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ITC549 Web Site Operations and Publishing (8)


This subject introduces students to the rapidly expanding profession of web site management and publishing. Completion of this subject provides students with working knowledge of the technology used to run web servers and to automate basic processes, especially document delivery. Students set up a working modern web server and implement the essential features of a current online publishing system of the student’s choice. Students in this postgraduate subject will also evaluate the commercial paradigms of various information services. The main topics covered include server provisioning and configuration, automation, document management, site operations, basic management issues, including marketing, basics of e-commerce and legal matters.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Computing and Mathematics

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed ITC332
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
ITC332 ITC332 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to define milestones within the evolution of publishing and explain theory and practice of publishing on the World Wide Web;
  • be able to set up, configure and operate a web application on a modern web server and database running on a Unix machine;
  • be able to automate a web application on the server using a programming language;
  • be able to evaluate and apply the commercial methods available for cost recovery and profit from information services;
  • be able to critically evaluate the ethical, legal, copyright and privacy responsibilities of an electronic publisher;
  • be able to apply all of the requirements of sound document design, structure and presentation to the content of a web site.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Overview of publishing on the World Wide Web.
  • Design issues as they relate to site structure information content, information presentation, information delivery and maintenance.
  • Legal responsibilities of a site manager including privacy, security, copyright and how it affects overall publication policy.
  • Process of selecting, installing and configuring a development web and database server.
  • Automation of various aspects of online publishing including server-side programming and database access.
  • Process of selecting, installing and configuring content management systems (CMS) on development and live production servers based on metrics and key performance indicators.
  • Process of selecting an online web service provider and deploying remotely an online publication.
  • Implementation of automated (where possible) site management procedures for site indexing, access analysis, archiving and mirroring, and monitoring for security and continuity of the site.
  • Examination of the various funding models appropriate to commercial web sites, ongoing viability assessment and advertising/promotion of the site.
  • Examination of some of the new and promising technologies which will impact upon online publishing in the future.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.