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Monash University

FIT5077 e-Business application and development - Semester 1, 2013

This unit extends students knowledge and skills to make use of current technologies in developing business applications on the internet platform. The unit provides an opportunity for students to explore net centric computing focusing on business applications development. The unit has been designed to equip future web application developers and managers of business solutions. Thus practical exercises will be illustrative with industrial strength and technology issues will be given equal coverage with technology details. The primary aim of the unit is to familiarise students with the currently popular web technologies so that their design and implementation decisions in the future will be informed and therefore produce successful systems with a high degree of probability. Topics coverage include data and messages using XML, architecture, scripting and programming in .NET platform

Mode of Delivery

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

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hr laboratory/wk

Workload requirements

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

  • two-hour lecture and
  • one-hour tutorial (or laboratory) (requiring advance preparation)
  • and up to an additional 9 hours in some weeks for completing lab and project work, private study, revision, reading and assignment expectations.

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


BUS5960, FIT5032


(FIT9004 or FIT9017) and (FIT9003 or FIT9019)

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Dr Ariel Liebman

Consultation hours: To be announced


Dr Ariel Liebman

Consultation hours: To be announced

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will:
  • understand the concept of revenue modelling in eBusiness context;
  • understand OOP as principles of component based software systems;
  • appreciate technology architecture that underpin the deployment of e-business systems, including data formats and various programming solutions;
  • appreciate the use of the internet for commercial purposes;
  • realise the challenges in the planning stage of an e-business venture;
  • realise the challenges in the implementation stage of an e-business venture;
  • appreciate the dynamics of the e-business modelling;
  • appreciate the rapid advancement of enabling technologies and its impact on e-business implementation;
  • be able to identify and communicate issues in the planning, implementation and management of the e-business system;
  • be able to adopt object-oriented paradigm and implement e-business solutions using the three tier architecture;
  • be able to implement simple e-business applications for displaying catalogs and processing transactions;
  • be able to experiment with various technologies in the design and implementation of e-business applications;
  • understand the various roles of e-business professionals (analysts, designers, systems developers, programmers) and how they work together in the current e-business context.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0.
1 Introduction to e-Business - Trends and Implications  
2 e-Business Strategy  
3 Designing an e-Business Solution  
4 e-Business Implementation Technologies  
5 Server Side Technologies I  
6 Server Side Technologies II Assignment 1 due
7 Server Side Technologies III  
8 Server Side Technologies IV  
9 Cascading Style Sheets  
10 Web Services  
11 Navigation with Sitemaps  
12 Research and Development Assignment 2 due
  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
Assignment 1 - Research Paper 15% Week 6
Assignment 2 - Program Implementation 25% Week 12
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
    Assignment 1 - Research Paper
    This is a written research paper on a specified topic. Details of the topic(s) will be available on release of the assignment specification.
    Criteria for assessment:
    • English expression and style
    • Completeness of the study (adequate coverage of the task state din the assignment specification)
    • Quality of research conducted (the investigated depth and breadth of each focus area)
    • Quality of sources (case studies, technical articles, journal papers)
    • Appropriate structure: a sound and logical flow from topic to topic is very important; use subheadings if necessary
    • Opinions expressed
    • Completeness of reference list for papers/texts cited in the report

    Further details of the assessment criteria will be released with the assignment specification.

    Due date:
    Week 6
    Due date and submission requirements will be advised in the assignment specification.
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 - Program Implementation
    This assignment is a practical programming assignment implemented using ASP.NET. Details will be available on release of the assignment specification.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Assessment will be by interview following the assignment submission. The times, dates and location of the interviews will be arranged in the final tutorial of the semester.

    Further details of the assessment criteria will be released with the assignment specification.

    Due date:
    Week 12
    Due date and submission requirements will be advised in the assignment specification.


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

Learning resources

Reading list

  • S. Ann Becker, E-Commerce: Concepts, Tools and Applications, Information Science Reference, 2008 (Available as an electronic resource)
  • Matthew MacDonald, Beginning ASP.NET 3.5 in C# 2008: From Novice to Professional (Available as an electronic resource)
  • Kalakota R and Whinston A B, Frontiers of Electronic Commerce, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1996
  • (Harvey & Paul) Deitel & Associates, Inc, Internet & World Wide Web: How to Program, Prentice Hall, 2008

Monash Library Unit Reading List

Feedback to you

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Graded assignments with 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.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

Microsoft IIS version 5 or above 

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