BIT304 Service-Oriented Architecture

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 3, Semester 1
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: BUS102 Introduction to IT, BIT101 Introduction to Programming
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:  Students will need access to lab computers or will need their own laptops in order to carry out lab exercises and assignments.

Unit description 

This unit covers the major concepts and techniques for enabling service based interactions on the Web. The objective is to familiarize students with the recent trends in industry and academia to address service computing research and implementation issues. It will address various aspects of service computing including SOAP Services, WSDL, REST services, service composition and mashup, security, privacy, service management as well as recent trends in service computing such as cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), social media, crowdsourcing, and big data.

Unit Outline Outcomes (ULO)

  On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:  
ULO1 Describe the principles of service-oriented architecture and design.  
ULO2 Explain how the service-oriented design paradigm differs from other design approaches.  
ULO3 Design service-oriented architectures which take into consideration quality goals such as reliability, performance, and scalability.  
ULO4 Implement web services using modern techniques.  
ULO5 Evaluate the new trends in service-oriented architecture research and practice.  

Topics to be included  

1. Introduction to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)
2. SOA Evolution
3. Web Services and SOA
4. Activity Management and Composition
5. Advanced Messaging, Metadata, and Security
6. Principles of Service-Orientation
7. Service Layers
8. SOA Delivery Strategies
9. Service-Oriented Analysis
10. Service-Oriented Design
11. SOA Platforms
12. Current Trends and Unit Review


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Class Participation 10% 12 
Assessment 2: Online Quiz 15% 4
Assessment 3: Individual Assignment 20% 8
Assessment 4: Group Assignment 25% 12
Assessment 5: Final Exam 30% 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.