BN315 - Enterprise Architecture

Credit Points: 15

Prerequisite: N/A

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 48 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

Aims & Objectives

This is a sixth trimester elective unit out of a total of 12 units in the Bachelor of Networking (BNet). This unit addresses the BNet course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ specialised knowledge in enterprise architecture and applying critical skills in enterprise architecture software. For further course information refer to: This unit is part of the AQF Level 7 (BNet) course.

This unit provides students with an in depth discussion of the foundation concepts, methods and principles of Enterprise Architecture (EA). The focus is on EA methods and techniques to describe how to plan, implement and govern a program of work to improve business function by aligning IT with business drivers.  This is the role of enterprise-level architecture.  Students will describe and apply EA concepts and techniques within the context of case studies. Students gain the knowledge and skills to understand and describe an EA program.

This unit will cover the following topics:

  1. EA: definitions, meaning of EA, need for EA.
  2. The context of EA: business and IT cycles.
  3. Business-IT alignment.
  4. The EA process: Align, Elaborate, and Govern.
  5. IT planning in the context of EA.
  6. The value of EA.
  7. Change Management.
  8. Case studies in Enterprise Architecture.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Explain what constitutes value for an organisation.
  2. Lead a discussion on the role of EA to support business strategic goals through IT alignment, planning and governance.
  3. Describe enterprise-level architectural views for the business, information, technology, and application domains.
  4. Report on the relationship between EA and other architectures such as system, solution, data, application and technology.
  5. Investigate the appropriate use of industry EA methods and frameworks.
  6. Report on the current and future state for a portfolio of IT applications.
  7. Interpret a roadmap process for the IT portfolio to support long-term business strategy.

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Tutorial/Workshop: 2 hours
Face to Face


Assessment Task
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Midterm Test c-f*10%
Assignment 1c-f*15%
Assignment 2a-g*25%
Laboratory participation & submissiona-g*10%
Final Examination (2 hours)a-g*40%
Total 100%

*refer to learning outcomes above.


  • S. A. Bernard, An Introduction to Enterprise Architecture, 3rd ed., AuthorHouse, 2012

Reference Reading

  • E. Thomas, Service Oriented Architecture: Concept, Technology and Design, Prentice Hall, 2016
  • P. Wik, Service-oriented Architecture: Principles and Applications, Kindle Ed, A Blue Kitten Book, 2016
  • B. Michael, Incremental Software Architecture: A Method for Saving Failing IT Implementations, 1st ed. Wiley, 2016
  • S. Tilley and H. J. Rosenblatt, System Analysis and Design, 11th ed. Course Technology, 2016

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicateIndependent and Lifelong LearningEthicsAnalytical and Problem SolvingCultural and Global AwarenessTeamwork Cooperation, Participation and LeadershipSpecialist knowledge of a field of study


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Extent covered

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 The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations 
 The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
 The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard