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In today's enterprises, modelling methods are widely used on every level and they are mostly supported by modelling tools. These tools ease the design of machine-processable models and provide facility services, e.g. for accessing, exchanging and persistenly storing meta-models and models, for applying algorithms and querying model contents. Additionally they enhance the value of models as an organisational knowledge platforms.
Modelling tools and platforms which support domain specific methods need to provide user interaction functionalities and enable management capabilities for the execution environment in addition to the modelling method design and implementation.
The generic modelling method framework proposed by Karagiannis and Kühn (2001) comprises all the necessary ingredients for the conceptualization, i.e. early development and prototyping phases of modelling tools for domain specific modelling methods. The framework adresses (a) modelling languages - syntax, semantic and notation, (b) modelling procedures and (c) processing based on their mechanisms and algorithms.
The language of instruction for all lectures and working groups is English. Students must be able to follow lectures, express theirselves in discussions and write papers in English.
Topics covered in the course include:
Foundations of Conceptual Modelling, i.e. formal methods and tools for modelling method creation, transformation and application
Technologies for Conceptual Modelling, i.e. model execution technologies, meta-modelling platforms, modelling compilers, adaption to diverse devices and multi-client applications
Applications Domains, i.e. Enterprise Information Systems, e-Government, Health Care and Ambient Assisted Living.
Cross-cutting Issues, i.e. Information security, privacy, risk management and governance, and quality assurance of models and methods