CSE3420 Developing graphical www in Java - Semester 1 , 2007 unit guide

Semester 1, 2007

Chief Examiner

Chris Ling


Caulfield : Chris Ling
South Africa : Robin Knox-Grant


This unit focuses on the theory and application of object-oriented programming techniques as implemented in the Java programming language and its ability to build GUI and server applications for the World Wide Web. In relation to internet programming, students gain experience with the HTTP protocol, the operation of web-servers and server side programming (using servlets) as well as distributed object technology (using Java RMI). In relation to GUIs, students are exposed to Java Applets and issues which arise when using HTML interfaces. Other important areas covered include: security (both in the Java language and for secure client-server communication); the implementation of session tracking; an introduction to object-relational mapping (based on JDBC) and an introduction to J2EE for enterprise programming.


At the completion of this unit, students will have:


  • a commercially relevant programming language and its associated libraries,
  • Understandingof:

  • the object oriented programming paradigm and how to apply it to distributed programming and web applications,
  • Skillsin:

  • constructing applications with a portable graphical user interface,
  • designing, developing and testing a small to medium size web application written in Java.


Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed CSE2201, or equivalent.

Unit relationships

CSE3420 is an elective unit in the Bachelor of Computing degree. Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed CSE2201, or equivalent.

Texts and software

Required text(s)


Textbook availability

Recommended readings 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

J2SE 5.0, Sun Microsystems

J2EE 1.4 SDK, Sun Microsystems

Software may be:

  • downloaded from muso.monash.edu.au

Hardware requirements

PC running Windows

Recommended reading

C. Horstmann and G. Cornell, Core Java 2 Volume 2 Advanced Features, Sun Microsystems Press, 2005. ISBN: 0-13-111826-9

J. Wigglesworth and P. McMillan, Java Programming: Advanced Topics, Cambridge, Mass. : Course Technology, 2004, ISBN: 0-61-915968-5

R. Monson-Haefel, Enterprise JavaBeans, O'Reilly, 2004

K. Boone, Applied Enterprise JavaBeans Technology, Prentice-Hall, 2003. ISBN: 0-13-044915-6

D.A. Lyon, Java For Programmers, Pearson Education, 2005, ISBN: 0-13-047869-5

B. Eckel, Thinking in Java - 3rd Edition, 2003, Prentice-Hall, ISBN:0-13-100287-2

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 CSE3420 are:

Unit Homepage can be accessed on MUSO, where lecture slides, weekly tutorial requirements, assignment specifications, sample solution, supplementary material will be posted.

Unit website


Structure and organisation

Week Topics Key Dates
1 Introduction to CSE3420, Java Revision, Exception Handling
2 GUI and Event Handling, Threads and Synchronization
3 Network Programming
4 Client-Side Programming
5 Database Connectivity (JDBC)
6 Enterprise Computing and Introduction to J2EE
Non teaching week
7 Enterprise JavaBeans (Entity Beans - BMP) Unit Test during Tutorials
8 Enterprise JavaBeans (Entity Beans - CMP)
9 Enterprise JavaBeans (Session Beans)
10 Servlets and JSPs
11 EJB3.0
12 Other issues Assignment due on Friday 25 May 2007
13 Revision Lecture


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


Assessment weighting

Assessment for the unit consists of tutorial exercises with a weighting of 20%, a practical assignment with a weighting of 30%, a unit test with a weighting of 10% and a formal examination with a weighting of 40%.

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:


* at least 50% of the total marks given for the unit; AND

* at least 50% of the marks given for the formal examination; AND

* at least 40% of the total marks given for the tutorial exercises and the practical assignment combined.

Your score for the unit will be calculated by:


(E * 0.5) + (A * 0.5)


E = supervised assessment component (combined exam and unit test percentage)
A = unsupervised assessment component (combined assignment and tutorial percentage)

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Due Date Weighting
J2EE Web Application Friday 25 May 2007 30%
Unit Test Week 7 Tutorial 10 %
Tutorial Exercises Weekly 20 %
3-hour Examination (Closed book) Exam period (S1/07) starts on 07/06/07 40 %

Assignment specifications will be made available CSE3420 Unit Web Site Assignment Page.

Assignment Submission

Tutorial exercises will be marked during the weekly tutorial sessions.

Instructions for assignment submission will be posted soon.

Extensions and late submissions

Late submission of assignments

Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of a drop in grade for each 5 day period. 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. 

Valid grounds include:

  • prolonged illness
  • diagnosed disability
  • compulsory military service
  • appearance in court on summons
  • other special cases

Requests for extensions must be made by email to your designated lecturer at least two full 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 from your lecturer must be submitted with 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

After submission, you have to make an appointment with your tutor to be interviewed. During the interview, questions will be asked about your assignment. Your assignment will only be marked if you have attended the interview.

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


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.

Unit improvements

We expect that feedback provided by students throughout the semester will help us to improve future offerings of this unit. There is an anonymous feedback mechanism provided in MUSO.

Experience from teaching other units where minimal discussion groups were provided has led to the introduction of separate discussion groups for each study guide, in order to make it easier for you to find the postings that relate to particular topics.

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

If you have any question or concern about the unit, you may contact your tutor or the lecturer. You may also post your questions via e-mails, or on the discussion forum. You can also approach the lecturer at the end of the lectures. 


Notices related to the unit during the semester will be placed on the Notice Board on the Unit Homepage and/or the Discussion Group. Check this regularly. Failure to read the Notices and/or the Discussion group is not regarded as grounds for special consideration.

Consultation Times

Chris Ling's consultation time for this unit is Monday 10 to 12pm in H7.21. For any other times, please make an appointment with Chris via e-mails.
The HelpDesk room will also be able to provide some help. Check with your tutors for their consultation times.

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:

Dr Chris Ling
Phone +61 3 990 32808
Fax +61 3 990 31077

Mr Robin Knox-Grant

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: Feb 22, 2007