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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)


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.


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.


Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Janet Fraser

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


FIT1002 and either FIT1004 or FIT2010


FIT2028, FIT2029, FIT3043, FIT3057

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