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Cloud Infrastructure

Course Code: CSIS 4270
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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

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;

course prerequisites

Min grade C in (CSIS 3270 and CSIS 3155)





curriculum 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.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.