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FIT5077 e-Business application and development - Semester 2 , 2008

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Unit leader :

Dr. Damminda Alahakoon

Lecturer(s) :


  • Mr. Daswin De Silva

Tutors(s) :


  • Mr. Toby Smith


Welcome to FIT5077 - E-Business Application and Development - for semester 2, 2008. This is a 6 point unit available to all postgraduate degree programs in the Faculty of IT.

Unit synopsis

(ASCED code: 029900)

As part of the Business Application Development Professional track, FIT5077 aims to prepare students for industrial positions requiring an enhanced understanding of e-Business concepts, design principles and web technologies. Initial focus will be on past, present and future web technologies and their implications from a commercial perspective. Adoption and development of an e-Business strategy with emphasis on industry requirements and technical concerns will be looked at.

The unit includes a comprehensive study of implementation technologies, ranging from browser specific client extensions to availability concerns in server environments. Other topics include security of online business activities, social considerations of e-Business applications, web services and the impact of emerging technologies such as the semantic web and web intelligence.

Learning outcomes

(a) To acquire the Knowledge and Understanding of:
  • Adoption and development of an e-Business strategy
  • Challenges in the planning stage of an e-Business venture
  • Concepts of revenue modelling in an e-Business context
  • Technology architectures underpinning the deployment of e-Business systems, including data formats and various programming solutions
  • Issues in the planning, implementation and management of the e-Business system
  • Applying object-oriented paradigms to implement e-Business solutions
  • Various technologies in design and implementation of e-Business applications

(b) To develop the following Attitudes, Values and Beliefs:

  • Appreciate developments in net centric computing and web technologies
  • Appreciate the advantages of adopting e-Business solutions
  • Recognise the value of an e-Business strategy
  • Understand the importance and value of a variety of web technologies for implementing e-Business solutions

(c) To develop the following Practical Skills:

  • Formulate an effective e-Business strategy
  • Identify suitable web technology specific scenarios
  • Develop client side applications for an e-Business solution
  • Develop server side components for an e-Business solution
  • Critically review an e-Business system

(d) In addition, it is expected that the following Relationships, Communication and Team Work skills will be developed and enhanced:

  • Document and communicate an e-Business solution, from strategy to implementation
  • Work in a team during development of such a solution
  • Communicate and coordinate during the team activities


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 timein order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

You will need to allocate up to 5 hours per week in some weeks, for useof a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Unit relationships


Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed

FIT9004 Computer programming for business

, or equivalent.


FIT5077 is an elective unit in all FIT masters degrees.

Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed

FIT9003 Database systems design

FIT9004 Computer programming for business

, or equivalent..

You may not study this unit and

BUS5960 B2C Internet Commerce

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

This Unit is being taught for the first time in semester 2, 2008

Unit staff - contact details

Unit leader

Dr. Damminda Alahakoon

Lecturer(s) :

Mr. Daswin De Silva

Contact hours : TBA

Tutor(s) :

Mr. Toby Smith

Additional communication information

Daswin De Silva
Clayton School of Information Technology
Faculty of Information Technology
Monash University, Clayton Vic 3800
Phone + 61 3 9905 3094 Fax + 61 3 9905 5109

Teaching and learning method

The unit will be delivered via lectures and laboratories.
Lecture: During the lecture, your lecturer will introduce key theoretical concepts and demonstrate various approaches to database tasks. The time in lectures is quite brief, please ensure you gain the best advantage from this time by:
- Prior to the lecture -
    reading the study guide for the appropriate week, and
    downloading and reading the lecture notes,
- During the lecture -
    annotate a printed set of lecture notes as the lecture proceeds, and
    participate, question, seek clarification
- After the lecture -
    read over you notes and make sure you understand the concepts
    seek help if you are unsure

