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CSC8110 : Cloud Computing

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Lecture material follow-up
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:00Online delivery of course material
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities91:009:00Exercises and Practical work
Guided Independent StudyProject work82:0016:00Coursework
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery60:303:00PiP Q&A and review
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study501:0050:00background reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk31:003:00Module talks over 3 week block scheduled online lecture
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A7024 hours 'take home' paper
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M30Building a system on the cloud (16 hours)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

An examination tests the students' ability to apply the range of knowledge presented in the module.
A practical develops and tests the students' ability to design and implement cloud systems.


N.B. This module has both “Exam Assessment” and “Other Assessment” (e.g. coursework). If the total mark for either assessment falls below 40%, the maximum mark returned for the module will normally be 40%.

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