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CSC8110 : Cloud Computing

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Raj Ranjan
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:00Online delivery of course material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Lecture material follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical52:0010:00Pracitcals (5 x 2 hour practical sessions in the lab (PIP))
Guided Independent StudyProject work82:0016:00Coursework
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery60:303:00PiP Q&A and review
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study441:0044:00Background reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk42:008:00Online synchronous discussions. 1x 2hour sessions per week & 1x 2hour session in week 1 as intro.
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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M50Programming exercise: Building a system on the cloud (16 hours). Output: Demo, code-base & lab report. NESS: allow .zip or.rar file
Report1M50Applied questions related to theoretical concepts covered in the lectures. Output: Report.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The report 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.

Study abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the length of the exam may differ from that show in the MOF.

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