Program GuidebookBachelor of Science, Cloud ComputingThe Bachelor of Science Cloud Computing (BSCC) degree programprepares IT professionals to apply knowledge and experience in thedelivery of cloud computing solutions with operating systems, systemssecurity, and cloud technologies. These are used to manage systeminfrastructure and secure data through effective IT policies andprocedures (DevOps). The BSCC curriculum includes industry standardmethods to ensure uptime, performance, resource availability, and thesecurity of computing resources to meet the needs of the organization.The program builds upon a core IT curriculum that includes systemsand services, networking and security, scripting and programming, datamanagement, business of IT, and web development. Students seekingthe BS Cloud Computing degree demonstrate additional competenciesin software, engineering and architecture development for cloud-basedcomputing solutions across multiple industries.

Understanding the Competency-Based ApproachPractically speaking, how do competency-based programs like those offered at Western GovernorsUniversity (WGU) work? Unlike traditional universities, WGU does not award degrees based oncompletion of a certain number of credit hours or a certain set of required courses. Instead, you will earnyour degree by demonstrating your skills, knowledge, and understanding of important concepts.Progress through a degree program is governed not by the amount of time you spend in class but by yourability to demonstrate mastery of competencies as you complete required courses. Of course, you willneed to engage in learning experiences as you review competencies or develop knowledge and skills inareas in which you may be weak. To help you acquire the knowledge and skills you need to completeyour courses and program, WGU provides a rich array of learning resources. Your program mentor willwork closely with you to help you understand the competencies required for your program and to help youcreate a schedule for completing your courses. You will also work closely with course instructors as youengage in each of your courses. As subject matter experts, course instructors will guide you through thecontent you must master to pass the course assessments.The benefit of this competency-based system is that it enables students who are knowledgeable about aparticular subject to make accelerated progress toward completing a degree, even if they lack collegeexperience. You may have gained skills and knowledge of a subject while on the job, accumulatedwisdom through years of life experience, or already taken a course on a particular subject. WGU willaward your degree based on the skills and knowledge that you possess and can demonstrate—not thenumber of credits hours on your transcript.AccreditationWestern Governors University is the only university in the history of American higher education to haveearned accreditation from four regional accrediting commissions. WGU's accreditation was awarded by(1) the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, (2) the Higher Learning Commission of theNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools, (3) the Accrediting Commission for Community andJunior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and (4) the Accrediting Commissionfor Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The university’saccreditation status is now managed by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities(NWCCU), which reaffirmed WGU’s accreditation in February 2020. The WGU Teachers College isaccredited at the initial-licensure level by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation(CAEP) and by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). The nursingprograms are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The HealthInformation Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for HealthInformatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College of Business programs areaccredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).The Degree PlanThe focus of your program is your personalized Degree Plan. The Degree Plan is a detailed blueprint ofthe courses you will need to complete in order to earn your degree. The Degree Plan also lays out theaccompanying learning resources and assessments that compose your program. The list of courses inthe Degree Plan is often referred to as the standard path. The amount of time it takes to complete yourprogram depends on both the amount of new information you need to learn and the amount of time youplan to devote each week to study. Your program mentor and course instructors will help you assess yourstrengths and development needs to establish a study plan.Students vary widely in the specific skills and information they need to learn. For example, some studentsmay be highly knowledgeable in a particular subject matter and would not need to engage in new learningopportunities. Other students may find that portions of the program require them to learn new informationand that they need to take an online class or participate in a study module to acquire the knowledge andskills needed to fulfill program competencies in that area. Some individuals may be able to devote as littleBSCC 202005 2019 Western Governors University 11/29/212

