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Effective Communication of IT Systems

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Course work provides an introduction to the basic components of communication skills. These skills will be analyzed in order to be effectively be used in information technology systems. These components include the ability to use various structures (compositional, dynamic, and value), FMC within daily work, and analyzing patterns to develop a great personal strategy for effective communication.


  • Know the importance of communication within IT Systems
  • Know the basics of a dynamic structure and mind maps within a IT industry
  • Know how the concepts needed to create a FMC mind map

Core Competency:   Take in account the relationships and roles within value structures and mind maps

  1. Ability to create an ER diagram based on relationships found amongst entity sets
  2. Understand the relationship between predicates and roles
  3. Take into account the need for seeking creating mind maps and value structures

Core Competency:  Develop the capability to use basic principles in dynamic and complex structures

  1. Analyze the differences found between conceptual patterns and software patterns in implementation structures
  2. Discuss and understand the transition of ideas within an FMC to objects and classes
  3. Take into account the need of understanding the difference between system structures and software structures



Ability to Critically Apply FMC in Your Daily Work

  • Be able to freely work with FMC
  • Ability to construct FMC to support communication
  • Evaluation of the cost and benefit of modeling
  • Set proper guidelines within the FMC model to enhance results

Core Competency: Take into account the relationship between modeling and improving a reader’s perception and comprehension

  1. Identify the guidelines needed to increase the reader’s perceptions
  2. Identify the patterns of perks and pitfalls that are commonly shown by reader’s
  3. Apply knowledge of reader’s perception and how to increase it

Core Competency: Use attention to detail skills to analyze and evaluate data from a system of servers in order to identify a pattern

  1. Ability to identify pattern language for request processing servers
  2. Using research skills to further analyze the nature of the patterns
  3. Apply knowledge of FMC to the system of servers in order to distinct different patterns

Course Content

1. Introduction (5 Hours)
2. Compositional Structures (6 Hours)
3. Dynamic Structures (6 Hours)
4. Value Structures and Mind Maps (8 Hours)
5. Reinforcing the Concepts (8 Hours)
6. Towards Implementation Structures (8 Hours)
7. Applying FMC in Your Daily Work (10 Hours)
8. Modeling and Visualization Guidelines (8 Hours)
9. Relationship with Other Modeling Approaches (5 Hours)
10. A system of Server Patterns (6 Hours)

Andreas Knopfel, Bernhard Grone, & Peter Tabeling, Fundamental Modeling Concepts: Effective Communication of IT Systems (2006)

Method of Evaluation 

Type Number % value
  Tests  2  40%
  Weekly Discussions  10  20%
  Graded Homework  15  15%
  Final Examination  1  25%

Teaching Method 

Method Number of Hours
  Lecture  30
  Seminar  15
  Supervised Lab  25

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