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FIT3009, provides a top-to-bottom coverage of e-Business Systems. The emphasis in this unit is on the technologies used to implement e-Business Systems, ie. the low level of such systems. Although this unit is entirely suitable for a future developer of e-Business Systems, it is optimally targeted at future managers of such development. Thus practical exercises will be illustrative rather than industrial strength and technology issues will be given equal coverage with technology details. The primary aim of the unit is to familiarise students with as many of the currently popular e-Business technologies as possible so that their design and implementation decisions in the future will be informed and therefore produce successful systems with a high degree of probability.

Mode of Delivery

Clayton (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


Workload commitments are:

  • two-hour lecture and
  • two-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




FIT1002 or BUS1060 or CSE1301

Chief Examiner

Sue Bedingfield

Campus Lecturer


Stephen Huxford

Contact hours: To be advised

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will have -

A knowledge and understanding of:

  • client-side programming ((X)HTML, JavaScript, CSS, DHTML, DOM);
  • server-side programming (ASP.NET, Ruby on Rails, JSF);
  • basic XML technologies (XML, DTD, XPath, XSLT, XMLSchemas);
  • web Servers (IIS, Apache);
  • current, popular IDEs and programming technologies
  • security (encryption, transport and document level, Digital Signatures, SSL, TSL, Access Control Standards);
  • standards Bodies (IETF, W3C, OASIS, OAGIS etc);
  • eBusiness formal and de jour Standards.

Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • have an appreciation that eBusiness Systems are better designed and managed by professionals with a sound knowledge of the technologies used to build these systems;
  • have an appreciation that underlying technologies often directly impact the Business goals of an eBusiness System via constraints and opportunities presented by the technologies;
  • have a belief that all existing technologies in back-end systems can be integrated by appropriate middleware;
  • value the importance of choosing to use established technology standards where possible.

Developed the skills to:
  • develop a small eBusiness system (B2B or B2C and IDE/implement the appropriate technology;
  • create an appropriate Technical Architecture for a specified, non-trivial eBusiness solution;
  • create XML documents, schemas for these documents, transforming and querying such documents using fundamental XML skills.

Demonstrated the communication skills necessary to:
  • identify and communicate the technical opportunities and problems associated with a particular technical solution to a business solution;
  • understand the relationship between Business and Technical analysts within an eBusiness System Development.

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): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    11 Laboratory Assessments Each of 10 tutorials will be worth 4 marks for a total of 40% of your final mark for the unit Tutorial work will be marked in tutorials
    Examination 1 60% To be advised

    Teaching Approach

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


    Our feedback to You

    Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

    Your feedback to Us

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    Required Resources

    Microsoft Visual Studio.Net 2008

    Latest browser (eg. Mozilla or IE)

    Microsoft IIS 

    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 Admin + Introduction no tutorial
    2 07/03/11 CSS tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
    3 14/03/11 JavaScript tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
    4 21/03/11 JavaScript tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
    5 28/03/11 JavaScript tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
    6 04/04/11 JavaScript/DOM tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
    7 11/04/11 DOM tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
    8 18/04/11 Servers, Ajax and XML tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 Ruby on Rails tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
    10 09/05/11 Ruby on Rails tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
    11 16/05/11 ASP.NET tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
    12 23/05/11 ASP.NET tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
      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
      11 Laboratory Assessments
      During each lab session students will be required to complete specified coding tasks. This work will be marked in the same laboratory session.

      Each laboratory is worth 4% of the final mark. The best 10 of the 11 laboratory marks will constitute the 40% non-exam mark for each student. 
      Each of 10 tutorials will be worth 4 marks for a total of 40% of your final mark for the unit
      Criteria for assessment:
      Due date:
      Tutorial work will be marked in tutorials


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

    Assignment submission

    Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/
    You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

    Extensions and penalties

    Returning assignments


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