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CSC8110 : Cloud Computing

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Raj Ranjan
  • Co-Module Leader: Mr Yinhao LI, Dr Dev Jha
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


Cloud Computing offers scalable computing resources on-demand. Accessible over the Internet, with a pay-as-you-go payment model, cloud has the potential to revolutionise the ways in which computer systems are acquired, deployed and managed.

In order to successfully design and build scalable systems on clouds, a range of knowledge and skills are needed. This module will introduce and examine cloud computing. It will describe the software components from which cloud infrastructure and platforms are constructed. Methods for building scalable cloud applications will be described and explained. Case studies drawn from industrial applications of cloud computing will be used throughout to motivate the exploration of clouds.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Cloud Computing Architecture: Infrastructure, Platforms and Software
- Cloud Platform Components for Processing and Storage
- Virtual Machines
- Scalable Computing Patterns for the Cloud
- Cloud Computing Case Studies

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Lecture material follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical62:0012:00In person practicals (6 x 2-hour practical sessions in the lab (PiP)
Guided Independent StudyProject work92:0018:00Coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study401:0040:00Background reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk42:008:00In person delivery of course material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk62:0012:00Online synchronous delivery of course material & discussions.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Techniques and theory are presented in lectures. Supervised practicals in a PC cluster room provide experience of writing programs and using PC’s with help available. Further practical work takes place during the private study hours.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination901A60open book, testing of conceptual knowledge
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M40Testing of programming skills, will include code demonstration + report. 3-4 weeks to complete
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report1MProgramming exercises in the lab
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The report tests the students' ability to apply the range of knowledge presented in the module.

The exam will be an open-book digital exam at the end of Semester 1 in a controlled environment (examination room), students will be asked to provide answers to exam questions testing conceptual knowledge.

Reading Lists