IT Masters Configuration Management


Managing a single computer is relatively easy; after all, most people manage their own personal computer at home. How does this change when you have hundreds or thousands of computers, running different applications in different datacentres all over the world? How do large companies like LinkedIn™, Google™ and Facebook™ successfully manage hundreds of thousands of servers and their applications? How can you build confidence that the code you develop will work the same “in production” as it does on your laptop?

In this course, we provide an introduction to configuration management — the use of planning and specialised tools to help manage configuration and consistency of computer systems.

We cover the key theoretical and practical considerations you need to understand when starting on your configuration management journey. Lab exercises use Ansible, a popular open-source tool, to demonstrate the principles and benefits of configuration management.

The course was developed in partnership with the Information Technology Professionals Association (ITPA) – an exciting industry association whose members are IT professionals aiming to advance the practice of Information Technology as a profession.

This short course is free to undertake. Please note that by signing up, you will also receive a free (associate level) membership to the ITPA.

Enrol Here

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


  • Course administration
  • System life-cycles and maturity models
  • Core system management activities
  • Developer, System Administrator, or DevOps?
  • Deployment models
  • Introduction to Ansible
  • Dependencies, ordering, and errors
  • Abstraction and mutability
  • Preparation and planning
  • Quality attributes
  • Scalability: systems, processes and people
  • Continuous Integration (CI) & Continuous Deployment (CD) activities
  • Orchestration
  • Other approaches and related technology: Unikernels and containers
  • Exam pass mark: 50%
  • Time limit: 1 hour
  • Attempts allowed: One
  • Format: 40 multiple choice questions

Course Information


Who will present the webinars?

This course was developed by Mike Ciavarella, the Secretary of the Information Technology Professionals Association (ITPA).

Mike has an extensive Bio – head over to the ITPA website to check it out.

Mike has been a member of SAGE-AU (now ITPA), a not-for-profit organisation representing IT Professionals in Australia, for over 20 years.


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.