CITS5503 Cloud Computing

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Computer Science and Software Engineering [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
This unit introduces cloud computing as the provision of computing resources. Students are exposed to modern systems architectures and software development kits that, together, provide cloud computing frameworks. They learn about different aspects of the design, development, provisioning and management of cloud-based applications.

Students gain a sound understanding of cloud-based computing and the opportunities that it provides for a diverse range of computing applications.
Special attention is made to security of cloud-based applications and the different strategies that are available in these deployments.

Students will learn how to carry out operations on the cloud by developing software and utilising application programming interfaces for the services provided by the cloud platform.
Students are able to (1) apply services and architectures offered by virtualisation and cloud platforms to business and research problems; (2) write code to utilise application programming interfaces to interact with the cloud platform; (3) explain how cloud platforms can be used by organisations to achieve efficiencies in developing, operating and scaling modern applications; (4) propose new ways of modifying, extending or combining existing methodologies and implementation techniques; (5) apply international standards documents and application programming interface documentation; and (6) examine the potential for, and practicality of, developing cloud computing architectures for specific applications.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) mid-semester test; (2) laboratory exercises; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor David Glance
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62530 Master of Data Science
62510 Master of Information Technology
62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Software Engineering specialisation)
HON-CMSSE Computer Science and Software Engineering [Honours]
42630 Master of Business Analytics
completion of 12 points of programming-based units
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