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|Course name||Associate Degree of Applied Cloud Technology|
|Course duration||2 years full-time, or part-time equivalent^|
The Associate Degree of Applied Cloud Technology is year 2 of the Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology.
Building on the Diploma, graduates of the Associate Degree of Applied Cloud Technology further deepen their knowledge of IT systems and the means by which they can be transferred and maintained in cloud environments. Graduates have an opportunity to complete multiple certifications that display their skill in specific cloud technologies and areas of IT in which they have a particular interest including Cloud Application Development, Web Development, Networking and System Administration.
This course has been developed in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), one of the largest and fastest growing cloud computing platform providers in the world.
Should you choose to continue your studies, an applied bachelor's degree will be awarded to you at the successful completion of year 3 (or part-time equivalent).
Completing year 1 of your degree provides you with an opportunity to exit with an applied diploma, and a solid foundation for continued studies.
|Exit with||Diploma of Applied Cloud Technology|
|Credit points||120 credit points|
|Certifications||Gain up to 4 industry certifications|
Cloud computing is becoming an increasingly common environment for organisations to operate their IT systems. In this subject, you will learn about the breadth of cloud computing, including an introduction to cloud concepts, the services that can be provided on the cloud, and the setup of cloud services. You will also examine various cloud models and their suitability for specific organisational circumstances. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking an associated vendor certification.
To operate effectively within any information system, an understanding of the theory and practice of database management systems is essential. This subject is designed to deepen students' interest and expertise in databases in general with a focus on cloud databases. A cloud database stores/processes data on the cloud. We start by looking at how database systems have evolved. The subject is mainly concerned with the relational data model and students learn the basics of database design using entity-relationship diagrams and how this design can then be mapped onto the relational model. A significant part of the subject is devoted to the use of structured query language (SQL). A commercial database management system will be used throughout the subject to provide hands-on skills. Foundations of normalising as well as data security will also be discussed. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking an associated vendor certification.
In this subject, students are introduced to the concept of an information system (IS) including file design, input/output/interface design, file conversion and implementation techniques. This subject deals with systems development life cycle as a framework for IS development and emphasises the role and involvement of users in an IS project. The use of appropriate fact-finding techniques in systems analysis and an introduction to data flow and E-R modelling are covered. Several information system case studies are used to illustrate the concepts introduced. Students will receive hands-on experience in the construction of a small information system using a suitable prototyping tool.
This subject provides a general introduction to the breadth of the field of information technology. Areas covered include the main components and operation of IT devices, data storage and retrieval, networks, programming and website development.
The object-oriented programming (OOP) approach allows for the streamlined development of complex programming solutions. This subject aims to build on the knowledge and skills with object-oriented programming gained in prior studies. The subject delves more deeply into object-oriented programming concepts and how they can be applied to develop more complex and innovative programming solutions. Previously learnt software engineering skills are also further developed.
In this subject, we lay the foundation for internetworking. Basic building blocks of internetworking in terms of two main reference models are introduced. Two main reference models, OSI and TCP/IP, are examined in detail, mainly by analysing each layer’s functionality and different protocols involved. A few of the critical concepts in network design like IP addressing, IP subnetting, VLSM, IP routing, local area network technologies (Ethernet), switching and packet analysis are also introduced with a practical approach as an enabler to perform small network designs. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking an associated vendor certification.
Students are introduced to object-oriented programming concepts through a contemporary programming language. Topics covered include classes and objects, encapsulation and inheritance, primitive data types, flow of control, methods, basic input/output and arrays. Software engineering principles are introduced, including coding standards, class design and testing strategies.
In this subject, students are introduced to developing and implementing a workplace sustainability policy in line with a current theoretical framework and modifying it to suit the interconnections between the economy, society and the environment. Students identify, analyse and evaluate information to develop, monitor and modify organisational policies in accordance with legislative and organisational goals and changing business circumstances. During this process, they are required to communicate and consult with internal and external stakeholders. The subject also introduces students to planning, sequencing and using systematic and analytical processes to research and gather data and to evaluate outcomes of decision-making to identify improvement. This subject addresses La Trobe’s Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affect the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems – now and in the future.
Successful completion of year 2 will increase your chances of a higher-paying position. Exiting your studies will net you an applied qualification that employers are looking for, and the opportunity to continue studying towards your bachelor's degree.
|Exit with||Associate Degree of Applied Cloud Technology|
|Credit points||240 credit points|
|Certifications||Gain up to 9 industry certifications|
This subject is an introduction to discrete mathematics. Concepts in discrete mathematics are useful in several branches of computer science as computers operate in discrete binary states. Among the topics covered are: sets, functions, relations, counting, sequences, modular arithmetic and Big-O notation. All these topics are central to the application of mathematics in electronics and computer science.
The focus of this subject is the skills and knowledge required to develop applications on the cloud platform. The subject provides information on creating applications, using communication protocols, web connectivity and the application of different techniques. Key concepts of application development on the cloud such as design, debug, develop and deploy are also covered.
LAN switching and IP routing are the two key enablers of internetworking. This subject mainly focuses on how the switching technologies are implemented in a network and how we can secure access to a network in switch level using port-security and enhance performance of a network by using VLANs. The other main aspect covered in this subject is IP routing. Key concepts of IP routing together with different types of routing and routing protocols are carefully analysed to make critical decisions on which routing type or protocol is most suitable for a given scenario. Also, practical implementation of each of these key features is covered in a simulated environment.
This subject introduces students to the fundamentals of machine learning (history, algorithm types, uses) and then covers an efficient implementation of machine learning algorithms on real-world data of moderate complexity using an open source ecosystem and MapReduce and R environments. Students explore the practical aspects of this subject using the AWS platform.
