Enrolments: 238,595

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 7,138

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 231,457

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a ‘taster’ of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Free Short Course: Cloud Models, Architecture, and Risk Management

In this free short course students explore cloud technology, models, architecture and security. We cover core topics such as architectural differences (such as horizontal scaling) and the differences between IaaS, PaaS and SaaS models. In the final week of the course students learn how to design a Risk Management Framework to suit a Cloud environment.

Please note that this short course ran in April-May 2015. The course materials and examination are still available for those who wish to complete the course at their own pace.

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Moderate-level short course where some prior knowledge or concepts may be assumed. Content may be aimed at late-undergraduate or early-Masters students
Duration6 Weeks
Enrolled4,917 students

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Course Schedule

Week 1:

Cloud Technology

  • Broadband networks and Internet architectures, along with their attendant technologies, in accessing Cloud computing
  • Technologies used in Data Centres to share IT resources in an efficient manner
  • Major Virtualization technologies that are used in data centres
  • Primary Web technologies, their architecture and application
  • Multitenant benefits and risks
  • The use of Service technology in the context of an “as a service” delivery model

Week 2:

Cloud Concepts and Models

  • Major Roles and Boundaries in the Cloud environment
  • Explain the Cloud environment characteristics
  • Analyse the different Cloud delivery models to determine their suitability in a given scenario
  • Evaluate the different Cloud deployment models to determine their suitability in a given scenario

Week 3:

Cloud Architecture

  • Understand and distinguish between Cloud architectures
  • Understand and be able to prepare a design for a Cloud service that can use elements of:
  • Load balancing
  • Elastic disk provisioning
  • Hypervisor clustering
  • Dynamic failure detection
  • Rapid provisioning

Week 4:

Cloud Security

  • Cloud-based vs on-premise security
  • Security mechanisms and their suitability in a Cloud environment, including:
  • Encryption
  • Digital signature
  • PKI
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Single Sign-On
  • Cloud-based security
  • Hardened Virtual Server images

Week 5:

Risk Management

  • Security conservation principles
  • Risk Management principles for application in a Cloud Environment
  • Designing a Risk Management Framework to suit a Cloud environment

Week 6:

Exam Week

  • A free open-book online test
  • 40 Multiple Choice Questions – Pass Mark 50%
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Can be sat once, at any time in the week
  • Certificates awarded to those who pass during exam week

Course Information Q&A

Question 1: What was the aim of this short course?

The aim of the short course was to give you a ‘taster’ of what it is like to undertake postgraduate study via Online Education with Charles Sturt University.

Question 2: Who presented the webinars?

The Webinars were presented by Dr. Peter White. Dr. Peter White is an Adjunct Lecturer in the school of Computing and Mathematics at Charles Sturt University. Peter has worked as a software developer, systems administrator and Information Security architect. Peter’s qualifications include a Doctor of Information Technology from Charles Sturt University in which he developed an Identity Management Reference Architecture. Peter also has Master of Information Technology, and Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Systems) degrees. Peter currently works as the Enterprise Technical Architect in a NSW Government Agency and his research interests are in the areas of Information Security, Identity Management, Citizen-centric Digital Identity, Federated Identity and Human Computer Interaction.

Question 3: Do I get a certificate if I complete the course?

As the official sitting period has now lapsed, no more certificates are able to be issued. You are still able to complete the exam for your own benefit and test your knowledge.

Question 4: Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Successful completion of 3 live University Short Courses will award credit for an elective subject. Please note this course is NOT LIVE and will not qualify you for credit.

Question 5: Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No – all materials will be supplied to you.