FIT1050 - Web fundamentals - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Janet Fraser

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)

South Africa

  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


The world-wide web is one of the most widely-used platforms for building applications. Although all students can be assumed to be experienced users of the web, very few have any clear understanding of the technologies upon which the web is based, and the way in which these technologies affect web-based applications. This unit aims to give students a sound basic knowledge of the web and a range of issues which may be involved in web application development. It will take a strongly practical focus in examining the technology, design and implementation problems a developer needs to address in developing applications for real-world systems. The diversity of web applications means that there are a wide range of issues which may be relevant to the development of any given web site. The unit will aim to give breadth of coverage of these issues, rather than focusing in depth on any particular development task or any specific type of web 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 should be able to:

  1. name and describe the key technologies upon which the world-wide and web-based applications are based;
  2. describe the strengths and limitations of the technological capabilities associated with the worldwide web and recognise their impacts on different kinds of web-based applications;
  3. explain and compare the range of technical knowledge and development skills required for the development of a variety of different types of web-based applications;
  4. perform some of the basic tasks required in the development of a web-based application;
  5. recognise the importance of a team-based approach to the development of web-based applications.


Examination (2 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • One hour seminar
    • Three hour studio
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of lecture time in order to satisfy the reading, tute, prac and assignment expectations.

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