as 15–20 hours per week to the program, while others may need to devote more time. For this reason,pre-assessments are there to help your program mentor form a profile of your prior knowledge and createa personalized Degree Plan.How You Will Interact with FacultyAt WGU, faculty serve in specialized roles, and they will work with you individually to provide theguidance, instruction, and support you will need to succeed and graduate. As a student, it is important foryou to take advantage of this support. It is key to your progress and ultimate success.Upon your enrollment, you will be assigned a program mentor—an expert in your field of study who willprovide you with regular program-level guidance and support from the day you start until the day yougraduate. Your program mentor will set up regular telephone appointments (weekly at first) with you,which you will be expected to keep. The mentor will review program competencies with you and work withyou to develop a plan and schedule for your coursework. Your program mentor will serve as your mainpoint of contact throughout your program—helping you set weekly study goals, recommending specificlearning materials, telling you what to expect in courses, and keeping you motivated. In addition to regularcalls, your program mentor is available to help you resolve questions and concerns as they arise.You will also be assigned to a course instructor for each course. Course instructors are doctoral-levelsubject matter experts who will assist your learning in each individual course. When you begin a newcourse, your assigned course instructor will actively monitor your progress and will be in touch to offerone-on-one instruction and to provide you with information about webinars, cohort sessions, and otherlearning opportunities available to help you acquire the competencies you need to master the course.Your course instructor can discuss your learning for the course, help you find answers to contentquestions, and give you the tools to navigate the course successfully. In addition, you will communicatewith course instructors by posting in the online learning community and participating in live discussionsessions such as webinars and cohorts.For many of the courses at WGU, you will be required to complete performance assessments. Theseinclude reports, papers, presentations, and projects that let you demonstrate your mastery of the requiredcompetencies. A separate group of faculty members, called evaluators, will review your work todetermine whether it meets requirements. Evaluators are also subject matter experts in their field ofevaluation. If your assessment needs further work before it “passes,” these evaluators, who review yourwork anonymously, will provide you with instructional feedback to help you meet evaluation standardsand allow you to advance.Connecting with Other Mentors and Fellow StudentsAs you proceed through your Degree Plan, you will have direct contact with multiple faculty members.These communications can take a variety of forms, including participation in one-on-one discussions,chats in the learning communities, and live cohort and webinar opportunities. As a WGU student, you willhave access to your own personal MyWGU Student Portal, which will provide a gateway to your coursesof study, learning resources, and learning communities where you will interact with faculty and otherstudents.The learning resources in each course are specifically designed to support you as you developcompetencies in preparation for your assessments. These learning resources may include readingmaterials, videos, tutorials, cohort opportunities, community discussions, and live discussions that areguided by course instructors who are experts in their field. You will access your program communityduring your orientation course to network with peers who are enrolled in your program and to receivecontinued support through professional enrichment and program-specific chats, blogs, and discussions.WGU also provides Student Services associates to help you and your program mentor solve any specialproblems that may arise.OrientationBSCC 202005 2019 Western Governors University 11/29/213

The WGU orientation course focuses on acquainting you with WGU’s competency-based model, distanceeducation, technology, and other resources and tools available for students. You will also utilize WGUprogram and course communities, participate in activities, and get to know other students at WGU. Theorientation course must be completed before you can start your first term at WGU.Transferability of Prior College CourseworkBecause WGU is a competency-based institution, it does not award degrees based on credits but ratheron demonstration of competency. However, if you have completed college coursework at anotheraccredited institution, or if you have completed industry certifications, you may have your transcripts andcertifications evaluated to determine if you are eligible to receive some transfer credit. The guidelines fordetermining what credits will be granted varies based on the degree program. Students entering graduateprograms must have their undergraduate degree verified before being admitted to WGU. To review moreinformation in regards to transfer guidelines based on the different degree programs, you may visit theStudent Handbook found at the link below and search for “Transfer Credit Evaluation.”Click here for the Student HandbookWGU does not waive any requirements based on a student's professional experience and does notperform a "résumé review" or "portfolio review" that will automatically waive any degree requirements.Degree requirements and transferability rules are subject to change in order to keep the degree contentrelevant and current.Remember, WGU's competency-based approach lets you take advantage of your knowledge and skills,regardless of how you obtained them. Even when you do not directly receive credit, the knowledge youpossess may help you accelerate the time it takes to complete your degree program.Continuous Enrollment, On Time Progress, and Satisfactory AcademicProgressWGU is a “continuous enrollment” institution, which means you will be automatically enrolled in each ofyour new terms while you are at WGU. Each term is six months long. Longer terms and continuousenrollment allow you to focus on your studies without the hassle of unnatural breaks between terms thatyou would experience at a more traditional university. At the end of every six-month term, you and yourprogram mentor will review the progress you have made and revise your Degree Plan for your next sixmonth term.WGU requires that students make measurable progress toward the completion of their degree programsevery term. We call this “On-Time Progress,” denoting that you are on track and making progress towardon-time graduation. As full-time students, graduate students must enroll in at least 8 competency unitseach term, and undergraduate students must enroll in at least 12 competency units each term.Completing at least these minimum enrollments is essential to On-Time Progress and serves as abaseline from which you may accelerate your program. We measure your progress based on the coursesyou are able to pass, not on your accumulation of credit hours or course grades. Every time you pass acourse, you are demonstrating that you have mastered skills and knowledge in your degree program. Forcomparison to traditional grading systems, passing a course means you have demonstrated competencyequivalent to a “B” grade or better.WGU assigns competency units to each course in order to track your progress through the program. Acompetency unit is equivalent to one semester credit of learning. Some courses may be assigned 3competency units while others may be as large as 12 competency units.Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is particularly important to students on financial aid because youmust achieve SAP in order to maintain eligibility for financial aid. We will measure your SAP quantitativelyby reviewing the number of competency units you have completed each term. In order to remain in goodBSCC 202005 2019 Western Governors University 11/29/214

