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Diploma of Applied Cloud Technology

To undertake your studies, you will be enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology. After completing year 1 of your degree, you will be awarded with a diploma, should you decide to exit your degree at this point.

Course structure

Course summary

Course code -
Course name Diploma of Applied Cloud Technology
Course duration 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent^
Location Online
Available internationally Yes

^ Minimum timeframe for the diploma is 12 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.

Why is this course right for you?

Because, more than just a buzzword, cloud computing is vital to the day-to-day operations of millions of enterprises of all sizes. It is widely acknowledged as one of the fastest growing areas in the IT sector. It has transformed the way networking, data storage and processing, application development and infrastructure provisioning is accomplished. The La Trobe Diploma of Applied Cloud Technology offers you the chance to improve your employability by adding fundamental cloud skills and knowledge to your CV.

La Trobe University in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) have created world first applied cloud technology qualifications. The 100% online delivery method by Didasko enables new sector entrants, career changers and existing IT workers to undertake learning in a sensible and convenient manner. It allows you to combine online studies with early entry to the workforce and/or career enhancement, whilst continuing online study.

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What is applied 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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Here are just a few of our subject overview videos that demonstrate what you can expect from the Diploma of Applied Cloud Technology. More videos are available under each subject below.

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.

Exit with
Qualification Diploma of Applied Cloud Technology
Credit points 120 credit points
Expected income $50K-60K
Certifications Gain up to 3 industry certifications
Core subjects
CSE1SPX - Sustainability Practices

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.

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CSE1ITX - Information Technology Fundamentals

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.

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CSE1ISX - Information Systems

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.

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CSE2NFX - Network Engineering Fundamentals

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.

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CSE1OFX - Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals

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.

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CSE1IOX - Intermediate Object Oriented Programming

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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

  • Level 1 Help Desk
  • Technical Support Level 1
  • Deployment Technician
  • Installation & Support Consultant

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.

Key dates
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

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Study options

You can complete your diploma in one year with the flexibility online learning gives you. Studying 30 hours per week on average should see you successfully complete your qualification within this timeframe. Assessments must be completed and marked within the 12-month time limit. You can successfully complete your studies with a La Trobe qualification.

Part-time study options are also available.


For admission to any of our online courses, one of the following is required.

  • If you have completed Year 12 in the past 2 years, you will need a 50+ ATAR score with a Units 3 & 4 study score of at least 25 in English, or
  • An equivalent academic level achievement, or
  • At least one year of work experience, after leaving school

All students are required to undergo the online 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 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.

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.
  • IT certifications
    IT certifications are Industry exams recognise worldwide. Some subjects include specific certificates free of charge. These can relate to AWS, 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
  • Computer capable of running Windows (check with manufacturer if unsure)
  • 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

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the latest Apple Mac computers are now equipped with M1 Processors as opposed to the previous Intel Processors. We do not recommend using a Mac computer with an M1 processor to access a Didasko delivered online course. If you have recently purchased an Apple device with an M1 Processor, please talk to our Student Admissions Team.

Course costs*

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 Total    
Qualification earned Diploma      
You pay $7,950 $7,950    
Course costs may vary depending on elective subjects chosen

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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 and Permanent Residents only.

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