Enrolments: 519,898

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 8,865

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: 511,033

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: AWS Certified Solutions Architect

This short course will help you prepare for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Associate) – an industry certification designed for those who wanting to architect and deploy secure and robust applications on AWS technologies.

This short course is also a taster of the Master of Cloud Computing and Virtualisation course.

Find out more in this free short course!

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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
Duration4 Weeks
Enrolled10,231 students

Course Schedule

Module 1:

Virtual Machines

  • AWS instances
  • Different types of instances
  • Pricing
  • Differences between AWS EC2 and other solutions, including on premise, and VPS
  • Programming to leverage the power of AWS EC2

Module 2:

AWS storage 

  • Differences between various storage types
  • Performance and scalability
  • Programmability
  • Security
  • Use cases

HANDS-ON LAB : Introduction to Amazon Simple Storage Service

Module 3:


  • Basic RDS configurations
  • Support for more common SQL databases
  • RDS vs running your own database, and other practical implications
  • Cloud databases
  • DynamoDB

HANDS-ON LAB : Introduction to Amazon DynamoDB

Module 4:


  • Managing users and groups
  • Access keys and CLI
  • Assigning roles to instances
  • Preparing for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate industry certification exam

HANDS-ON LAB : Introduction to AWS Identity and Access Management



  • Exam pass mark: 50%
  • Time limit: 1 hour
  • Attempts allowed: one
  • Format: 40 multiple choice questions

Course Information Q&A

Why should I do this short course?

Every year, LinkedIn analyses its data and publishes a list of the most in-demand professional skills. For over 7 years and counting, cloud computing is the IT industries most sought-after hard skill.

Who will present the webinars?

This course was developed by Scott Farrell. Scott is a cloud consultant with 20 years experience in software and connected systems. He headed up large teams at IBM, before starting his own consulting business. He’s been coding since he was 9 on a commodore vic20. He works with the cloud, AWS and corporates on a daily basis. He recently wrote a book “Fast WordPress Websites’.

Scott has a wide range of qualifications and industry certifications including:

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Master of Management – Innovation
  • AWS Certified Instructor
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
  • AWS Certified Sysops Administrator – Associate

What is the aim of this short course?

This short course will help you prepare for AWS Certified Solutions Architect certification and also give you a ‘taster’ of what it is like to undertake postgraduate study via online learning with Charles Sturt University.  This short course is based on the first few weeks of our ITE531 Architecting Cloud Solutions subject which is included in a number of our Master degrees including the Master of Cloud Computing and Virtualisation

Is there a final exam?

Yes — the short course exam will be a timed, open book exam that you will sit at your computer.

Do I get a completion certificate if I complete the course?

Yes — provided you receive a pass mark (50% or over) for course assessment, which comprises the exam and any available participation marks.

Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Yes — successful completion of three or more of our short courses will qualify you for one credit for an industry elective subject in our postgraduate courses. Click here for further details.

Will the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect certification qualify me for University credit?

Yes — achievement of AWS) Certified Solutions Architect – Associate will qualify you for credit for subject ITE531 Architecting Cloud Solutions subject.

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

No — all essential materials will be supplied.

Will the webinars be recorded?

Yes — all webinars are recorded and you will be able to access them, and all other free course materials, by registering for the course.