MST300 - Introduction to Microsoft Cloud Technologies

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Subject Title
Introduction to Microsoft Cloud Technologies

Subject Description
This course introduces student to Microsoft cloud services. In this course students will create cloud solutions using Microsoft Azure. Students will gain hands-on experience by deploying Azure services, core solutions and management tools and security features. Students will explore how identity and privacy, governance and compliance, cost management and service level agreements impact businesses through in-class activities.

Credit Status

1 credit (3 units) 

Required for CTY – Computer Systems Technology (Ontario College Advanced Diploma) 

Required for CSN – Computer Systems Technician (Ontario College Diploma) 

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Explain general cloud computing concepts to support cloud solutions within an organization.
2. Evaluate core services available with Microsoft Azure to recommend an appropriate service for a business scenario.
3. Analyze core solutions and management tools in Microsoft Azure to support business requirements.
4. Apply security and network security features within Microsoft Azure to support the business operations.
5. Support the organization by applying the appropriate identity, governance, privacy, and compliance capabilities of Microsoft Azure.
6. Analyze cost management and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with Microsoft Azure to improve infrastructure support costs.

Essential Employability Skills

    •  Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

    •  Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

    •  Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

    •  Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

    •  Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

    •  Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

    •  Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

    •  Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

    •  Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

    •  Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Camera Use and Recordings - Synchronous (Live) Classes
Synchronous (live) classes may be delivered in person, in a Flexible Learning space, or online through a Seneca web conferencing platform such as MS Teams or Zoom. Flexible Learning spaces are equipped with cameras, microphones, monitors and speakers that capture and stream instructor and student interactions, providing an in-person experience for students choosing to study online.

Students joining a live class online may be required to have a working camera in order to participate, or for certain activities (e.g. group work, assessments), and high-speed broadband access (e.g. Cable, DSL) is highly recommended. In the event students encounter circumstances that impact their ability to join the platform with their camera on, they should reach out to the professor to discuss. Live classes may be recorded and made available to students to support access to course content and promote student learning and success.

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MST100, MST200 

Topic Outline

1. Describe core Azure concepts

o Identify the benefits and considerations of using cloud services

o Describe the differences between categories of cloud services

o Describe the differences between types of cloud computing

2. Describe core Azure services

o Describe the core Azure architectural components

o Describe core resources available in Azure

3. Describe core solutions and management tools on Azure

o Describe core solutions available in Azure

o Describe Azure management tools

4. Describe general security and network security features

o Describe Azure security features

o Describe Azure network security

5. Describe identity, governance, privacy, and compliance features

o Describe core Azure identity services

o Describe Azure governance features

o Describe privacy and compliance resources

6. Describe Azure cost management and service level agreements

o Describe methods for planning and managing costs

o Describe Azure Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and service lifecycles

Mode of Instruction

2 hours interactive lecture per week 

2 hours lab time per week 


Prescribed Texts
Online Resources 

Reference Material
Online Resources 

Required Supplies
Software:      Internet Browser
Hardware:     Computer System, Internet Connectivity

Student Progression and Promotion Policy

  • Achieve a weighted average of 50% or better on the overall course
  • Achieve a weighted average of 50% or better for the labs
  • Achieve a weighted average of 50% or better for the projects
  • Must satisfactorily complete all labs and projects

Grading Policy

A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.(

Modes of Evaluation

Quizzes (minimum 6) 15%
Test 25%
Labs (minimum 20) 20%
Projects (minimum 2) 30%
Management of budget allotment 10%

Approved by: Suzanne Abraham