Note: This unit is an archived version! See Overview tab for delivered versions.

ELEC5742: Foundations: Internet Software Platforms (2014 - Semester 2)

Download UoS Outline

Unit: ELEC5742: Foundations: Internet Software Platforms (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Pardo, Abelardo
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study will focus on the design, the architecture and the development of web applications using technologies currently popular in the marketplace including Java and .NET environments. There are three key themes examined in the unit: Presentation layer, Persistence layer, and Interoperability. The unit will examine practical technologies such as JSP and Servlets, the model-view-controller (MVC) architecture, database programming with ADO.NET and JDBC, advanced persistence using ORM, XML for interoperability, and XML-based SOAP services and Ajax, in support of the theoretical themes identified.

On completion the students should be able to:

- Compare Java/J2EE web application development with Microsoft .NET web application development.

- Exposure to relevant developer tools (e.g. Eclipse and VS.NET)

- Be able to develop a real application on one of those environments.

- Use XML to implement simple web services and AJAX applications.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Pardo, Abelardo
Timetable: ELEC5742 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Project Work - own time 4.00 1 13
3 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Project Work - own time: The project requires students to design and develop web services. It involves group meetings, discussions and development sessions

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Ability to conceive, design, build and test a web service in a team project environment. Design (Level 3)
Develop in-depth technical skills and knowledge of web technologies and the development lifecycle and
management of web-based projects.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
Proficiency in researching and creatively applying technical principles, design methodology, and knowledge of
tools and materials in the design of web services.
Information Seeking (Level 2)
Ability to produce clear and well-constructed engineering documents for web–based projects; ability to
produce clear and informative diagrams and models for web–based projects
Communication (Level 3)
Knowledge of tools and materials used in web services; knowledge of current issues and developments in web services. Professional Conduct (Level 2)
Ability to undertake engineering design and problem solving in a team project environment using a clearly , systems based approach to web services. Project and Team Skills (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 3)
1. Ability to develop web services from inception to design through to implementation, testing and maintenance by using principles, techniques and methodologies presented.
2. Ability to develop real web applications using web-based environments and the principles and techniques presented in the course.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
3. Ability to compare Java/J2EE web application development with Microsoft .NET web application development.
4. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of relevant web development tools (e.g. Eclipse and VS.NET) to the extent of material presented in the course.
5. Ability to use XML to implement simple web services and AJAX applications using concepts, principles and techniques presented.
6. Ability to use tools and methods employed in web service design, implementation and testing to the extent of the material and projects presented.
Information Seeking (Level 2)
7. Ability to instigate inquiry and knowledge development into the issues associated with deigning and building a web service, and synthesise the information to draw meaningful and useful conclusions in the context of the subject at hand.
Communication (Level 3)
8. Proficiency in writing reports that can convey complex and technical concepts, experiments and results on web services projects in a clear and concise form.
Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
9. Capacity to work in a team and assuming different roles, while remaining receptive to other opinions and inputs, so as to deliver real web applications on time and within scope.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Final Exam No 60.00 Exam Period 2, 3, 4, 5,
2 Project Yes 40.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Assessment Description: Project: Group Project with 4 deliverables. Deliverable 1 due week 5 (worth 10% of total course grade): Response to Request for Proposal with Requirements Analysis and Specification to Web Services. Deliverable 2 due week 7 (worth 5% of total course grade): Design Specifications of Web Services. Deliverable 3 due week 12 (worth 20% of total coursegrade): Implementation of Web Applications. Deliverable 4 due week 13 (worth 5% of total course grade): Test results

and user documentation.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content:

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Problem Solving for Web Services and Applications
Week 2 Use Case modelling, Requirements Analysis and Requirements Specification for Web Applications
Week 3 Architecture for Web Applications
Week 4 Designing Web Applications and User Interfaces
Week 5 Electronic Commerce: Design and Technologies.
Web Services.
Group Project Deliverable 1 due week 5: Response to Request for Proposal with Requirements Analysis and Specification to
Week 6 XML Technology
Week 7 Group Project Deliverable 2 due week 7: Design Specifications of Web Services.
XML and DTDs
Week 8 Web Security, Privacy and Policies
Week 9 Java scripting and Using AJAX
Week 10 Building Secure Web Servers and Web 2.0
Week 11 .NET Framework
Week 12 Group Project Deliverable 3 due week 12: Implementation of Web Applications
Week 13 Group Project Deliverable 4 due week 13: Test results and user documentation
STUVAC (Week 14) Prepare for Exam
Exam Period Final Exam
Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Software) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 3) Yes 23.89%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 62.78%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 4.44%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 4.44%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) Yes 0%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) Yes 4.44%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.