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COIT20260 - Service-Oriented Architecture and Cloud Computing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course will introduce you to service-oriented architecture (SOA) in the context of cloud computing (CC). The fundamentals of cloud computing will be investigated including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Network as a Service (NaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) . Open source tools will be used to build a cloud environment. In the second half of the course, the focus is on the application of these technologies in an enterprise environment. You will develop Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) by using Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) or Representational State Transfer (RESTful) web service. Practical exercises will be supported by theoretical discussion of the topics. This is a key course in the Software Design and Development major of the MIT.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requite courses: COIT20256 Data Structure and Algorithms; COIT20257 Distributed Systems: Principles and Development

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2015

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Melbourne
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Brisbane
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Melbourne
Rockhampton
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Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
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Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
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Sydney
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Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

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. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
3. Examination 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 28.57% 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: Teacher's reflection
Feedback
Given the limited duration and the high weighting of assignment three, it creates excessive pressure to deliver the best outcome.
Recommendation
Revise assessment requirements to introduce group activity.
Action Taken
Assessment 3 was turned into a group assessment, which made the task quite manageable for students.
Source: Unit Coordinator's reflection
Feedback
Cloud based smart application development and deployment are not covered in the lectures.
Recommendation
Incorporate cloud based smart application development and deployment topics into the lectures.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Coordinator's reflection
Feedback
In Assessment 3, students need additional time to complete the report after completing cloud application development.
Recommendation
Divide Assessment 3 in two parts: Part A - Cloud Application Development and Deployment, and Part B - Report, and set different due dates for each part.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Distinguish cloud computing from traditional IT services.
  2. Discuss industrial standards of SOA and the key components, architecture models (IaaS, NaaS, PaaS, SaaS) of CC.
  3. Use open source tools to the EAI application development, informed by theoretical knowledge.
  4. Research and critique the evolving standards in SOA and CC.

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 https://acs.org.au/sfia-certification/mysfia

This course 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)
  • Data Analysis (DTAN)
  • Database/Repository Design (DBDS)
  • Testing (TEST), Network Support (NTAS)
  • Release and Deployment (RELM)
  • Applications Support (ASUP).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination
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
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination