Course Title: Build a dynamic website

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: COSC7369C

Course Title: Build a dynamic website

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5341 - Diploma of Information Technology

Course Contact: Val Christou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5076

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sarah Mackinnon

+61 3 9925 5518

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to analyse and design websites to meet technical requirements.

It applies to individuals working as web developers who are responsible for the analysis, design, implementation, and testing of websites.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICTWEB501 Build a dynamic website


1. Define and analyse the technical requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the business requirements and appropriate standards 1.2 Determine and document, the purpose, expectations and functionality of the website 1.3 Analyse the user-interface design requirements, including user needs, design principles and operating systems


2. Produce the software design specifications

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Produce a hierarchy of the website showing navigation 2.2 Ensure that the content is logical and accessible to the user 2.3 Produce the prototype of the user interface 2.4 Determine and document, the architectural requirements 2.5 Design the data storage requirements


3. Develop the website to the specified design

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Create the software components of the website 3.2 Test the components of the website 3.3 Integrate the components to produce the web application


4. Test the web application

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Test the website against the requirements 4.2 Complete and document the design structure 4.3 Obtain client feedback and adjust web applications as appropriate

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.

The self-paced activities will be delivered through various technology platforms 

The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment.

We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed holistically along with (COSC7372C) ICTDBS504 Integrate database with a website.


The Teaching Schedule for this course is as follows:


Induction Session

Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:

  • Program overview and requirements
  • MyRMIT/Blackboard
  • Overview of assessment requirements
  • Pre-Training Review including:
    • Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
    • Assessment of current skills and knowledge
  • Competency/Grading Criteria
  • Plagiarism
  • Appeals
  • Extensions
  • Feedback
  • Privacy
  • Submission requirements
  • Resubmission policy
  • Where to get support
  • Student responsibilities



The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course.  This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities



Week Commencing



Competencies Delivered




Introduction to the Course including:

·        Course requirements

·        Course support documents

·        Course Blackboard access

·        Accuracy of enrolment

·        Assessment requirements/Cover Sheets

·        Reminder re Plagiarism

·        Reminder re Appeals

·        Extensions/Resubmissions

·        Feedback in this course

·        Reminder re submission requirements

·        Getting help


Course introduction & overview

PHP, MYSQL and dynamic websites 

Virtual & Internet Server setup

Review- HTML5 & CSS3





Review Server setup and operation

Introduction to PHP (echo, strings, variables, global variables)

Assessment 1 – individual project specification issued




PHP concepts

(arrays and loops)





PHP concepts

(conditional statements; functions)

Assessment 1– progress check (RMIT Server)




PHP concepts

SQL statements

PHP & database connectivity




13/03/17 (Public Holiday Monday)

PHP concepts – data validation and sanitization

SQL: select, insert

PHP & database connectivity

Assessment 1– progress check (RMIT Server)




HTML, CSS, PHP, Database

SQL: update & delete

PHP & database connectivity

Assessment 1– progress check (RMIT Server)





HTML, CSS, PHP, Database

PHP & SQL: select, insert, update, delete

Individual project work (assessment 1)

Assessment 1– individual project due





PHP – OOP approach

PHP concepts - sessions

Assessment 2 – group project specification issued




PHP – OOP approach

User login and registration



Mid semester break 13th April to 19th April 2017 inclusive



PHP – OOP approach

User login and registration





(Public Holiday Tuesday)

HTML, CSS, PHP, Database

Group project work (assessment 2)

Assessment 2 – group project progress check (RMIT server)





HTML, CSS, PHP, Database

Group project work (assessment 2)





HTML, CSS, PHP, Database

Group project work (assessment 2)

Assessment 2 – group project progress check (RMIT server)




HTML, CSS, PHP, Database

Group project work (assessment 2)






Group project presentation, interview and feedback

Assessment 2 – Group Project Due




Group project presentation, interview and feedback

Re-submission if required

 Re-submission if required


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

There is NO prescribed text book for this course. However the following book is recommended for references:

PHP and MySQL Web Development (5th Edition) (Developer's Library) 5th Edition. By Luke Welling and Laura Thomson

ISBN-13: 978-0321833891

ISBN-10: 0321833899

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence

 Evidence of the ability to:    

  • analyse the technical requirements for a dynamic web site
  • produce software design specifications
  • create a website, using efficient and effective code to meet the technical requirements, and test and document a website against the requirements. 

