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FIT2028, FIT2076, GCO2811, MMS2802


FIT1002 and FIT1004

Chief Examiner

Gour Karmakar

Campus Lecturer


Gour Karmakar

South Africa

Gregory Gregoriou


Jer Hong



Gour Karmakar

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will:

  • have an understanding of the fundamental principles and breadth of commercial, e-business and e-commerce programming tasks;
  • have experience in using their programming skills in a number of different environments such as Linux, Unix or Windows, while being aware that their fundamental programming approaches remain valid;
  • have their understanding of and skills in top-down code development enhanced;
  • have knowledge of mark-up languages and scripting languages, and skill in creating applications using these;
  • understand the client-server paradigm;
  • be able to develop and code solutions to typical web-based commercial programming problems using markup and scripting languages, in a client-server paradigm;
  • further develop skills in creating suitable and thorough test harnesses;
  • have a sound understanding of the fundamental principles of web service strategies.
  • be aware of basic security issues when developing and hosting Internet-based applications.

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
    AA1 Putting it online 15% 14 April 2011
    AA2 Advanced programming 25% 19 May 2011
    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:
    • Graded assignments with comments
    • Graded assignments without comments

    Your feedback to Us

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

    Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

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    Required Resources

    Prescribed text(s) and readings

    Chris Bates Web Programming: Building Internet Applications, 3rd Edition, Wiley, 2006, ISBN: 0-470-01775-9

    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

    David Lash Web Wizard's Guide to PHP, 1/e, Addison Wesley, 2003 ISBN: 0321121740

    Required software and/or hardware

    PHP 4.3.10 or later
    MySQL 4.0.24 or later
    Xitami Personal Webserver 2.4d11 or equivalent

    (For Gippsland oncampus students, the above software will be available on GUS)

    Mozilla Firefox
    Netscape Navigator 8.0
    Microsoft IE

    All software is free and may be:

    • downloaded from FIT2029 unit website (MUSO)
    • or latest versions directly from web sources

    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 Introduction  
    2 07/03/11 HTML, CSS and Browser Compatibility  
    3 14/03/11 Client Side Programming  
    4 21/03/11 Further JavaScript and Events  
    5 28/03/11 Good Design  
    6 04/04/11 Server Side Scripting Assessment Task 1: due 14 April 2011 (15%)
    7 11/04/11 Server Side Scripting using PHP  
    8 18/04/11 Session Tracking  
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 Database Access  
    10 09/05/11 Security  
    11 16/05/11 Introduction To Ajax and XML Assessment Task 2: due 19 May 2011 (25%)
    12 23/05/11 Database access using ODBC  
      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
      AA1 Putting it online
      This assignment will require printed material to be put online, the material should be re-organised into a web-friendly format applying the principles of good web design. The website will include Javascript navigation menus and some dynamic behaviour. Finally the student will write a short report explaining the design philosophy used on this project. This report should give the reader insight into the design choices you have made.
      Criteria for assessment:

      Your website will be marked on features such as accessibility, useability and compatibility. Markers will also reward website designs that are simple to use and present the information clearly.

      More detail of tasks and marking criteria will be in the full assignment specification available from the units MUSO website.

      Due date:
      14 April 2011
    • Assessment task 2
      AA2 Advanced programming
      You are to write a web-based application using HTML and PHP code that accesses database tables using SQL commands in MySQL. The application will validate authorised users maintaining a session using cookies, unique session identification number with a defined expiry time. Unauthorised users will have limited access to the information in read-only mode.

      All user input must be validated using regular expressions and other techniques, particular attention must be given to protecting your scripts from cross-site scripting attacks.
      Criteria for assessment:

      The assignments will be assessed with regard to the following criteria: 

      • Your scripts MUST be compatible with the system specified by your local Unit Advisor
      • Validation of all input
      • Simple and easy to use interface
      • Consistency, easy navigation and good accessibility
      • Good programming principles
      • Successful completion of all tasks specified

      More detail of tasks and marking criteria will be in the full specification available from the units MUSO website

      Due date:
      19 May 2011


    • 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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    Recommended text(s) and readings

    David Lash Web Wizard's Guide to PHP, 1/e, Addison Wesley, 2003 ISBN: 0321121740

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