assignment 2 - Investigating Implementation Issues of Enterprise Architecture and Management 20% Week 12, Monday 25 May 2015 by 4:00 pm
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Hurdle Requirements

All students must pass hurdle of 40% for both examination and non-examination components.


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1 - Investigating the EA definitions, frameworks and approaches
    Students will conduct a survey of literature on various types of frameworks and approaches that could be used to align enterprise's IT architecture with Business architecture in order to achieve enterprise business goals.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Criteria to be used include:

    • Justification on selection of the type of published articles
    • Discussion of the chosen enterprise architecture frameworks
    • Quality of the written report
    Due date:
    Week 6, Monday 13 April 2015 by 4:00 pm
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 - Investigating Implementation Issues of Enterprise Architecture and Management
    In this assignment, regardless of individual or group work, all students will be asked to investigate on the people implementation aspect, people and process implementation, and  technology implementation aspects of EA for specific scenario for them to design an enterprise architecture, and their associated implementation issues and management governance structure.

    All students will be given a choice of doing either individual or group-based assignments. Once a choice is made to the tutor, no change of choice is allowed without prior written approval from the lecturer. For group work, unless otherwise prior approval is given by the lecturer, only two members per group is permitted. Ideally two members should be in the same tutorial group to facilitate interaction in group activities. The final mark per student (no gurantee every student will be awarded same mark) in a group will be awarded in accordance with the effort and quality of his/her contribution to the group work. The tutor will monitor and assess each group member's activity related to group work. If there is a complaint about no or little contribution by a member in the group, the complainant will have to notify the tutor who will carry out an investigation and make a recommendation to the lecturer. The lecturer's judgement applies. Any appeal from student must be lodged in writing to the CE within two weeks from date of judgement made known to the student. The CE's decision is final.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Criteria to be used include:

    • Technical quality
    • Discussion of the design architecture
    • Quality of the written report
    Due date:
    Week 12, Monday 25 May 2015 by 4:00 pm


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Hurdle requirements:
    Must pass 40% hurdle in final examination component.
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)

Feedback to you

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Other: Students are to document themselves all tutorial discussions as tutorial tasks are based on interactive problem based learning methodology

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Resubmission of assignments

Any student whose assignment work is not up to requirement may be asked to resubmit part or all assignment tasks stipulated in assignment instructions.

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an electronic submission). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Recommended text(s)

Jason Bloomberg. (2013). The Agile Architecture Revolution. (1st Edition) John Wiley & Sons CIO Series (ISBN: 978-1-118-42199-4 (ebook)).

Marc Lanhorst et al. (2013). Enterprise Architecture at Work: Modelling, Communication and Analysis. (3rd Edition) Springer (ISBN: 978-3-642-29651-2 (ebook)).

Thierry Perroud and Reto Inversini. (2013). Enterprise Architecture Patterns: practical solutions for recurring IT-architecture problems. (1st Edition) Springer (ISBN: 978-3-642-37561-3 (ebook)).

Scott A. Bernard. (2012). An Intrpoduction to Enterprise Architecture. (3rd Edition) AuthorHouse (ISBN: 978-1-4772-5800-2 (sc)).

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