Feb 19, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the Freshman or Sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

CIS1755 - Cloud+ (3 hrs)

This course will prepare students for the CompTIA Cloud+ certification.  The topics will include cloud concepts, services, object storage, virtualization, infrastructure, networking, hardware resources, management, resource monitoring, security, policies, procedures, and business continuity.

Course Classification:






Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to prepare students to plan, setup, and protect cloud resources.  These concepts provide a foundation for further courses involving cloud computing and preparation for the Cloud+ certification test.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to explain cloud concepts, services, object storage, virtualization, infrastructure, networking, hardware resources, management, resource monitoring, security, policies, procedures, and business continuity.  The student will be able to use basic cloud computing tools and setup virtual machines.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period.  Instructors may add other material as time allows.

UNIT 1: Cloud Computing Overview, Concepts, and Models

Outcomes: Demonstrate knowledge of the basics of cloud concepts, models, services, delivery models, and object storage concepts

  • Define Cloud Concepts and Models
  • Compare and contrast cloud services
  • Compare and contrast cloud delivery models and services
  • Summarize cloud characteristics and terms
  • Explain object storage concepts

UNIT 2: Compute Virtualization in the Cloud

Outcomes: Demonstrate the knowledge necessary to explain virtualization, hypervisor types, virtual machines, virtual resource migration, benefits of virtualization, and virtual components

  • Define Virtualization
  • Explain the differences between hypervisor types
  • Install, configure, and manage virtual machines and devices
  • Given a scenario, perform virtual resource migration
  • Explain the benefits of virtualization in a cloud environment
  • Compare and contrast virtual components used to construct a cloud environment

UNIT 3: Cloud Storage and Provisioning

Outcomes: Explain storage technologies including infrastructure, storage configuration, and storage provisioning

  • Define Infrastructure
  • Compare and contrast various storage technologies
  • Explain storage configuration concepts
  • Execute storage provisioning

UNIT 4: Cloud Networking Concepts and Implementation

Outcomes: Explain cloud networking concepts including configurations, network optimization, troubleshooting basic network issues, network protocols, ports, and topologies

  • Given a scenario, implement appropriate network configurations
  • Explain the importance of network optimization
  • Given a scenario, troubleshoot basic network connectivity issues
  • Explain common network protocols, ports, and topologies

UNIT 5: Cloud Compute Resources, Concepts, and Implementation

Outcomes: Describe the basics of computations on hardware resources and features in Cloud environments

  • Compute hardware resources and features on Cloud environments
  • Compute hardware features on Cloud environments

UNIT 6: Cloud Management Concepts

Outcomes: Explain the basics of cloud management concepts including deployment, provider management services, “management as a service”, and use remote access tools

  • Explain how to manage cloud deployment
  • Describe cloud provider management services
  • Define management as a service
  • Use remote access tools for managing your cloud

UNIT 7: Cloud Operations

Outcomes: Explain cloud operations including resource monitoring, physical host resources, virtual host resources, and accessing cloud resources remotely

  • Implement and use proper Cloud resource monitoring
  • Explain and appropriately allocate physical host resources
  • Explain and appropriately allocate virtual host resources
  • Access Cloud resources remotely

UNIT 8: Understanding and Maintaining Cloud Security

Outcomes: Explain cloud network and storage security including concepts, tools, and best practices.

  • Discuss encryption, user access control, and hardening techniques
  • Explain network security concepts, tools, and best practices
  • Define storage security concepts, methods, and best practices
  • Discuss cloud encryption technologies and methods
  • Describe User Access control
  • Harden the guest OS and compute resources

UNIT 9: Systems Management in the Cloud

Outcomes: Explain systems managements including policies, procedures, physical host performance, cloud performance, and deployment

  • Describe policies and procedures in the cloud environment
  • Diagnose, remediate and optimize physical host performance
  • Define cloud performance concepts
  • Test your cloud services deployment

UNIT 10: Understanding Business Continuity in the Cloud

Outcomes: Explain business continuity concepts including disaster recover, availability, and fault tolerance in the cloud

  • Describe Disaster recovery methods and concepts
  • Discuss High Availability and fault tolerance in the Cloud

Projects Required:

Varies, refer to syllabus.


Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Materials/Equipment Required:


Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program:

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class and which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.