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FIT3011

Faculty of Information Technology

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedMalaysia First semester 2014 (Day)

Synopsis

This unit covers: 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, authorisation, encryption, transactions; and Enterprise application software development tools.

Outcomes

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;
  • 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.

Assessment

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

Chief examiner(s)

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.

Prerequisites

FIT1007 or GCO1812 or FIT2034 or equivalent.

Prohibitions

CSE3450, GCO3823, GCO4823

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