Your bachelor's degree will be awarded to you at the successful completion of year 3 (or part-time equivalent).
|Course name||Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology|
|Course duration||3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent^|
^ 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.
Industry experts all agree that cloud computing is one of the fastest-growing IT disciplines today. And this is just the beginning. As proof, Amazon Web Services - the fastest-growing cloud provider in the world- has collaborated with La Trobe University to offer a world-first cloud technology degree online. Packed with industry certifications, you will enjoy an employability-edge no matter which industry you choose on your career path.
Skills and knowledge of cloud computing is critical for companies to deliver on their digital transformation strategy. Cloud services provide a natural platform for optimising existing IT systems to increase operational efficiencies, while driving business agility and growth. Cloud computing has transformed the way networking, data storage and processing, application development and infrastructure provisioning is accomplished.
With rapid growth in cloud computing (over US $400 billion cloud-based services by 2020), it has become clear that this is the way business globally will operate now and into the future.
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Our degree gives you the greatest of flexibility with our unique ‘nested’ qualifications. Should you choose to leave your course, for whatever reason, La Trobe’s online applied degrees can ensure that all your hard work is not in vain.
After satisfactorily completing Year one of your course, and you then choose to exit your studies, you will be awarded an applied diploma.
Similarly, after successful completion of year 2, should you exit at this point, you will be awarded an applied associate degree. And of course, an applied bachelor’s degree awaits you when you complete all three years. Please note that you will achieve one testamur only, and it will be for the highest achieved qualification.
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After completing year 1 of your degree, you will be awarded with an applied diploma. You can add this qualification to your résumé and move forward with your career plans or embrace the option to continue your studies.
Successful completion of year 2 will increase your chances of a higher-paying position with an applied associate degree. However, you are now well over half way to your applied bachelor degree, so why not continue to study while staying employed?
Your applied bachelor degree greatly improves the opportunities available to you. Armed with 3 qualifications, you will have demonstrated your ability to stay focused to achieve a goal. With the job-ready skills and knowledge acquired from your course, employers will find you highly desirable.
Here are just a few of our subject overview videos that demonstrate what you can expect from the Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology. More videos are available under each subject below.
After completing year 1 of your degree, you will be awarded with an applied diploma, should you decide to exit your degree at this point. You can add this qualification to your résumé and move forward with your career plans.
|Qualification||Diploma of Applied Cloud Technology|
|Credit points||120 credit points|
|Certifications||Gain up to 3 industry certifications|
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 affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems – now and in the future.
This subject provides a general and practical introduction to information technology. Areas taught include: fundamental principles of computer operation, the main hardware components of the computer, data storage and retrieval, introduction to system software, the internet; operating systems, file management systems, security; application software modules: spreadsheets, database packages, the World Wide Web.
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.
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.
Students are introduced to computers, object-oriented concepts and programming using Java. Topics covered include classes and objects, 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.
The teaching of object-oriented concepts is continued from the introductory subject CSE1OFX. Students gain more experience with the Java programming language and basic software engineering principles. Topics covered include inheritance (class hierarchies, abstract classes), input/output streams, file operations, exceptions, interfaces, recursion, generics and dynamic data structures. Software engineering principles are further developed, including parameters for characterising software quality and testing strategies.
In this subject we introduce cloud concepts, core cloud services, architecting on cloud and cloud support. We also look at various database options to examine the various services available to access databases on the cloud. The fundamentals of Windows server on the cloud and its administration will also be studied. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking a 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 your 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.
Successful completion of year 2 will increase your chances of a higher-paying position should you choose to exit your studies with an applied qualification that employers are looking for. However, you are now well over halfway to your applied bachelor degree so why not continue to study while staying employed?
|Qualification||Associate Degree of Applied Cloud Technology|
|Credit points||240 credit points|
|Certifications||Gain up to 8 industry certifications|
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Congratulations! This is the final year of your qualification. Your applied bachelor degree greatly improves the opportunities available to you. A qualification of this level greatly enhances your résumé and says a great deal about you. Not only will you be armed with the job-ready skills and knowledge that employers are desperate for, but you will also have shown you can stay focused to achieve a goal.
|Qualification||Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology|
|Credit points||360 credit points|
|Certifications||Gain up to 12 industry certifications|
In this subject students undertake a comprehensive study of workplace practices related to the ICT industry and reflect heavily on their personal views and approaches to individual and team responsibilities. Students develop professional skills related to ethical and moral decision-making and evaluate the social implications of their work and the broader global context. The subject is very interactive with guided discussions and debates. Specifically related to the La Trobe Global Citizenship Essential, the students embark on a series of learning activities and assessed tasks to broaden their understanding of different cultures and sensitivities relevant to engaging in the ICT sector. Students demonstrate and reflect on their skills in team leadership, intercultural communication, active listening and communication, conflict management and meeting behaviour.
The industry project enables students to experience real-life involvement in the planning and development of a medium-sized project relevant to their degree that addresses a real-life or community problem. The project utilises a teamwork approach to problem-solving in cloud technology. Students integrate previously learned skills and knowledge relating to technical, social and ethical issues. The subject covers project management, team organisation and communication, project estimation and planning, risk management, documentation and reporting and milestone presentation. Students continue with this project in Industry Project Cloud 3B.
The industry project enables students to experience real-life involvement in the planning and development of a medium-sized project relevant to their degree that address a real-life or community problem. The project utilises a teamwork approach to problem-solving in cloud technology. Students integrate previously learned skills and knowledge relating to technical, social and ethical issues. The subject covers project management, team organisation and communication, system testing, configuration management, technical documentation and reporting, project documentation and reporting and milestone presentation. The subject culminates in a technical report and presentation to client representatives. This subject addresses La Trobe’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. This is the second half of the Industry Project subject (CSE3CAX).
