CIS 91: Introduction to Cloud Computing#


Thursdays 1:00pm to 5:05pm


Aptos Room 828 and Online


Open Lab - 1 hour per week TBA



The Linux Command Line (Required, Free)
William Shotts No Starch Press
ISBN-13 9781593279523

Course Description#

Provides the fundamentals of cloud computing, how to deploy cloud applications, cloud service models, and considerations when migrating to the cloud. Introduces the topics of cloud servers, storage, networking, applications, and databases. Provides hands-on experience with the Linux operating system in one or more of the leading cloud vendors (e.g. Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform). Prepares students for the CompTIA Cloud+ certification. May be offered in a distance-learning format.

Course Content#

1. Welcome#

  • Get cloud credit

  • Connect to cloud shell

2. Introduction to the Cloud#

  • Describe the history and economics of cloud

  • Identify key attributes of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS

  • Price resources


3. Keys, SSH and IAM#

  • Describe the purpose and types of keys

  • Identify the types of cloud accounts

  • Use root privilege when necessary

Chapter 9: Permissions

4. Managing Software#

  • Describe the purpose of package management

  • Update the software on Debian

  • Install and remove packages

  • Start and stop services

Chapter 14: Package Management

5. Networking#

  • Describe the features of virtual networks

  • Identify zones and regions

  • Customize ACLs

  • Use Linux commands to examine network state


6. Filesystems and Block Devices#

  • Identify the types and costs of cloud block storage

  • Connect block storage to a VM

  • Format and mount a filesystem in Linux

Chapter 15: Storage Media

7. Structured Storage#

  • Describe structured data

  • Identify the components of an RDBMS

  • Use the SQL SELECT command to inspect data

  • Create users and passwords using MySQL/MariaDB


8. Object Storage#

  • Describe the use cases of block, structured and object storage

  • Choose the right permissions on a bucket

  • Use the tar command to make backups

Chapter 18: Archiving and Backup

9. Infrastructure as Code#

  • Describe the intent-driven paradigm

  • Perform basic tasks with git

  • Manipulate infrastructure with gcloud

  • Create a git repository on GitHub


10. Ansible#

  • Identify the right play for the job

  • Identify the useful parts of Ansible’s documentation

  • Write and debug YAML files


11. Terraform#

  • Effectively use Terraform’s documentation

  • Create and delete resources

  • Write configuration files


12. Monitoring and Logging#

  • View project metrics

  • Install agents to gather logs


13. Scalable Applications#

  • Describe how resilient systems are built

  • Identify the costs and tradeoffs of managed services

  • Create a load balancer


Student Learner Outcomes#

  1. Build and maintain an application in a public cloud.

  2. Document the structure and expected cost of a cloud application.


  1. Explain the importance and benefits of cloud computing and the need for its rapid adoption.

  2. Explain roadmap for building cloud infrastructure using the cloud computing reference model.

  3. Explain the software-defined approach to managing IT infrastructure. Evaluate existing infrastructure and identify components for a cloud transformation.

  4. Describe and identify various cloud interface standards and protocols for building cloud infrastructure.

  5. Explain business continuity options and address common security concerns in a cloud environment.

  6. Describe service management activities in cloud computing.

Grading Policy#

Grading in this class is based on your progress on a semester long project. The project consists of three parts:

1. A project notebook that describes the steps to build your cloud application. (70%) 1. An Ansible playbook that deploys your application on a VM (15%) 1. A Terraform configuration that builds your infrastructure in the cloud (15%)

COVID-19 Policy#

Students must conduct an illness/health self-assessment each day they visit campus which includes the questions below. If you answer YES to any of these, you should not come to campus and should contact me for further guidance.

  • Are you currently experiencing a fever? Is your temperature 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher?

  • Do you have a headache, chills, body aches, or fatigue? Are you experiencing any respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, congestion, or runny nose? Have you lost your sense of smell or taste?

  • Do you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea?

By attending this course, you acknowledge that you are aware of the Cabrillo College COVID-19 Prevention Plan and Safe Reopening Plan and agree to abide by the guidelines therein to preserve the safety of yourself and others. You further understand that you will be asked to leave campus if you fail to adhere to the guidelines provided.

