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Monash University

FIT2076 Web-database interface - Semester 2, 2013

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)
  • Sunway (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

Workload requirements

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


One of FIT1002, FIT1008, FIT1035, FIT2034, FIT2071 or FIT2081 and one of FIT1004 or FIT2010

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Janet Fraser


Hee Jeong Lee



Ali Alammary

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

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.

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 MVC Design. Purpose and advantages of MVC compared to Web Forms development.  
7 Introduction to CakePHP. Overview of CakePHP installation on different server platforms Assignment 1 due Friday 13 September 2013 at 2pm
8 Web site design using CakePHP layouts and integrated CSS.  
9 Using CakePHP to access Oracle, MYSQL and SQL Server databases.  
10 Authorisation and Authentication with CakePHP. Integrating plug-ins with CakePHP  
11 Using CakePHP to access the Web Server file system. Uplaoding files, sending email with CakepHP  
12 Purpose and advantages of jQuery. Integrating jQuery with CakePHP. Integrating content management systems with CakePHP Assignment 2 due Friday 25 October 2013 at 2pm
  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 - PHP 20% Friday 13 September 2013 at 2pm
Assignment 2 - CakePHP 20% Friday 25 October 2013 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.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/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 - PHP
    PHP web site that enables administration of a Horse Riding School database..
    Criteria for assessment:

    Quality of completed work.

    Confirm with Lecturer about specific location of marking guide available at http://walkabout.infotech.monash.edu.au/walkabout/fit2076

    Due date:
    Friday 13 September 2013 at 2pm
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 - CakePHP
    CakePHP web site that enables users to search for Horses and Instructors for lessons.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Quality of completed work.

    Confirm with Lecturer about specific location of marking guide available at http://walkabout.infotech.monash.edu.au/walkabout/fit2076

    Due date:
    Friday 25 October 2013 at 2pm


  • 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

Examination/other end-of-semester assessment feedback may take the form of feedback classes, provision of sample answers or other group feedback. Please check with your lecturer on the feedback provided and take advantage of this prior to requesting individual consultations with staff. If your unit has an examination, you may request to view your examination script booklet, see http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/procedures/request-to-view-exam-scripts.html

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments without comments

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Resubmission of assignments

Resubmission of assignments is not allowed.

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). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

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.

Examination material or equipment

Refer to http://walkabout.infotech.monash.edu.au/walkabout/fit2076

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

Other Information


Graduate Attributes Policy

Student services

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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.

Your feedback to Us

Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

Previous student feedback has indicated that the inclusion of 2 technologies (PHP and ASP.NET) is too overwhelming for one unit. Therefore the unit content has been changed, so that only PHP will be taught. The inclusion of CakePHP will demonstrate industry relevant MVC design patterns.

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