BUS4011 Advanced computer programming for business - Semester 2 , 2007

Unit leader :

Ly-Fie Sugianto

Lecturer(s) :


  • Ly-Fie Sugianto

Tutors(s) :


  • Aswin Setyawan Margono


Welcome to BUS4011 Advanced Computer Programming for Business for semester 2, 2007. This 6 point unit is elective to Masters of Business  Systems in the Faculty of IT. The unit has been designed to provide you with fundamental Visual Basic knowledge, augmented with several advanced programming topics that will equip a graduate with the necessary programming knowledge and skills to produce business applications using OO paradigm.

Unit synopsis

At the completion of this unit students should be able to use a current popular business application development environment to develop complete desktop and Web applications. Major topics include: database connectivity, Web services, business objects, advanced GUI techniques. Object orientation in the context of business applications is also discussed including the creations of business classes. A clean logical programming style that minimises errors is demonstrated. Topics concerning application delivery including help and distribution technolgies may also be discussed.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this unit, students will have:

    Knowledge of:

  • advanced Visual Basic programming topics relevent to the development of typical business applications

    Understanding of:

  • the application of these advanced topics to application development

    Skills in:

  • developing a non trivial, possibly object oriented, internet/intranet/extranet business application in a multi-tier, data rich environment


For on campus students, workload commitments are:

  • two-hour lecture and
  • one-hour tutorial (or laboratory) (requiring advance preparation)
  • a minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.
  • You will need to allocate up to 5 hours per week in some weeks, for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups

Unit relationships


Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed

BUS9042 or equivalent

, or equivalent. You should have knowledge of N/A


BUS4011 is a elective unit in the Electronic Commerce track of the Masters of Business Systems. Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed

BUS9042 or equivalent

, or equivalent. You should have knowledge of N/A.

You may not study this unit and


in your degree.

Continuous improvement

Monash is committed to ‘Excellence in education' and strives for the highest possible quality in teaching and learning. To monitor how successful we are in providing quality teaching and learning Monash regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. Two of the formal ways that you are invited to provide feedback are through Unit Evaluations and through Monquest Teaching Evaluations.

One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through Unit Evaluation Surveys. It is Monash policy for every unit offered to be evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys as they are an important avenue for students to "have their say". The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

Student Evaluations

The Faculty of IT administers the Unit Evaluation surveys online through the my.monash portal, although for some smaller classes there may be alternative evaluations conducted in class.

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to http://www.monash.edu.au/unit-evaluation-reports/

Over the past few years the Faculty of Information Technology has made a number of improvements to its courses as a result of unit evaluation feedback. Some of these include systematic analysis and planning of unit improvements, and consistent assignment return guidelines.

Monquest Teaching Evaluation surveys may be used by some of your academic staff this semester. They are administered by the Centre for Higher Education Quality (CHEQ) and may be completed in class with a facilitator or on-line through the my.monash portal. The data provided to lecturers is completely anonymous. Monquest surveys provide academic staff with evidence of the effectiveness of their teaching and identify areas for improvement. Individual Monquest reports are confidential, however, you can see the summary results of Monquest evaluations for 2006 at http://www.adm.monash.edu.au/cheq/evaluations/monquest/profiles/index.html

Improvements to this unit

The weekly topic coverage in this unit has been reduced following student's feedback.

Students are given the opportunity to provide feedback during the semester through MonQueST, as well as at through Unit Evaluation at the end of the semester.

Unit staff - contact details

Unit leader

Dr Lyfie Sugianto
Senior Lecturer
Phone +61 3 990 55803
Fax +61 3 990 55159

Contact hours : Wednesday, 1-3pm

Lecturer(s) :

Dr Lyfie Sugianto
Senior Lecturer
Phone +61 3 990 55803
Fax +61 3 990 55159

Contact hours : Wednesday, 1-3pm

Tutor(s) :

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Teaching and learning method

The teaching approach for this unit is using the seminar-style lecture. During the lab sessions, students are given the opportunity to work on their computer program under the tutor's guidance.

Timetable information

For information on timetabling for on-campus classes at all Australian campuses please refer to MUTTS, http://mutts.monash.edu.au/MUTTS/

Refer to MUTTS at http://mutts.monash.edu.au/MUTTS/

Tutorial allocation

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Communication, participation and feedback

Monash aims to provide a learning environment in which students receive a range of ongoing feedback throughout their studies. You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This may take the form of group feedback, individual feedback, peer feedback, self-comparison, verbal and written feedback, discussions (on line and in class) as well as more formal feedback related to assignment marks and grades. You are encouraged to draw on a variety of feedback to enhance your learning.

It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem that is affecting your study. Semesters are 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 Schedule

Week Topic References/Readings Key dates
1 VB Basic - revision DDN Ch1-6 16 Jul
2 Object models - abstraction DDN Ch7-8 23 Jul
3 Inheritance DDN Ch9 30 Jul
4 Polymorphism DDN Ch10 6 Aug
5 Programming project DDN Ch1-10 13 Aug
6 Exception Handling DDN Ch11 20 Aug
7 GUI DDN Ch13 27 Aug
8 Graphics and multimedia DDN Ch16 3 Sep
9 XML DDN Ch18 10 Sep
10 SQL, ADO.NET DDN Ch19 17 Sep
Mid semester break
11 XML DDN Ch20 1 Oct
12 Multi-threading, web-services DDN Ch14, 21 8 Oct
13 Revision ALL 15 Oct

Unit Resources

Prescribed text(s) and readings

Visual Basic.NET How To Program 2Ed. - Deitel, Deitel, Nietto

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.

