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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Singapore First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ray Smith


Distributed database systems: clients, servers, application servers, database servers, clusters of servers. Distributed database architectures: single-tier, two-tier, multi-tier. Implementation issues: performance, security, transactions. Enterprise application server capabilities: hot deployment, clean shutdown, clustering, farming, load balancing, automatic fail-over. Enterprise application coding: DBMS access, distributed components, messaging services, authentication, authorization, encryption, transactions. Exterprise application software development tools. Access to the Universitys computer systems through an Internet service provider is compulsory for off-campus students.


At the completion of this unit students will -

  • understand the various ways in which a database application may be scaled to the enterprise level, including: applications being split between clients and servers; servers being split between application servers and database servers; application servers being split into clusters of application servers;
  • be able to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of single-tier, two-tier and multi-tier architectures;
  • be aware of some of the pitfalls (and ways to avoid or minimise them) of distributed applications, including: performance problems due to network latency and bandwidth; security problems when transmitting data over an untrusted network; transactional problems when transactions must be distributed over multiple servers.
  • be able to evaluate when it is appropriate to use enterprise programming techniques, and when simpler solutions will suffice;
  • be able to configure an enterprise application and application server to take advantage of advanced capabilities such as: hot deployment, clean shutdown, clustering, farming, load balancing, automatic fail-over;
  • be able to design and implement an enterprise application that makes appropriate use of the following: DBMSs, distributed components, messaging services, security (authentication, authorisation and encryption), transactions, fat clients, thin (web) clients;
  • be familiar with a selection of software tools (both GUI and command-line) to speed enterprise application development;
  • be able to deploy applications in at least two different enterprise application servers;
  • accept the importance of client and server operating system platforms other than Windows, and therefore the need for technologies that support multiple platforms;
  • appreciate the value that an application server adds to an application with remarkably little additional coding effort;
  • develop an interest in the various compatible yet competing enterprise application servers, and an appreciation of their relative strengths and weaknesses.


Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Gour Karmakar


GCO9808 or FIT9013 or equivalent


CSE3450, GCO3823, FIT3011, GCO4823

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