CITS5503 Cloud Computing

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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 are able to (1) identify and present research problems related to cloud-based computing systems; (2) write well-structured technical documentation and reports; (3) comprehend published research literature; (4) apply appropriate programming techniques for cloud-based computing; (5) propose new ways of modifying, extending or combining existing methodologies and implementation techniques; (6) comprehend and apply international standards documents and application programming interface documentation; and (7) examine and deliberate 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 exam. 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 one of the following: Master of Professional Engineering (Software Engineering); Master of Data Science; Master of Information Technology
Honours in Computer Science and Software Engineering, and 24 points of Level 4/Level 5 programming units
Unit Outline
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
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