COIT20260 - Cloud Computing for Smart Applications

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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 designing, developing and deploying smart, cloud-based applications.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
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).

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 45.31% response rate.

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.

Source: via unit evaluation in Moodle
Parts of some tutorial videos are out of date due to recent updates in the IBM Cloud service.
Due to the evolving nature of IBM Cloud, instructions change rapidly (sometimes weekly), resulting in recorded tutorial videos becoming out of date during the term. Rather than re-record new tutorial videos multiple times a term, it is recommended that students are given the ability to handle the changes themselves. This can include highlighting the differences between the current version and that covered in the tutorial video, as well as providing students resources to identify changes between versions and find the necessary fixes.
Action Taken
All the tutorial videos and text instructions were updated to cater for the changes in IBM Cloud's interface and working process.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
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.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 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 at

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • System Design (DESN)
  • System Integration (SINT)
  • Programming/Software Development (PROG)
  • Testing (TEST)
  • Release and Deployment (RELM)
  • Applications Support (ASUP)
  • Solution architecture (ARCH)
  • IT Infrastructure (ITOP)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Project (applied)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Project (applied)