Cloud Infrastructure

Commerce & Business Administration
Computing Studies & Information Systems
Course Code
CSIS 4270
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Lectures: 36/Lab: 12
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course is designed to introduce the concepts of Cloud Computing. The course will expose students to three different perspectives of Cloud Computing: the theoretical, the technical, and the commercial perspectives. A variety of real case studies and existing market cloud-based tools will be identified and studied to provide students with an overview of Cloud Computing applications. Student will also look into more in-depth considerations for planning, designing and migrating to Virtualized Data Centres (VDC) and Cloud environments.
Course Content
  1. Fundamentals of cloud computing
  2. Economic benefits of cloud computing
  3. Technical foundations of cloud computing
  4. Virtualized data centres
  5. Cloud delivery models e.g. public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud
  6. Types of cloud services e.g. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS)
  7. Cloud configuraton
  8. Cloud management and monitoring
  9. Cloud migration strategies
  10. Cloud security
Methods Of Instruction

Lecture, seminars, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises in the lab

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will take place in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. 

Assignments/labs 15-30%
Quiz(zes)* 10-25%
Midterm Examination* 25-40%
Final Examination* 25-40%
Total 100%

*** In order to pass the course, students must, in addition to receiving an overall course grade of 50%, also achieve a grade of at least 50% on the combined weighted examination components (including quizzes, tests, exams).

Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:


  1. describe cloud computing e.g. is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (networks, serers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction;
  2. analyze the technical foundations of cloud computing;
  3. analyze the economic benefits of cloud computing;
  4. analyze the competitive advantages of cloud computing e.g. faster deployment/access to IT resources, fine-grain scalability;
  5. configure a commercial cloud platform e.g. Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services(AWS), or Alibaba Cloud;
  6. demonstrate how cloud computing changes traditional data centre;
  7. evaluate strategies of how organizations can migrate to the cloud;
  8. discuss the limitations and challenges of cloud computing;
  9. discuss the best practices for cloud computing e.g. elastic architecture, design for failure, high availability, performance, security, monitoring;
  10. discuss data privacy laws and corporate policies;
Textbook Materials

Deploying and Managing a Cloud Infrastructure by Addul Salam, Zafar Gilani and Salman Ul Haq


other textbook approved by department



Min grade C in CSIS 3155





Requisite for


Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
College of New Caledonia (CNC) CNC CSC 2XX (3) 2017/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit 2017/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU COMP 4XXX (3) 2017/09/01 to -
University Canada West (UCW) UCW CPSC 4XX (3) 2017/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC CPSC 2XX (3) 2017/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV CIS 395 (3) 2017/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.