About this course
Page last updated 13 December 2016
Cloud computing is a specialised form of distributed computing that introduces utilisation models for remotely provisioning scalable and measured resources. Cloud computing has broad-ranging effects across IT, Information Architecture, Business, Software Engineering, and Data Storage. This module serves as an introduction to cloud computing for individuals and organisations.
Participants are expected to have a first degree at 2.2 level or above (or equivalent), or alternatively have industrial experience. We strongly recommend that you speak to the course tutor prior to the course if you are unsure about your suitability to complete the assessment.
Careers / Further study
This module can be taken as a stand alone module, or used to build up credit towards a named postgraduate qualification (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters) within our Library and Information Science Award.
This module will cover the following topic areas:
Cloud Computing Overview: History of cloud computing and a discussion of business drivers and technology innovations. Basic cloud terminology and concepts are introduced, along with descriptions of common benefits and challenges of cloud computing adoption. Understanding of virtualisation concept and possible business drivers behind the use of virtual computer hardware platforms, operating systems, storage devices, and computer network resources.
Concepts and Models: Cloud delivery and cloud deployment models are discussed in detail, discussion on cloud characteristics and roles and boundaries.
- Cloud-Enabling Technologies: Contemporary technologies that realize modern-day cloud computing platforms and innovations are discussed, including data centres, virtualisation, and Web-based technologies.
- Fundamental Cloud Security: Security topics and concepts relevant and distinct to cloud computing are introduced including: confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, availability, threat, vulnerability, risk, security controls, security mechanisms, security policies and descriptions of common cloud security threats and attacks.
- Cloud Infrastructures and Management Mechanisms: Primary cloud computing mechanisms and their management mechanisms.
- Sustainability impacts of Cloud Computing: Sources of electricity and related greenhouse gas emissions, clean and dirty cloud, using renewable power to de-carbonise cloud / data centres, ways to improve cloud energy efficiency, buying clean cloud services, impacts of migrating from in-house to cloud and societal impacts of cloud computing.
- Cloud Computing Architectures: Technology architecture within the realm of cloud computing - including requirements and considerations that manifest themselves in broadly scoped architectural layers (e.g. fundamental, advanced, and specialized) and numerous distinct architectural models.
- Future of Cloud Computing: Cloud computing future opportunities, challenges and research trends.
Learning and Teaching
The module is delivered through weekly lectures and weekly tutorial sessions. Each lecture will direct the course and introduce the new ideas and skills required. Then small group tutorial sessions will enable each student to carry out the study and research exercises described in the associated work-sheet under the guidance of a Tutor.
The teaching material is available from Blackboard. A course text is also recommended.
Scheduled learning includes lectures and tutorials.
Independent learning includes time engaged with essential reading and assignment preparation and completion.
Assessment will be through an assessed presentation and and individual research project looking at a business related cloud adoption problem based on given requirements, proposing a solution and preparing implementation specifications
For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.
The University has excellent facilities, accessible to all students, as required; however, it is expected that much of the work will be carried within the work environment.
Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.
Supplementary fee information
We currently have no further dates available for this course, please contact us via the enquiry form below to be kept up to date with future dates
UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY
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