CSE2030 Web Interface Technology , Unit Information Guide (Semester 1, 2006)

Chief Examiner Jason Ceddia
Caulfield : Jason Ceddia
South Africa : Gregory Gregoriou

This unit introduces students to the fundamental concepts involved in creating applications that are Web based. The emphasis of this unit is placed on the technologies that can be used instead of programming theory. Topics will be organised around two technologies programmers can use to create their Web pages. The unit discusses forms processing and how it is handled with PHP technology in a Unix environment or ASP.NET technology in a Windows environment. It also exposes students to Web scripting technologies (Javascript, CSS and XML) that can be used in both environments.

Students gain experience with the basics of how web applications work in a 'stateless' environment. Basic graphical user interface components like buttons, labels, textfields and checkboxes are introduced. The unit will reinforce database concepts in the design of applications and how some integrity rules can be enforced using client side scripting. The students will gain experience in the restricted user interface design by recognising the limitations of a WEB connection.

Objectives At completion of this unit students will:
  • Have knowledge of
    • web technology
    • good web page design
    • script code embedded in HTML documents
    • the objects and methods available from ASP.NET
  • Have an understanding of
    • the HTTP interaction between a client and server
    • the basics of how a dynamic web pages with database backends are created
    • the basics of web scripting languages and their use
  • Have skills to
    • design, implement, modify and test applications for use in web pages
    • use the objects and methods in ASP.NET effectively
    • use PHP effectively
    • write client side scripts to manage events
    • write applications flexible enough to run correctly in any browser
  • Have developed attitudes which allow them to
    • appreciate the value of applications for true on-line interaction development via the Web
    • apply database design principles and structure SQL queries
Prerequisites Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed [ CSE1201, CSE1203, CSE1204 ] , or equivalent.

Unit relationships CSE2030 is an elective unit in the Computer Systems major of the Bachelor of Computing degree. Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed [ CSE1201, CSE1203, CSE1204 ] , or equivalent. You may not study this unit and CPE3002 in your degree.
Texts and software

Required text(s)

Prescribed text:

Suggested Reading:

Morrison, M. and Morrison, J. Database driven web sites. Thompson Learning (Course Technology), 2nd edition,2002.

Morneau, K. and Batistick, J. Active Server Pages. Thompson Learning (Course Technology), 2001.

Flanagan, D. JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, Beta Edition, O Reilly and Associates 96.

Wille, C. Unlocking Active Server Pages, New Riders Publishing, 97

Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 2.0 Sams '1999

Sobel, M. A practical guide to the Unix system. 3rd edn. Benjamin Cummings 1995.

Esposito, D. Programming Microsoft ASP.NET [Hardcover] Microsoft Press 2003.

Many other online sources available for example:

Javascript eg: http://developer.netscape.com/docs/manuals/communicator/jsref/index.htm
Other sources for ASP& ASP.NET: http://www.learnasp.com/learn/joust/
Comprehensive PERL Archives Network : http://www.cpan.org/
Web Monkey (for site authoring): http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/
PHP site and reference: http://www.php.net/docs.php
Web style manual by Patrick Lynch : http://info.med.yale.edu/caim/manual/
Top ten mistakes in web design by Jakob Nielsen : http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9605.html
PHP editors available: http://phpeditors.linuxbackup.co.uk/
PHP examples: http://www.phpbuilder.com/
**HTML file validator: http://validator.w3.org/
**Tutorials on HTML, CSS,XML etc http://www.w3schools.com/default.asp
(All References and links checked Feb 7th 2006).


Text books are available from the Monash University Book Shops. Availability from other suppliers cannot be assured. The Bookshop orders texts in specifically for this unit. You are advised to purchase your text book early.

Software requirements:

PHP ver 4.2 or above

Oracle 8 or above

Visual studio.NET 2003, Microsoft.

Access 2003, Microsoft.

Hardware requirements:

Recommended reading

Library access You may need to access the Monash library either personally to be able to satisfactorily complete the subject.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.
Study resources

Study resources for CSE2030 are:

CSE2030 web site on MUSO, where lectureslides, weekly tutorial requirements, assignment specifications and supplementary material will be posted.

Structure and organisation



Study Guide

1 Introduction to WWW processing
2 HTML and PHP language basics
3 PHP forms, CSS and XML
4 PHP cookies, sessions and templates
5 Forms and db connections with PHP
6 Javascript - clientside
7 Web page design basics
8 Introduction to ASP.NET
9 ASP.NET and forms
10 ADO.NET - connecting to DB
11 ASP.NET - list controls and templates
12 ASP.NET objects
13 Catchup and revision

The timetable for on-campus classes for this unit can be viewed in Allocate+


60 % - 2 hr exam at the end of semester covering all theory and practical work
40% - 1 Assignment using the WWW facilities for data input and retrieval. This assignment will have two components; one for a UNIX based server and one for an Microsoft Windows based server.
Note: You must achieve a minimum of 40% in each assessment component. Your final mark will be the MINIMUM of the weighted average of the two components or your lowest component mark + 10%. The assignment material is examinable.

