You must have access to the following resources for this unit.
UNIT WEB SITE
The unit web site provides essential resources for the unit such as a Study Guide and an online discussion forum. It can be accessed at moodle.cqu.edu.au.
XAMPP is a free software package containing four of the tools that you need for this unit: Apache, MySQL, PHP and phpMyAdmin. Instructions for downloading and installing XAMPP are provided in Study Guide module 1. If you are an off-campus student and you cannot download the relevant installation file because of an inadequate Internet connection or some other problem, please contact the unit coordinator for assistance as soon as you become aware of the problem. The coordinator might be able to burn the file onto a DVD and post it to you by regular mail. Contact details for the unit coordinator can be found in the unit profile and on the unit web site.
WordPress is a free blogging platform and content management system that you need for this unit. Instructions for downloading and installing WordPress are provided in Study Guide module 2.
The online Study Guide will direct you to all of the essential readings and exercises for each module of the unit. The Study Guide is available in Adobe Portable Document format (PDF) from the unit web site.
COURSE RESOURCES ONLINE
Some of the readings for this unit are PDF files that must be downloaded from the CQUniversity Library's Course Resources Online service. The Study Guide will direct you to the Course Resources Online service when necessary.
An online discussion forum will be provided through the unit web site for discussing matters that relate to the unit. The discussion forum is the primary means of support for off-campus students who want assistance with tutorial exercises and assignments. If you seek help with the assignments through the discussion forum, do not post fragments of your code there because that could encourage plagiarism.
You will need a recent version of Google Chrome (www.google.com/chrome) and Mozilla Firefox (www.mozilla.com) to explore the Web and test the pages that you create. Off-campus students are encouraged to install the latest versions of these browsers. On-campus students may use whichever versions are installed in their local computer lab.
ADOBE ACROBAT READER
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a free program that lets you view, navigate and print PDF documents like the MMST12009 Study Guide. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from the Adobe web site at www.adobe.com.
You will need a plain text editor such as Notepad or TextEdit for composing PHP, HTML and CSS files. Notepad is distributed with the Microsoft Windows operating system. TextEdit is distributed with the Mac OS X operating system. If you have a copy of Adobe Dreamweaver from the prerequisite unit MMST11002 Web Design you might prefer to edit your files with it rather than Notepad or TextEdit. One of the advantages of using Dreamweaver is that it provides special features such as PHP syntax checking, syntax highlighting and line numbering. Alternatively you might like to use a free open source editor such as Notepad++, which also provides special features for PHP coding. Notepad++ can be downloaded from notepad-plus-plus.org.