CPE5011 Internet applications development - Semester 2 , 2006 unit guide

Semester 2, 2006

Chief Examiner

Janet Fraser


Caulfield : Janet Fraser


Client-server environments, and their components. Web page design with text, graphics, audio and video. Designing large-scale web sites. Web site organisational frameworks. Principles of advanced visual design. Designing small scale web sites for mobile devices

Web page functionality through scripting. Object oriented scripting languages for mobile and conventional web pages. Scripting on client side (JavaScript); Applications for scripting. Scripting on the server side (C# in .NET Framework). Event-driven programming and postback. Manipulating data sources. Web services. Scripting techniques for mobile devices.

Mark up languages to structure data (including web page content): XHTML, XML (including DTD, XML Schema language, XSLT processing, XPath, XLink, XPointer), and WML. Use of mark up languages in web and mobile environments. Formatting information through CSS. Usability and interoperability in mobile and conventional web environments.


At the successful completion of this subject students will have:

(1) an understanding of web environments and their components,

(2) an understanding of the principles of large scale, and small scale, web site development including an understanding of advanced design principles,

(3) an understanding of the uses of mark-up languages and meta-languages in structuring data, particularly in a web context,

(4) the knowledge and skills to implement web sites varying size and complexity, using XHTML, XML and WML

(5) An understanding of the principles of object oriented scripting and the knowledge of the various uses to which scripting may be put;

(6) the knowledge and skills to implement web applications, in an applications development environment

(7) the skills to write scripts to perform a variety of tasks in WAP and conventional web page environments; and

(8) a professional attitude towards the development of web based information systems.


Entry qualifications into any master's or honours program of the Faculty. CPE4001 Distributed Programming in Java (or equivalent).

Unit relationships

Before attempting this unit you must have entry qualifications into any master's or honours program of the Faculty and CPE4001 Distributed Programming in Java (or equivalent).

You may not study this unit and CPE4003 Web Topics in your degree.

Texts and software

Required text(s)


Textbook availability

Not Applicable

Software requirements

No Software Requirement

Software may be:

  • downloaded from http://walkabout.netcomp.monash.edu.au/walkabout/cpe5011

Hardware requirements

Students studying off-campus are required to have the minimum system configuration specified by the Faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. On-campus students, and those studying at supported study locations may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to n hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Recommended reading

  • Goodman, Danny. JavaScript Bible, IDG Books , 1998
  • Navarro, A. Mastering XML Sybex, 2001
  • Jesse liberty, Programming ASP.NET O'Reilly Windows February 2002
  • 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 CPE5011 are:

    The CPE5011 website, http://walkabout.netcomp.monash.edu.au/walkabout/CPE5011 where lecture materials, audio lectures, tutorial exercises, assignment specifications, sample exam and supplementary materials are posted.

    Unit website


    Structure and organisation

    Week Topics
    1 Overview of XML Schema language. Simple types. Complex types. Namespaces. Namespaces, schemas and validation.
    2 XSLT. Using XPath. Test expressions and functions. Cascading Stylesheets. Serving static and dynamic web pages. Setting up a development environment (ASP.NET). An overview of a development environment.
    3 HTTP protocol reviewed. HTML forms reviewed. Server controls. C# basics: data types and operators; control structures and functions. Event driven programming and postback.
    4 Objects in C#. Static class members and class relationships. Namespaces and core objects. State handling. Objects and structured data.
    5 Using data sources. Reading data with ADO.NET objects. Manipulating data. Manipulating XML as a data store. Navigating the nodes
    6 Types of server controls. Page lifecyles and using server controls. Control families and data templates. A larger example. Components and user controls. Code behind. .NET Assemblies. Custom Server Controls
    7 Web services. Building simple services. Deploying services. Configuration. Optimisation. Authentication
    8 DataGrids advanced features: paging, sorting, customised formatting, computing summary data. DataLists advanced customising, DataGrids Master/Detail. Sending email, Accessing File System: Uploading, Reading, Creating, Copying, Deleting files. Creating graphics with ASP.NET
    9 Web pages for mobile devices. Navigating a mobile site. List controls and data binding. Validation controls. Rich controls. Styling page output. Writing controls. New device support. Web services.
    10 Understanding JavaScript, creating a simple script, how JavaScript programs work. Using and storing values, using strings and arrays, testing and comparing values, using loops
    Non teaching week
    11 Using built in objects, browser objects, creating custom objects, responding to events. Using windows and frames, getting data with forms, using graphics and animation, browser specific scripts.
    12 Dynamic pages with layers.Cookies. Programming practices. Debugging JavaScript applications.Example: a webpage with JavaScript features. Example: a shopping cart script. Further examples:searching and banner ads.
    13 Revision


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


    Assessment weighting

    Assessment for the unit consists of 3 assignments with a weighting of 45%, submission of Quiz Questions worth 5%, submission of Exercises worth 10% and an examination with a weighting of 40%. Read this section VERY carefully.

    Assessment Policy

    To pass this unit you must:

    Assessment for the unit consists of 3 assignments with a weighting of 45%, submission of quiz questions with a weighting of 5% and submission of tutorial exercises with a weighting of 10% and an examination with a weighting of 40%.

    Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

    Assignment marks (45%) + Quiz Question Marks (5%) + Exercise marks (10%) + Exam Marks (40%)

    Assessment Requirements

    Assessment Due Date Weighting
    Ass1 11/8/2006 10%
    Ass2 8/9/2006 15 %
    Ass3 20/10/2006 20 %
    Quiz Questions 13/10/2006 5 %
    Exercises 13/10/2006 10 %
    The exam is 2 hours long and is closed book. Exam period (S2/06) starts on 23/10/06 40 %

    Assignment specifications will be made available CPE5011 Home Page.

    Assignment Submission

    Assignments will be submitted by electronic submission to the student server. The due date is the date by which the submission must be received.

    Extensions and late submissions

    Late submission of assignments

    Late assignments are not accepted for correction, and zero marks are awarded accordingly. The only exception to this is in the case of illness or other serious cause. In any such cases, proper third party documentation (e.g. a doctor's certificate) would have to be supplied. Where a doctor's certificate is supplied, then an extension may be allowed for time specified on the doctor's certificate.

    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 by email 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:

    Grade Percentage/description
    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%.

    Assignment return

    Assignment correction sheets will be completed and placed in the student's directory on the student server.


    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.


    Communication methods

    Refer unit home page


    Notices related to the unit during the semester will be placed on the unit website. Website.. Failure to read the Notices is not regarded as grounds for special consideration.

    Consultation Times

    See unit web site for times of on campus and on line help sessions.

    If direct communication with your unit adviser/lecturer or tutor outside of consultation periods is needed you may contact the lecturer and/or tutors at:

    Ms Janet Fraser
    Phone +61 3 990 44615
    Fax +61 3 990 44124

    All email communication to you from your lecturer will occur through your Monash student email address. Please ensure that you read it regularly, or forward your email to your main address. Also check that your contact information registered with the University is up to date in My.Monash.

    Last updated: Jul 5, 2006