MMST12009 - Web Application Development
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will teach you how to create dynamic, database-driven web applications using leading open-source technologies: the Apache web server, the PHP scripting language, the MySQL database system, and the WordPress content management system.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: DGTL11006 Coding Fundamentals OR MMST11002 Web Design

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance
  • Mackay
  • Noosa
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 30%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Practical Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Some of the video presentations are too long. Course evaluations and staff observations Update the recorded video presentations.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. install and configure the Apache web server, the PHP scripting language, the MySQL database system and the WordPress content management system
  2. build and maintain web sites with the WordPress content management system
  3. understand fundamental programming principles and write PHP scripts
  4. understand fundamental database concepts and build databases with MySQL
  5. access and manipulate the contents of a database using the Structured Query Language (SQL)
  6. use Apache, PHP and MySQL together to create dynamic, database-driven web applications

Not applicable

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical Assessment      
2 - Practical Assessment        
3 - Practical Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work            
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical Assessment    
2 - Practical Assessment    
3 - Practical Assessment    

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

A Study Guide will be provided through the unit web site.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Microsoft Word
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Plain text editor such as Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac OS)
  • Adobe Dreamweaver or Notepad++ (optional)
  • XAMPP (includes Apache, MySQL, PHP and phpMyAdmin)
  • WordPress
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Course Resources Online (accessible via CQUniversity Library)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorSteven Pace (s.pace@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

1. Getting started with XAMPP

Week 2 13-03-2017

2. Introduction to WordPress

Week 3 20-03-2017

3. Using WordPress

Week 4 27-03-2017

4. PHP basics

WordPress Assignment Due Friday (31 Mar 17) 09:00 PM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017

5. PHP statements

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

6. Predefined PHP variables and code reuse

Week 7 24-04-2017

7. Handling forms

Week 8 01-05-2017

8. Database fundamentals

PHP Assignment Due Friday (05 May 17) 09:00 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

9. Structured Query Language (SQL)

Week 10 15-05-2017

10. Using PHP with MySQL

Week 11 22-05-2017

11. Search interfaces

Week 12 29-05-2017

Review

Database-Driven Web Site Assignment Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 09:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

REQUIRED RESOURCES

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

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

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.

STUDY GUIDE

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.

DISCUSSION FORUM

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.

WEB BROWSERS

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.

TEXT EDITOR

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.

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title WordPress Assignment
Task Description

This assignment requires you to create a WordPress web site that satisfies some supplied requirements. Please refer to the unit web site for the assignment details.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Friday (31-Mar-2017) 09:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students 2 weeks after submission
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Please refer to the unit web site for the detailed assessment criteria.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please refer to the unit web site for assignment submission instructions.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. install and configure the Apache web server, the PHP scripting language, the MySQL database system and the WordPress content management system

2. build and maintain web sites with the WordPress content management system

4. understand fundamental database concepts and build databases with MySQL

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title PHP Assignment
Task Description
This assignment requires you to create an HTML form page and a PHP results page that function together to solve a supplied scripting problem. The web pages must be implemented using PHP, HTML and CSS code. Please refer to the unit web site for the assignment details.
Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017) 09:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students 2 weeks after submission
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Please refer to the unit web site for the detailed assessment criteria.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please refer to the unit web site for assignment submission instructions.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. install and configure the Apache web server, the PHP scripting language, the MySQL database system and the WordPress content management system

3. understand fundamental programming principles and write PHP scripts

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Database-Driven Web Site Assignment
Task Description

This assignment requires you to create a MySQL database, a PHP search page and a PHP results page that function together to solve a supplied scripting problem. The web pages must be implemented using PHP, HTML and CSS code. Please refer to the unit web site for the assignment details.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 09:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students 2 weeks after submission
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Please refer to the unit web site for the detailed assessment criteria.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please refer to the unit web site for assignment submission instructions.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. install and configure the Apache web server, the PHP scripting language, the MySQL database system and the WordPress content management system

3. understand fundamental programming principles and write PHP scripts

4. understand fundamental database concepts and build databases with MySQL

5. access and manipulate the contents of a database using the Structured Query Language (SQL)

6. use Apache, PHP and MySQL together to create dynamic, database-driven web applications

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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