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Conceptual Modelling

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BI-KOM.21 Z,ZK 5 2P+2C Czech
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Department of Software Engineering

The course is focused on developing abstract thinking and precise formulation skills using conceptual models. Students learn skills of discerning key terms in a domain, the ability to categorize and specify correct relations in complex systems of social reality, mostly enterprises and institutions. Students learn basics of ontological structural modeling in the OntoUML notation. Next, they learn how to express business rules and constraints using the OCL language and foundations of OWL/RDF semantic data representation in the Internet. They also learn the foundations of enterprise engineering, being a discipline for conceptual modelling of enterprises and institutes and their processes. The DEMO method and the BPMN notation will be taught. The course is designed with the respect to continuation in software implementations.

Recommended optional follow-up course: BI-ZPI.


Prerequisites are not. The subject is closely related to the course BI-DBS and BI-SI1.

Recommended optional follow-up course: BI-ZPI.

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Introduction to conceptual modelling, motivation.

2. Introduction to Unified Foundational Ontology and the OntoUML language.

3. Sortals and Non-Sortals in OntoUML. Modelling guidelines.

4. Relations in OntoUML. Part-Whole relations in OntoUML.

5. Types of Parts and Wholes. Aspects in OntoUML. Modelling of events.

6. Transformation of OntoUML models into UML Class Diagrams.

7. The OCL language and specification of business constraints and rules.

8. OWL and RDF for semantic data representation in the Internet.

9. Introduction to Business Process Management.

10. Basics of the BPMN language.

11. The discipline of Enterprise Engineering and modelling of enterprise reality.

12. The DEMO method - basic diagrams.

13. The DEMO method - advanced diagrams.

Syllabus of tutorials:

1.Intro to Conceptual Modelling

2.OntoUML: Basics, Sortals, Rigidity

3.OntoUML: Non-Sortals, Relations

4.OntoUML: Part-Whole Relationships, Aspects

5.OntoUML: Events, OntoUML summary

6.OntoUML: Transformation of OntoUML to OO

7.OntoUML: Transformation of OntoUML to OO

8.Mid-Term, Object Constraint Language (OCL)

9.Consultation and submission of semestral project (part 1)

10.Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN)

11.DEMO: Intro to Enterprise Engineering

12.DEMO: Transactions and Construction Models

13.Consultation and submission of semestral project (part 2)

Study Objective:
Study materials:

1. Guizzardi G. : Ontological Foundations for Structural Conceptual Model. Telematica Instituut Fundamental Research Serie, 2005. ISBN 90-75176-81-3.

2. Arlow J., Neustadt I. : UML 2.0 and the Unifed Process: Practical Object-Oriented Analysis and Design (2nd Edition). Addison-Wesley Professional, 2005. ISBN 9780321321275.

3. Wood D., Zaidman M., Ruth L., Hausenblas M. : Linked Data: Structured Data on the Web. Manning Publications, 2014. ISBN 978-1617290398.

4. Freund J. , Rucker B. : Real-Life BPMN: With introductions to CMMN and DMN (3rd Edition). Create- Space Independent Publishing Platform, 2016. ISBN 978-1541163447.

5. Dietz J. L. G., Mulder H. B. F. : Enterprise Ontology: A Human-Centric Approach to Understanding the Essence of Organisation. Springer, 2020. ISBN 978-3-030-38854-6.

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