World-first online cloud computing degree with Amazon

Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology

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To undertake your studies, you will be enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology. Your bachelor's degree will be awarded to you at the successful completion of year 3 (or part-time equivalent).

Course structure

Course summary

Course code SBACTO
Course name Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology
Course duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Location Online
Available internationally Yes

Why is this course right for you?

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 computing online qualification. Packed with industry certifications, you will enjoy an employability-edge no matter which industry you choose on your career path.

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What is Cloud Technology?

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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Three qualifications in one degree

La Trobe University online applied degrees provide you with the unique opportunity to achieve up to three qualifications over the duration of your studies. Subject to satisfactorily completing each part of your course, you will be awarded an applied diploma (end year 1), an applied associate degree (end year 2), and an applied bachelor degree when you complete all three years. Your potential earning capacity increases as you progress through your course.

Year 1

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 or embrace the option to continue your studies while you work.

Exit with
Qualification Diploma of Applied Cloud Technology
Credit points 120 credit points
Expected income $50K-60K
Course intended learning outcomes (Diploma of Applied Cloud Technology)
  • Produce reports that convey technical and business requirements to relevant stakeholders, consistent with professional standards in Information Technology (IT)
  • Develop oral presentations that communicate technical and business requirements to diverse audiences, including colleagues and stakeholders in IT and general communities
  • Analyse and evaluate numerical data and other evidence from business, technical and scientific reports to make informed judgements and develop recommendations for a range of stakeholders in IT
  • Locate, analyse and evaluate relevant business related literature to develop IT specifications for cloud based business systems
  • Apply strategies to solve cloud system problems and other challenges in cloud technology
  • Demonstrate awareness of appropriate social, legal and ethical values that shape the work of a cloud technology professional
Core subjects
CSE1ITX - Information Technology Fundamentals

This subject provides a general and practical introduction to information technology. It covers: fundamental principles of computer operation, the main hardware components of the computer, data storage and retrieval, introduction to system software, introduction to data communications, computer networks, the internet; operating systems, file management systems, security, introduction to information systems; application software modules: spreadsheets, database packages, and the World Wide Web.

CSE1CFX - Cloud Foundations

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.

CSE1OFX - Object-Oriented Programming Fundamentals

You 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. You are also introduced to a framework for identifying and analysing ethical problems associated with software development.

CSE2DCX - Database Fundamentals on the Cloud

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.

CSE1ISX - Information Systems

In this subject, you are introduced to the concept of an information system (IS) including file design, input/output/interface design, file conversion and implementation techniques. This subject addresses the 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. You will receive hands-on experience in the construction of a small information system using a suitable prototyping tool.

CSE2NFX - Network Engineering Fundamentals

In this subject, we introduce the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the internet and other computer networks. The subject also covers OSI and TCP/IP layer models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, transport, network, data link, and physical layers. The fundamentals of IP addressing and basic concepts of Ethernet will also be studied.

Didasko has signed a membership agreement with Cisco to use the copyrighted Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) courseware. Didasko is offering this courseware within the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology .

At this time, the content you will be receiving in this course does not include access to remote labs. However, Didasko envisage that remote labs via cloud access will be available soon.

CSE1IOX - Intermediate Object-Oriented Programming

The teaching of object-oriented concepts is continued from the introductory subject CSE1OFX. You’ll 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 (linked lists). Software engineering principles are further developed, including parameters for characterising software quality and testing strategies. You will continue to practise the identification and analysis of ethical issues that may arise during software development.

CSE1SPX - Sustainability Practices

In this subject, you 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. You will 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, you are required to communicate and consult with internal and external stakeholders. The subject also requires you to plan, sequence and use systematic and analytical processes to research and gather data and to evaluate outcomes of decision-making to identify improvements.

Year 2

Successful completion of year 2 will increase your chances of a higher-paying position with an applied qualification that employers are looking for. However, you are now well over half way to your applied bachelor degree so why not continue to study while staying employed?

