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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Martin Atchison


Web-based information systems require a development approach, development skills and a range of participants unlike those used for other forms of information system. This unit aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the nature of the web-based information systems development process, and how it is applied in different types of information systems.
The unit will examine the following main areas:

  • the basic technologies associated with the internet and the world-wide web;
  • the influence of these technologies on the use and development of information systems on the web;
  • the development processes required to build systems which make use of web and internet technologies
  • analysis and design issues and techniques for web-based systems
  • issues in managing web development teams and web projects
The emphasis throughout the unit will be on providing a broad overview of topics, rather than examining any one topic in great depth. There will be a strong emphasis on practical demonstration of the concepts being studied, and case studies will be used to highlight key aspects of theory.


At the completion of this unit students will have -
A knowledge and understanding of:

  • the technological capabilities associated with the internet and the world-wide web and the basic technological capabilities required to develop web-based systems;
  • the main tasks in the web-based information systems development process and the main techniques used to perform them
  • the mixture of skills and competencies required for successful development of a web-based information system;
  • the principles of good practice with respect to the management of web-based information systems project.
Developed attitudes which enable them to:
  • recognise the range of skills and competencies required in the development of web-based information systems
  • recognise the special expertise and skills which information professionals can contribute to the development of a web-based information system.
Gained the skills to:
  • identify the range of technical and systems expertise needed in the development of a web-based system for a given set of circumstances;
  • perform some of the basic information analysis and design tasks required during development of a web-based information system.
Demonstrated the communication skills necessary to:
  • recognise the importance of a team-based approach to web-based information systems development;
  • interact with system users and with other members of a team in the tasks involved in the development of a web-based information system;
  • develop interpersonal communication skills with team members in Web-based systems developement activities.


Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%
Students must gain a satisfactory result in both the practical and exercises work and the exam to gain a pass in the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Martin Atchison

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: