IMS2906 Business applications programming - Semester 1 , 2007 unit guide

Semester 1, 2007

Chief Examiner

Janet Fraser


Caulfield : Janet Fraser
Clayton : Janet Fraser


Serving static and dynamic web pages. An overview of a development environment: ASP.Net with C#. Event driven programming and postback. Namespaces and core objects. State handling.

Using data sources: manipulating XML as a data store, node navigation. Types of server controls. Page life cycles and using server controls. Control families and data templates. Components and user controls. Code behind. .NET Assemblies. Custom Server Controls. XML Web services. Building and deploying services. System Configuration and optimisation. Authentication of users. Ajax with ASP.Net

Mobile Web page development using ASP.Net. Navigating a mobile sites. List controls and data binding. Validation controls. Rich Controls. Styling page output. Writing controls.New device support. Web services. Security and state management.


Knowledge and Understanding

1 An understanding of web environments and their components

2 An understanding of the principles of object oriented Internet applications development

3 The knowledge and skills to design and implement web based applications, using a server side applications development environment.

4 The knowledge and skills to design and implement mobile applications

5 The knowledge and skills to implement data stores in web based applications

6 A professional attitude towards the development of web based information systems.


Students should have knowledge of Basic HTML, basic XML, some programming in Java, C, C# or C++

Unit relationships

IMS2906 is a elective unit in the Bachelor of Information Technology & Systems.


Texts and software

Required text(s)


Textbook availability

Not Applicable

Software requirements

The following software can be downloaded from the unit web site. This software is also available in designated laboratories

Firefox. Browser

Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 6.0 or later. Browser for viewing web pages.

40tude HTML Editor

Top Style Lite Editor

Install Zip.


Openwave Phone Emulator (Version 7.0).

Software may be:

  • downloaded from

Hardware requirements

Students 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 8 hours per week for use of a computer.

Recommended reading

Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz, Programming ASP.NET O'Reilly Windows, 1st edition. February 2002.

Anderson, R. et al, Professional ASP.NET 1.0, Wrox Press, Birmingham, 2002.

JavaScript Bible, Fouth Edition, Goodman, IDG Books Worldwide Inc

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 IMS2906 are:

Links to these resources can be found on the unit's MUSO site.

Unit website

Structure and organisation

Week Topics Key Dates
1 Serving static and dynamic web pages. Setting up a development environment (ASP.NET). An overview of a development environment.
2 HTTP protocol reviewed. HTML forms reviewed. Server controls.
3 C# basics: data types and operators; control structures and functions. Event driven programming and postback. Objects in C#. Static class members and class relationships.
4 Namespaces and core objects. State handling. Objects and structured data.
5 Using data sources. Reading data with ADO.NET objects. Manipulating data. Assignment 1 Due @ 2pm
6 Manipulating XML as a data store. Navigating the nodes
Non teaching week
7 Types of server controls. Page lifecyles and using server controls. Control families and data templates. A larger example.
8 Components and user controls. Code behind. .NET Assemblies. Custom Server Controls
9 Web services. Building simple services. Deploying services. Configuration. Optimisation. Authentication.
10 DataGrids advanced features: paging, sorting, customising. DataLists advanced features. Sending email. Accessing file system: uploading, reading, creating, copying and deleting files Assignment 2 Due @ 2pm
11 Ajax defined, using Ajax. Using Ajax with ASP.NET, using Ajax with ASP.NET and databases
12 (Mobile) Web pages for mobile devices. Navigating a mobile site. List controls and data binding. Validation controls. Rich controls. (Mobile) Styling page output. Writing controls. New device support. Web services. Assignment 3 Due @ 2pm
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 35%,
submission of Quiz Questions worth 5%,
submission of Exercises worth 10% and
an examination with a weighting of 50%.

Read this section VERY carefully.

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:

earn at least 40% of the marks available for practical work AND at least 40% in the examination. In addition students must receive 50% overall to pass the unit.

Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

Assignment percentage + Quiz Question marks + Exercise marks + Exam percentage

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Due Date Weighting
Assignment 1 30/3/2007 10%
Assignment 2 11/5/2007 15 %
Assignment 3 25/5/2007 10 %
Quiz Questions 25/5/2007 5 %
Exercises 25/5/2007 10 %
The exam is 3 hours long and is closed book. Exam period (S1/07) starts on 07/06/07 50 %

Assignment specifications will be made available

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

On campus and on line help sessions. See unit web site for details.


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:

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: Mar 9, 2007