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Web and Mobile Computing (ICT286)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides an intermediate technical understanding and practical experience in developing web and mobile applications for both the traditional computer systems and for mobile devices. Topics include: design and implementation of web and mobile applications using languages, and tools and technologies such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, Apache Cordova, PHP, JSON, and MySQL, administration of web servers on a Unix system, and an introduction to web security.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
ULO1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the technical workings of key Internet, web and mobile technologies.
ULO2. Demonstrate the ability to develop web pages using HTML and CSS.
ULO3. Demonstrate the ability to develop dynamic web pages using JavaScript.
ULO4. Demonstrate the ability to develop cross-platform mobile applications for all major mobile platforms.
ULO5. Demonstrate the ability to develop web and mobile applications that communicate with the server-side using PHP.
ULO6. Demonstrate the ability to develop web and mobile applications that rely on the server-side to supply data and business logic using PHP and MySQL.
ULO7. Demonstrate the ability to develop efficient and responsive web and mobile applications using AJAX and JSON.
ULO8. Demonstrate the skills in using Apache HTTP Server and Linux operating system.
ULO9. Apply your knowledge and skills in web and mobile technologies to solve problems.
ULO10. Have the experience and the skills to work effectively in a team environment.
ULO11. Demonstrate the independent, life-long learning skills and attitudes necessary to keep informed and capable of working effectively with changing technology.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 x 1 hour per week; tutorials: 2 x 1 hour per week (1 hour unsupervised).
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit mainly consists of lectures and tutorial/lab sessions. In each of the 12 teaching weeks, there is one 2-hour lecture and one 2-hour tutorial. Each lecture usually covers one topic. The companion tutorial/lab session will consist of small programming exercises and/or other tasks that the students need to complete to enforce the understanding of the concepts covered in the topic and to master the relevant design and programming techniques. These small exercises are also designed to provide incremental help for the two major assignments. In order to assess a small subset of the learning outcomes, each tutorial exercise will require the solution of some small problems. There are also two major assignments that the students need to hand in over the period of the semester. The purpose of the major assignments is to demonstrate a larger subset of the learning outcomes and to ensure that students can integrate the knowledge that they have acquired. All practical work involves self-directed study.
Assessment You will be assessed on the basis of two major assignments (13% and 25% respectively), weekly labs (12%), and one final examination (50%).
Your final grade for the unit will be reported as a letter grade and a mark. In order to pass the unit you must:
1) have an aggregate score for the combined assessment of 50% or better, and

2) achieve a satisfactory performance in the supervised component, which is the final examination. A satisfactory performance is normally considered to be 50% or higher.
Prerequisites ICT159 Foundations of Programming or ICT102 Introduction to Computer Science.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ICT211 Web Computing may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2014: 'Web Computing'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Mobile and Web Application Development (BSc) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Minors Web Development
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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