Skip to the content | Change text size
PDF unit guide

FIT1039 Web systems - Semester 1, 2011

This unit is the first core unit in the BITS Applications development major, which aims to teach students the technical and development process skills required for the development of IT-based application systems. The unit aims to provide a broad introduction to the process and tasks of applications development by giving students practical experience in the development of a small application system. The unit uses the world-wide web as a development platform for this application.

The unit will introduce students to the key web technologies, and examine the way in which their features and characteristics affect the development processes required to build application systems. It will introduce students to a number of key techniques required in systems development, and the knowledge and skills required to apply them effectively. This examination of the specific features of the web as a development environment will be used to highlight the broader needs and issues in the systems development process which will be addressed in subsequent units in the major.

The emphasis throughout the unit will be on providing a broad overview of a range of topics, rather than examining specific topics in great depth. There will be a strong emphasis on practical demonstration of the concepts being studied, and their use to highlight key aspects of development theory.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs lab/tutorials/wk


Students will be expected to spend a total of 12 hours per week during semester on this unit.

This will include:
Lectures: 2 hours per week
Tutorials/Lab Sessions: 2 hours per week per tutorial

and up to an additional 8 hours in some weeks for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships


FIT1011, FIT2053

Chief Examiner

Peter O'Donnell

Campus Lecturer


Peter O'Donnell



Siavash Alavian

Aisa Naim

Learning Objectives

On completion of this unit, students will:

  • know the technological capabilities and limitations of the world-wide web and understand their impact on the development process for web-based application systems;
  • know the main processes and tasks required in the development of IT-based systems;
  • recognise and understand the need for formalisation of development processes and techniques to address the issues arising during the development of an IT-based application;
  • be able to specify an appropriate development process to meet the needs of a given application development problem;
  • understand the principles of good practice with respect to the management of information systems development projects;
  • recognise the range of skills and competencies required in the development of web-based application systems;
  • be able to identify the range of technical and systems expertise needed in the development of a web-based system for a given set of circumstances;
  • be able to perform the basic information analysis and design tasks required during development of a web-based application system;
  • be able to interact with system users and with other members of a team in the tasks involved in the development of an application system.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

    Assessment Summary

    Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    Building a personal web site from a template 5% Sunday, 20 March, 2011
    Creating an on-line form to collect data. 5% Sunday, 3 April, 2011
    A complete web site in Joomla 30% Sunday, 22 May, 2011
    Technology evaluation. Product comparison report and recommendation. 10% Sunday, 29 May, 2011
    Reflective blog posts Bonus of 3 marks added to overall assignment mark Your last blog entry can be made anytime before the exam.
    Examination 1 50% To be advised

    Teaching Approach

    Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
    This teaching and learning approach provides a strong focus on facilitated practical learning, practical exploration and peer learning.


    Our feedback to You

    Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
    • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
    • Graded assignments with comments
    • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments
    • Other: Comments on reflective journal entries from staff and fellow students..

    Your feedback to Us

    Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

    For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:

    Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

    If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to

    Required Resources

    The unit has a prescribed text book. Students are expected to have a copy of Kramer, J. (2010) Joomla! Start to Finish: How to Plan, Execute, and Maintain Your Web Site Wrox.

    Recommended Resources

    Students who own a laptop computer are encouraged to bring that computer to classes. Most laboratory classes will be scheduled in a room that allows students to work using their own laptop. A standard laboratory - with University computers - is available for students who don't own their own laptop. For more details see Allocate+.

    The unit will make extensive use of a variety of web-based systems and tools. Students will be provided with an account on the studentweb web server.

    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 The world of the web  
    2 07/03/11 Build versus buy  
    3 14/03/11 HTML and CSS I Assignment 1 due Sunday, 20 March 2011
    4 21/03/11 HTML and CSS II  
    5 28/03/11 The world of CMS Assignment 2 due Sunday, 3 April 2011
    6 04/04/11 Introduction to the Joomla CMS  
    7 11/04/11 Setting up Joomla's menus, adding content  
    8 18/04/11 Using templates in Joomla  
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 Extending Joomla  
    10 09/05/11 Advanced Joomla tricks  
    11 16/05/11 Web 2.0 and it's impact on systems Assignment 3 due Sunday, 22 May 2011
    12 23/05/11 Why building systems is so hard. Assignment 4 due Sunday, 29 May 2011
      30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC

    *Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

    Assessment Policy

    To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

    • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
    • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
    • 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 total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

    Assessment Tasks


    • Assessment task 1
      Building a personal web site from a template
      A client - who is an IT consultant - has asked you to create a personal web site to advertise their services. The site will need to explain who they are, what skills they have, their work history and how they can be contacted - a bit like an on-line CV.

