CPE5011 Internet applications development - Semester 2 , 2007

Unit leader :

Janet Fraser

Lecturer(s) :


  • Janet Fraser


Welcome to CPE5011 for Semester 2, 2007. This 6 point postgraduate unit has been designed to provide you with an understanding of XML, ASP.NET and JavaScript.

Unit synopsis

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). Use of mark up languages in web and mobile environments. Formatting information through CSS. Usability and interoperability in mobile and conventional web environments.

Learning outcomes

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, and XML

(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.


Unit relationships


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


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.

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

Unit staff - contact details

Unit leader

Ms Janet Fraser
Phone +61 3 990 34307
Fax +61 3 990 44124

Lecturer(s) :

Ms Janet Fraser
Phone +61 3 990 34307
Fax +61 3 990 44124

Teaching and learning method

This unit will be delivered via one - 2 hour lecture and one - 2 hour tutorial per week.  Lecturers may go through specific examples, give demonstrations and present information that contains theorectical concepts.  In tutorials students will complete practical exercises which will aid in their understanding of the content and their ability to complete assignment work.  The tutorials are particluarly useful in helping student consolidate concepts and practise their problem solving skills.

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 Key dates
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 Serving static and dynamic web pages. Setting up a development environment (ASP.NET). An overview of a development environment. What are Virtual Directories, Setting Up a Virtual Directory, Using a Virtual Directory. HTTP protocol reviewed. HTML forms reviewed. Server controls.  
4 C# basics: data types and operators; control structures and functions. Event driven programming and postback. Objects in C#. Static class members and class relationships. 2007/08/10
5 Namespaces and core objects. State handling. Objects and structured data. Using data sources. Reading data with ADO.NET objects. Manipulating data.  
6 Manipulating XML as a data store. Navigating the nodes. Types of server controls. Page lifecyles and using server controls. Control families and data templates. A larger example  
7 Components and user controls. Code behind. .NET Assemblies. Custom Server Controls. Web services. Building simple services. Deploying services.  
8 Configuration. Optimisation. Authentication. Sending email, Accessing File System: Uploading, Reading, Creating, Copying, Deleting files. Creating graphics with ASP.NET  
9 Ajax defined, using Ajax. Using Ajax with ASP.NET, using Ajax with ASP.NET and databases  
10 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. 2007/09/21
Mid semester break
11 Understanding JavaScript, creating a simple script, how JavaScript programs work. Using and storing values, using strings and arrays, testing and comparing values, using loops. Using built in objects, browser objects, creating custom objects, responding to events  
12 Using windows and frames, getting data with forms, using graphics and animation, browser specific scripts. Dynamic pages with layers.Cookies. Programming practices 2007/10/12
13 Revision  

Unit Resources

Prescribed text(s) and readings

None Not Applicable

Recommended text(s) and readings

  • Goodman, Danny. JavaScript Bible, IDG Books , 1998
  • Navarro, A. Mastering XML Sybex, 2001
  • Jesse liberty, Programming ASP.NET O'Reilly Windows February 2002
  • Required software and/or hardware

    No Software Requirement

    Software may be:

    • downloaded from http://walkabout.infotech.monash.edu.au/walkabout/cpe5011
    • purchased at academic price at good software retailers

    Equipment and consumables required or provided

    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 10 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:

    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.

    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 three assignments and a two hour closed book examination. To pass the unit you must:

    • obtain 40% for the assignments overall
    • obtain 40% for the examination
    • obtain 50% for the unit overall

    Assignment tasks

    • Assignment Task
      Title :
      Description :
      XML Assignment
      Weighting :
      Criteria for assessment :
      Due date :
    • Assignment Task
      Title :
      Description :
      ASP.NET Assignment
      Weighting :
      Criteria for assessment :
      Due date :
    • Assignment Task
      Title :
      Description :
      ASP.NET Mobile Assignment
      Weighting :
      Criteria for assessment :
      Due date :
    • Assignment Task
      Title :
      Quiz Questions
      Description :
      Weighting :
      Criteria for assessment :
      Due date :
    • Assignment Task
      Title :
      Description :
      Weighting :
      Criteria for assessment :
      Due date :


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

    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.

    Assignment coversheets

    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 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.

    Late assignment

    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.

    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:


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

    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.