COMP08179 2021 Cloud Computing in Business

General Details

Full Title
Cloud Computing in Business
Transcript Title
Cloud Computing in Business
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Subject Area
COMP - Computing
BUS - Business
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2021 - Full Academic Year 2021-22
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Veronica Rogers
Programme Membership
SG_MBUSI_H08 202200 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business and ICT

This module aims to provide the learner comprehensive knowledge of what constitutes a Cloud Computing environment.  The learner will be exposed to and distinguish between the different cloud models while critiquing the business strategies and management in the cloud.  The module will also identify and evaluate the legal and compliance aspects that need to be considered when deploying to the Cloud in a business environment. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Engage with and analyse the architecture and characteristics of a Cloud Computing environment


Evaluate different Cloud Delivery Models and requirements for implementing Cloud computing


Analyse and critique business strategies and management of Cloud Computing for a business


Illustrate the importance of legal and compliance considerations for implementing Cloud Computing solutions in business environments

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures will be used to present the theory material of the module.  Laboratory exercises will be used to apply the theory to a practical element. 

Module Assessment Strategies

Students will be accessed through the application of techniques using case studies/practical elements which will require application of content covered.  Understanding of theoretical concepts will be assessed via an end of module examination.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat failed elements

Indicative Syllabus

1. Engage with and analyse the architecture and characteristics of a Cloud Computing environment

  • Introduction to Cloud Computing
  • Evolution of Cloud Computing
  • Benefits of Cloud Computing
  • Characteristics of Cloud Computing
  • Cloud architecture

2. Evaluate different Cloud Delivery Models and requirements for implementing Cloud computing

  • Cloud deployment models (private, community, public, hybrid etc..)
  • Cloud models (PaaS, SaaS, IaaS)
  • Data Center Technology (Virtualization, containerization, automation, high availabiliy, storage, hardware, multitenant technology etc..)
  • Industry Standards
  • Storage in the cloud

3. Analyse and critique business strategies and management of Cloud Computing for a business

  • Transition to Cloud Management
  • Cost/price modelling & cloud usage monitoring
  • Roles and Boundaries
  • Business Continuity
  • Security in Cloud

4. Illustrate the importance of legal and compliance considerations for implementing Cloud Computing solutions in business environments

  • Control, security and risk in the Cloud
  • Contracts for Cloud Services
  • SLAs
  • Regulation of personal data in the Cloud
  • Cloud computing governance

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practical Evaluation Coursework Assessment Practical Evaluation 20 % Week 8 2
2 Case Study Analysis Coursework Assessment Written Report/Essay 20 % Week 10 3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Written Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % Week 12 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Practical / Laboratory Computer Laboratory Practical Class 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2013 Cloud Computing Pearson Education
ISBN 9780133387520 ISBN-13 0133387526

Explores cloud computing, breaking down the concepts, models, mechanisms, and architectures of this technology while allowing for the financial assessment of resources and how they compare to traditional storage systems.

Required Reading
2012 Is Your Company Ready for Cloud? IBM Press
ISBN 9780132599849 ISBN-13 0132599848

The first-of-its-kind guide to making optimal, sustainable cloud adoption decisions for your enterprise. * *Shows how to optimize cloud adoption by aligning business and IT requirements, pain points, strengths, and inhibitors. *Includes practical examples that clarify when cloud computing makes sense. *Shows how to reduce risk and increase ROI by incorporating cloud services into existing enterprise architecture, and identifies architectural refinements to increase the cloud's value. This is the first complete guide to cloud decision-making for senior executives in both technology and non-technology roles. IBM Global Business Services Executive IT Architect Pamela K. Isom shows how to build on and extend existing Enterprise Architecture (EA) investments to maximize the value of the cloud. Drawing on her extensive experience working with enterprise clients to deliver high-value cloud solutions, Isom presents: * *Practical business cases, vignettes, and techniques to help both consumers and providers understand when cloud investments make sense. *Litmus tests and decision trees for guiding cloud decision making. *A clear explanation of why it's so important to reflect current Enterprise Architecture in cloud decision-making, and what happens when companies don't. *Proven methods for incorporating cloud considerations into existing EAs. *Guidance on identifying and prioritizing cloud enablement candidates and building adoption roadmaps. *Potential EA refinements that help drive more value from the cloud. *Illustrative examples of cloud deployments that minimize risk and optimize ROI Includes a foreword by IBM Fellow Kerrie Holley, co-inventor of Service- Oriented Modeling and Architecture (SOMA) and the Service Integration Maturity Model (SIMM).

Module Resources