Faculty of Information Technology

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)


Cloud computing has recently emerged as an efficient and cost-effective means of using distributed systems to deliver content and applications as a service via the Internet. This unit will provide students with the necessary knowledge to design and develop enterprise-scale applications that leverage cloud computing on different platforms and incorporate web services for interacting with other systems. Students will explore the fundamental concepts of cloud computing, the advantages and limitations of the platform architecture, and review literature regarding current research on the topic to gain a greater insight into future developments of the platform.


At the completion of this unit students will:

  • understand the role of distributed systems architecture in the design and implementation of cloud computing applications;
  • understand the advantages and limitations of cloud computing over other enterprise web architectures;
  • understand how to design effective web applications that incorporate cloud and web service components;
  • have developed the knowledge and skills to develop enterprise-scale web systems relevant to current industry standards;
  • understand advanced topics in cloud computing and related technologies;
  • have developed a professional attitude towards the development of cloud computing applications.


Practical assessments: 60%; Written assessments: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


(FIT9004 or FIT9017) and (FIT9003 or FIT9019)
Recommended knowledge: Students undertaking this subject are expected to have knowledge in object-oriented programming and have basic skills in SQL.



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