This subject focuses on the skills and knowledge required to manage information and communications technology projects in the cloud. The subject takes a practical approach by taking students from the project planning stage to the project closure stage. It covers conducting a feasibility study, how to establish and work effectively in a project team, financial planning, project management tools and software, and project management methodologies. It provides students with an opportunity to gain practical skills and knowledge in using various project management tools that are available in the cloud.
In this subject, students are introduced to modern operating systems and their major components. Students will learn these concepts by working on an operating system. Process and memory management, file systems, system management and several other concepts are also covered.
This subject provides an understanding of virtualisation concepts and exposure to different virtualisation solutions. Students will utilise this knowledge to design, implement and manage a virtualisation solution for a given scenario. The practicality of using virtualisation on cloud is particularly emphasised.
This subject covers multiple WAN technologies and how these are configured in different network scenarios. Students will apply their knowledge to implement appropriate WAN connectivity options on given network scenarios. Also, this covers a few of the crucial functional areas of network infrastructure such as managing, maintaining and securing the network infrastructure. This subject is designed to prepare students for the opportunity to undertake a vendor certification on networking.
This subject covers the skills and knowledge required for the deployment of network servers based on an operating system. Techniques and skills for system administration are developed throughout the course of this subject. It further validates the candidate's technical abilities in understanding the architecture of an operating system, installing and configuring an operating system, working at the operating systems command line, handling files and access permissions as well as system security and performing certain maintenance tasks such as backup and restore. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking a vendor certification on Linux operating system.
This course has been designed with a high employability focus in the exciting world of IT. Graduates will fit roles that bridge the gap between technical and management personnel. The integration of IT certifications provides you with required industry skills to support underpinning technical knowledge. Career opportunities include:
|Study period||Start date||Census date||Last withdrawal||End date|
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|Study Block 1||10/01/2022||06/02/2022||06/03/2022||03/04/2022|
|Study Block 2||07/02/2022||06/03/2022||03/04/2022||01/05/2022|
|Study Block 3||07/03/2022||03/04/2022||01/05/2022||29/05/2022|
|Study Block 4||04/04/2022||01/05/2022||29/05/2022||26/06/2022|
|Study Block 5||02/05/2022||29/05/2022||26/06/2022||24/07/2022|
|Study Block 6||06/06/2022||03/07/2022||31/07/2022||28/08/2022|
|Study Block 7||04/07/2022||31/07/2022||28/08/2022||25/09/2022|
|Study Block 8||01/08/2022||28/08/2022||25/09/2022||23/10/2022|
|Study Block 9||05/09/2022||02/10/2022||30/10/2022||27/11/2022|
|Study Block 10||03/10/2022||30/10/2022||27/11/2022||25/12/2022|
|Study Block 11||07/11/2022||04/12/2022||01/01/2023||29/01/2023|
|Study Block 12||05/12/2022||30/12/2022||29/01/2023||26/02/2023|
For admission to any of our online courses, one of the following is required.
All students are required to undergo the online Pre-enrolment Assessment and achieve a pass mark of 60%.
Those of you who have studied at tertiary level elsewhere, or who have relevant studies or work experience*, may be eligible for advanced standing (credit) towards your online La Trobe University qualification. Each college has specific policies in respect to the number and type of subjects and work experience it is willing to accept for advanced standing (credit) purposes.
We will inform you of the process for advanced standing at enrolment. However, if at some later point you believe you are eligible for advanced standing, please advise your Student Experience Team as soon as possible. It is preferable that you have advanced standing approved for a subject prior to starting it. Advanced standing must be approved before going through census for that subject.
For more information about advanced standing, contact us.
*Work experience recognition available to applicants of all La Trobe applied IT courses.
We firmly believe that learning and wellbeing are linked and that students learn best when their wellbeing is optimised. To this end, our students can enjoy personal and online support for their health and wellbeing.
When you start your course, you will be given an invitation to join a live orientation (video conference) for the first day of your first term. This orientation is designed to answer any questions you have and help you navigate your online Learning Portal.
If you haven’t been formally studying for a while, or you just want a clearer understanding of what’s ahead, we have created an orientation portal to help you become study-ready. Not only does it highlight the features and benefits of studying online, but it’s packed with valuable information to help you succeed in your studies with us.
Didasko deliver online learning resources for La Trobe University qualifications. The resources can vary from subject to subject and can include:
To get the most out of this exciting online experience, we recommend you equip yourself with the right tools for the job before you commence your studies.
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Students studying IT subjects will require the additional items:
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Your degree fees are only $8,021 per year if you meet the relevant residency requirements, and are studying in a Commonwealth Supported Place.*
|Year 1||Year 2||Total|
|Qualification earned||Diploma||Associate degree|
*The University reserves the right to vary fees on an annual basis. Fees will not normally rise above 7 per cent per annum for continuing students. Should the University decide to increase its fees, that increase will take effect on 1 January of the following year. While every effort has been made by La Trobe University to ensure that the information on this website is up to date and accurate, La Trobe University does not give any guarantees, undertakings or warranties in relation to the accuracy, completeness and up to date status of the above information. Course costs may vary depending on elective subjects chosen.
†Eligibility criteria applies. Available to Australian citizens and Permanent Residents only. Course costs may vary depending on elective subjects chosen.
^ Minimum timeframe for the bachelor's degree is 36 months and can vary according to absence, advanced standing status, studying full-time versus part-time, availability of subjects and your progress in the course.
Career Guide. Interactive course samples. Pre-enrolment assessment.