      To create the site, you will use an (free) template-based web site generator. Your submission will include a link to the site and a brief report about the strengths and weaknesses of the web site generator you used.

      Further details are available on the unit web site.
      Criteria for assessment:

      The report will be assessed for the quality of the evaluation (especially looking at the criteria that are used and the method used to assess and rank the alternatives against those criteria), and also the presentation of the report (Is the report well presented, structured and written?).

      Further details are available on the unit web site.

      Due date:
      Sunday, 20 March, 2011
    • Assessment task 2
      Creating an on-line form to collect data.
      You will create a set of forms for a client - using a 3rd party tool - to allow customers to add and remove their names to a mailing list for an electronic newsletter. These forms will use the client's custom CSS.

      Further details are available on the unit web site.
      Criteria for assessment:

      The submission will be assessed by examining if the required functionality has been implemented.

      Due date:
      Sunday, 3 April, 2011
    • Assessment task 3
      A complete web site in Joomla
      You will create a fully functioning Joomla web site for an on-line business.Further details are available on the unit web site.

      Further details - including a detailed case study, describing the client -  are available on the unit web site.
      Criteria for assessment:

      The submission will be assessed by examining the completeness of the functionality, the design of the template and the overall ease of use of the site created.  Further details are available on the unit web site.

      Due date:
      Sunday, 22 May, 2011
    • Assessment task 4
      Technology evaluation. Product comparison report and recommendation.
      You will submit a short report comparing a handful of technology options that a client might need to choose from for a web project. You will be able to choose one of the following to evaluate:
      • different ISPs
      • the use of Shopify versus Joomla for an e-Commerce site
      • different Payment gateways
      • the use of Flash vrs HTML5 for a web site
      • different Email providers
      Further details are available on the unit web site.
      Criteria for assessment:

      The submission will be assessed by examining the quality of the assessment (this will involve looking at the criteria used, and the methods used to rate each alternative against those criteria), and the overall presentation of the report (Is the report well presented, structured and written).

      Due date:
      Sunday, 29 May, 2011
    • Assessment task 5
      Reflective blog posts
      Each FIT1039 student is invited to keep a reflective journal on the blog site (a blog can also be maintained on the Moodle-based unit web site or using a commercial blogging system like This will be set up - with the help of teaching staff if required - during the week 1 tutorial. This blog will provide the opportunity to reflect on the learning that takes place throughout the unit. Each week you will be able to make a new posting to your blog. The blog entries should include a reflection on what has happened in terms of your progress on assignment and tutorial work, your management of the assignment project and its tasks, what lessons have been learned to date and what you (and the staff) could do differently. 

      A page listing all the reflective journals of FIT1039 students will be maintained on the Moodle-based unit web site.
      Bonus of 3 marks added to overall assignment mark
      Criteria for assessment:

      To obtain the 3% bonus mark for this task students must complete a minimum of 10 weekly blog entries during the semester. Each blog post will be read and assessed by the chief examiner. To get the 3% bonus 6 of these posts should be assessed as "satisfactory".

      Students can gauge what is required from some example blogs - from students in previous years - and from staff feedback. The task is not difficult. It is fun to do and does help your learning. The 3% bonus will be added to the assignment component of the mark available for the unit. Note that that component cannot exceed 50%. So, for example, a student who obtained 46/50 for their assignment work who earns the bonus will get 49%. While a student who got 49/50 would get 50/50 - the maximum available - if they earned the bonus. For more details, please refer to the Moodle-based unit web site.

      Due date:
      Your last blog entry can be made anytime before the exam.


    • Examination 1
      3 hours
      Type (open/closed book):
      Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

    Assignment submission

    Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website:
    You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

    Extensions and penalties

    Returning assignments


    Monash has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University's academic standards, and to provide advice on how they might uphold them. You can find Monash's Education Policies at:

    Key educational policies include:

    Student services

    The University provides many different kinds of support services for you. Contact your tutor if you need advice and see the range of services available at The Monash University Library provides a range of services and resources that enable you to save time and be more effective in your learning and research. Go to or the library tab in portal for more information. Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis


    The unit has a prescribed text book that students are expected to have a copy of:

    • Kramer, J. (2010) Joomla! Start to Finish: How to Plan, Execute, and Maintain Your Web Site Wrox.