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Cloud Computing

Overview
Cloud Computing refers to the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. The MSc in Cloud Computing programme was designed to equip graduates with the detailed knowledge, specialist architectural and technical skills required to design and implement cloud based solutions, and services.

The programme content seeks to reflect current and likely future practice in cloud planning and management, the design and management of virtual environments, data analytics, the consolidation of data centres, security techniques in multi- tenant virtualised environments and related areas that contribute to the building of both private and public cloud environments. CIT hosts its own private cloud infrastructure to support the delivery of modules giving students 24/7 access to state-of- the-art cloud computing labs. All lectures are delivered online by academic and industry experts.

This innovative master's programme was developed in conjunction with key industry stakeholders, such as EMC, VMWare and many other companies. The programme offers the opportunity to learn about cloud in the cloud. CIT hosts its own private cloud infrastructure to support the delivery of modules. Lectures are delivered online by industry and academic experts and are recorded for subsequent playback on any device.

Designed to address the widening practical and theoretical skills shortage in cloud computing the programme delivers content that follows best practice in industry. It has a strong applied emphasis which is supported by in-depth theoretical knowledge. The continuing trend of skills shortage in this area is predicted to increase the global demand for cloud computing graduates.

Graduates may also wish to continue to PhD level in this exciting field of study.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Entry to the MSc in Cloud Computing will require a minimum of a Level 8 Honours Degree in Computing or in a cognate discipline. As this programme is designed specifically for computing professionals working in the IT industry only graduates with experience will gain direct entry into this programme.

Duration

Online over 24 months.

Delivery
Online
No. of weeks per semester: 13
No. of timetable hours week: 6
Which days: Tuesday/Wednesday
Duration: Three semesters

The MSc in Cloud Computing is taught online using Cloud based technologies, so students can learn about the cloud in the cloud. Learning technologies such as Blackboard, Adobe Connect and virtualised lab infrastructures are just some of the systems that are used to deliver this innovative programme. Lectures, which are delivered at night are streamed live over the Internet and recorded to facilitate easy playback for students. This offers great flexibility to students as they can access their lectures and labs anytime, anywhere on any device that has a Web browser. It is a testament to the online delivery platform in CIT that students can participate in the programme irrespective of their physical location or working status.

Number of credits

60 ECTS

Further enquiries

Enquiries
Dr Donna O'Shea
Department of Computer Science
Cork Institute of Technology
Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown Cork
T12 P928 Ireland
Phone: +353 21 4335116
Email: Donna.OShea@cit.ie or cs@cit.ie
Web: http://cs.cit.ie

Subjects taught

Modules
The programme contains challenging and interesting modules delivered by lecturers who are experts in Artificial Intelligence. You will also be presented with opportunities to work on modern research case studies linked to the domain expertise of staff in the department. The programme places significant emphasis on student learning by doing. It adopts a practical, hands-on, approach to learning, where all modules are fully assessed using continuous assessment methods. There are no formal end of semester written examinations and this ensures that you will learn by doing from the first module to the last.

SEMESTER 1 (AUTUMN - YEAR 1)
Managing Virtual Environments
Cloud Strategy Plan & Management
Scripting for System Automation
Free Choice Module (Various)

SEMESTER 2 (SPRING - YEAR 1)
Data Centre Networking
Research Practice & Ethics
Data Analytics
Free Choice Module (Various)

SEMESTER 3 (AUTUMN - YEAR 2)
Cloud Security
Cloud Storage Infrastructures

SEMESTER 4 (SPRING - YEAR 2)
Research Project

Module descriptors can be viewed under the Computer Science http://courses.cit.ie/ e link at http://courses.cit.ie. You can apply for the programme online at http://cs.cit.ie/ http://cs.cit.ie. Recognition of Prior Learning information is available at http://www.cit.ie/rpl www.cit.ie/rpl

Application date

Closing date: September 10th 2018.

Course fee

€10,800 (3 instalments of €3,600).

Students should note that the Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2018-2019 only and are subject to change on an annual basis.

Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions.

Full-time (On Campus) EU Postgraduate Students will also be liable for the €7 USI Levy.

For further information on the USI levy please go to: http://www.citsu.ie/_7-levy

Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

Students can check their account balance and pay their fees online at www.cit.ie/pay

Failure to pay fees on time will result in a late payment fee of 10% being applied and students will no longer have access to IT Facilities.

• Where course fees are being funded by an employer, you are asked to seek payment or reimbursement from your employer. Where an employer requires an invoice in their Company name the employer must e-mail fees@cit.ie with the relevant details and the amount of Fees they will be funding.

• For Semesterised courses, students pay for the relevant modules at the beginning of each semester. Payment of fees by laser, debit or credit card can be made online at www.cit.ie/pay or by phoning +353 21 433 5440.

Students should familiarise themselves with the relevant section of the Student Regulations.

Please note that the Fees Office will use your CIT email account for important communications.

Withdrawing from a course
Students who wish to withdrawn from a course must notify the admissions office and complete a withdrawal form. Where Students fail to inform admissions of their withdrawal they will remain liable for any unpaid fees on their accounts. E-mail admissions@cit.ie

Refund Policy
All courses at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a course cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

• A full refund will be given to all applicants for courses which do not proceed.

• A full refund will be given to students who withdraw before 5th September.

• Where students pay the online application fee to accept an offer they have 14 days in which to withdraw and claim a full refund provided the course has not commenced.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for short courses, if requested up to one week after course commencement. No refunds will be given thereafter. A short Course is less than 12 weeks duration.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for semesterised and full year courses if requested up to one month after the commencement of Semester 1 and before the end of February for Semester 2. No refunds will be given thereafter.

• All applications for refunds must be made on the appropriate Refund Form which can be requested from the CIT Fees Office (email fees@cit.ie).

NB: Students are reminded to ensure that they have clearly understood all the terms of their enrolment with CIT, in particular clauses concerning refunds, deferments, waivers, course transfers, and visa applications (when applicable).

Enrolment and start dates

Application
Apply online at http://cs.cit.ie
Closing date: September 10th 2018.

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