academic standing, you must complete at least 66.67% of the units you attempt over the length of yourprogram—including any courses you add to your term to accelerate your progress. Additionally, duringyour first term at WGU you must pass at least 3 competency units in order to remain eligible for financialaid. We know that SAP is complex, so please contact a financial aid counselor should you have additionalquestions. *Please note: The Endorsement Preparation Program in Educational Leadership is not eligiblefor federal financial aid.CoursesYour Degree Plan includes courses needed to complete your program. To obtain your degree, you will berequired to demonstrate your skills and knowledge by completing the assessment(s) for each course. Ingeneral there are two types of assessments: performance assessments and objective assessments.Performance assessments contain, in most cases, multiple scored tasks such as projects, essays, andresearch papers. Objective assessments include multiple-choice items, multiple-selection items,matching, short answer, drag-and-drop, and point-and-click item types, as well as case study and videobased items. Certifications verified through third parties may also be included in your program. Moredetailed information about each assessment is provided in each course of study.Learning ResourcesWGU works with many different educational partners, including enterprises, publishers, trainingcompanies, and higher educational institutions, to provide high-quality and effective learning resourcesthat match the competencies you are developing. These vary in type, and may be combined to create thebest learning experience for your course. A learning resource can be an e-textbook, online module, studyguide, simulation, virtual lab, tutorial, or a combination of these. The cost of most learning resources areincluded in your tuition and Learning Resource Fee. They can be accessed or enrolled for through yourcourses. Some degree-specific resources are not covered by your tuition, and you will need to coverthose costs separately. WGU also provides a robust library to help you obtain additional learningresources, as needed.Mobile Compatibility:The following article provides additional details about the current state of mobile compatibility for learningresources at WGU. It includes a list that can be referenced to determine the mobile friendliness of all corecourse materials used in a program.Student Handbook article: Can I use my mobile device for learning resources?Standard PathAs previously mentioned, competency units (CUs) have been assigned to each course in order tomeasure your academic progress. If you are an undergraduate student, you will be expected to enroll in aminimum of 12 competency units each term. Graduate students are expected to enroll in a minimum of 8competency units each term. A standard plan for a student for this program who entered WGU withoutany transfer units would look similar to the one on the following page. Your personal progress can befaster, but your pace will be determined by the extent of your transfer units, your time commitment, andyour determination to proceed at a faster rate.BSCC 202005 2019 Western Governors University 11/29/215

Standard Path for Bachelor of Science, Cloud ComputingCourse DescriptionCUsTermIntroduction to IT41Applied Algebra31Introduction to Geography31IT Applications41IT Foundations42Applied Probability and Statistics32Network and Security - Foundations32Natural Science Lab22Networks43Introduction to Cryptography43Network and Security - Applications43Scripting and Programming - Foundations34Web Development Foundations34Introduction to Programming in Python34English Composition I34Linux Foundations35Introduction to Communication35Cloud Foundations35Cloud Applications35Business of IT - Project Management46Software Engineering46Desktop Virtualization46Data Center Virtualization47Data Management - Foundations37American Politics and the US Constitution37Introduction to Humanities37Cloud Platform Solutions38Cloud Architecture38Scripting and Automation28Business of IT - Applications48Introduction to Biology39Automation and Scaling Tools39Integrated Physical Sciences39Ethics in Technology39Emerging Technologies210BSCC 202005 2019 Western Governors University 11/29/216

