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CSC8426 Advanced Web Technology

Semester 2, 2020 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Advanced Web Technology
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 029999 - Information Technology not els
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Matthew Mengel


Pre-requisite: CSC2406 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCOP or MPIT or MCOT or MCTE or MENC or MEPR or MENS or METC or MSST or MCTN. Students enrolled in the MCYS program can enrol and do not need to complete CSC2406 prior

Other requisites

Students must have access to a well-resourced computer (and be able to install software on it), and have an adequate Internet connection.


An advanced understanding of Web Server technologies is needed to set up and manage web sites and services. This course complements and builds on client-side skills taught in CS2406 Web Technology 1. Students will learn to build complete, data-driven web sites applying best practice and industry-level guidelines.


This course builds on CSC2406 Web Technology 1 and conveys the essential skills and knowledge required to create and maintain high quality web sites. The course will cover web server setup and management, as well as server-side programming of dynamically generated web sites. Course material may only be available via the web. Students will implement a data-driven website using PHP and SQLite on the server side, and utilising Javascript technologies such as AJAX on the client side. As such, prior experience with programming is essential.


On successful completion of this course students will have:

  1. chosen as well as applied appropriate aspects of the technical foundations of the Web, including HTTP, to web sites
  2. planned as well as developed dynamic and interactive web sites and applications
  3. evaluated and implemented the efficient maintenance and security of a web site.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) 15.00
2. Server-side Scripting Languages (PHP) 40.00
3. Web Server Configuration (Apache) 10.00
4. Input Validation and Security 10.00
5. Web Data Integration (SQLite) 10.00
6. Asynchronous Communication (Ajax) 10.00
7. Frameworks 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 86.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 15 15 14 Jul 2020 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 20 20 14 Jul 2020 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 3 65 65 14 Jul 2020 (see note 3)

  1. Assignment due dates, together with requirements, will be posted on the course StudyDesk at the start of semester.
  2. Assignment due dates, together with requirements, will be posted on the course StudyDesk at the start of semester.
  3. Assignment due dates, together with requirements, will be posted on the course StudyDesk at the start of semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

  1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. forms part of the Bachelor of Information Technology and Master of Computing Technology and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 6 November 2020