CSE5060 Multimedia applications on the web - Semester 1 , 2007 unit guide

Semester 1, 2007

Chief Examiner

Chris Ling


Caulfield : Chris Ling


Techniques for developing multimedia web applications for the enterprise using the Java programming language. Advanced Java topics for the enterprise and the web such as applets, Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs), JSPs, servlets and JDBC. Important WWW programming issues such as security and client-server communication.


Knowledge and Understanding

Upon completion of this unit, students will:

  • acquire techniques to develop multimedia web applications using the Java programming language.
  • understand the various advanced Java technologies used to build web applications for the enterprise.
  • be able to competently use the advanced Java libraries to build a medium-size web application for the enterprise.


    Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed

    CSE5910 or equivalent. You should have knowledge of

    A sound understanding of the principles of object-oriented programming using Java.

    Unit relationships

    CSE5060 is a elective unit in the

    • Master of Information Technology (MIT)
    • Master of Applied Information Technology (MAIT)
    • Master of Multimedia Computing
    • (Postgraduate) Diploma in Information Technology
    • Master of Digital Communications
    • Master of Network Computing

    As this is an advanced Java unit, the prerequisite of this unit is basic knowledge in Java programming.  Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed CSE5910, CPE9001 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 http://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 CSE5060 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)
    8 Enterprise JavaBeans (Entity Beans - CMP)
    9 Enterprise JavaBeans (Session Beans)
    10 Servlets and JSPs
    11 EJB3.0
    12 Other issues Research Paper due Friday 25 May 2007.
    13 No lecture Presentations during tutorials


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


    Assessment weighting

    Assessment for the unit consists of one practical assignment with a weighting of 50%, weekly tutorial exercises with a weighting of 20% and a research paper with a weighting of 30%

    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 research paper; 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:

    (P * 0.3) + (A * 0.5) + (T * 0.2)


    P = research paper percentage
    A = practical assignment percentage
    T = tutorial exercises percentage

    Assessment Requirements

    Assessment Due Date Weighting
    Tutorial Exercises Weekly 20%
    J2EE Web Application Monday 4 Jun 2007 50 %
    Research Paper Friday 25 May 2007 30 %

    Assignment specifications will be made available CSE5060 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 assignment receipt.


    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 Notices Newsgroup in the Unit Website and/or Discussion group. Check this regularly. Failure to read the Notices and 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

    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