Software Modeling and Analysis

This is a hybrid teaching unit, it will partially be held online, partially in class.

Real software systems continuously evolve over time. As they evolve, they become harder to understand and maintain. In this course we will explore techniques to model complex software systems and analyze them to support program comprehension and reengineering tasks. Most lectures will combine theoretical background and practical application of tools and techniques. A portion of this course will make heavy use of Smalltalk, a live programming environment that supports advanced reflection metaprogramming techniques. Some material is based on two open‐source textbooks: Pharo by Example, and Object-Oriented Reengineering Patterns.


Code 21045
Type Course
Site Bern
Track(s) T2 – Advanced Software Engineering
Semester A2020


Learning Outcomes

After the successful completion of this course, you will:

  • recognize the problems of legacy software
  • use reflection and metaprogramming techniques
  • extract software models from source code and other artifacts
  • apply software metrics to detect quality problems
  • visualize software to support program comprehension
  • apply basic static and dynamic analysis techniques
Lecturer(s) Oscar Nierstrasz
Language english
Course Page

The course page in ILIAS can be found at

Schedules and Rooms

Period Weekly
Schedule Wednesday, 10:15 - 13:00
Location UniBE, Engehaldenstrasse 8 / online
Room 003

Additional information


First Lecture
The first lecture will take place on Wednesday, 16.09.2020 at 10:15.