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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Zhi Zhang
Unit rules
Enrolment in
HON-CMSSE Computer Science and Software Engineering
or 62510 Master of Information Technology
or 62530 Master of Data Science
or 42630 Master of Business Analytics
or BH008 Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science [Honours]
or MJD-ICYDM International Cybersecurity
or MJD-CDSDM Computing and Data Science

Successful completion of
( CITS2002 Systems Programming
or CITS2005 Object Oriented Programming
or CITS2200 Data Structures and Algorithms
or CITS2402 Introduction to Data Science
or ( CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
and CITS4009 Computational Data Analysis

or BUSN5101 Programming for Business
and BUSN5002 Fundamentals of Business Analytics
or Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering
Software Engineering specialisation
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and 120 Points
and 12 points of programming-based units
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