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Monash University

FIT2029 Web programming - Semester 1, 2013

Introduction to the principles of commercial e-commerce programming tasks. The unit explores the purposes and approaches in using scripting and markup languages in relation to the client-server paradigm. The role of both server-side and client-side code are examined. The unit will also build upon students previous study of database systems. Students will study the use of markup and scripting programming languages to connect to databases via a network.

Mode of Delivery

  • Gippsland (Day)
  • Gippsland (Off-campus)
  • Sunway (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

Workload requirements

For on-campus students, workload commitments are:

* two-hour lecture and
* two-hour tutorial (or laboratory) (requiring advance preparation)
* a minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.
* you will need to allocate up to 5 hours per week in some weeks, for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however, you should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

Unit Relationships


BUS1042, CPE3002, CSE2030, FIT2028, FIT2076, GCO2811, MMS2802


(FIT1040 or FIT1002) and FIT1004

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Gour Karmakar


Sylvester Oremaye Olubolu



Gour Karmakar

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

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.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction  
2 HTML, CSS and Browser Compatibility  
3 Client Side Programming  
4 Further JavaScript and Events  
5 Good Design  
6 Server Side Scripting Assignment 1 due 17 April 2013
7 Server Side Scripting using PHP  
8 Session Tracking  
9 Database Access  
10 Security  
11 Introduction to Ajax and XML Assignment 2 due 22 May 2013
12 Database access using ODBC  
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  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 learning system.

Assessment Summary

Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
AA1 Putting it online 15% 17 April 2013
AA2 Advanced programming 25% 22 May 2013
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.

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
    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 unit Moodle website.

    Due date:
    17 April 2013
  • 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 assignment 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 unit Moodle website.

    Due date:
    22 May 2013


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

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List

Feedback to you

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Graded assignments without comments

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

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 learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

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.

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.

Required software and/or hardware

PHP 5.3 or later
MySQL 5.5 or later

xampp 1.7.7 win 32 Personal Webserver or later

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

Mozilla Firefox
Netscape Navigator
Microsoft IE

All software is free and may be:

  • downloaded from the FIT2029 unit Moodle website
  • or latest versions directly from web sources

Prescribed text(s)

Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library.

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

Recommended text(s)

David Lash. (2003). Web Wizard's Guide to PHP. (1st Edition) Addison Wesley (ISBN: 0321121740).

Other Information


Graduate Attributes Policy

Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis.

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