Unit description

Introduces client/server systems both from a theoretical and a practical programming point of view. Students will gain a theoretical understanding of important client/server standards and will learn how to use a network oriented programming language to implement systems using popular standards.

Unit content

  • Introduction to the Java language
  • Role of client and server software
  • Common Gateway Interface (CGI), PhP and other similar systems
  • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
  • Internet sockets
  • Open DataBase Connectivity (ODBC) and other database standards
  • Microsoft's COM (Component Object Model) and .NET
  • Web Services standards and implementation
  • Developing client and server programs in Java

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Liang, DY, 2013, Introduction to Java Programming, 9th edn, Pearson, USA. ISBN: 0–13–293652–6.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Programming assignment20%
Programming Assignment20%
Exam: closed book60%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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