Professional course Cloud Computing

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Twelve two-hour sessions, scheduled over twelve continuous Wednesdays
Through weekly lectures and tutorial sessions
Programme leader
Prakash Chatterjee

Page last updated 2 April 2020


This course can count towards one of our postgraduate qualifications within our Information Management and Information Technology Awards.

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.

Overseas students need to have, in advance of application, either a valid student visa or evidence of residency status in the UK.

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 standalone module, or used to build up credit towards a named postgraduate qualification (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters) within our Information Management and Information Technology awards



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 tutorial sessions, which take place on consecutive weeks.

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.

Independent learning includes time engaged with essential reading and assignment preparation and completion.The teaching material is available from Blackboard (our online learning environment). A course text is also recommended.

Study time

This module will involve 2 hours direct contact time per week for one semester equally divided between lecture and tutorial sessions.

Each 15 credit course (module) is expected to take 150 hours to complete:

  • 24 hrs contact time trough lectures and face to face discussion
  • 30 hrs coursework preparation
  • 86 hrs assimilation and development of knowledge
  • 10 hrs exam preparation


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

This course runs once a year. The next module run is programmed for January 2021 and likely to follow the same delivery pattern: 12 two-hour sessions, scheduled over 12 continuous Wednesdays (daytime)

As an indication, the cost of this course was £625 UK/EU and £1083 for International participants in the last academic year, so there might be a small increase for January 2021.

Exact course dates, updated fees and online booking forms will be published here in September 2020. Please complete our online enquiry form below to be notified once dates are available.

Course Location

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

How to apply

How to apply

As this module carries university accreditation, please note that once you have submitted your booking form, you will be required to provide the following supporting information to the administration team for the module tutor to be able to review and formally accept your application as required by the university:

  • An up-to-date copy of your Curriculum Vitae (including contact details of a work or academic reference)
  • A brief personal statement to support your application
  • A copy of your highest qualification certificate and transcript of modules studied
  • A copy of photographic proof of ID (i.e. driver's licence/passport). For non UK students, this must be a copy of your passport

Overseas participants will be required to provide evidence of visa status once accepted onto the course, before they can be fully registered and attend.

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For further information

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