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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will:

  • create and validate XML documents based on XML Schema;
  • map organisational rules into XML Schema definition;
  • be able to retrieve XML document using XSLT;
  • understand the different architectures provided by different component technologies and their evolution towards service oriented computing;
  • be able to create and deploy web services as an example of service oriented computing application;
  • know the technologies and standards that enable web technologies including XML, SOAP, WSDL and UDDI;
  • understand the issues of choreographing a number of web services into a business process
  • possess the skills necessary to design and develop software components;
  • be able to design and develop programs that utilise the services and facilities offered by component architectures.

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
    XML/XSLT/Schema 25% 15 April 2011
    Web Service 25% 27 May 2011
    Examination 1 50% 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

    Your feedback to Us

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    Required Resources

    • Web browser
    • FTP client
    • Word processing software
    • Text editor

      Information about how to get access to these will be provided.

    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 to XML, syntax and components  
    2 07/03/11 DTD and XML validation  
    3 14/03/11 Schema and XML validation  
    4 21/03/11 XML Namespaces, XPath  
    5 28/03/11 XSLT  
    6 04/04/11 XSLT  
    7 11/04/11 Service oriented architecture and introduction to Web Services Assignment 1 due 15 April 2011
    8 18/04/11 WSDL, SOAP, UDDI, BPEL  
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 Consuming Web Services (ASP.NET and PHP)  
    10 09/05/11 Consuming Web Services (ASP.NET and PHP)  
    11 16/05/11 Creating, deploying and publishing Web Services (ASP.NET & PHP)  
    12 23/05/11 Creating, deploying and publishing Web Services (ASP.NET & PHP) Assignment 2 due 27 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
      The creation of XSLT scripts that enable the specified XML data to be retrieved from the provided XML documents and displayed as per the assignment specification.
      The creation of a Schema document which will validate the provided XML file against the specified business rules.
      Criteria for assessment:
      • Creation of HTML documents from XML/XSLT documents
      • Extraction of correct data from XML via XSLT constructs
      • Appropriate use of CSS
      • Dynamic properties of the solution (no hard-coding of values)
      • Use of simple and complex Schema types as appropriate
      Due date:
      15 April 2011
      Assignments must be submitted electronically to the FIT3060 student server
    • Assessment task 2
      Web Service
      Implementation of a personalised news search application which will invoke and interact with several real-world web services.
      Creation of a user manual which details the use of the application.
      Criteria for assessment:
      • Retrieve and display the appropriate data as specified by the user
      • Ease of use and style of the solution
      • Ease of use and clarity of user manual
      • Usefulness of any extra functionality implemented as per discussion with lecturer
      Due date:
      27 May 2011
      Assignments must be submitted electronically to the FIT3060 student server.


    • 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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