George McKinney Adventures in Software Development

April 29, 2022

CIS 192 Spring 2022 LACC

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CIS 192 Introduction to Cloud Computing Syllabus


Amazon Web Services logo with the arrow smile underneath


Semester: Spring 2022. Term 2nd Half.
April 11th – June 6th 2022
Class CIS 192 – Online – No Set Scheduled Meetings
Student Time Commitment: 6 to 9 hours per week
Meet with Prof. McKinney: Thursdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm and by appointment
Class Section Numbers: 21554/21555


Class Description and Overview

Cloud computing shifts information systems from on-premises computing infrastructure to highly scalable internet architectures. This course provides a solid foundation of cloud computing technologies and provides students with the understanding required to effectively evaluate and assess the business and technical benefits of cloud computing and cloud applications. Students analyze a variety of cloud services (storage, servers and software applications) and cloud providers. Case studies will be used to examine various industry cloud practices and applications. The course also surveys cloud careers and discusses industry demand for cloud skills.



Student Learning Outcomes


Student Learning Outcomes

  1. The student will demonstrate an understanding of cloud computing, it’s advantages and disadvantages and an understanding of the different cloud computing models.
  2. The student will have basic knowledge of how data center services can be migrated to the Amazon Web Service public cloud.


Course Objectives

Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the cloud computing model
  2. Describe examples of infrastructure as a service
  3. Describe examples of platform as a service
  4. Describe examples of software as a service
  5. Recognize and mitigate security concerns associated with cloud computing
  6. Recognize and mitigate legal concerns associated with cloud computing
  7. Use current cloud services from leading service providers


New Skills

By the end of this course, you will :

  • Understand AWS Support, Credits and Pricing
  • Create an AWS account
  • Host a static website
  • Bring words to life by converting text to speech
  • Build a Dynamic LAMP-based Website with WordPress
  • Evaluate Career Options available in Cloud Computing

Class Introduction

Welcome to Introduction to Cloud Computing with Amazon Web Services

I strive to create a learning community here — one where you learn from myself, the material and your fellow students through engaging and educational activities each and every week. Although we cannot be physically together, we can still create a feeling of connection to each other through a shared experience with the assignments, labs, and discussions. Here, you along with everyone else in class are valued members of this learning community. During this Covid-19 life we are living, there are additional challenges and responsibilities in life to family, friends and work. Sometimes, because we are human, we can get sick or just become overloaded. So, if you have reached a point where you can’t meet an assignment deadline, please contact me–we will work together to make a path to success. We are in this together.

This course is entirely online and all of our interactions will occur in Canvas. Please expect frequent communication and feedback from me via private message, announcements, assignment feedback, and discussion forums. We will regularly and substantively interact with each other many times each week, throughout the term. Your role will be to check your grades, messages, announcements, and interact with me and your peers in the discussions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me. I am here to help. The best way to contact me is through Canvas Private Message (Inbox). I typically return grades within 7 days of assessment completion, in the form of qualitative and quantitative feedback. I will get back to you within 24 hours, Monday thru Friday. Over the weekend it might be 48 hours.

I am excited to be guiding this class, I love working with Amazon Web Services and I hope you will, too.



Introducing the Instructor

Instructor standing in front of the London, England skyline


Hi, I’m George McKinney, a Software Developer based in Los Angeles. For 17 years, I have worked on projects for many companies including Acura, Disney, Samsung, LG, Kraft and numerous medium-sized firms and startups. My journey as a professional developer began at Los Angeles Community College where I studied C/C++, Java and Macromedia Flash. I learned computer science and applied it in marketing, sales, automation and communication solutions. I absolutely love what I do and sharing it. As I became more experienced, I went from attending workshops and conferences to presenting at them. I co-founded a mobile user group, organized meetups, conferences and travelled the world for “fun and profit.” Along the way, I taught software for the US Navy, City National Bank, Starwood Hotels, Stanford University, Cisco Systems, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, and other places. I have an MBA from the University of Southern California and my undergraduate degree was in History at Stanford University.

