Getting Started with Cloud Computing


Course description

Cloud Computing is now fundamental to the digital economy and labour market. It is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage and computing power. Employers value people who can understand and evaluate the design, construction and structures of cloud systems. This course will help you understand different service models, and practice key job skills, such as setting up a cloud environment and constructing and employing a solution in the cloud. Cloud computing service models that you will learn comprise Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). You will explore other subjects including security and disaster recovery.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this course students will learn:

  • History of Cloud Computing
  • Fundamental philosophies behind Cloud Computing, its applicability; benefits, as well as current and future challenges
  • Basic ideas and principles in cloud application design
  • cloud management techniques and cloud software deployment considerations
  • The AWS platform and cloud computing frameworks
  • Learn about differences between AWS and Azure cloud and key concepts for each vendor
  • Modern analytics and AI solution on clouds
  • Cloud career paths
  • Cloud certifications paths and requirements

Learning outcomes:

  • A clear understanding of the core concepts of the cloud computing paradigm: how and why this paradigm shift came about, the characteristics, advantages and challenges brought about by the various models and services in cloud computing
  • Types of cloud services e.g. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Economic benefits of cloud computing: apply fundamental concepts in cloud infrastructures to understand the advantages in power, efficiency and cost
  • Examine system, network and storage virtualization and outline their role in enabling the cloud computing system model
  • Illustrate the fundamental concepts of cloud storage and demonstrate their use in storage systems such as AWS and Microsoft Azure
  • Review and understand Cloud Architecture


  • Basic knowledge of operating systems (i.e. Linux, windows)
  • Knowledge of using command line interface (optional)


Prior to your course start date, you will receive an email notification outlining how to test and access your online course session and materials. You will meet online at the scheduled day(s) and time to engage in real-time learning. During class time, you will have the opportunity to interact in real-time with your instructor and other class participants. Additionally, you will also access resources to facilitate learning and communication through a dedicated class platform (Brightspace). Online courses require a laptop/PC as well as a decent internet connection. A headset-microphone is needed for visual and audio link-up, or you may choose to participate in the class by audio link-up only. View full system requirements for accessing online courses


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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).