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ITC557 Web Based Information Systems PG (8)


Web based information systems enable the design of online applications used in various electronic commerce systems. This subject covers the process of developing a web based information system, including object modelling, user-interface design, database design and programming. Students will also critically analyse and evaluate various web based systems.

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Subject information

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

Assumed Knowledge

(ITC411 or ITC125 or ITC525) and (ITC206 or ITC421 or ITC429) and (ITC102 or ITC402 or ITC412 or ITC545) and (ITC114 or ITC202 or ITC423)

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed subject ITC357
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
ITC357 ITC357 Common content. Assignments requirements restricted.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to define a Web Based Information System (WBIS), differentiate between such systems and conventional web sites and analyse the appropriateness of each for a given problem;
  • be able to contrast the various client-server architectures for WBIS;
  • be able to develop a small WBIS using HTML forms, Java Servlets, and session management;
  • be able to develop a small database driven web based information system using Java Servlets, Java Server Pages (JSP), Java Beans and Microsoft Access;
  • be able to research the emerging role of WBIS web services frameworks and Extensible Markup Language (XML);
  • be able to critically analyse WBIS design process, platforms and tools for developing a WBIS and compare their strengths and weaknesses.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Web based information systems: Examples, applications and architecture.
  • HTTP, Forms, Server-Side Programming and Common Gateway Interface (CGI).
  • Alternatives to CGI: Java Servlets and server APIs.
  • Browser detection, state, cookies and redirects.
  • Java Server Pages.
  • Using Java Beans with Servlets and JSP.
  • Designing web systems.
  • Database access using Servlets or JSP.
  • Web services and XML.


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.