Course DescriptionCUsTermCloud Deployment and Operations310Technical Communication310IT Capstone Written Project410Changes to CurriculumWGU publishes an Institutional Catalog, which describes the academic requirements of each degreeprogram. Although students are required to complete the program version current at the time of theirenrollment, WGU may modify requirements and course offerings within that version of the program tomaintain the currency and relevance of WGU’s competencies and programs. When programrequirements are updated, students readmitting after withdrawal from the university will be expected tore-enter into the most current catalog version of the program.BSCC 202005 2019 Western Governors University 11/29/217

Areas of Study for Bachelor of Science, Cloud ComputingThe following section includes the areas of study in the program, with their associated courses. Yourspecific learning resources and level of instructional support will vary based on the individualcompetencies you bring to the program and your confidence in developing the knowledge, skills, andabilities required in each area of the degree. The Degree Plan and learning resources are dynamic, soyou need to review your Degree Plan and seek the advice of your mentor regarding the resources beforeyou purchase them.IT FundamentalsIntroduction to ITIntroduction to IT examines information technology as a discipline and the various roles and functions of the IT departmentas business support. Students are presented with various IT disciplines including systems and services, network andsecurity, scripting and programming, data management, and business of IT, with a survey of technologies in every area andhow they relate to each other and to the business.This course covers the following competencies: Begin your course by discussing your course planning tool report with your instructor and creating your personalizedcourse plan together. The graduate describes IT as a discipline and discusses the history and future of computing as well as the currentlyused infrastructure. The graduate describes information technology systems and their role in converting data to organizational knowledge. The graduate identifies the role of different types of software in a computing environment and explains thefundamentals of software development. The graduate recognizes and describes functions of basic computer hardware components. The graduate describes the structure, function, and security associated with networks. The graduate identifies common software architectures, development techniques, and the relationship betweensoftware and its environment. The graduate explains the structure and function of databases. The graduate explains the role of technology in today’s business environment and describes basic concepts of projectmanagement. The graduate evaluates ethical concerns involved in the use of technology.IT ApplicationsIT Applications explores personal computer components and their functions in a desktop system. Topics cover computerdata storage and retrieval, including classifying, installing, configuring, optimizing, upgrading, and troubleshooting printers,laptops, portable devices, operating systems, networks, and system security. Other areas in this course includerecommending appropriate tools, diagnostic procedures, preventive maintenance, and troubleshooting techniques forpersonal computer components in a desktop system. The course then finishes with strategies for identifying, preventing, andreporting safety hazards in a technological environment; effective communication with colleagues and clients; and jobrelated professional behavior. This course is designed to build the skills to support four core components: operatingsystems, security, software troubleshooting, and operational procedures. These are core competencies for IT professionalsfrom cloud engineers to data analysts, and these competencies will empower students with a better understanding of thetools used during their careers.This course covers the following competencies: Begin your course by discussing your course planning tool report with your instructor and creating your personalizedcourse plan together. The graduate determines appropriate tools, diagnostic procedures, preventive maintenance, security, malwareremoval, and troubleshooting techniques for common personal computer and mobile operating systems (mobile andpersonal computer) and applications. The graduate determines appropriate strategies to implement documentation, change management, and disasterrecovery; explain common safety and environmental concerns; explain addressing prohibited content; and useprofessional communication techniques.BSCC 202005 2019 Western Governors University 11/29/218

