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Monash University

FIT5030 Web services and service oriented computing - Semester 1, 2012

This unit focuses on the Service Oriented Computing paradigm and web services technology. Students will be exposed to the motivations that led to the emergence of web services from middleware and Enterprise Architecture Integration (EAI). The unit will introduce the fundamental concepts of Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), web services and the key standards that underpin web services: SOAP, WSDL and UDDI. The unit will evaluate and compare various service discovery protocols. The unit will provide students with skills to program and deploy web services as well as to access and consume/use web services.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Evening)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


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

  • 2-hour lecture
  • 2-hour tutorial
  • 8 hours study/working on assignments/completing tutorial exercises on your own.

Unit Relationships




Recommended knowledge: Students undertaking this unit are expected to have a sound understanding of the concepts of an object oriented concepts and programming languages. A sound knowledge of Java is preferred.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Pari Delir Haghighi

Academic Overview


At the completion of this unit students will:
  • have knowledge of the Service Oriented Computing paradigm, its evolution and the emergence of web services;
  • understand the Service Oriented Architectures and the various key standards that enable the realisation of web services such as SOAP, WSDL and UDDI;
  • compare and evaluate various Service Discovery Protocols;
  • have the skills to build and deploy web services using a range of current technologies;
  • be able to access, invoke and use publicly available web services in application development (e.g. Google Web Service);
  • have an understanding on emerging issues, trends and topics in web services research.

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

Unit Test (2 hours): 40%; Practical Assignments: 60%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Web Services Practical Assignment 60% Week 7 (Phase 1), Week 10 (Phase 2)
Unit Test (closed book) 40% During the exam period (TBA)

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:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Interviews
  • Test results and feedback

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

In general the students rated this unit highly.

Based on previous evaluations:

All the lecture notes and tutorial materials will include both the elementary and fundamental concepts as well as the most current technologies and trends in web services.

Since different versions of the development environment support different features, all the exercises and assignment tasks will be designed such that all the required tasks are supported by the same version of the development environment. 

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Required Resources

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.

Netbeans IDE

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction to Service Oriented Computing and Service Oriented Architectures (SOA)  
2 XML Refresher  
3 Web Services Standards - SOAP  
4 Web Services - REST  
5 Web Services Standards - WSDL  
6 Web Services Standards - UDDI  
7 Web Services Composition and WS-BPEL Assignment Phase 1 due
8 Web Services Reliable Messaging  
9 Web Services Security  
10 Web Service Metrics and Service Level Agreements Assignment Phase 2 due
11 Advanced Topics and Future Trends  
12 Revision and Discussion  
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC; Unit Test (closed book) during the exam period (TBA)
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your MUSO (Blackboard or Moodle) learning system.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/unit-assessment-hurdles.html)

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Web Services Practical Assignment
    This task will assess students' practical and programming skills in web services development, deployment and invocation.
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. The level of accomplishment in each task.
    2. The degree the programs meet the specified requirements. 
    3. How well the code is written and maintained. 
    Due date:
    Week 7 (Phase 1), Week 10 (Phase 2)
  • Assessment task 2
    Unit Test (closed book)
    The unit test aims to assess students' understanding about web services and related technologies and standards that are discussed and covered in the lectures and tutorials.

    Only pens and pencils are allowed. The test paper will have space for writing answers.
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. How well underlying principles and theories are demonstrated in the student's answer.
    2. The degree of the student's understanding of the topic in question.
    3. Evidence of studying and reading unit materials and lecture notes.
    4. The accuracy and quality of the student's arguments and answers.
    Due date:
    During the exam period (TBA)


Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the VLE site for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Other Information


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 www.monash.edu.au/students. For Sunway see http://www.monash.edu.my/Student-services, and for South Africa see http://www.monash.ac.za/current/

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 http://www.lib.monash.edu.au or the library tab in my.monash portal for more information. At Sunway, visit the Library and Learning Commons at http://www.lib.monash.edu.my/. At South Africa visit http://www.lib.monash.ac.za/.

Academic support services may be available for students who have a disability or medical condition. Registration with the Disability Liaison Unit is required. Further information is available as follows:

  • Website: http://monash.edu/equity-diversity/disability/index.html;
  • Email: dlu@monash.edu
  • Drop In: Equity and Diversity Centre, Level 1 Gallery Building (Building 55), Monash University, Clayton Campus, or Student Community Services Department, Level 2, Building 2, Monash University, Sunway Campus
  • Telephone: 03 9905 5704, or contact the Student Advisor, Student Commuity Services at 03 55146018 at Sunway

Reading list

1. Web Services: Concepts, Architectures and Applications by Gustavo Alonso, Fabio Casati, Harumi Kuno and Vijay Machiraju

2. SOA Using Java Web Services by Mark D. Hansen

3. Any other papers/resources provided in the lectures.

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