Fall 2020 - CMPT 474 D100

Web Systems Architecture (3)

Class Number: 6651

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM

    Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    CMPT 371.



Web service based systems are fundamentally different from traditional software systems. The conceptual and methodological differences between a standard software development process and the development of a web service based information system. The technology involved during the construction of their own web service based application in an extensive project.


Building systems for developing applications that run on a cloud is the main topic of discussion in this course, including definitions, enablers, opportunities, challenges, and practices in web-based systems architecture. Readings include research papers and industry articles. The course includes a number of practical projects and hands-on experiences. Learning about Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, Kubernetes, OpenStack, and building cloud-based systems is a part of this course. Students must have access to a computer with stable internet connection. Some components of the course require real-time participation during the scheduled lecture and/or exam times.


  • Web-based Systems: Definitions, Opportunities, and Challenges
  • Fundamentals: Data Center, Virtualization, Cloud
  • Service Management and Orchestration
  • Service Delivery, Measurement, and Pricing
  • Application Architectures: N-Tier, Microservices
  • Meeting User Expectations: Availability, Consistency, Resiliency, Scalability
  • Meeting User Expectations: Requirements and Tradeoffs
  • Meeting User Expectations: Security and Privacy


  • Labs & Quizzes (20%) Assignments & Projects (40%) Midterm & Final (40%) Students must attain an overall passing grade on the weighted average of exams in the course in order to obtain a clear pass (C- or better).

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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

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