MIT506 Cloud Computing

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 1, Semester 2
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: MIT504 Networking
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 10 hours per week over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Scheduled learning activities: 3 timetabled hours per week, 7 personal study hours per week
Other resource requirements: Students will need access to Cloud computing lab in Amazon Web Service (AWS).

Unit description 

Cloud computing addresses the increasing demand of data storage and computing power, which allow users to avoid or minimize up-front IT infrastructure costs. It also provides companies with fast provisioning of computer system resources. This unit explores fundamental core services, security, and architectures in cloud computing and examines the concept of cloud computing and its enabling technologies (e.g. virtualisation, networking, web technology, etc.). It also analyses industry best practice in cloud adoption, cloud migration and cloud security. At the completion of this unit, students will acquire knowledge and skills in areas of virtualisation, cloud infrastructure, cloud service model, and core cloud services offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Evaluate various applications of cloud computing.
ULO2 Evaluate economic dimension of cloud computing.
ULO3 Analyse the global infrastructure for cloud computing.
ULO4 Evaluate cloud core services including compute, storage, Virtual Private Cloud, databases, Elastic Load Balancing, and other services.
ULO5 Apply fundamental cloud architecture and security concepts to the design of cloud solutions.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. Cloud Concepts Overview
2. Cloud Economics
3. Global Infrastructure Overview in Cloud Computing
4. Virtualisation and Cloud Computing
5. Data Storage
6. Cloud Service Model
7. Cloud Core Services: IaaS and PaaS
8. Cloud Core Services: SaaS and IDaaS
9. Cloud Security
10. Cloud Load Balancing, Scaling, Monitoring
11. Cloud Migration
12. Future Trends in Cloud Computing and Revision


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Class Participation 10% 12
Assessment 2: Individual Assignment 1 10% 5
Assessment 3: Individual Assignment 2 25% 7
Assessment 4: Group Assignment 25% 12
Assessment 5: Final Exam 30% Final exam week

The assessment due weeks provided may change. Your lecturer will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.