Module Code: H9BOC
Long Title Doing Business on the Cloud
Title Doing Business on the Cloud
Module Level: LEVEL 9
EQF Level: 7
EHEA Level: Second Cycle
Credits: 5
Module Coordinator: COLETTE DARCY
Module Author: COLETTE DARCY
Departments: School of Business
Specifications of the qualifications and experience required of staff  
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Discriminate between the operating principles of cloud computing and other information management technologies, to assess their application as business solutions.
LO2 Analyse the role of cloud computing infrastructure as a service platform in modern organisational configurations.
LO3 Determine legal and commercial implications of adopting cloud computing for certain business processes.
LO4 Develop a reflective approach to analyse and evaluate organisational change situations related to the adoption of cloud computing technology.
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is required before enrolment on this module. While the prior learning is expressed as named NCI module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

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Co-requisite Modules
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Entry requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this module.  The programme entry requirements apply.  No pre-requisites or co-requisites apply.  


Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Continuing Evolution of Cloud Computing
A brief history of information technologies and foundational concepts. The paradigm shift to a Service Oriented approach and architecture. Cloud computing in the broader social and business context of ubiquitous computing, mobile, technology convergence etc. The promise cloud computing holds in terms of accessibility, usability, ease of deployment etc.
The Anything as a Service (XaaS) Concept
Understanding of Anything as a Service (XaaS): e.g., Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, Software as a Service, etc. Appreciation of the paradigm shift in how software services are sold and delivered and its cost impact on the enterprise (e.g., shift from opex to capex). An overview of leading public cloud services providers (AWS, Microsoft, Google, IBM, etc.) Review of emerging trends in cloud computing.
The Legal and Commercial Factors
Data Protection Considerations. Roles and responsibilities. Typical considerations for agreements between cloud providers and customers. Considerations for public sector and sensitive data. The commercial models that typically apply to cloud. Licensing and pricing models
Appraisal of Leading Solutions
Salient features of some of the main cloud solutions (e.g., Microsoft Cloud CRM, Office 365, Salesforce, Accounts IQ). Features and limitations.
Evaluation and selection
Conducting a business process and requirements analysis. Articulating required features in key areas. Key considerations for a tendering process (from the customer perspective). Approaches to solution evaluation. Ongoing maintenance considerations
Typical stages in an implementation project. Using external consultants. Comparison with the more traditional IT project. Practical project in taking an industry neutral business process (e.g., Sales, Purchasing, HRM). This will involve process analysis, configuration and testing. Learners will be provided with trial licences for a cloud platform to carry out this project
Assessment Breakdown%


Full Time

Assessment Type: Continuous Assessment % of total: 100
Assessment Date: n/a Outcome addressed: 1,2,3,4
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
Learning outcomes 1 – 4 are reached in two stages. First course content is reviewed, discussed and worked out in the form of a framework to solve a real-life business situation. Secondly, that formulation work is applied to the problem and a solution is presented, consolidating learning.
No End of Module Assessment
No Workplace Assessment
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.
Reassessment Description
Learners must pass the module. Those learners who fail to pass on the first attempt will be given a further opportunity to do so on foot of detailed feedback. The repeat assessment will be noted as a second sitting.

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


Module Workload

Module Target Workload Hours 0 Hours
Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Classroom and demonstrations 30 Per Semester 2.50
Directed Learning Directed e-learning 30 Per Semester 2.50
Directed Learning Independent learning 65 Per Semester 5.42
Total Weekly Contact Hours 10.42

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Lisdorf, A. (2021), Cloud Computing Basics: A non-technical introduction, Apress.
  • Rhoton, J.. (2013), Cloud Computing Explained: Handbook for Enterprise Implementation, 2nd Ed. Recursive Press.
  • Laudon, K.C. and Traver, C.G. (2019), E-Commerce 2019: Business - Technology, and Society, 15th ed. Pearson.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Cohen, J.A.. (2019), Cloud Computing for Every Business: Getting the Most Out of Your Technology Spending, Independent Publishing.
  • Marinescu, D. (2017), Cloud Computing: Theory and Practice, Morgan Kaufmann Publishing.
  • Dotson, C.. (2019), Practical Cloud Security: A Guide for Secure Design and Deployment, O.Reilly Publishing.
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