The graduate determines appropriate strategies for classifying, installing, configuring, optimizing, upgrading, andtroubleshooting computer operating systems. The graduate determines appropriate strategies for classifying, controlling access to, setting permission for,configuring, optimizing, and upgrading basic system security.IT FoundationsIT Foundations is the first course in a two-part series that will prepare you for the CompTIA A exam, Part I. This coursefocuses mostly on hardware and will afford you the skills you need to support five core components: Mobile Devices;Networking; Hardware; Virtualization and Cloud Computing; and Network and Hardware Troubleshooting. These areessential skills to set up and troubleshoot any system. Whether you work in a data center or an office, most of your work asan IT professional will execute in a hardware platform; understanding the hardware layer of the IT infrastructure will allowyou to work more efficiently, provide solutions for business requirements, and be a key contributor in your company.This course covers the following competencies: Begin your course by discussing your course planning tool report with your instructor and creating your personalizedcourse plan together. The graduate configures client-side virtualization to meet organizational requirements. The graduate determines appropriate diagnostic and repair strategies for common personal computer hardware,access to network resources, and network connectivity. The graduate recommends appropriate strategies for classifying, installing, configuring, optimizing, upgrading, andtroubleshooting laptops and mobile devices. The graduate recommends appropriate strategies for classifying, installing, configuring, optimizing, and upgradingbasic network types. The graduate demonstrates an understanding of personal computer components and their function in a desktopsystem.General EducationApplied AlgebraApplied Algebra is designed to help you develop competence in working with functions, the algebra of functions, and usingsome applied properties of functions. You will start learning about how we can apply different kinds of functions to relevant,real-life examples. From there, the algebra of several families of functions will be explored, including linear, polynomial,exponential, and logistic functions. You will also learn about relevant, applicable mathematical properties of each family offunctions, including rate of change, concavity, maximizing/minimizing, and asymptotes. These properties will be used tosolve problems related to your major and make sense of everyday living problems. Students should complete AppliedProbability and Statistics or its equivalent prior to engaging in Applied Algebra.This course covers the following competencies: Begin your course by discussing your course planning tool report with your instructor and creating your personalizedcourse plan together. The graduate interprets the real-world meaning of various functions based on notation, graphical representations, anddata representations. The graduate applies linear functions and their properties to real-world problems. The graduate applies polynomial functions and their properties to real-world problems. The graduate applies exponential functions and their properties to real-world problems. The graduate applies logistic functions and their properties to real-world problems. The graduate analyzes graphical depictions of real-world situations using functional properties. The graduate verifies the validity of a given model.Introduction to GeographyThis course will discuss geographic concepts, places and regions, physical and human systems, and the environment.This course covers the following competencies:BSCC 202005 2019 Western Governors University 11/29/219

Begin your course by discussing your course planning tool report with your instructor and creating your personalizedcourse plan together. The graduate can describe and discuss fundamental concepts in geography. The graduate can describe and discuss places and regions. The graduate can describe and discuss physical systems. The graduate can describe and discuss human systems. The graduate can describe and discuss environment.Applied Probability and StatisticsApplied Probability and Statistics is designed to help students develop competence in the fundamental concepts of basicstatistics including: introductory algebra and graphing; descriptive statistics; regression and correlation; and probability.Statistical data and probability are often used in everyday life, science, business, information technology, and educationalsettings to make informed decisions about the validity of studies and the effect of data on decisions. This course discusseswhat constitutes sound research design and how to appropriately model phenomena using statistical data. Additionally, thecontent covers simple probability calculations, based on events that occur in the business and IT industries. Noprerequisites are required for this course.This course covers the following competencies: Begin your course by discussing your course planning tool report with your instructor and creating your personalizedcourse plan together. The graduate applies the operations, processes, and procedures of fractions, decimals, and percentages to evaluatequantitative expressions. The graduate applies the operations, processes, and procedures of basic algebra to evaluate quantitative expressions,and to solve equations and inequalities. The graduate evaluates categorical and quantitative data pertaining to a single variable using appropriate graphicaldisplays and numerical measures. The graduate evaluates the relationship between two variables through interpretation of visual displays and numericalmeasures. The graduate evaluates the relationship between two quantitative variables through correlation and regression. The graduate applies principles and methods of probability-based mathematics to explain and solve problems.English Composition IEnglish Composition I introduces candidates to the types of writing and thinking that are valued in college and beyond.Candidates will practice writing in several genres with emphasis placed on writing and revising academic arguments.Instruction and exercises in grammar, mechanics, research documentation, and style are paired with each module so thatwriters can practice these skills as necessary. Composition I is a foundational course designed to help candidates preparefor success at the college level. There are no prerequisites for English Composition I.This course covers the following competencies: Begin your course by discussing your course planning tool report with your instructor and creating your personalizedcourse plan together. The graduate applies appropriate grammatical rules, sentence structure, and writing conventions. The graduate selects appropriate rhetorical strategies that improve writing and argumentation. The graduate appropriately uses a given writing style. The graduate uses appropriate writing and revision strategies. The graduate integrates credible and relevant sources into written arguments. The graduate composes an appropriate narrative for a given context. The graduate comp

The WGU orientation course focuses on acquainting you with WGU’s competency-based model, distance education, technology, and other resources and tools available for students. You will also utilize WGU program and course communities, participate in activities, an