Exit with
Qualification Associate Degree of Applied Cloud Technology
Credit points 240 credit points
Expected income $60K-$80K+
Course intended learning outcomes (Associate Degree of Applied Cloud Technology)
  • Produce reports that convey technical and business requirements to relevant stakeholders consistent with professional standards in Information Technology
  • Develop oral presentations that communicate technical and business requirements to diverse audiences, including colleagues and stakeholders in IT and general communities
  • Analyse and critically evaluate numerical data and other evidence from business, technical and scientific reports to make informed judgements and develop recommendations for a range of stakeholders in IT
  • Locate, analyse and evaluate relevant business related literature to develop IT specifications for cloud based business systems
  • Apply strategies to solve cloud system problems and other challenges in cloud technology
  • Evaluate unfamiliar business and technical problems and implement IT cloud solutions consistent with professional standards
  • Contribute constructively to teams through team-building, self-assessment, negotiation and communication skills to enable successful completion of professional projects in cloud technology
  • Demonstrate awareness of appropriate social, legal and ethical values that shape the work of a cloud technology professional
Core subjects
CSE2VVX - Virtualisation for the Cloud

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.

CSE2ADX - Application Development in the Cloud

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.

CSE2OSX - Operating Systems

In this subject, you are introduced to modern operating systems and their major components. You will learn these concepts by working on the Linux operating system. You interact with the Linux operating system using advanced command-line processing and basic shell scripts. Process and memory management, file systems and several other concepts are also covered.

CSE2CPX - Managing Projects in the Cloud

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.

MAT2DMX – Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science

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.

CSE2CNX - Computer Networks

The focus of this subject is on routing and switching within a computer network. Cisco routers and switchers are used as an example platform to highlight the practical aspects of this technology.

The subject starts with fundamental networking concepts (i.e., topologies, cabling types, IP addressing) and moves on to LAN switching, routing fundamentals and practical configurations (e.g., NAT) of Cisco devices.

Didasko has signed a membership agreement with Cisco to use the copyrighted Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) courseware. Didasko is offering this courseware within the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology .

At this time, the content you will be receiving in this course does not include access to remote labs. However, Didasko envisage that remote labs via cloud access will be available soon.

CSE2MLX - Machine Learning

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.

Core choice (choose 1)
CSE2SAX – Operating System Administration

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.

CSE2ANX – Advanced Computer Networks

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.

Didasko has signed a membership agreement with Cisco to use the copyrighted Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) courseware. Didasko is offering this courseware within the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology .

At this time, the content you will be receiving in this course does not include access to remote labs. However, Didasko envisage that remote labs via cloud access will be available soon.

CSE2WDX – Web Development

This subject addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts relating to client-side web programming including creating HTML pages, writing CSS to enhance the look of HTML pages, using JavaScript and the JQuery library to implement the underlying logic, and specialised topics such as drawing, web storage, geolocation, exception handling, event handling, asynchronous programming, serialization and parallel programming. This subject is designed to prepare students for the opportunity of undertaking a vendor certification on HTML5 and JavaScript.

Year 3

Congratulations! You have completed 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 also show you can stay focused to achieve a goal.

Exit with
Qualification Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology
Credit points 360 credit points
Expected income $80K-120K+
Course intended learning outcomes (Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology)
  • Produce reports that concisely articulate technical and business requirements to peers, company stakeholders, and business communities consistent with professional standards in Information Technology (IT)
  • Develop oral presentations that communicate technical and business requirements to diverse audiences including colleagues and stakeholders in IT and general communities
  • Analyse and critically evaluate numerical data and other evidence from business, technical and scientific reports to make informed judgements and develop recommendations for peers, scientific and lay audiences consistent with professional standards in IT
  • Locate, interrogate and evaluate relevant business related literature to develop IT specifications for cloud based business systems
  • Design and analyse strategies to solve cloud system problems and other challenges in cloud technology
  • Evaluate unfamiliar complex business and technical problems and implement IT cloud solutions consistent with professional standards
  • Contribute constructively to teams through team-building self-assessment, negotiation and communication skills; to enable successful completion of professional projects in cloud technology
  • Demonstrate awareness of appropriate social, legal, and ethical values that shape the work of a cloud technology professional
  • Apply information system design concepts in IT and cloud technology to solve business and related problems
Core subjects
CSE3CAX - Industry Project for Cloud Technology 3A

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.

CSE3CBX - Industry Project for Cloud Technology 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).

CSE3PEX - Professional Environment

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.

CSE3ACX - Architecting on the Cloud

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.

CSE3SOX - System Operations on the Cloud

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.

CSE3BDX - Big Data on the Cloud

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.

CSE3PCX - Private Cloud Solutions

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.

Elective
Third-year level elective

Third-year elective in Cloud Technology, Information Technology or Computer Science

Career opportunities

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:

  • Network Support and Operating Systems Management
  • Cloud Support Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Database Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Engineer
  • Linux System Administrator

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 Vendor Certifications provides you with required industry skills to support underpinning technical knowledge.

