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Cloud & Distributed Computer Systems - ELE00047H

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Stuart Porter
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module summary

This module introduces students to software systems within a distributed computing environment. Fundamental modes of interaction are considered along with associated failure models and the essential requirement for security and use of appropriate countermeasures to deal with threats. Example systems range from flight control systems in aircraft and space vehicles through to large-scale cloud-based services.

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To introduce students to the nature of software systems in a distributed environment

Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop skills in gathering and critically analysing information from reliable sources and constructing technical reports for a specified audience

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a distributed computing environment and application to cloud-based services
  • Understand the fundamental modes of interaction in a distributed environment and their associated failure models
  • Be able to explain the need for security and indicate appropriate countermeasures

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to construct technical reports that show critical analysis of information gathered from reliable sources, to a specified audience


Task Length % of module mark
Design Study Report
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Design Study Report
N/A 100

Module feedback

'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme.  We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments.

A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback.  This can be found at

The Department of Electronic Engineering aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme.  In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work.  Students are provided with their examination results within 20 working days of the end of any given examination period.  The Department will also endeavour to return all coursework feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline.  The Department would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback.  The Department will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum.  Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate.  Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date. 

Indicative reading

Distributed Systems: Concepts and Design. George Coulouris, Jean Dollimore Tim Kindberg, and Gordon Blair. Pearson Education, ISBN: 0-273-76059-9, 2012
Distributed Systems: Principles and Paradigms. 2nd Edition. Andrew S Tanenbaum and Maarten van Steen. Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0132392275, 2006

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.