Enrolments: 561,734

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: 552,869

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.

Masterclass: Comparative Cloud Technologies

Cloud computing is a tool that is here to stay and increasingly important to every organisation.

Join us to discover why companies are interested in moving to the cloud and common technologies of the cloud environment. Learn how to build a cloud application and explore major cloud providers including AWS, Azure and Google.

Bonus: Earn an AWS Academy Graduate badge through courses and guided labs with free access to AWS Cloud Fundamentals and an AWS sandbox environment. Available to students who enrol before the end of July 2022.

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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
Enrolled4,104 students

Course Schedule

Module 1: Introduction to Cloud Technology

  • Course introduction
  • What is the Cloud?
  • Why are companies interested in moving to the Cloud?
  • What technologies make up a Cloud provider environment?
  • Who are the major providers?
  • Overview of AWS Academy learning site and access

Module 2: Networking and Processing in the Cloud

  • How is networking delivered in the Cloud?
  • Network Security
  • Servers
  • Serverless?
  • Containers

Module 3: Storage and Database Technology

  • Block storage
  • Object storage
  • Relational databases
  • noSQL (key value etc) databases

Module 4: Modern Applications and Microservices

  • Architecture in the Cloud
  • Bringing together the components
  • Building microservices
  • Migrating to the Cloud
  • Building Cloud Native


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

Course Information Q&A

Who will present the webinars?

Tim Jones is a seasoned IT professional with over 30 years experience working between large corporates, consulting and vendors. As a lifelong learner, Tim achieved his Master’s degree via IT Masters and Charles Sturt University back in 2007, is certified in (amongst others) architecture with AWS, GCP, Azure, TOGAF, Dell and IBM.

Tim’s day job is as a “Global Enterprise Architect” for Dell Technologies, helping some of Dell’s largest enterprise customers manage their migration to the Cloud and modern application capabilities.

Tim has been an Adjunct Lecturer at Charles Sturt University since 2018 teaching Cloud and Microservices subjects.

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. This short course contains some components of ITE531 Architecting Cloud Solutions, available across several Masters’ level courses including Cyber SecurityCloud Computing and Virtualisation and Networking and Systems Administration.

What is included?

In addition to the weekly hour-long interactive webinars, you will be provided with suggested reading materials, an active discussion forum and a weekly activity to complete.

Students who enrol before the end of July 2022 can earn an AWS Academy Graduate badge through courses and guided labs with free access to AWS Cloud Fundamentals and an AWS sandbox environment.

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 the exam.

Students who join before the end of July 2022 will have access to the AWS learn labs – successful completion will earn students an AWS Academy Graduate badge.

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.

Are there any pre-requisites for the course?

This course requires a basic understanding of data centre technologies, networking and security. Resources are available to assist, however some concepts covered may not be easily accessible to those that have limited computer technology education.

If you don’t have a background in Cloud Computing or basic IT knowledge, we recommend you complete our free short course Computer Network Fundamentals beforehand.

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.