Nine years ago, I started using Amazon Web Services because I had heard something about Cloud Computing and I thought I could use it to put a website on it… something about S3 and a lot of EC2 and I figured I should have a look. At the time, I wasn’t much interested because mobile apps was in high gear and I focused my attention there. Five years years later, I began to see more job announcements come out requesting AWS from companies like Disney, Fox and others and I told myself to pay more attention to this. Around the same time, I got an Amazon Alexa and discovered that it was programmable and I was hooked. I reopened my AWS console and saw cobwebs on my S3 buckets and went straight writing Lambda functios with Node.js and I haven’t looked back. Today, I work on large value projects building call centers, event rooms and communications platforms. I feel great when I see my work in people’s hands.


Instructor Contact Information


Please use the Canvas Inbox to send me an email so I receive push notification to my mobile phone and can respond to you faster. It will also keep all our course-related correspondence together.

I respond to emails and private messages within 24 hours, during the hours of 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 48 hours on weekends. My office hours are Thursdays, 4 to 6pm. I can also meet with you individually but contact me in advance to set a day and time.



Accommodation Statement for Students with Disabilities

The college and I are commited to your success here in this course. If you were not already aware we have resources described below for you. Please contact me if I can be of help or you need accomodation.


If you are a student with a disability and require classroom accommodations, please contact me to discuss arrangements. The sooner I am aware that you are eligible for accommodations, the quicker I will be able to provide them. If you have not done so already, you may also wish to contact the Office of Special Services in the Student Services Building (phone (323) 953-4000. ext. 2270 (TTY/TDD) and ask them to contact me with a letter stating the accommodations that are needed. This is the policy(  regarding accommodation .

To be most effective, students should complete this process by the end of the 2nd week of the course. Tests with required accommodations must be taken at the OSS office. Since this course is completely online, you can take tests where it is most comfortable for you.


Basis for Grading, Late Policy and Extra Credit


Unit Assignments

During the semester, 10 assignments must be completed, by the scheduled date. You will be dropped from the class if you fail to turn in two assignments.

My goal goal for you is mastery of the material in this course so that you can sit for the AWS Certification Exam. Homework should be submitted by the due date. Late homework will receive full credit, but I encourage you to submit it on schedule so you are not overwhelmed as the Final Exam approaches.  Homework must be submitted using the blue Submit button on the assignment’s page.

If there are extenuating circumstances, send me a canvas message with the name of the assignment you wish to make a past due submission, and I will consider your request.

Threaded Discussions

Participation in the weekly discussion group online through Canvas is required. Threaded discussions account for 10% of your total grade, marks are rewarded on participation vs. non-participation.

Final Exam

A comprehensive final exam is at the end of the semester. It will cover most topics presented during the course.

Class Project

During the term, you will complete a class project. The project will consist of analyzing the design and development of a system which could utilize the cloud services discussed in class. You may either choose a system of your own or I will provide one that you can use that you will be familiar with if you cannot think of one from your own experience. You will be dropped from the class if you fail to complete the class project.


Category Percent
Unit Assignments (10 total) 45%
Discussion Participation (8 weeks) 10%
Final Exam 20%
Class Project 25%


Final Letter Grade

Total Percentage
A = 90% -100%
B = 80% – 89%
C = 70% – 79%
D = 60% – 69%
F = 0% – 59%

Other possible grades

Yes, other grades are possible, including W and EW. You may receive a W (withdrawal) if you drop the class (or are dropped) before the withdrawal deadline. It is your responsibility to drop yourself before the drop deadline if you want to receive a W.

You may receive an EW (excused withdrawal) if you withdraw for excused reasons—you’ll need to ask the college administration for an EW. Make sure to notify me as soon as possible and keep any documentation of medical emergencies or other life events (losing housing, family emergencies, etc.) that may justify an EW.

It is also possible to Request for Pass/No Pass instead of a Letter Grade. This may be beneficial if you do not intend to use the course for transferring to a 4-year university/college.

