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188.923 Model Engineering
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020W, VU, 4.0h, 6.0EC


  • Semester hours: 4.0
  • Credits: 6.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to

  • apply model-driven software development or information system development to practical tasks,
  • develop modeling languages ​​and the required tool environment based on OMG's meta-modeling stack,
  • evaluate transformation languages ​​and use them for vertical, horizontal and temporal model transformation,
  • evaluate and use textual and graphical modeling languages,
  • evaluate language architectures, i.a. using the example of UML,
  • use extension mechanisms of languages, i.a. UML profiles,
  • use constraint languages, i.a. OCL to specify additional constraints on modeling languages,
  • implement code generators, and
  • solve tasks of model management, i.a. model evolution, model versioning and model storage.

Subject of course

The term model engineering comprises different approaches of model driven software development such as model driven architecture, domain specific languages, software factories etc. All of these different approaches concentrate on a central model and not only on pure program code.

During this course the different concepts, tools, and practical experiences from the field of model engineering will be examined. The course is split up into a theoretical part and an accompanying model engineering lab. Concepts from the field of metamodeling, development of textual and graphical modeling languages, model transformation, and code generation will be taught in the lecture part. At the beginning of the lab students will form teams of three students. During the lab the teams will be given practical assignments chosen from the topics of the lecture part.


  • Preliminary discussion, Introduction
  • Metamodeling
  • Object Constraint Language (OCL)
  • Textual Modeling Languages
  • Graphical Modeling Languages
  • Model Transformations
  • ATLAS Transformation Language (ATL)
  • Code Generation
  • Guest Lectures
  • Summary, Outlook and Discussion

Teaching methods

Contents are introduced in lectures and deepened in corresponding exercises solved in small groups. Software tools are used where necessary.

In the winter semester 20/21 the course will be converted to the following distance learning concept:

  • Lecture content is made available weekly in up to 30-minute videos (exception: preliminary discussion, summaries, guest lectures)
  • Every week, students have the opportunity to discuss the content of the videos / exercises with tutors in Q&A sessions (every Monday if there is no live lecture)
  • All tests and submission interviews are carried out virtually

Mode of examination


Additional information

Effort for the student:

13 x 2 h =   26 h Attending lectures
2 x 20 h =   40 h Preparing assignments 1 + 2
             25 h Preparing assignment 3
             26 h Preparing assignment 4
4 x 30 min =  2 h Presenting assignments
2 x 15 h =   30 h Learning for tests
2 x 30 min =  1 h Attending tests
150 h = 6 ECTS



Course dates

Mon13:00 - 15:0005.10.2020 - 25.01.2021 Lecture
Tue13:00 - 15:0027.10.2020 (LIVE)Q&A Session
Tue13:00 - 15:0003.11.2020 (LIVE)Q&A Session
Model Engineering - Single appointments
Mon05.10.202013:00 - 15:00 Live-Lecture
Mon12.10.202013:00 - 15:00 Q&A Session
Mon19.10.202013:00 - 15:00 Q&A Session
Tue27.10.202013:00 - 15:00 Q&A Session
Tue03.11.202013:00 - 15:00 Q&A Session
Mon09.11.202013:00 - 15:00 Live-Lecture
Mon16.11.202013:00 - 15:00 Test1
Mon23.11.202013:00 - 15:00 Q&A Session
Mon30.11.202013:00 - 15:00 Live-Lecture
Mon07.12.202013:00 - 15:00 Q&A Session
Mon14.12.202013:00 - 15:00 Live-Lecture
Mon11.01.202113:00 - 15:00 Q&A Session
Mon18.01.202113:00 - 15:00 Live-Lecture
Mon25.01.202113:00 - 15:00 Test2

Examination modalities

The grading is based on written exams, as well as on oral exams concerning the solved exercises. In the oral exams, both the functionality of the solution, as well as the conceptual and technical understanding of each individual group member are evaluated.

Course registration

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Marco Brambilla, Jordi Cabot, Manuel Wimmer: Model-Driven Software Engineering in Practice, 2nd EditionMorgan&Claypool Publishers, 2017 (several issues of the first edition are available in the library)

Thomas Stahl, Markus Völter, Sven Efftinge, Arno Haase: Modellgetriebene Softwareentwicklung, 2nd Edition, dpunkt.verlag, 2007 (several issues are available in the library)

Dave Steinberg, Frank Budinsky, Marcelo Paternostro, Ed Merks: Eclipse Modeling Framework, 2nd Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2009 (several issues are available in the library)

Markus Voelter: DSL, 2013

Anneke G. Kleppe: Software language engineering, Addison-Wesley, 2008 (online available via library)

Benoit Combemale, Robert France, Jean-Marc Jézéquel, Bernhard Rumpe, James Steel, Didier Vojtisek: Engineering Modeling Languages, CRC Press Inc., 2016

Preceding courses