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Course Details

Course Code: ISSC326 Course ID: 4397 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will delve into all aspects of a Cloud Computing implementation, starting from a definition of what it actually means and assessment of whether it is suitable for a given company to the strategy alignment, implementation and operation of a working solution. It will cover Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Software-as-a-Service as the many integration and management components that are necessary to make this work together to fulfill business requirements.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

  • Differentiate cloud computing from other traditional forms of providing IT support
  • Compare and contrast Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service
  • Evaluate cloud service providers
  • Explain the vulnerabilities associated with cloud-based computing
  • Describe methods to mitigate vulnerabilities associated with cloud-based computing
  • Critique case studies on cloud computing applications
  • Assess models of cloud computing given a case study
  • Develop a cloud-based computing migration plan given a case study

Forum Assignments:

Most weeks you will participate in a Forum activity. Each Forum activity will consist of one or more threads/topics. The questions are designed to allow you to apply the concepts you have learned in the chapter to real-world business scenarios or hypothetical, but realistic, situations. Please post your answers to the questions in each thread preferably prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday. Although it is not required until Sunday, those that post by Thursday enable a real conversation in the classroom. Also, if I see you are short of any requirements it allows time for corrections. Your initial post must be a minimum of 350 words. Please do not be late with this post because your classmates will be relying on you to post on time to give them a post to respond to later in the week. The only exception to the Thursday deadline is week one of the course when your initial post will not be due until Sunday. Continue to read your classmates' posts and post at least one follow-up post to one of your classmates prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday. Your follow-up post must be a minimum of 150 words. Of course, you may always post more than the required number of replies and you are encouraged to continue participating in the discussion even after you have met the minimum number of posts required. Your follow-up posts must contain substance and should add additional insight to your classmates’ opinions or challenge their opinions. It is never sufficient to simply say, “I agree with what you wrote” or “Good post.” You must use your follow-up posts as a way to continue the discussion at a high level of thinking. Be sure to read the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification, including questions posted by your professor. You will be expected to log into the classroom several times each week to participate in the class discussion. Forum postings are a large part of your grade and I will be looking for quality and depth in your postings. I do drop the lowest your Forum grades.

Homework Assignments:

Weekly Quiz

For weeks 1-6 there is a quiz on the material from that week. You can access each quiz once.

Case Study

The Final Case Study will test all material covered in weeks 5 through7 of this course. This Case Study is open book, non-proctored and can be accessed as often as you need. This is completed by the end of Week 8. You may only submit the Case Study one time.

Virtualization Build the Virtual Machine

The objective of this project is a comprehension of virtualization which is required for cloud computing. In this project you will build a virtual machine using VirtualBox. You will document your creation of this Virtual Machine to include required screen shots of its construction.


The proposal is your opportunity to present a cloud migration proposal for an organization of your choice. Look at assignment area for instructions.

NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
Forum #1 4.17 %
Forum #2 4.17 %
Forum #3 4.17 %
Forum #5 4.17 %
Forum #7 4.17 %
Forum #8 4.17 %
Weekly Quiz 20.00 %
Quiz Week1 3.33 %
Quiz Week2 3.33 %
Quiz Week3 3.33 %
Quiz Week 4 3.33 %
Quiz Week 5 3.33 %
Quiz Week 6 3.33 %
Cloud Proposal 20.00 %
Cloud Proposal 20.00 %
Preliminary Investigation 10.00 %
Virtualization - Building the Machine 10.00 %
Case Study 25.00 %
Final Case Study 25.00 %

Required Readings

U.S Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (December 2011), Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing (Special Publication 800-144) Retrieved from NSIT Main Page via database:

Additional Resources

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2010). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name- VirtualBox

Web Site URL/Address-

Site Name- CISCO Cloud Computing

Web Site URL/Address-

Site Name- VMWARE

Web Site URL/Address-

Supplemental Readings:

Modeling the Economic Impact of Cloud Computing by KPMG International Retrieved from

Book Title:Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Pearson Lib
Author:Erl, Thomas
Unit Cost:$54.99

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.