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:

Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

Assessment Requirements


Due Date


Assignment -php component 24th April 20 %
Assignment - ASP.NET component 26th May 20 %

Assignment specifications will be made available CSE2030 MUSO web site. Information about assignments will be published on the Unit's Notices Newsgroup.

Assignment Submission Methods

Assignments will be submitted to the respective tutor and have a Faculty standard cover sheet.

Extensions and late submissions

Late submission of assignments

Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of 10% per day; assignments received later than one week after the due date will not normally be accepted.

This policy is strict because comments or guidance will be given on assignments as they are returned, and sample solutions may also be published and distributed, after assignment marking or with the returned assignment. 


It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are seldom regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. 

Requests for extensions must be made in person to the unit lecturer at least two days before the due date. You will be asked to forward original medical certificates in cases of illness, and may be asked to provide other forms of documentation where necessary. A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

Grading of assessment

Assignments, and the unit, will be marked and allocated a grade according to the following scale:

HD High Distinction - very high levels of achievement, demonstrated knowledge and understanding, skills in application and high standards of work encompassing all aspects of the tasks.
In the 80+% range of marks for the assignment.
D Distinction - high levels of achievement, but not of the same standards. May have a weakness in one particular aspect, or overall standards may not be quite as high.
In the 70-79% range.
C Credit - sound pass displaying good knowledge or application skills, but some weaknesses in the quality, range or demonstration of understanding.
In the 60-69% range.
P Pass - acceptable standard, showing an adequate basic knowledge, understanding or skills, but with definite limitations on the extent of such understanding or application. Some parts may be incomplete.
In the 50-59% range.
N Not satisfactory -  failure to meet the basic requirements of the assessment.
Below 50%.

We will aim to have assignment results made available to you within two weeks after assignment receipt.

Feedback Feedback to you

You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This feedback may be provided through your participation in tutorials and class discussions, as well as through your assignment submissions. It may come in the form of individual advice, marks and comments, or it may be provided as comment or reflection targeted at the group. It may be provided through personal interactions, such as interviews and on-line forums, or through other mechanisms such as on-line self-tests and publication of grade distributions.

Feedback from you

You will be asked to provide feedback to the Faculty through a Unit Evaluation survey at the end of the semester. You may also be asked to complete surveys to help teaching staff improve the unit and unit delivery. Your input to such surveys is very important to the faculty and the teaching staff in maintaining relevant and high quality learning experiences for our students.

And if you are having problems

It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem with your study. The semester is short, so we can help you best if you let us know as soon as problems arise. Regardless of whether the problem is related directly to your progress in the unit, if it is likely to interfere with your progress you should discuss it with your lecturer or a Community Service counsellor as soon as possible.

Plagiarism and cheating

Plagiarism and cheating are regarded as very serious offences. In cases where cheating  has been confirmed, students have been severely penalised, from losing all marks for an assignment, to facing disciplinary action at the Faculty level. While we would wish that all our students adhere to sound ethical conduct and honesty, I will ask you to acquaint yourself with Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Faculty regulations that apply to students detected cheating as these will be applied in all detected cases.

In this University, cheating means seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in any examination or any other written or practical work to be submitted or completed by a student for assessment. It includes the use, or attempted use, of any means to gain an unfair advantage for any assessable work in the unit, where the means is contrary to the instructions for such work. 

When you submit an individual assessment item, such as a program, a report, an essay, assignment or other piece of work, under your name you are understood to be stating that this is your own work. If a submission is identical with, or similar to, someone else's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. If you are planning on working with another student, it is acceptable to undertake research together, and discuss problems, but it is not acceptable to jointly develop or share solutions unless this is specified by your lecturer. 

Intentionally providing students with your solutions to assignments is classified as "assisting to cheat" and students who do this may be subject to disciplinary action. You should take reasonable care that your solution is not accidentally or deliberately obtained by other students. For example, do not leave copies of your work in progress on the hard drives of shared computers, and do not show your work to other students. If you believe this may have happened, please be sure to contact your lecturer as soon as possible.

Cheating also includes taking into an examination any material contrary to the regulations, including any bilingual dictionary, whether or not with the intention of using it to obtain an advantage.

Plagiarism involves the false representation of another person's ideas, or findings, as your own by either copying material or paraphrasing without citing sources. It is both professional and ethical to reference clearly the ideas and information that you have used from another writer. If the source is not identified, then you have plagiarised work of the other author. Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that is insulting to the reader and grossly unfair to your student colleagues.


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Last updated: Feb 27, 2006