CQUniversity Unit Profile
COIT20260 Cloud Computing and Internet of Things for Smarter Applications
Cloud Computing and Internet of Things for Smarter Applications
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General Information


Emerging technologies, such as cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT), enable you to rapidly design, develop and deploy smart applications. In this unit, you are introduced to the software, devices, and techniques supporting these technologies. You will learn the fundamentals of cloud computing as well as various cloud environments and services, such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). You will use a Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud environment, gaining practical experience in designing, developing and deploying smarter cloud-based applications.


Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite units: COIT20245 Introduction to Programming and COIT20246 ICT Services Management

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Group Work
Weighting: 30%
3. Project (applied)
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Teacher's reflection


Given the limited duration and the high weighting of assignment three, it creates excessive pressure to deliver the best outcome.


Revise assessment requirements to introduce group activity.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Evaluate cloud computing concepts and IoT components for smart applications/systems development
  2. Analyse the application of cloud computing and IoT technologies in different scenarios
  3. Design and develop cloud based smart applications for business solutions
  4. Deploy a smart application using cloud computing and IoT technologies.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is adopted by organisations, governments and individuals in many countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles. ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile.

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA 7 (the SFIA code is included)

  • Systems design (DESN)
  • Systems integration and build (SINT)
  • Programming/software development (PROG)
  • Testing (TEST)
  • Release and deployment (RELM)
  • Application support (ASUP)
  • Solution architecture (ARCH)
  • IT infrastructure (ITOP)

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Group Work - 30%
3 - Project (applied) - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Group Work - 30%
3 - Project (applied) - 50%
Textbooks and Resources



Architecting the Cloud: Design Decisions for Cloud Computing Service Models (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS) 1st Edition (2014)

Authors: Kavis, MJ
Wiley US
Hoboken Hoboken , NJ , USA
ISBN: 9781118617618
Binding: Paperback

Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture 1st edition (2013)

Authors: Erl, T., Mahmood, Z., and Puttini R.
Prentice Hall
Binding: Hardcover

CompTIA Cloud+ Guide to Cloud Computing 1st edn (2021)

Authors: West, J
Cengage Learning
Boston Boston , MA , USA
ISBN: 9780357541395
Binding: Hardcover

Foundations of Modern Networking: SDN, NFV, QoE, IoT, and Cloud (2015)

Authors: Stallings, W
Pearson USA
Upper Saddle River Upper Saddle River , NJ , USA
ISBN: 9780134175393
Binding: Paperback

The Internet of Things 1st Edition (2015)

Authors: Miller, M
Upper Saddle River Upper Saddle River , NJ , USA
Binding: eBook

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Node.js and NODE-RED
  • IBM Cloud CLI
  • Eclipse Oxygen with IBM Cloud Tool
  • Cloud Foundry Command Line Interface (CLI)
Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

What can you do to act with integrity?

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.