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Monash University

FIT3083 e-Business software technologies - Semester 2, 2013

The emphasis in this unit is on the software technologies and data formats used to implement e-Business Systems. Although this unit is entirely suitable for a future developer of e-Business Systems, it is optimally targeted at future managers of such development. Thus practical exercises will be illustrative rather than industrial strength and technology issues will be given equal coverage with technology details. The primary aim of the unit is to familiarise students with as many of the currently popular e-Business technologies as possible so that their design and implementation decisions in the future will be informed and therefore produce successful systems with a high degree of probability.

Mode of Delivery

Clayton (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

Workload requirements

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.

Unit Relationships




FIT1002 or FIT2081 or equivalent

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Hongli Song

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will have -A knowledge and understanding of:
  • client-side programming ((X)HTML, JavaScript, CSS, DHTML, DOM);
  • server-side programming (ASP.NET, Ruby on Rails, JSF);
  • basic XML technologies (XML, DTD, XPath, XSLT, XMLSchemas);
  • web Servers (IIS, Apache);
  • current, popular IDEs and programming technologies
  • security (encryption, transport and document level, Digital Signatures, SSL, TSL, Access Control Standards);
  • standards Bodies (IETF, W3C, OASIS, OAGIS etc);
  • eBusiness formal and de jour Standards;
  • mobile Application Development.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • have an appreciation that eBusiness Systems are better designed and managed by professionals with a sound knowledge of the technologies used to build these systems;
  • have an appreciation that underlying technologies often directly impact the business goals of an eBusiness System via constraints and opportunities presented by the technologies;
  • have a belief that all existing technologies in back-end systems can be integrated by appropriate middleware;
  • value the importance of choosing to use established technology standards where possible.
Developed the skills to:
  • develop a small eBusiness system (B2B or B2C and IDE/implement the appropriate technology;
  • create an appropriate Technical Architecture for a specified, non-trivial eBusiness solution;
  • create XML documents, schemas for these documents, transforming and querying such documents using fundamental XML skills.
Demonstrated the communication skills necessary to:
  • identify and communicate the technical opportunities and problems associated with a particular technical solution to a business solution;
  • understand the relationship between business and technical analysts within an eBusiness System Development.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Admin + Introduction no tutorial
2 CSS tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
3 JavaScript tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
4 JavaScript tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
5 JavaScript tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
6 JavaScript/DOM tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
7 DOM tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
8 Servers, Ajax and XML tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
9 ASP.NET tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
10 ASP.NET tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
11 ASP.NET tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
12 iOS tute worth 4% (top 10 tutes count)
  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
11 Laboratory Assessments Each of 10 tutorials will be worth 4 marks for a total of 40% of your final mark for the unit Tutorial work will be marked in tutorials
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching 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
    11 Laboratory Assessments
    During each lab session students will be required to complete specified coding tasks. This work will be marked in the same laboratory session.

    Each laboratory is worth 4% of the final mark. The best 10 of the 11 laboratory marks will constitute the 40% non-exam mark for each student.
    Each of 10 tutorials will be worth 4 marks for a total of 40% of your final mark for the unit
    Criteria for assessment:

    Students will be awarded marks for completing coding tasks according to the principles and styles enumerated in lectures. It is important to understand working code will NOT attract full marks in its own right. Students will be questioned on their code. Marks will only be given for code the student can clearly describe and sematically interpret to the satisfaction of the tutor.

    Due date:
    Tutorial work will be marked in tutorials


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Hurdle requirements:
    Exam mark and non-exam mark must both be 40% or above

    Combined mark must be 50% or above
    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:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

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). 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.

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.Net 2010

Latest browsers (eg. Chrome, Firefox, IE)

Prescribed text(s)

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

Harvey M. Deitel and Paul J. Deitel. (2012). Internet & World Wide Web How to Program, 5/e. (5th Edition) Deitel & Associates (ISBN: ISBN-10: 0132151006).

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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