Course Title: Introduce cloud computing into business operations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: BUSM8843C

Course Title: Introduce cloud computing into business operations

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4398 - Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

Course Contact: Doug Gourlay

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5944

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Paul Lim

Please send an email to make an appointment to talk to the teacher.

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to understand the fundamentals of internet computing and cloud services. It involves undertaking a basic review of business computing needs and identifying options for introducing cloud computing services into a small business or work area in an organisation.


It applies to individuals who use problem-solving skills and take responsibility for adopting and promoting approaches to improve business operations.


No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBSMB412 Introduce cloud computing into business operations


1. Review computing needs in the business

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Review current computing resources and use, and document according to business requirements 

1.2 Identify and discuss future computing needs and potential improvements to business operations with relevant people 

1.3 Collate information collected in review, and summarise business computing needs


2. Investigate cloud computing services to meet business needs

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Research fundamentals of cloud computing, types of services offered, and their costs 

2.2 Seek assistance from specialist advisors as required, to determine relevant cloud computing services 

2.3 Undertake basic cost-benefit analysis for introducing cloud computing 

2.4 Identify potential opportunities and risks associated with introducing cloud computing

2.5 Prepare a business case for implementing cloud computing services or other required changes, and seek approval where required


3. Develop a plan to introduce cloud computing

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Prioritise introduction of cloud computing, including short-term and longer-term goals 

3.2 Prepare a budget catering for short and long-term priorities, following business format and requirements 

3.3 Independently or through services of a specialist advisor, outline steps and activities required to introduce cloud computing into the business


4. Support implementation of the plan

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Communicate and promote key features of the plan to others 

4.2 Organise training and coaching to maximise cloud computing potential 

4.3 Encourage and support individuals and work groups to become more efficient using cloud computing

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, question & answer sessions, interactive group demonstrations of the application of Cloud Computing .

The self-paced activities will be delivered through various technology platforms, including the use of a computerised systems, quizzes & interactive sessions.


Teaching Schedule

Course Delivery:

Here is the course summary of the unit. It is just to give a detailed information about the weekly delivery and the progress of the unit.  It provides the information on:

  • When classes will be held
  • What learning materials and activities need to be completed; and,
  • What assessments are due and when 



Topic / Learning Materials to be covered

Assessment  / Assessment due


Fundamentals of cloud computing 

  • Introduction/What is Cloud Computing
  • Common Terms and Concepts
  • Types of Cloud Computing
  • Sources of information
  • Options in the Bookkeeping and Accounting Industry

Evaluate Business computing need

  • Current use (collection of data reuse)




 Start Assessment 1


Evaluate Business computing needs  cont 

  • Needs identification
  • Equipment and software options
  • Choice range of potential provider
  • Cloud Accounting providers  

 Assessment 1


Undertaking a cost-benefit analysis (session 3)

  • Selecting a cloud supplier
  • Cost-benefit analysis

Building a business case and implementation planning

  • Prepare a business case  and seek approval
  • Developing an implementation plan
  • Providing support for the implementation


Start Assessment 2


Assessment 1 or 2 individual presentation with your teacher

Cloud Computing concludes this week

Please note:
Assessment 1 need to be submitted by Sunday, 11.59pm end of Week 4 
Assessment  2 need to be submitted by Sunday, 11.59pm end of Week 8 or earlier

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** The teaching schedule may be subject to change.  You will be advised in class and via Canvas Announcements if changes become necessary.

The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete this course.  This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Introduce Cloud Computing into Business Operations by Leigh Thomas 1st Edition (January, 2018)


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • review and analyse business computing use and needs, including equipment and software requirements
  • collect and analyse information about cloud computing including:
  • seeking assistance from specialist advisor as required
  • performing cost-benefit analysis
  • identifying potential risks
  • make the business case to introduce cloud computing
  • prepare a plan and support others to implement cloud computing.


Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

  • explain fundamentals of cloud computing, including key terms and concepts
  • outline sources of information about cloud computing for micro or small business, and options specific to the business
  • describe how to undertake a cost-benefit analysis and prepare a budget
  • summarise business protocols for using services of specialist advisors.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the Management and Leadership Small and Micro Business field of work and include access to:

  • business equipment and resources
  • business technology
  • relevant legislation, regulations, standards and codes
  • relevant workplace documentation and resources
  • case studies or where possible, real situations
  • interaction with others.


Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational education and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions.  You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course. 

Assessment Tasks

Your assessment for this course will be as follows:


There are two (2) assessments in this unit. 

Assessment 1

This is assessment task one (1) of two (2) that you must complete satisfactorily in order to be deemed competent for this unit.


Summary and Purpose of Assessment

The purpose of this assessment is to for students to demonstrate their ability to list and define the key requirements to Introducing cloud computing into business operations, this includes demonstrating an understanding of the fundamentals of internet computing and cloud services.


Assessment Instructions

You are required to complete the following three parts that cover materials from Week 1 to Week 4

  • Part A – Short Answer Questions (Q1 – Q3)
  • Part B – Case Studies (Task 1 – Task 3)
  • Part C – Oral Presentation


Assessment 2

This is assessment task two (2) of two (2) that you must complete satisfactorily in order to be deemed competent for this unit (due in Week 8).


Summary and Purpose of Assessment

The purpose of the assessment is to give you the opportunity to demonstrate your  knowledge and skills in reviewing   computing needs and creating a plan to implement a cloud computing solution within a small business environment.


Assessment Instructions

You are to read the scenario below and answer questions related to the scenario. You are to create a business case for a Cloud Accounting software solution for a bookkeeping small business (Easy Bookkeeping) to present it your teacher for feedback. (3 to 4 mins).


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix that maps all the assessment is available on CANVAS under Assignments.

All assessments will utilise a competency-based model and will be deemed as either Satisfactory or Not Yet Satisfactory. 

Other Information

Submission Requirements:

You should:


  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. 
  • Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
  • When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use the Assessment task document that includes a declaration and statement of authorship.
  • Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers.

Late Submission Procedures:

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.

More Information

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for Special Consideration.  Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.

More Information:

Resubmissions (VE Programs):

If you are found to be unsuccessful in a particular Course Assessment Task (or you do not submit/attend) you will be allowed one resubmission.  Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. 

If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

Grading & re-submissions

Successful re-submissions will contribute to the competency


Adjustments to Assessment:

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:


Marking Guide (Competency):


You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.


You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.



Marking Guide :


This course is competency based course and there will not be any grading for your assessments.


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