Please contact me as soon as possible if you think you might not pass the class, and we can talk through your options and try to work out a solution.


Textbook and Class Materials


Required Text Book

There are no required text books for this course. I hope you will find all the course content and the videos in the Canvas shell to be sufficient material to succeed in this course.

Optional Reference Material

  1. Amazon Web Services in Action by G. Wittig and A. Wittig ISBN-13: 978-1617295119
  2. Learning Amazon Web Services (AWS): A Hands-On Guide to the Fundamentals of AWS Cloud Mark Wilkins ISBN: 9780135301098
  3. AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Complete Video Course by Richard Jones
  4. Miller, M.. Cloud Computing: Web-Based Application That Change The Way You Work And Collaborate Online, 1 ed. Que Publishers, 2013, ISBN: 978-0-7897-3803-5.
  5. Erl, T., Mahmood, Z., Puttini, R.. Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture, 1 ed. Prentice-Hall, 2013, ISBN: 9780133387520.



Advice for Class Success


This course was created using the Course Management System (CMS) called Canvas. For instructions on how to use it, I recommend reviewing their training videos. This knowledge will be beneficial for you in other courses you take in the California Community College system.


If you have not used the Canvas mobile app for you phone, try it out. You can participate in discussions, view assignments and send messages enabling you to stay on top of the course. See Contacting the Instructor for more information.


In order to access Amazon Web Services, you will need to use a supported web browser. At the present time, Amazon supports the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome: latest 3 versions
  • Mozilla Firefox: latest 3 versions
  • Microsoft Edge: latest 3 versions
  • Apple Safari: latest 3 versions

Please use one of these supported products. Install this product on the computer you plan to use to access Amazon Web Services and the Canvas course shell.


To do well in the course it is important that you complete the course work. For more detailed information, see the Basis for Grading page.


Class Attendance/Drop Policy


Please contact me as early as possible if you will not be connected to the class longer for more than 3 days. I monitor the assignment submissions, discussions and conversations inbox for your participation. You are a valuable member of our learning community and we need you. Let me work with you to help keep you moving forward in your studies.

As per college policy, if a student is inactive for more than a week (if 8 week session) or two weeks (if 16 week session), the instructor may exclude the student from the class. For online class, this occurs when a student has not submitted assignments due that week. For materials covered in the class, refer to the schedule on Canvas. If a student misses two weeks in a row of assignments, they will be dropped.

Campus and Class Rules


Students enrolling in one of the Los Angeles Community Colleges expect that the faculty and administrators will maintain an environment in which there is freedom to learn. This requires appropriate safety and learning conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in off-campus activities and programs sponsored by LACC.

As members of the college community, students are encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment; to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth; and to exercise their rights to free inquiry and free speech in a responsible, nonviolent manner. Students shall respect and obey civil and criminal law, and shall be subject to legal penalties for violation of laws of the city, county, state, and nation. Student conduct must conform to the LACCD and Los Angeles City College rules and regulations.

Violations of such rules and regulations will subject students to disciplinary action. Enrollment in a class may be terminated by the instructor for two class sessions (students are allowed to make-up missed work) due to unsatisfactory student conduct, undue disrespect toward an instructor or administrator, or academic dishonesty.


Please read and be aware of the Student Code of Conduct  (  for Los Angeles City College.


Los Angeles City College Honor Code

9803.12 Academic Dishonesty: Dishonesty, such as cheating, or knowingly furnishing false information to colleges.

This generally means violations of academic integrity which include, but are not limited to, the following actions: cheating on an exam, plagiarism, working together on an assignment, paper or project when the instructor has specifically stated students should not do so, submitting the same term paper to more than one instructor, or allowing another individual to assume one’s identity for the purpose of enhancing one’s grade.

Plagiarism Statement

All students must comply with the policies that regulate all forms of academic dishonesty, or academic misconduct, including plagiarism, self-plagiarism, fabrication, deception, cheating, and sabotage.



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