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 Introduction to e-Business - Trends and Implications Lecture 1
2 e-Business Strategy Lecture 2
3 Designing an e-Business Solution Lecture 3
4 e-Business Implementation Technologies Lecture 4
5 Client Side Technologies I Lecture 5
6 Client Side Technologies II Lecture 6
7 Server Side Technologies I Lecture 7
8 Server Side Technologies II Lecture 8
9 Server Side Technologies III Lecture 9
10 e-Business Security Lecture 10
11 Web Services in e-Business Lecture 11
Mid semester break
12 Emerging Technologies Lecture 12
13 Revision Lecture 13

Unit Resources

Prescribed text(s) and readings

  • (Harvey & Paul) Deitel & Associates, Inc, Internet & World Wide Web: How to Program, Prentice Hall, 2008 (9780131752429)
  • Cristian Darie and Karli Watson,Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 E-Commerce in C# 2005: From Novice to Professional , APress, 2005 (9781590594681)
  • 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

  • S.Ann Becker, E-Commerce : Concepts, Tools and Applications, Information Science Reference, 2008
  • Kalakota R and Whinston A B, Frontiers of Electronic Commerce, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1996
  • Required software and/or hardware

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2005

    Microsoft IIS version 5 or above 

    Equipment and consumables required or provided

    Students studying off-campus are required to have the minimum system configuration specified by the Faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. 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 n 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:

    * Weekly detailed lecture notes outlining the learning objectives,discussion of the content, required readings and exercises;

    * Weekly tutorial or laboratory tasks and exercises with sample solutions provided one to two weeks later;

    * Assignment specifications and sample solutions;

    * A sample examination and suggested solution

    * This Unit Guide outlining the administrative information for the unit;

    * The unit web site on MUSO, where resources outlined above will be made available.

    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 MUSO (Monash University Studies Online). Blackboard is the primary application used to deliver your unit resources. Some units will be piloted in Moodle. If your unit is piloted in Moodle, you will see a link from your Blackboard unit to Moodle (http://moodle.monash.edu.au) and can bookmark this link to access directly. In Moodle, from the Faculty of Information Technology category, click on the link for your unit.

    You can access MUSO and Blackboard via the portal: http://my.monash.edu.au

    Click on the Study and enrolment tab, then Blackboard under the MUSO learning systems.

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

    For example:

    • Blackboard supported browser
    • Supported Java runtime environment

    For more information, please visit: http://www.monash.edu.au/muso/support/students/downloadables-student.html

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

    For further contact information including operational hours, please visit: http://www.monash.edu.au/muso/support/students/contact.html

    Further information can be obtained from the MUSO support site: http://www.monash.edu.au/muso/support/index.html


    Unit assessment policy

    To pass this unit, a student must obtain :

    * 40% or more in the unit's examination and
    * 40% or more in the unit's non-examination assessment
    * an overall unit mark of 50% or more

    If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination assessment then a mark of no greater than 44-N will be recorded for the unit.

    Assignment tasks

    • Assignment Task

      Title : Assignment 1 (Individual)

      Description :

      Assignment specification will be handed out in lectures and also be available on blackboard

      Weighting : 20%

      Criteria for assessment :

      Due date :

    • Assignment Task

      Title : Assignment 2 (Group)

      Description :

      Assignment specification will be handed out in lectures and also be available on blackboard

      Weighting : 20%

      Criteria for assessment :

      Due date :


    • Examination

      Weighting : 60%

      Length : 2 hours

      Type ( open/closed book ) : Closed book

    Assignment submission

    Assignments will be submitted by paper submission. The due date is the date by which the the submission is to be posted.

    Assignment coversheets

    All assignments should include an appropriate signed FIT assignment cover page.

    Assignment coversheets can be found,

    via the "Student assignment coversheets" (http://infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/assignments/ ) page on the faculty website

    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.

    Late assignment

    Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of 5% per day, including weekends. Assignments received later than one week (seven days) after the due date will not normally be accepted.

    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 http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/assessment/

    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. 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.