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Monash University

FIT5192 Internet applications and web services - Semester 2, 2012

This unit focuses on the design and development of Internet applications with a focus on web services technology. The unit presents an overview of multi-tier web applications and technologies that operate in different layers of typical web architectures. In particular, the unit will introduce the emergence of web services from middleware and Enterprise Architecture Integration (EAI), the fundamental concepts of Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), web services and the key standards that underpin web services: SOAP, WSDL and UDDI. Various service discovery protocols will be evaluated and compared. This unit also teaches a range of web application development technologies focusing on state-of-the-art object oriented scripting languages for mobile and conventional web applications. The unit will provide students with skills to enable web page functionality through scripting, to program and deploy web services as well as to access and consume/use web services. It is assumed that all students have a strong knowledge of object-oriented programming.

Contact Hours

10 hrs lectures/wk, 10 hrs laboratories/wk for 5 weeks


Student workload commitments are:

  • 10-hour lectures and
  • 10-hour tutorials per week (requiring advance preparation)
  • up to 30 hours per week personal study in order to satisfy the preparation, reading and assignment expectations

Unit Relationships


It is assumed that all students have a strong knowledge of object-oriented programming, e.g. Java, C# or C++.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Academic Overview


At the completion of this unit students will have -
  • an understanding of web environments and their components;
  • an understanding of the principles of object oriented scripting and the knowledge of the various uses to which scripting may be put;
  • the knowledge and skills to implement web applications, in an applications development environment;
  • an understanding of the principles of large scale, and small scale, web site development including an understanding of advanced design principles;
  • an understanding of the uses of mark-up languages and meta-languages in structuring data, particularly in a web context;
  • the knowledge and skills to implement web sites varying size and complexity, using XHTML and XML;
  • a professional attitude towards the development of web based information systems.

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 (2 hours): 40%; In-semester assessment: 60%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 - Web Services using Java 30% Friday 23 November 2012 at 11:55PM (Week 2)
Assignment 2 - ASP.NET 30% Friday 7 December 2012 at 11:55PM (Week 4)
Examination 1 40% 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 with comments
  • Interviews

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.

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Required Resources

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

  • Eclipse IDE (download from www.eclipse.org)
  • Apache Tomcat Server (download from tomcat.apache.org)
  • MySQL (download from www.mysql.com)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Introduction No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Sessions 1-5 for SOA Introuction, XML Refresher, Web Services Standards  
2 Sessions 6-10 for Web Services Composition, Reliable Messaging, Security, Metrics and Service Level Agreements Assignment 1 due Friday 23 November 2012 at 11:55PM
3 Sessions 11-15 for Web Services Advanced Topics, Introduction to C# and ASP.NET  
4 Sessions 16-20 for ASP.NET Server Controls and Data Source Controls Assignment 2 due Friday 7 December 2012 at 11:55PM
5 Sessions 21-24 for Web Site Creation Using ASP.NET MVC, Revision and Discussion Examination 1 on Friday 14 December 2012
  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)

Academic Integrity - Please see the Demystifying Citing and Referencing tutorial at http://lib.monash.edu/tutorials/citing/

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1 - Web Services using Java
    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:
    Friday 23 November 2012 at 11:55PM (Week 2)
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 - ASP.NET
    ASP.NET web site for a fictitious company, which allows user registration login and searching.
    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:
    Friday 7 December 2012 at 11:55PM (Week 4)


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

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

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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

  • Alonso G., Casati F., Kuno H. and Machiraju V. (2010) Web Services: Concepts, Architectures and Applications, Springer.
  • Hansen, MD (2007) SOA Using Java Web Services, Prentice-Hall.
  • Evjen B., Hanselman S., Rader D. (2010) Professional ASP.NET 4 In C# and VB, Wrox Press Ltd. Birmingham, UK.
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