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, you must:  

  • summarise the principles of analysis and design
  • outline programming control and design structures, and object-oriented programming    
  • explain web programming concepts, including:   
    • authentication and web security
    • hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP)
    • session management
    • stateless programming.

 Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates  consistent performance in conditions that are safe and replicate the workplace. Noise levels, production flow, interruptions and time variances must be typical of those experienced in the website technologies field of work, and include access to:

  • a development environment
  • a server
  • a database server
  • browsers.

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions.  You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.       

Assessment Tasks

There are TWO assessment tasks in this course. You must successfully complete all sections of each assessment tasks to be deemed competent in this course.


Assessment 1 - Individual Dynamic Website (Due date: Refer to Teaching Schedule)


For this assessment task you are required to design and build a blog using PHP procedural code


  • This project will be built over 7 weeks and all files will need to be uploaded to the RMIT server on a weekly basis
  • The PHP website will connect to a MySQL database consisting of two tables
  • The database will store information on PHP & SQL concepts, website design, error messages and general dynamic website creation
  • The website must demonstrate searching, selecting, inserting, updating and deleting database records using MySQLi and PHP procedural code. 
  • All data will need to be inserted into the database via an HTML form and validated using client-side script (JavaScript).
  • The completed PHP blog should be formatted and styled using HTML5 and CSS3 and contain a clear navigation.
  • Prior to submission, the website must be thoroughly tested in a variety of browsers


Late submissions of the project will be eligible for grading at CAG (Competency Achieved) level only.


Assessment 2 - Group Project (dynamic website) (Due date: Refer to Teaching Schedule)


For this assessment task you are required to work in pairs (groups of 2) and develop a dynamic e-commerce website. You will be required to explore and use both procedural  and object oriented code.


The e-commerce website should contain a catalogue of products / services and one of the following

Review page


Shopping cart (using sessions)


Your website will need to demonstrate the following:


  • Connection to a MySQL database (multiple tables)
  • SQL querying of the database records – search, insert, update and delete
  • Validation and sanitization of data (security issues)
  • Session-based user login – created using object oriented PHP
  • A navigation system using login sessions to distinguish between administration and user tasks
  • Formatting and styling with HTML5 and CSS3


A planning and design document including an overview of the required database tables and fields must be approved by the teacher before commencing any project work. 

Your website will need to be uploaded to RMIT’s hosting server and thoroughly tested in a variety of browsers and platforms

A testing document outlining browsers and platforms used for testing must be submitted with the completed project

All students are required to attend an interview with the teacher where they will demonstrate their project and answer questions about the code


Late submissions of the project will be eligible for grading at CAG (Competency Achieved) level only.

Assessment Matrix

The Assessment Matrix that maps all assessments to the critical aspects of evidence, skills, knowledge and elements is available from the teacher.

Other Information

Submission Requirements


You should:


·  Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. 

·  Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)

·  When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work.  On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work.  An assignment cover sheet for submission of each assessment task is available on blackboard.

·  Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers.   For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.


Late Submission Procedures

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.

More Information

Form to use:

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration.  Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination. 

More Information:;ID=g43abm17hc9w (unresolved)

Form to use:

Resubmissions (VET Programs):

If you are found to be unsuccessful in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only.  Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission.  The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is “CAG”.

If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

Adjustments to Assessment

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:

More Information:;ID=7usdbki1fjf31


Marking Guide (Competency):


You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.


You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.



Marking Guide (Grading)


After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit and you will achieve one of the following grades:


Final Grades table:




Competent with High Distinction




Competent with Distinction




Competent with Credit




Competency Achieved – Graded




Not Yet Competent




Did Not Submit for assessment





Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

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