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Professional course

Cloud Computing

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Twelve two hour sessions scheduled over a period of 12 weeks
Course director:
Paul Matthews

Page last updated 30 April 2019


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.

Entry requirements

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.


Study facilities

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.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

CohortUK/EU ParticipantsInternational Participants
January 2020TBCTBC

Course dates

CohortStart DateApplication Deadline
January 2020This course will next run in our 2019-20 academic year. To be kept up-to-date with our course dates please complete the enquiry form below.TBC


UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

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How to apply

How to apply

On acceptance onto the module, you will be registered onto our student system to give you access to university resources, including the library and your module BlackBoard site where course materials and pre-reading/work will be posted.

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For further information

  • Email: For all queries regarding administration aspects of registration, i.e. dates, fees, etc. please contact us using the online enquiry form link. For any questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, suitability, assessments, etc. please contact the Course Director.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86927

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