CSC8634 : Cloud Computing with Project

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:300:30Oral examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion50:302:30Preparation for oral examinaton
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion81:008:00Background reading
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion221:0022:00Lecture follow up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical81:008:00Practical Sessions
Guided Independent StudyProject work211:0021:00Extended project coursework
Guided Independent StudyProject work161:0016:00Coursework project building a system in the cloud
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CSC8110Cloud Computing
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures 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
Report1M30Build a system on the cloud
Report1M70Extended technical project Word count: Up to 1,500
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Oral ExaminationMStructured discussion including a software demonstration and reflection on the key learning objectives of the project work.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Project work develops and tests the students' ability to design and implement cloud systems.

The semi structured interview facilitates a reflective discussion about how individual students have met the learning objectives of the module and how the principles of cloud computing are embedded in the functionality of their software artefacts.

Reading Lists