Curriculum Guideline

Cloud Infrastructure

Effective Date:
Course Code
CSIS 4270
Cloud Infrastructure
Computing Studies & Information Systems
Commerce & Business Administration
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Lectures: 36/Lab: 12
Contact Hours
Lecture: 2 Hour per week Laboratories: 2 Hours per week Total: 4 Hours per week
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

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

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
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;
Means of Assessment


Participation 0-05%
Assignments/labs 20-30%
Quizzes 10-20%
Midterm Examination 25-30%
Final Examination 30-35%
Total 100%
Textbook Materials

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


other textbook approved by department





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