Recommended text(s) and readings

Visual Basic.NET How To Program 2Ed. - Deitel, Deitel, Nietto

Required software and/or hardware

Visual Studio.NET (2003 or 2005)

Equipment and consumables required or provided

Students will need access to:

  • a personal computer with Windows XP
  • the internet via dial-up connection or preferably by broadband

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 5 hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Study resources

Study resources we will provide for your study are:

Lecture slides, tutorial materials, assignment specifications, sample examination with suggested solutions and unit guide can be downloaded from the BUS4011 website on MUSO.

Library access

The Monash University Library site contains details about borrowing rights and catalogue searching. To learn more about the library and the various resources available, please go to http://www.lib.monash.edu.au.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.

Monash University Studies Online (MUSO)

All unit and lecture materials are available through the MUSO (Monash University Studies Online) site. You can access this site by going to:

  1. a) https://muso.monash.edu.au or
  2. b) via the portal (http://my.monash.edu.au).

Click on the Study and enrolment tab, then the MUSO hyperlink.

In order for your MUSO unit(s) to function correctly, your computer needs to be correctly configured.

For example :

  • MUSO supported browser
  • Supported Java runtime environment

For more information, please visit


You can contact the MUSO Support by: Phone: (+61 3) 9903 1268

For further contact information including operational hours, please visit


Further information can be obtained from the MUSO support site:



Unit assessment policy

The unit is assessed with 2 Hand-ins, a class test, an assignment and a two-hour closed book examination. To pass the unit, You must get at least 50% in the final exam in order to pass the unit. If you fail the final exam, the final mark returned to you will be your exam mark out of 100 (your assignment marks will not be included).

Assignment tasks

  • Assignment Task
    Title :
    Hand-in 1
    Description :
    Several programming problems will be selected from the prescribed tutorial work to be assessed. Topics include Object modelling and data abstraction.
    Weighting :
    Criteria for assessment :
    Working solution
    Due date :
    Friday following the tutorial session when hand-in problem is released
  • Assignment Task
    Title :
    Hand-in 2
    Description :
    Several programming problems will be selected from the prescribed tutorial work to be assessed. Topics include object modelling, inheritance and exception handling.
    Weighting :
    Criteria for assessment :
    Working solution
    Due date :
  • Assignment Task
    Title :
    Hand-in 3 (Class test)
    Description :

    Topic coverage: object modelling, data abstraction and information hiding, inheritance.

    Weighting :
    Criteria for assessment :
    Correct solution
    Due date :
    Class test is conducted during tutorial session
  • Assignment Task
    Title :
    Object model
    Description :
    Student is presented with a programming project that involves object modelling and connection to a database.
    Weighting :
    Criteria for assessment :
    Working solution
    Due date :
    13 Oct


  • Examination
    Weighting :
    Length :
    2 hours
    Type ( open/closed book ) :
    Closed book

Assignment submission

Assignments will be submitted by electronic submission to MUSO. On-campus Students Submit the assignment to the MUSO by 13 October 2007, with the appropriate cover sheet correctly filled out and attached

Assignment coversheets

Coversheets can be downloaded from


University and Faculty policy on assessment

Due dates and extensions

The due dates for the submission of assignments are given in the previous section. Please make every effort to submit work by the due dates. 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. Students are advised to NOT assume that granting of an extension is a matter of course.

Requests for extensions must be made to the unit lecturer at your campus 2 to 6 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.

Late assignment

Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty. See assignment sheet for details.

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.

Return dates

Students can expect assignments to be returned within two weeks of the submission date or after receipt, whichever is later.

Assessment for the unit as a whole is in accordance with the provisions of the Monash University Education Policy at:


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

Plagiarism, cheating and collusion

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 (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/about/committees-groups/facboard/policies/studrights.html) 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.

Register of counselling about plagiarism

The university requires faculties to keep a simple and confidential register to record counselling to students about plagiarism (e.g. warnings). The register is accessible to Associate Deans Teaching (or nominees) and, where requested, students concerned have access to their own details in the register. The register is to serve as a record of counselling about the nature of plagiarism, not as a record of allegations; and no provision of appeals in relation to the register is necessary or applicable.

Non-discriminatory language

The Faculty of Information Technology is committed to the use of non-discriminatory language in all forms of communication. Discriminatory language is that which refers in abusive terms to gender, race, age, sexual orientation, citizenship or nationality, ethnic or language background, physical or mental ability, or political or religious views, or which stereotypes groups in an adverse manner. This is not meant to preclude or inhibit legitimate academic debate on any issue; however, the language used in such debate should be non-discriminatory and sensitive to these matters. It is important to avoid the use of discriminatory language in your communications and written work. The most common form of discriminatory language in academic work tends to be in the area of gender inclusiveness. You are, therefore, requested to check for this and to ensure your work and communications are non-discriminatory in all respects.

Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities that may disadvantage them in assessment should seek advice from one of the following before completing assessment tasks and examinations:

Deferred assessment and special consideration

Deferred assessment (not to be confused with an extension for submission of an assignment) may be granted in cases of extenuating personal circumstances such as serious personal illness or bereavement. Special consideration in the awarding of grades is also possible in some circumstances. Information and forms for Special Consideration and deferred assessment applications are available at http://www.monash.edu.au/exams/special-consideration.html. Contact the Faculty's Student Services staff at your campus for further information and advice.