CITS5503 Cloud Computing

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
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 the
BH008 Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science [Honours] (International Cybersecurity major or Computing and Data Science major) or
HON-CMSSE Computer Science and Software Engineering or
62510 Master of Information Technology or
62530 Master of Data Science or
62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Software Engineering) or
42630 Master of Business Analytics
completion of 12 points of programming-based units
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