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SIT314 - Software Architecture and Scalability for Internet-Of-Things


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Jonathan Kua




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour practical per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1 hour scheduled online workshop per week.


This unit introduces students to key challenges and principals when architecting large-scale applications for the Internet-of-Things (IoT). Students will learn and use different architecture patterns including layered architectures, message-bus style, event-driven, micro-services. Students will also learn different deployment models, quality of service attributes and trade-offs and testing requirements and frameworks.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate understanding of the key challenges and principals in building large-scale, cloud-based cyber physical systems.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Select, justify and apply appropriate system architectures and design patterns according to specific functional and non-functional requirements.

GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Develop large-scale cyber physical systems using available services.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate ability to deploy and scale cloud-based services.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Learning Portfolio Portfolio 100% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must meet certain milestones as part of the portfolio.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.