Cloud Computing
Course Syllabus
Spring 2017

Course Objectives:

Course Catalog Description:



Course Web Page: 

Grading Policy:
        40%  2 Exams
        30%  Cloud assignments (includes using AWS, CCC Lab cluster, Azure or optionally AWS for final project)
        10%  Paper reviews, class participation (paper presentation for graduates)
        20%  Final Project/Report - Final exam time:  Wed., May 3, 3:30 - 6:00 pm

Dr. Susan V. Vrbsky

Class Format:

Course Requirements:

  1. This course requires the willingness to learn new techniques ON YOUR OWN.  This means you will have to figure out some things by reading/researching them yourself.  Not everything needed to complete assignments will be taught in class. If you are not comfortable doing this, this is not the class for you.
  2. Students will be required to complete 3-6 assignments using a private and/or public cloud.
  3. There will be 2 exams
  4. Each student in CS591 will be required to select and lead a class discussion of one paper.
  5. Undergraduate and graduate students will be required to write two 1- page summary papers for papers that are presented by graduate students.  Students will be assigned one paper to review and choose their second paper.
  6. Final Project:  Students will be required to identify a group project that requires building a SaaS on Azure.  Each group will be required to make a BRIEF presentation/demo of their final project to a panel of judges who will determine the grade on the final project. 


Severe Weather Guidelines

The guiding principle at The University of Alabama is to promote the personal safety of our students, faculty and staff during severe weather events. It is impossible to develop policies which anticipate every weather-related emergency. These guidelines are intended to provide additional assistance for responding to severe weather on campus.

UA is a residential campus with many students living on or near campus. In general classes will remain in session until the National Weather Service issues safety warnings for the city of Tuscaloosa. Clearly, some students and faculty commute from adjacent counties. These counties may experience weather related problems not encountered in Tuscaloosa. Individuals should follow the advice of the National Weather Service for that area taking the necessary precautions to ensure personal safety. Whenever the National Weather Service and the Emergency Management Agency issue a warning, people in the path of the storm (tornado or severe thunderstorm) should take immediate life saving actions.

When West Alabama is under a severe weather advisory, conditions can change rapidly. It is imperative to get to where you can receive information from the National Weather Service and to follow the instructions provided. Personal safety should dictate the actions that faculty, staff and students take.

The Office of University Relations will disseminate the latest information regarding conditions on campus in the following ways:

  • Weather advisory posted on the UA homepage

  • Weather advisory sent out through UA Alerts to faculty, staff and students

  • Weather advisory broadcast over WVUA at 90.7 FM

  • Weather advisory broadcast over Alabama Public Radio (WUAL) at 91.5 FM

  • Weather advisory broadcast over WVUA-TV/WUOA-TV, and on the website at http://wvua23.com/weather

In the case of a tornado warning (tornado has been sighted or detected by radar; sirens activated), all university activities are automatically suspended, including all classes and laboratories. If you are in a building, please move immediately to the lowest level and toward the center of the building away from windows (interior classrooms, offices, or corridors) and remain there until the tornado warning has expired. Classes in session when the tornado warning is issued can resume immediately after the warning has expired at the discretion of the instructor. Classes that have not yet begun will resume 30 minutes after the tornado warning has expired provided at least half of the class period remains.

Policy on Academic Misconduct

All students in attendance at The University of Alabama are expected to be honorable and to observe standards of conduct appropriate to a community of scholars. The University of Alabama expects from its students a higher standard of conduct than the minimum required to avoid discipline. At the beginning of each semester and on examinations and projects, the professor, department, or division may require that each student sign the following Academic Honor Pledge: I promise or affirm that I will not at any time be involved with cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, or misrepresentation while enrolled as a student at The University of Alabama. I have read the Academic Honor Code, which explains disciplinary procedure resulting from the aforementioned. I understand that violation of this code will result in penalties as severe as indefinite suspension from the University.

See the Code of Student Conduct for more information.

Disability Statement

If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss any course accommodations that may be necessary.

If you have a disability, but have not contacted the Office of Disability Services, please call (205) 348-4285 (Voice) or (205) 348-3081 (TTY) or visit 1000 Houser Hall to register for services. Students who may need course adaptations because of a disability are welcome to make an appointment to see me during office hours. Students with disabilities must be registered with the Office of Disability Services, 1000 Houser Hall, before receiving academic adjustments.

UAct: Ethical Community Statement

The University of Alabama is committed to an ethical, inclusive community defined by respect and civility.  The UAct website (http://www.ua.edu/uact) provides a list of reporting channels that can be used to report incidences of illegal discrimination, harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, retaliation, threat assessment  or fraud.