IMT2681 - Cloud Technologies


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written exam and Project work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 4/10
Written examination 6/10 3 hours E

Course content

The field of cloud computing and cloud technologies is dynamic. It changes rapidly. There are some fundamental concepts that stay relatively unchanged, and there is an innovation in tools and technologies that often change. Due to those characteristics, the course lectures are subject to change, based on contemporary market adjustments. The current coverage includes, but is not limited to:
-networking in general, networking stack (OSI)
-socket-based network programming
-virtualization technologies
-basic use of Unix/Linux systems (, Bash, NFS, SSH)
-cloud and networking architectures
-cloud technologies, cloud processing reliability,cloud processing -responsiveness, scaling
-cloud storage, elastic storage, search, and storage scalability
-cloud security
-PaaS (e.g. Google App Engine)
-IaaS (e.g. OpenStack and Amazon AWS)
-business models; Pricing models;
-overview of Big Data: what it is, platforms, technologies
-cloud-based web APIs

Learning outcome

At the end of the course students shall possess specialized knowledge and skills:

-Understand fundamentals of networking
-Understand of data centers operations, requirements and challenges
-Possess thorough knowledge of SaaS, IaaS, PaaS
-Understand the social and legal impacts of cloud computing
-Familiar with current cloud solutions offered by Amazon, Google, Microsoft and/or other vendors
-Familiar with a range of cloud computing APIs

-Be able to discuss cloud technologies and concepts related to SaaS, IaaS, PaaS
-Be able to do socket-based network programming
-Be able to design RESTful service API
-Be able to evaluate various cloud-based solutions for a given application domain
-Be able to plan and evaluate security of a software solution
-Be able to program against storage APIs as well as social networking APIs

General competence
-Have improved programming abilities
-Be able to discuss solutions with network and cloud computing admin
-Be able to contribute to network security discussion

Learning methods and activities

-Web-based learning
-Project work

Various cloud-related topics are presented and discussed in this course, based on the evolution of the contemporary developments in cloud technologies. In 2017, students have used Amazon AWS, Heroku, and Google App Engine as modern examples of cloud technologies.

Further on evaluation

Re-sit examiniation:
-Re-sit examination in August for the written exam.
-No re-sit examination for the internal portfolio work. Internal portfolio work must be taken the next time the course is run.

Forms of assessment:
-Project work (counts for 60%)
-Written 3-hours exam (counts for 60%)
-Both parts must be passed to pass the course.

The grades for each of the two parts are valid the following academic year.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
IT Operations and Information Security (BITSEC)
Programming [Games | Applications] (BPROG)

Required previous knowledge

IMT1031 Fundamental Programming or equivalent

Course materials

Publications and relevant teaching materials are available on the Project Management, Wiki, and GIT repos for the course.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written exam and Project work

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 4/10
Autumn ORD Written examination 6/10 E 2018-11-28
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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