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Unit of study_

ELEC3609: Internet Software Platforms

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.


Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Unit code ELEC3609
Unit name Internet Software Platforms
Session, year
Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

(INFO1103 OR INFO1110 OR INFO1910) AND (INFO2110 OR ISYS2110) AND (INFO2120 OR INFO2820 OR ISYS2120)
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Wanli Ouyang,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final exam
Final exam
30% Formal exam period 3 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO8 LO7 LO6
Assignment group assignment Use case modelling, requirements analysis, spec.
12% Week 05 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment group assignment System design specification
8% Week 07 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Assignment group assignment System implementation
35% Week 11 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO8
Assignment group assignment System deployment and testing
15% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO6 LO9
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. Introduction; 2. Course mechanics; 3. Web fundamentals (4 hr)  
Week 02 1. Web fundamentals (continued); 2. Use case modelling; 3. Wireframing; 4. Requirements analysis and requirements specification for web applications (4 hr)  
Week 03 Web servers and application architecture (4 hr)  
Week 04 Web back-end technologies and development environments (4 hr)  
Week 05 1. Deliverable: 5 minute pitches and requirements document; 2. Front-end technologies, methods, and security (4 hr)  
Week 06 Deploying, configuring, and securing pre-packaged software (4 hr)  
Week 07 1. Deliverable: System design specification; 2. Cloud services and deployment (4 hr)  
Week 08 Tying it all together (4 hr)  
Week 09 Continuous integration and testing (4 hr)  
Week 10 Advanced Web Services (4 hr)  
Week 11 Web security introduction/overview and policies (4 hr)  
Week 12 1. Scaling to millions of users; 2. Deliverable: Working system - demos 3. Exam review (4 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Project Work - own time: The project requires students to design and develop web services. It involves group meetings, discussions, and development sessions.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • Anders Moller and Michael Schwartzbach, An Introduction to XML and Web Technologies. Addison-Wesley, 2006. 0321269667.
  • Dean Leffingwell, Don Widrig, Managing Software Requirements: A Use Case Approach. Addison-Wesley, 2003. 032112247X.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. work in a team and assume different roles, while remaining receptive to other opinions and inputs, so as to deliver real web applications on time, and within scope
  • LO2. instigate inquiry and knowledge development into the issues associated with designing and building a web service, and synthesise the information to draw meaningful and useful conclusions in the context of the subject at hand
  • LO3. proficiently write reports that convey complex and technical concepts, experiments, and results on web services projects in a clear and concise form
  • LO4. develop web services from inception to design through to implementation, testing, and maintenance by using principles, techniques, and methodologies presented
  • LO5. develop real web applications using web-based environments and the principles and techniques presented in the course
  • LO6. compare Python web application development with PHP/JAVA/J2EE web application development.
  • LO7. demonstrate an understanding of relevant web development tools (e.g. PyCharm vs Vim vs Sublime) to the extent of material presented in the course
  • LO8. use JSON to implement simple web services and AJAX applications using concepts, principles, and techniques presented
  • LO9. use tools and methods employed in web service design, implementation, and testing to the extent of the material and projects presented.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
Changed the assessment for COVID-19 requirement. Modified learning outcomes a bit.


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