COMP SCI 2207 - Web & Database Computing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

A modern introduction to designing and creating web-based applications. The course covers client-server architecture, database fundamentals and the principles behind writing software that functions over networks. Widely used web development languages and environments are compared and will be used by students to implement their own applications.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMP SCI 2207
    Course Web & Database Computing
    Coordinating Unit Computer Science
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Corequisites COMP SCI 1102, COMP SCI 1202 or COMP SCI 2202
    Incompatible COMP SCI 1105, COMP SCI 2002
    Assessment Written exam and/or assignments
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Ian Knight

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Describe the architecture of web applications
    2 Design and implement accessible and user friendly graphical user interfaces
    3 Manipulate data from database and web applications
    4 Identify and discuss basic security and confidentiality issues in the development of web applications
    5 Interpret online web programming documentation (e.g., APIs)
    6 Design and implement a web application

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   3.2   3.3   3.6   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All resources used for the course are freely available online. Please see course online site for details.
    Recommended Resources
    This course involves the use of: 

    • Javascript
    • HTML
    • CSS
    • JSON
    • node.js
    • MySQL
    • Third party API, e.g., google maps
    Free online tutorials are available for all of these and are linked from the main course site. If you prefer to have hard copy books, you may wish to purchase introductory books on the above. We do not have a specific recommendation - there are many to choose from. If unsure, we recommend looking at reviews at online book sales sites.
    Online Learning
    This course involves significant online activities both within and outside of contact time. We request you bring a device with internet access to all scheduled activities.

    Full details of the course including all assessments, notes, schedule, etc can be found by following the appropriate semester link at
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes CBOK Alignment**
    Group Project 25 Group Summative 8,13 2. 3. 5. 6. 1.1 1.2 3.1 3.2 4.1 4.3 4.4
    Written Examination 55 Individual Summative 14 0.4 1. 2. 3. 4. 1.1 1.2 3.1 3.2 4.1 4.4 5.4
    Lecture Quizzes 5 Individual Formative 2 to 12 1. 3. 4. 5. 1.1 1.2 3.1 3.2 4.1
    Practical Assignment 15 Individual Formative 2 to 13 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 1.1 1.2 3.1 3.2 4.1 4.3 4.4
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.

    **CBOK is the Core Body of Knowledge for ICT Professionals defined by the Australian Computer Society. The alignment in the table above corresponds with the following CBOK Areas:

    1. Problem Solving
    1.1 Abstraction
    1.2 Design

    2. Professional Knowledge
    2.1 Ethics
    2.2 Professional expectations
    2.3 Teamwork concepts & issues
    2.4 Interpersonal communications
    2.5 Societal issues
    2.6 Understanding of ICT profession

    3. Technology resources
    3.1 Hardware & Software
    3.2 Data & information
    3.3 Networking

    4. Technology Building
    4.1 Programming
    4.2 Human factors
    4.3 Systems development
    4.4 Systems acquisition

    5.  ICT Management
    5.1 IT governance & organisational
    5.2 IT project management
    5.3 Service management 
    5.4 Security management

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    Quizzes - 10% weighting (previously 5%)
    Prac Exercises - 25% weighting (previously 15%)
    Web Application Project - 65% weighting (previously 25%)
    Quizzes are 1% each from week 4
    Prac Exercises are worth 2-3% each from Prac Exercise 4
    Web Application Project is now to be done individually rather than in groups of 4
    There will be no exam
    Assessment Related Requirements
    *Hurdle Requirement: If your overall mark for the course is greater than the Fail band but, your mark for the final written exam is less than 40%, your overall mark for the course will be reduced to Fail.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    Submission details and the assignment descriptions will be published on the course website in

    Penalties for Late Submission

    Assignments will be subject to the following late penalty policy:

    • The maximum mark that can be awarded will reduce by 25% for each day/part day late,
    • Marks in excess of the maximum that can be awarded are discarded.
    • Assignment work submitted 4 or more days late will receive 0 marks.
    On-time Mark 1 Day Late 2 Days Late 3 Days Late 4+ Days Late
    25% 25% 25% 25% 0
    50% 50% 50% 25% 0
    75% 75% 50% 25% 0
    100% 75% 50% 25% 0

    Extensions for Assignments

    If you are unable to complete an assessment by the due date because of medical or compassionate circumstances, you must submit a request to the course coordinator prior to the due date. In your request, you must attach supporting documentation – a medical certificate and/or a letter from the student counselling service. Work requirements are not considered grounds for extensions. If you are working, please make sure you are available for all activities.

    Penalties for Late Submission of Quizzes

    Due to the nature of the online quizzes, no late submissions are permitted.

    Final Examination

    The final examination will be scheduled by the examinations office. You will be able to access your exam schedule through Access Adelaide. You must be available during the replacement examination period (check University dates). If you are offered a replacement examination or additional assessment and are unable to attend for any reason, there may be no further opportunity for a replacement examination or additional assessment.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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