Faculty of Information Technology

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Information Technology



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Online)
  • Summer semester B 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.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate the impact of the history of web applications development on current web-technology;
  2. design, construct and publish web-database applications;
  3. analyse and critique the key technological issues confronting developers building web-database applications;
  4. test the key features of programming languages which are commonly used for developing web-database application;
  5. assess the MVC design pattern and construct a web-database application using the MVC design pattern;
  6. apply, analyse and critique a professional approach towards the development of web-database applications.


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)


Recommended knowledge: It is assumed that all students have a strong knowledge of Java programming.


CPE5011, CPE4003

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