This unit prepares students to under the principles of designing and implementing well-architected cloud infrastructure. Students will learn about cloud infrastructure design and patterns, availability zones, load-balancing and fault tolerance, scalability, automation of infrastructure, data management, security and cost of ownership.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Understand and implement systems design in the development of cloud infrastructure.
  • Implement event-driven and automated practices in the Cloud
  • Prepare infrastructure for deployment and implementation processes
  • Apply well-architected practices into the developed solution
  • Optimize and manage total costs for the enterprise

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
3.00 13 week 39
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
3.00 13 week 39
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
3.54 13 week 46
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
2.00 13 week 26


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssignmentGroup 40 - 60% 2,3,4,5 
TestIndividual 10 - 20% 1,2,3,4,5 
TestIndividual 30 - 40% 1,2,3,4 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

  • An aggregate mark for the unit of 50% or more, including
  • At least 35% of the possible final marks for each Major Assessment Component (any assessment worth 20% or more)
  • At least 45% in the final exam


Students who do not achieve at least 35% of the possible final marks for each Major Assessment Component and at least 45% for the final exam (if applicable), will receive a maximum of 44% as the total mark for the unit and will not be eligible for a conceded pass. 
The Major Assessment Components in this unit are the Online Activities (combined grade), Computer Lab Reports (combined grade) and the Exam. 


  • Principles of well-architected infrastructure
  • High Availability and Scaling
  • Automation of Cloud Services
  • Data Management 
  • Cloud Security
  • Cost Optimization
  • Design Patterns
  • Troubleshooting 

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.