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COMP5850M Cloud Computing

15 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Karim Djemame

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22


COMP3211Distributed Systems

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The students will gain an understanding of the principles and techniques behind the design of scalable systems on clouds as well practical experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating cloud applications.


This module provides insights into how Cloud Computing attempts to meet the varying needs of modern applications.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of cloud computing techniques and technologies;
2. Identify the paradigms that determine the requirements, capabilities and performance of Cloud systems;
3. Design a high-level framework of a Cloud architecture;
4. Use a range of middleware tools to implement a cloud application;
5. Reason about the significance of the new directions that Cloud computing is taking.


Definitions of cloud systems; Grids versus Clouds; Cloud application challenges; Taxonomy of cloud systems; Cloud services; Virtualisation; Virtual Infrastructure Management; Virtual machines, containers and unikernels; Serverless architectures; Big data; Energy efficiency; Service level agreements; Cloud use cases; Programming models; Data-intensive information processing; Quality of Service; Cloud computing future trends; Security and trust; ubiquitous clouds and the Internet of things, cloud economy, edge computing.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours117.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Coursework and labs.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalPractical 120.00
PracticalPractical 220.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

This module will be reassessed by an online time-constrained assessment

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:20:48


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