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Modeling Languages and Communication Systems

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Modeling Languages and Communication Systems
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Computer Science and Communication Systems, Master, ASPO 01.10.2017
Module code: KIM-MOD
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
2V+2U (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: 1
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:

[still undocumented]
Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

KIM-MOD (P222-0060) Computer Science and Communication Systems, Master, ASPO 01.10.2017 , semester 1, mandatory course
PIM-MOD Applied Informatics, Master, ASPO 01.10.2017 , semester 1, optional course, informatics specific
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 180 hours (equivalent to 6 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 135 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
KIM-SWKS Software Development for Communication Systems

[updated 03.04.2023]
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Brocks
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Brocks

[updated 27.09.2016]
Learning outcomes:
Students will be able to describe and specify different aspects of communication systems using graphical and text-based modeling languages. They will know the corresponding tools and be able to use some of them. They will be familiar with the principles of model-driven software development.

[updated 20.12.2017]
Module content:
- Serialization techniques, in particular Abstract Syntax Notation One / ASN.1
- Testing communication-based systems, in particular Testing and Test Control Notation / TTCN-3
   + TTCN-3 test architecture, test specification, interfaces
   + Graphical specification of test cases with GFT
- System design languages
   + Requirement specification and goal models with the goal-oriented requirements language (GRL) / user requirement language (URN)
   + Design and description of system architectures and system component behavior (SysML, UML state diagrams)
   + Representation and specification of message-based interactions between system components resp. communication instances (Message Sequence Charts / MSC, UML interaction diagrams)
- Model-driven software development and domain-specific languages

[updated 24.02.2018]
Teaching methods/Media:
Some problem-based learning, practical training and exercises

[updated 20.12.2017]
Recommended or required reading:
- Text books
   + König, Hartmut: Protocol Engineering, Springer 2012, ISBN 3642291449
- Specialist literature
   + Dubuisson, Olivier: ASN.1, Communication between heterogeneous Systems, Morgan Kaufmann, 2001, ISBN 0-12-633361-0,
- Specifications
   + ITU-T Recommendation: Z series: Languages and general software aspects for telecommunication systems
      # Z.120: Message Sequence Chart (MSC), 02/2011
      # Z.161: Testing and Test Control Notation version 3: TTCN-3 core language, 10/2015
      # Z.163: Testing and Test Control Notation version 3: TTCN-3 graphical presentation format (GFT), 11/2007
      # Z.150: User Requirements Notation (URN) _ Language requirements and Framework, 02/2011
   + ITU-T Recommendation: X series: Data networks, open system communications and security
      # X.680: Information technology _ Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1): Specification of basic notation, 11/2008
- Object Management Group / OMG
   + Systems Modeling Language, 09/2015
   + Unified Modeling Language, 06/2015

[updated 24.02.2018]
Module offered in:
WS 2023/24, WS 2022/23, WS 2021/22, WS 2020/21, WS 2019/20, ...
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