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Diploma of Applied Cloud Technology

To undertake your studies, you will be enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology. Your diploma will be awarded to you at the successful completion of year 1 (or part-time equivalent) with the option to exit with your qualification, or continue with your studies.

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

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 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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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.

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 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

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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 two years 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 only to applicants of the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology


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.


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.

  1 year total
Cost* $19,989
Government contribution (CSP) -$10,630
Student contribution (HECS-HELP)** $9,359

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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 only.

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