IT Masters Cloud Models, Architecture & 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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Use the form below to enrol in this short course, once submitted you will receive a signup email with login details for our learning site.

Course Schedule


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Security conservation principles
  • Risk management principles for application in a Cloud environment
  • Designing a risk management framework to suit a Cloud environment
  • Exam pass mark: 50%
  • Time limit: 1 hour
  • Attempts allowed: One
  • Format: 40 multiple choice questions

Course Information


Who will present 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.


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.


What is included?

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


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.


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?

No, you can sit this short course all by itself.

This course is aimed at students familiar with the importance of business information, with a user-level knowledge of information management. This is a non-technical subject and students do not need a technical data background.


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.


Am I Eligible to Study
a Post Graduate Course?

Industry experience and previous studies all contribute towards your eligibility. You do not necessarily have to have an undergraduate degree to study.