This subject covers the various cloud services for compute, storage, networking, security, identity and access management. When designing a cloud-based system the key concepts such as high availability, reliability, cost optimisation, scalability and performance efficiency are also emphasised. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking a vendor certification.
This subject prepares the student to be able to create automatable and repeatable deployments of networks and systems on the cloud platform. Key concepts such as cloud metrics, provisioning systems, data integrity and data security are also emphasised. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking a vendor certification.
This subject covers the implementation of Big Data services on cloud. Key aspects include designing and maintaining Big Data and leveraging tools to automate data analysis using open source frameworks. This subject is designed to prepare students for undertaking a vendor certification.
This subject focuses on the design and deployment of a private cloud solution using an open source cloud platform. Key concepts such as the building blocks of a private cloud, deployment of a private cloud and architecting of a private cloud are covered.
Quantitative analysis plays an important role in business analytics and knowledge engineering, thus it is very useful to develop computing skills for data regression and classification. This subject covers some fundamentals of computational intelligence techniques, including fuzzy inference systems, neural networks and hybrid neuro-fuzzy systems. The subject is designed with a focus on solving time-series forecasting problems using fuzzy inference systems, where fuzzy inference mechanisms and fuzzy rule extraction from numerical data are addressed. Some advanced learning techniques for training neural networks will also be highlighted. In labs and assignments students will work with business datasets for time-series prediction using a fuzzy system, which helps to consolidate the knowledge taught in the lectures and gain a hands-on experience on computational intelligence applications in business.
This subject provides the concepts of cyber security. It covers a broad range of cyber security related topics such as infrastructure security, network edge security, identity and access management, firewalls and load balancers, risk management and operational and organisational security. It is also designed with a focus to protect computing infrastructure from cyber security threats and attacks.
In this subject, students will learn about Internet of Things and the technologies surrounding it. They will also learn about smart objects and their usage in designing IoT-based solutions for smart homes. The course also covers real-world applications of IoT which include smart cities and industrial systems.
This subject covers the fundamentals of wireless transmission. Students will study various physical layer issues and impairments, and challenges in wireless communication compared with wired communication. In-depth analysis will be carried out on CSMA/CA standards; WEP and dynamic WEP standards and the processes involved for maintaining privacy and confidentiality in wireless networks. A brief introduction will be given to Bluetooth and WiMAX technologies.
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. Career opportunities include:
Should you choose to exit at diploma level (end of year 1), you will have entry-level skills to commence work in the IT industry roles such as Help-desk and Web Support. If you exit at associate degree level (end of year 2), you will have additional industry certified skills.
The integration of IT certifications provides you with required industry skills to support underpinning technical knowledge.
|Study period||Start date||Census date||Last withdrawal||End date|
|2020 study blocks|
|Study Block 1||6 Jan 2020||2 Feb 2020||1 Mar 2020||29 Mar 2020|
|Study Block 2||3 Feb 2020||1 Mar 2020||29 Mar 2020||26 Apr 2020|
|Study Block 3||2 Mar 2020||29 Mar 2020||26 Apr 2020||24 May 2020|
|Study Block 4||6 Apr 2020||3 May 2020||31 May 2020||28 Jun 2020|
|Study Block 5||4 May 2020||31 May 2020||28 Jun 2020||26 Jul 2020|
|Study Block 6||1 Jun 2020||28 Jun 2020||26 Jul 2020||23 Aug 2020|
|Study Block 7||6 Jul 2020||2 Aug 2020||30 Aug 2020||27 Sep 2020|
|Study Block 8||3 Aug 2020||30 Aug 2020||27 Sep 2020||25 Oct 2020|
|Study Block 9||7 Sep 2020||4 Oct 2020||1 Nov 2020||29 Nov 2020|
|Study Block 10||5 Oct 2020||1 Nov 2020||29 Nov 2020||27 Dec 2020|
|Study Block 11||2 Nov 2020||29 Nov 2019||27 Dec 2020||24 Jan 2021|
|Study Block 12||7 Dec 2020||29 Dec 2020||31 Jan 2021||28 Feb 2021|
|2021 study blocks|
|Study Block 1||4 Jan 2021||31 Jan 2021||28 Feb 2021||28 Mar 2021|
|Study Block 2||1 Feb 2021||28 Feb 2021||28 Mar 2021||25 Apr 2021|
|Study Block 3||1 Mar 2021||28 Mar 2021||25 Apr 2021||23 May 2021|
|Study Block 4||6 Apr 2021||2 May 2021||30 May 2021||27 Jun 2021|
|Study Block 5||3 May 2021||30 May 2021||27 Jun 2021||25 Jul 2021|
|Study Block 6||7 Jun 2021||4 Jul 2021||1 Aug 2021||29 Aug 2021|
|Study Block 7||5 Jul 2021||1 Aug 2021||29 Aug 2021||26 Sep 2021|
|Study Block 8||2 Aug 2021||29 Aug 2021||26 Sep 2021||24 Oct 2021|
|Study Block 9||6 Sep 2021||3 Oct 2021||31 Oct 2021||28 Nov 2021|
|Study Block 10||4 Oct 2021||31 Oct 2021||28 Nov 2021||26 Dec 2021|
|Study Block 11||1 Nov 2021||28 Nov 2021||26 Dec 2021||23 Jan 2022|
|Study Block 12||6 Dec 2021||29 Dec 2021||30 Jan 2022||27 Feb 2022|
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.
All study resources (content and assessments) will be provided as part of the course. You will need to supply the following.
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Your degree fees are only $7,950 per year if you meet the relevant residency requirements, and are studying in a Commonwealth Supported Place.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Total|
|Qualification earned||Diploma||Associate degree||Bachelor's 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.
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