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Monash University

FIT5030 Web services and service oriented computing - Semester 1, 2013

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

Workload requirements

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

Learning Outcomes

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.

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 Assignment Phase 1 due
7 Web Services Composition and WS-BPEL  
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 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

Exam (2 hours): 40%; Practical Assignments: 60%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Web Services Practical Assignment 60% Week 6 (Phase 1), Week 10 (Phase 2)
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.

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
    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 6 (Phase 1), Week 10 (Phase 2)


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

Learning resources

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.

Monash Library Unit Reading List

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

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Resubmission of assignments

There will be no resubmission of assignments

Referencing requirements

Students must reference material used from other sources.

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.

Netbeans IDE

Other Information


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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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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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