DCSG2003 - Robust and scalable services


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 3 hours E

Course content

  • Service architecturesAutomation with platform-independent languages
  • Databases and applications
  • Accessibility: theory and practice
  • Upgrading and maintenance of high-availability infrastructures
  • Data storage and distributed databases
  • Statistics applications in system administration
  • Backup and restore active data
  • Performance measurements and analysis
  • Monitoring and capacity calculation in dynamic infrastructures

Learning outcome


  • K1: The candidate has good knowledge of different service architectures and their application.
  • K2: The candidate has a good knowledge related to the performance and scalability of architectures.
  • K3: The candidate has good knowledge of how to achieve high availability and security.


  • F1: The candidate can set up and maintain databases and web-based applications.
  • F2: The candidate can set up and maintain high availability mechanisms (load balancing and database replication).
  • F3: The candidate can perform performance tests of storage, databases and web servers and apply statistical analyzes to the data.
  • F4: The candidate can perform caching in different parts of a service architecture to achieve higher performance.
  • F5: The candidate can design and implement a backup system in a dynamic infrastructure as well as carry out recovery.

General competence:

  • G1: The candidate has good knowledge of various approaches and the culture in the field of system administration.
  • G2: The candidate has good insight into troubleshooting various infrastructure environments.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, problem solving individually and in groups, lab exercises, online-supported learning.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved exercises

Further on evaluation

Mandatory course work: All exercises must be accepted to sit the exam.

Resit exam is in August. In the case of a written resit exam, the form can be changed to oral.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Digital Infrastructure and Cyber Security (BDIGSEC)
Programming (BPROG)

Course materials

Thomas A. Limoncelli ,Strata R. Chalup,Christina J. Hogan. "The Practice of Cloud System Administration", Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (September 13, 2014).

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IMT3003 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
DCST2003 7.5 AUTUMN 2022
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: -

Location: Gjøvik , Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Computer Science
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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