Class Diagram

From Open Risk Manual


A Class Diagram is a graphical UML diagram that is a type of static structure diagram. It describes a system by showing the system's classes, their attributes, operations (or methods), and the relationships among objects. A class is the blueprint for a set of similar objects that appear in the system to be specified. Class attributes allow to store information that has generally different specific values for each instance (object) of the class. Operations specify how specific behavior can be triggered on individual objects.

The concepts behind a class diagram originate from conceptual data modeling and object-oriented software development. The class diagram is based primarily on the concepts of class, generalization, and association. The documented elements and the relationships between them do not change over time.

The class diagram is the main building block of object-oriented modeling. It is used for general conceptual modeling of the structure of the application, and for detailed modeling, translating the models into programming code. Class diagrams can also be used for data modeling. The classes in a class diagram represent both the main elements, interactions in the application, and the classes to be programmed.

A class diagram is distinct but related to the Object Diagram

PlantUML Elements

A PlantUML class diagram specifies and shows the following:

  • A Class
  • Class Attributes
  • Class Methods


skinparam handwritten true

abstract class Borrower {
  -name : String

class CorporateBorrower extends Borrower {
 -market_capitalisation : number

class PrivateBorrower extends Borrower {
 -annual_income : number


Class Diagram