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The Institute for Professional Development

Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing  Technologies Program

Program previously known as Cloud Computing Fundamentals Program
An eleven-week in-depth program in the principles, methods, and technologies of Cloud Computing. The program provides a broad understanding of the different leading Cloud Computing technologies. Topics include Cloud Computing concepts and architecture; Cloud Computing standards; Cloud Computing implementation strategies; Software as a Service (SaaS); Platform as a Service (Paas); Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas); workload patterns and resource management; migrating to the Cloud; case studies and best practices. Students in class will build their own Cloud application using services from providers such as Amazon, IBM, Microsoft and

For a completed program description, download the program's brochure.

Admission requirements:
Applicants should have professional work experience in an IT job function. Advanced computer programming skills are not required; however, students should have been exposed to basics of programming logic in a prior course.

Dates: Spring Quarter 2014
This class is closed.

Hybrid section: approximately half of the program content will be delivered in-person via on-campus class meetings; the remaining half of program content will be delivered via online lectures that the student will be required to view.

Classes meet at the Loop Campus on five Thursday evenings from 5:45pm-9:00pm, on:  Apr. 3, Apr. 17, May 1, May 15, and May 29, 2014. A two- to three-hour online lecture will be assigned for viewing on the weeks that there are no on-campus class meetings.

Online Section:
Students may elect to register in an online section of this program. For more information about the online section, click here.

DePaul University reserves the right to cancel any program prior to that program's first class meeting.
Course Credit :
The Cloud Computing Technologies Program is an accredited course of DePaul University, which follows the quarter system (as opposed to the semester system).
Course #: IPD 355
Credit hours: 4 undergraduate
The credit hours are awarded to those who successfully complete the program's academic requirements.

The ability to apply these credit hours to a degree program is always determined by the college granting the degree. To view course transfer guidelines for DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM), click here.

Reading materials for certificate programs consist of textbooks and supplementary handouts. Textbook readings are considered preparatory in nature and are typically assigned prior to lectures; supplementary handouts are frequently distributed in class to provide additional information.

​Textbooks for Winter Quarter 2014:  There were no textbooks this quarter

Fees: Spring Quarter 2014 
Tuition fee: $1,850.00
Application fee: $40.00 (non-refundable)
Full payment of tuition must be received by the Institute for Professional Development office before the start of the program. The university's refund policy allows a return of 100% of tuition (minus a separate $25 registration fee) if the student drops the Cloud Computing Technologies Program by April 17, 2014.

While access to most Cloud services explored in the program will be provided to students in class, there may be some Cloud services that are only accessible via the use of a student’s own credit card. Students should expect to spend a small fee to access these services.

Textbooks are a separate purchase to be made by students.

Payment Options:
Fees are payable by check made out to DePaul University, or by credit card. For credit card payment, print out and complete the Payment by Credit Card Form.

Applicants who wish to use the university's DePEPER Plan (DePaul University's Extension Plan for Employer Reimbursement) must return the DePEPER Plan Application to the Institute for Professional Development Office. Submitting this application to any other DePaul office may delay the student's registration process. Information about this plan, along with an application form, is found here.
Applicants who wish to use the university's In-Term Payment Plan or a third-party billing arrangement should contact the Institute for Professional Development office at (312) 362-6282 for details.

Application & Registration Procedure: 
The first step is to apply for admission using the Institute for Professional Development's online application; or, to apply via fax, mail, or in person, print out and complete the Application Form. Upon admission, the Institute office will contact the prospective student with registration information and instructions. ​​​​​​​​​​​​