Full Title:Cloud-based Collaboration
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:BUSS B7016
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:Cloud based collaboration brings together the power of cloud computing and Internet collaboration. These are rapidly growing fields of computing that are becoming essential for firms operating in a globalised world. Cloud computing is a term for technologies that provide software, data access, and storage services that do not require end-user knowledge of the physical location and configuration of the system that delivers the services. Collaboration amongst workers has become increasingly complex, with the need to work with people all over the world in real time on a variety of different types of documents, using different devices. This module provides students with the necessary skills to operate in a collaborative environment using software and hardware that are physically separated from the classroom.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Apply technical skills to implement a Cloud based solution to a real world organisation that is considering adopting the latest collaboration techniques.
  2. Describe the history of Cloud technology and its current usage within an organisation.
  3. Understand how the paradigm shift to Cloud computing affects an organisation operating in a globalised workplace.
  4. Discuss the barriers to adopting Cloud based collaboration in an organisation.
  5. Classify the different levels to which an organisation can adopt Cloud computing and collaboration.
  6. Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of Cloud based solutions over traditional collaboration methods.
  7. Security concern associated with Cloud Computing.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Technical aspects of Cloud Computing
The student will understand the technical theory surrounding Cloud Computing. The student will understand the technical issues that need to be addressed to operate in a Cloud-based environment.
Collaborating with Coworkers
Exchanging data with other users and programs. Sharing files and incorporating web information to solve problem-based projects.
Impact of Cloud Computing on and organisation
The student will understand how the paradigm shift impacts an organisation in the short term. This will involve assessing the ROI of any new system. The student will understand the implications for employees of an organisation after the conversion to this type of system.
Security issues associated with Cloud Computing
The student will understand the advantages and disadvantages of Cloud Computing from a security perspective. Procedures for dealing with potential security risks will be evaluated.
Real world experience
The student will view real world case studies from organisations that have embraced Cloud computing. Both successful and unsuccessful examples will be assessed. The student will evaluate some of the vendors of Cloud computing solutions for advantages and disadvantages.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Group Project The student will develop a collaborative project using a cloud based solution such as Google Docs. This should incorporate written reports, presentations, user surveys and projections 1 25.00 0 0 n/a 0
Presentation The student should analyse a number of existing Cloud based solutions and write up a report on the advantages and disadvantages of these system. The student should then present their findings to the class. 1,6 25.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 2,3,4,5,6,7 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
The student must sit a repeat examination for the theory aspect of this module if they fail the end of semester exam. If the student does not sit the continuous assessment portion of this module they must complete a project.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • John Rhoton 2011, Cloud Computing Architected, Recursive Press [ISBN: 9780956355614]
  • Christopher M. Moyer 2011, Building Applications in the Cloud - Concepts, Patterns and Projects, Addison Wesley [ISBN: 9780321714091]
  • Hoboken, Eric A. Marks, Bob Lozano 2010, Executives Guide to Cloud Computing, Wiley [ISBN: 9780470521724]
  • Michael H. Hugos, Derek Hulitzky 2011, Business in the Cloud: What every business needs to know about Cloud computing [ISBN: 9780470616239]
  • Neil Robinson, Lorenzo Valeri 2011, The Cloud: Understanding the Security, Privacy and Trust Challenge, RAND Corporation [ISBN: 9780833059604]
  • 978-0-538-74825-4 [ISBN: 978-0-538-74825-4]
  • 978-0-538-74956-5 [ISBN: 978-0-538-74956-5]
  • 978-1-111-53157-7 [ISBN: 978-1-111-53157-7]
  • 978-0-538-74838-4 [ISBN: 978-0-538-74838-4]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • 978-0-538-74848-3 [ISBN: 978-0-538-74848-3]
  • 978-0-538-47323-1 [ISBN: 978-0-538-47323-1]
  • 978-0-538-47002-5 [ISBN: 978-0-538-47002-5]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_BBSTY_7 Bachelor of Business in Business and Technology 3 Mandatory
DK_BBSIS_C Higher Certificate in Business in Business and Technology 3 Mandatory