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FIT2076 Web-database interface - Semester 2, 2012

This unit provides students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to develop an application system which uses a web interface to a back-end database. The unit assumes a sound basic knowledge of programming and database concepts and skills as developed in the introductory units in these areas (FIT1002 and FIT1004). The emphasis in the unit is on mastery of the key concepts and the basic knowledge and skills required to build this kind of application. The unit will provide students with an awareness of the wide range of technologies which are used to support this kind of application, but will examine only a limited number of these technologies to demonstrate the key concepts and their application.

The unit will take a strongly practical focus in examining the technology issues involved, and highlight the key issues which a developer needs to address in developing applications of this kind for real-world systems.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


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


FIT2028, FIT2029, FIT3043, FIT3057


FIT1002 and either FIT1004 or FIT2010

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Janet Fraser

Academic Overview


At the completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  • understand the need and importance for system developers to have skills in this area of IT applications;
  • know the key basic technologies which underlie the development of web-database applications;
  • understand the key technological issues confronting developers building applications of this type;
  • know the key features of programming languages which are commonly used for developing web-database application;
  • develop a typical web-database interface using a well-known programming language.

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
Assignment 1 - PHP 20% Friday 31 August 2012 at 2pm
Assignment 2 - ASP.NET 20% Friday 19 October 2012 at 2pm
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:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments without comments

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Examination material or equipment

Refer to

Details will made available during semester.  Please confirm with Lecturer. 

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Web database concepts, web database technologies, web services, virtual directories. History of PHP, installing PHP, PHP and IIS, PHP and Apache, PHP configuration  
2 Data types and operators, language constructs. Installing Oracle, installing SQL developer, creating and populating a database table, using PHP to connect to Oracle  
3 Using PHP to connect to MySQL. Data Access Layer concepts, using PHP Data Objects  
4 Use of HTML forms. Executing SQL Inserts, Updates and Deletes with PHP and Oracle. Dropdown lists, multiple check boxes and text boxes.  
5 Accessing the Web Server File System. File uploads.  
6 Introduction to ASP.NET, software requirements, ASP.NET installation, Visual Studio, web.config file. HTML form limitations, ASP.NET Server Controls, event driven programming and Postback, MS Online documentation Assignment 1 due Friday 31 August 2012 at 2pm
7 C# data types, operators and language constructs  
8 DataSource controls - Oracle, MySQL and MS Access  
9 Data controls, using DataSource controls to manipulate data, GridView paging and sorting  
10 Master Pages and Skins  
11 Validation, Navigation and Login Controls  
12 Accessing the Web Server File System Assignment 2 due Friday 19 October 2012 at 2pm
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy:

*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 (

Academic Integrity - Please see the Demystifying Citing and Referencing tutorial at

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1 - PHP
    PHP web site that enables administration of DVD Rental database.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Quality of completed work.

    Confirm with Lecturer about specific location of marking guide available at

    Due date:
    Friday 31 August 2012 at 2pm
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 - ASP.NET
    ASP.NET web site that enables users to search for DVDs for rent.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Quality of completed work.

    Confirm with Lecturer about specific location of marking guide available at

    Due date:
    Friday 19 October 2012 at 2pm


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

Assignment submission

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Online submission

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Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Resubmission of assignments

Resubmission of assignments is not allowed.

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