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COSC349 Cloud Computing Architecture

The fundamental principles and technologies used to build cloud computing platforms and applications hosted in the cloud.

Learn how cloud computing works, how it is evolving, and how to best use it.

This paper will teach you about the fundamental technologies used by cloud computing providers to build their platforms. You will also learn how to redesign software to use cloud computing.

Paper title Cloud Computing Architecture
Paper code COSC349
Subject Computer Science
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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(COSC 202 and (COSC 203 or INFO 202)) or COSC 242
Recommended Preparation
COSC 201
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science

Computer Science Adviser,

Teaching staff

Lecturer: David Eyers

Paper Structure

The topics covered in this paper will include:

  • Understanding the technologies used to build cloud computing platforms
  • Contrasting different types of cloud software stacks
  • Investigating migration of legacy software to the cloud
  • Exploring emerging issues in cloud computing such as security, privacy and regulation


  • Two assignments 20% each
  • Final exam 60%
Teaching Arrangements

There are two 1-hour lectures, one 2-hour lab and one 1-hour tutorial per week.


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Course outline

View COSC349 outline

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students in this paper will:

  • Contrast appropriate uses of different types of cloud services for different types of applications
  • Demonstrate the capability to deploy and manage applications in the cloud
  • Explain the key underlying technologies that support cloud computing
  • Understand the range of service types moving into the cloud
  • Critique designs for cloud applications, identifying potential weak points in interacting systems and how to mitigate those weaknesses
  • Analyse and optimise deployed cloud applications

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Wednesday 12:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41