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: 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.

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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
Enrolled6,702 students

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 virtualisation 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 taken once, at any time
  • Certificates awarded to those who pass

Course Information Q&A

What is the aim of this short course?

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

Who presents the webinars?

This short course was developed 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.

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 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.