SIT727 - Cloud Automation Technologies


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

For students enrolled in S464: Must have completed 16 credit points.
For students enrolled in S470, S506, S507, S508, S535, S536, S538, S577, S677, S735, S737, S739, S770, S778, S779, S789: Nil

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: SIT226
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour online lecture per week, 1 x 2 hour practical experience (workshop) per week.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning including 1 x 2 hour online lecture per week (recordings provided), 1 x 2 hour practical experience (workshop) per week.


The environment in which we develop and deploy network services is changing. Monolithic architectures are being replaced with new approaches such as cloud native applications which exploit a highly modular architecture. Operations teams are no longer responsible for maintaining just a handful of applications, but potentially hundreds or thousands of microservices that live entirely in the cloud and are interdependent and individually scalable. This cannot be achieved manually and so a combination of DevOps and automation is used to manage the deployment of software.

In this unit we will examine how to package modern network services and then deploy them to the cloud using Kubernetes. Students will learn what containers are, how they are created, and how they are used in software deployments. Containers are only a partial solution, providing the various servers and frameworks used, so we will also review how other types of resources are represented and their connection to the container to form a complete application deployment. Various operational aspects of Kubernetes are addressed in detail, including automatic application scaling, software update management, management of application data and secrets, storage configuration, security mechanisms, and cluster management.

Hurdle requirement

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

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