TBA (To Be Arranged) Lab Hours#

This course meets weekly at the times shown in the Cabrillo Schedule of Classes and above. In addition each student is required to spend lab time every week in either the CIS Lab (room 830) or online using one of the online accounts issued to you. Students may choose the time and day for their TBA Lab Hours where they will work on lab assignments designed to give them practical hands-on experience and continue the learning process. These TBA lab hours are required and tracked. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the TBA lab hours, which start on Week 1 of the term. Tip: A great time to do TBA lab hours is in the CIS Lab during my STEM hours. If that is not possible, questions can always be posted on the class discussion group.

Class Pacing and Due Dates#

Assignments are due most weeks during the term. Each class builds on the previous class so it’s important to keep up with the assignments. Keeping pace with the lectures will help you get the most out of in-class lab activities. However, I would much rather you do an assignment late than not at all. Late work will be accepted until a reasonable amount of time before the end of the semester. There will be a nominal penalty for late assignments.

If you have an emergency that prevents you from submitting assignments on time, please email me for an accommodation.

Classroom Etiquette#

It is important to have an effective, distraction-free classroom environment for learning. To minimize distractions all cell-phones should be turned off or at least silenced. Never carry on conversations during the lecture as this is probably the most annoying distraction possible to those sitting nearby.

For students in the physical classroom, computers can be turned on for viewing lecture slides locally, Google-ing related technical information, and doing classroom exercises. A student’s full attention is desired so the computers should not be used during lecture for email or anything that would distract them or others from the material being taught.

For students in the virtual classroom, use the “Raise hand” icon in CCC Confer to let the instructor know you have a question. The chat window can be used to ask questions and communicate with the instructor or other classmates. For students dialing in please use *6 on your phone to mute/unmute your line so background noises in your location don’t distract the class.

Please plan on coming to all classes. If class will be missed let the instructor know ahead of time. It is the student’s responsibility to get any missed material or information from other classmates (the forum is a good way to do this). Please note that being disruptive is grounds for being dropped from the class by the instructor.

Academic Conduct#

Instructors at Cabrillo will not tolerate any forms of academic dishonesty. We do not accept remarkably similar assignments. Students who engage in violations of academic integrity (cheating, plagiarizing print or electronic sources, copying computer files, web site content) as outlined in Cabrillo’s Student Rights and Responsibilities document are subject to disciplinary action by the instructor including receiving an “F” for the assignment, being dropped from the course with a “W” or being issued an “F” for the course.

Missing Classes and Drops#

It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from classes. If you miss more than two classes or two lab assignments, the instructor may drop you from the course enrollment unless prior arrangements have been made and agreed to.

Nondescrimination and Accessibility Notice#

The District is committed to equal opportunity in educational programs, employment, and all access to institutional programs and activities. The District, and each individual who represents the District, shall provide access to its services, classes, and programs without regard to national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or military and veteran status, or because he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Students needing accommodations should inform the instructor. As required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accommodations are provided to insure equal access for students with verified disabilities. To determine if you qualify or if you need assistance with an accommodation, please contact the ACCESSIBILITY SUPPORT CENTER (Formerly DSPS), Room 1073 (upstairs in the Library), (831) 479-6379 or (831) 479-6370.

Support Services#

Cabrillo College has many programs and services designed to help you during your academic journey. You can visit the website at for a complete listing of support services (under the Student Services tab). Please take advantage of the services provided to you by the college.

Financial Aid#

Cabrillo College provides several financial aid opportunities for students. For tuition and/or book assistance information, go to Cabrillo’s Financial Aid page.

Student Rights and Responsibilities#

You are expected to contribute to a positive learning environment. Your responsibilities as a student include:

  • Respect for your fellow students, staff, and faculty

  • Actively participating in the learning environment

  • Taking responsibility for learning and progressing in your course

  • Requesting assistance from the instructor when needed

  • Adhere to all academic integrity principles

  • Reading and understanding the Cabrillo Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. (the student grievance procedure is outlined beginning on pg. 18 of the handbook).

  • Following all school policies and procedures (All policies and procedures can be found at Cabrillo’s Board Policies and Administrative Procedures page).


Cabrillo College is committed to providing a safe and secure campus environment. The college will not tolerate acts of harassment or violence. For campus safety and security information, go to the Sheriff’s page. To report an incident or complaint, please go to the Just Report It page on the website: Just Report It.