Faculty of Information Technology

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (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. 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.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the need and importance for system developers to have skills in this area of IT applications;
  2. describe and compare the key basic technologies which underlie the development of web-database applications;
  3. evaluate and assess the key technological issues confronting developers building applications of this type;
  4. implement the key features of programming languages which are commonly used for developing web-database application;
  5. analyse, design, develop and implement a web-database application using a well-known programming language;
  6. evaluate and critique proposed web-database solutions to a business problem.


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

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour laboratory

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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Chief examiner(s)


One of FIT1002, FIT1008, FIT1035, FIT1040, FIT2034, FIT2071 or FIT2081 and one of FIT1004 or FIT2010


FIT2028, FIT2029, FIT3043, FIT3057

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