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CSC8634 : Cloud Computing with Project (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Wanqing Zhao
  • Lecturer: Professor Raj Ranjan
  • 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
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CSC8110Cloud Computing
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials (and Module talks) explain the underpinning principles for the module and the technologies that support cloud computing. Lectures are complemented by supervised practical sessions to guide the application of these principles using suitable computational tools. The practical work builds up experience working with a computational toolset that is used to complete two projects working with data from a real-world context.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100Extended technical project Word count: Up to 1,500
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
Oral Presentation1Mfeedback from academic colleagues and from peers through peer review
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Project work develops and tests the students' ability to design and implement cloud systems.
A key strand within the delivery of CSC8634 is the provision of formative feedback to learners. Learners participate in receiving - and develop their competence in providing - formative feedback from academic colleagues and from peers through peer review. Learners engage in 'crit' sessions where they present process on their work, providing and receiving formative feedback from their learners. For oral presentations, learners present among their groups and provide feedback to strengthen the content and delivery of their presentation. Through these interventions we ensure all learners actively participate and are listened to, we provide training to support our learners to give peer feedback and respect the views and opinions of others.

Reading Lists