BIT103 Web Application Development

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 1, Semester 2
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: Nil
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 10 hours per week over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Scheduled learning activities: 4 timetabled hours per week, 6 personal study hours per week
Other resource requirements: Access to a Computer, Notepad++, Google Chrome, MySQL, W3Schools PHP Server

Unit description 

The purpose of this course is for students to understand necessary techniques for developing client/server applications at the web level. The course focuses on designing and developing web-based applications using a variety of programming languages and tools like PHP and Python. Students will be exposed to Internet application development architecture. Class projects include developing business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) applications, among others. Development skills include presenting and receiving information through a web site, validating entered information and storing entered information in text files or databases. Students develop an understanding of the principles of web page and web site design; standard object models, and the use of server-side programs for database and file access; testing, software quality assurance; and the process of publishing Web sites. This hands-on PHP and Python programming course uses open-source software (PHP, Python, JavaScript and MySQL) to provide the student with a fundamental programming background.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

  On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Write syntactically and stylistically correct HTML documents and CSS style sheets.
ULO2 Correctly define and use fundamental terms and concepts related to web development.
ULO3 Comprehend and propose Web Application infrastructure.
ULO4 Apply client/server communication techniques such as server, application, session variables, cookies and server behaviors.
ULO5 Determine the needs for web database and connectivity.
ULO6 Develop a functional web application.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. Internet and Web Protocols
2. Client-Server Architecture
3. Web Software with HTML and CSS
4. Interfacing with Databases
5. Web Application Components
6. Authentication and Validation
7. Principles of Web Application Design
8. Web Application Infrastructure
9. Application Development with JavaScript
10. Application Development with PHP
11. Web-Based Database Application Development with MySQL
12. Performance and Reliability


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Class Participation 10% 12
Assessment 2: Individual Assignment  20% 9
Assessment 3: Group Assignment 30% 12
Assessment 4: Final exam 40% Final exam week


The assessment due weeks provided may change. Your lecturer will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.