Key dates
Study period Start date Census date Last withdrawal End date
Study Block 1 7 Jan 2019 3 Feb 2019 3 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019
Study Block 2 4 Feb 2019 3 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 28 Apr 2019
Study Block 3 4 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 28 Apr 2019 26 May 2019
Study Block 4 1 Apr 2019 28 Apr 2019 26 May 2019 23 Jun 2019
Study Block 5 6 May 2019 2 Jun 2019 30 Jun 2019 28 Jul 2019
Study Block 6 3 Jun 2019 30 Jun 2019 28 Jul 2019 25 Aug 2019
Study Block 7 1 Jul 2019 28 Jul 2019 25 Aug 2019 22 Sep 2019
Study Block 8 5 Aug 2019 1 Sep 2019 29 Sep 2019 27 Oct 2019
Study Block 9 2 Sep 2019 29 Sep 2019 27 Oct 2019 24 Nov 2019
Study Block 10 7 Oct 2019 3 Nov 2019 1 Dec 2019 29 Dec 2019
Study Block 11 4 Nov 2019 1 Dec 2019 29 Dec 2019 26 Jan 2020
Study Block 12 2 Dec 2019 29 Dec 2019 26 Jan 2020 23 Feb 2020
Prerequisites

For admission to this course, one of the following is required:

  • Completion of Year 12, with a score in English of at least 25, or
  • An equivalent academic level achievement, or
  • Work experience after leaving school
    • Two years if completing a business degree
    • One year if completing an IT degree

All students are required to undergo the online Didasko Pre-enrolment Assessment and achieve a pass mark of 60%.

Advanced standing

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 only to applicants of the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology

Wellbeing

Didasko supports the idea that learning and wellbeing are linked and that students learn best when their wellbeing is optimised. La Trobe University's wellbeing pages have many resources that can assist you with your health and wellbeing.

For health and wellbeing resources, click here.

Your responsibilities

In brief, students have a responsibility to:

  • Abide by the Terms and Conditions given upon enrolment.
  • Contact the Student Experience Team immediately if there is a change their personal details or if they require special consideration.
  • Progress with their course within the given term end date (unless circumstances change).
  • Follow the Universities Academic Integrity requirements.

For more information regarding your responsibilities as a student, click here.

Orientation

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 the online Learning Portal.

Although the orientation is not compulsory, we have found that many students benefit attending as it prepares you for some challenges that may occur during your course.

Student resources

Didasko deliver online learning resources for La Trobe University qualifications. The resources can vary from subject to subject and can include:

  • Multimedia
    Didasko have an award-winning content creation department that produce engaging learning resources.
  • Live video
    Didasko host live lectures such as subject welcomes, assessment overviews and live forums through video conferencing tools.
  • Recorded video
    We record our subject lectures so that they are relevant to an applied learning outcome.
  • Learning guides
    In some cases, learning guides are also available in PDF form and are useful to students who prefer written material.
  • Assessments
    There are different types of assessments and projects to measure students’ understanding. Some of those types are: essay, multiple-choice questions, oral assessments.
  • Exams
    Some of the exams are proctored by the Academic Team via remote desktop sharing.
  • Vendor Certifications (IT degrees only)
    Vendor Certifications are Industry exams recognise worldwide. Some subjects include specific Vendor Certificates free of charge. These can relate to Microsoft and CompTIA, CCENT from Cisco and Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 from Microsoft too.
Equipment required

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.

  • A good, reliable internet connection
  • Desktop/laptop computer
  • Webcam
  • Sound capabilities (microphone/speakers)
  • 64bit CPU capable of virtualisation (VT-x/AMD-v) with at least 4 cores (either an Intel core i5/i7 or an AMD FX-61XX or AMD FX-81XX)
  • 16GB RAM or higher recommended
  • SSD storage recommended
  • Minimum 150GB free storage (internal or external). Cloud storage is encouraged for backups but shouldn’t be included in minimum.
  • 20GB of download allowance per month from your ISP
  • 64bit operating system (Windows/Mac/Linux)
  • Discrete GPU/graphics card recommended

Course costs*

Your degree fees are only $9,359 per year if you meet the relevant residency requirements, and are studying in a Commonwealth Supported Place.

  Annually 3 year total
Cost* $19,989 $59,967
Government contribution (CSP) -$10,630 -$31,890
Student contribution (HECS-HELP)** $9,359 $28,077

Find out more about course costs

International course costs

*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 only.

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