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Cloud Computing Architecture is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy

curriculum designed to help students develop technical expertise in cloud computing and prepare them for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification exam. The curriculum is delivered through instructor-led classes, hands-on labs, and project work. Students have access to course manuals, online knowledge assessments, hands-on labs, a free practice certification exam, and a discount voucher for the certification exam.

Course Highlights:

  • Introduction to Cloud Computing
  • Getting Started with AWS
  • Architecting on AWS
  • Introduction to System Design
  • Automation and Serverless Architectures
  • Well-Architected Best Practices
  • Deployment and Implementation

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the value and benefits of cloud computing and AWS
  • Understand methods and tools to maintain security and protect data
  • Explain the financial advantages of the AWS cloud
  • Navigate the AWS Management Console
  • Differentiate between AWS storage options
  • Understand AWS compute and networking options
  • Describe and use AWS database options
  • Identify deployment and management options
  • Make decisions based on recommended architectural principles and best practices
  • Create a cloud migration road map and plan
  • Use AWS to make infrastructure scalable
  • Create a business continuity plan and achieve high availability
  • Create event-driven scaling
  • Automate the deployment of cloud resources
  • Design architectures to decouple infrastructure and reduce interdependencies
  • Optimize data storage for static content
  • Identify best practices prescribed in the Well-Architected framework
  • Identify and solve common configuration and design issues
  • Differentiate between architectures for data processing and analytics, mobile back-ends, and video transcoding
  • Understand the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam structure and questions

Course Delivery:

This online course is taught through e-learning utilizing AWS certified curriculum. The instructor will provide participants with additional resources and guidance in the online environment throughout the course. There will also be hands-on labs and project work.

Students will receive an electronic student kit that includes course manuals, access to labs, and knowledge assessments. Additionally, a AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification practice exam and a 50% discount voucher for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification exam will be provided to students that successfully complete all elements of the curriculum (labs, assessments, project).

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate, Graduate or Professional students seeking cloud computing expertise.


Cloud Computing Architecture requires a strong foundation in IT concepts and skills. For details of curriculum pre-requisites, see Cloud Computing Architecture: Student Prerequisites.

Accreditations and Certifications:

  • UC San Diego Extension is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy.
  • Instructors have completed the AWS Academy Instructor Accreditation process and are AWS Academy Accredited Instructors.
  • This course can also be used to prepare for the AWS Solutions Architect - Associate certification exam.

Next Step: After completing this course consider taking courses in the follow areas:

Contact: For more information about this course, please email

Course Number: CSE-41337
Credit: 4.00 unit(s)

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