Course Title: Create dynamic web pages

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: COSC6120C

Course Title: Create dynamic web pages

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5300 - Diploma of Information Technology

Course Contact : Swati Dave (Program Manager)

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5811

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Contact: Sarah Mackinnon 

Course Contact Email:


Course Contact: Michael Edwards

Course Contact Email:

Nominal Hours: 40

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

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with COSC6121C Integrate database with a website.

Course Description

This unit defines the competency required to build active or dynamic web pages using languages such as PHP.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAWEB502A Create dynamic web pages


1. Identify client and server-side dynamic content

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Review technical requirements
1.2 Identify sections of the website requiring client-side dynamic content
1.3 Identify sections of the website requiring server-side dynamic content
1.4 Select appropriate languages and technology to meet the requirements


2. Create dynamic content

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Create pages using appropriate languages
2.2 Ensure code conforms to current industry best practice and standards


3. Test dynamic pages

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Test website in a variety of browsers
3.2 Ensure required dynamic content functions according to specified requirements

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

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

Learning activities will include laboratory-based sessions on a variety of topics as shown in the weekly breakdown. Learning activities will generally consist of practical computer exercises based on teacher handouts. Students should attend all sessions.

Students will also be expected to undertake work on a variety of activities for homework.

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

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 Week Commencing Topics Assessment Competencies Delivered 
1 7th July 2014

Pre-training review:
• LLN as required

Familiarisation with:
• Program
• Services/facilities
• Other students
• Teacher(s)
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Pre-reading
• Blackboard

Overview of assessment requirements:
• Grading
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy

Introduction to Course & PHP:
Course introduction & overview.
Server setup (wampserver, Jacob)
Introduction PHP & variables

 Group Project Specification Issued ICAWEB502A
2 14th July 2014 PHP  variables, constants, functions, forms with GET & POST   ICAWEB502A
3 21st July 2014 PHP operators. Exercises on selection & loops using forms. Self-posting forms. Conditional statements (if, case)   ICAWEB502A
4 28th July 2014 Forms & data validation (PHP & Javascript)
Client-side validation using JavaScript
Stage 1 - Group Project Written Requirements Due ICAWEB502A
5 4th Aug 2014 PHP arrays including basic syntax, array functions, associative arrays & 2-D arrays   ICAWEB502A
6 11th Aug 2014 PHP functions including function declarations, arguments, returns & calls. PHP string functions   ICAWEB502A
7 18th Aug 2014 Intro to MySQL syntax & Navicat. Database table creation & connectivity. PHP MySQL Functions. Display pages   ICAWEB502A
8 25th Aug 2014 Insert forms & PHP insert scripts, detail pages Stage 2  - Group Project (Individual Prototypes) due ICAWEB502A
    MID-SEMESTER  Break  1st Sept - 7th Sept, 2014  inclusive    
9 8th Sep 2014 PHP MySQL Functions. Login security using session variables. Session arrays & uses.   ICAWEB502A
10 15th Sep 2014 Include files, navigation (session-based)   ICAWEB502A
11 22nd Sep 2014 PHP MySQL Functions. Select, update & delete pages   ICAWEB502A
12 29th Sep 2014 PHP MySQL Functions. Select, update & delete pages   ICAWEB502A
13 6th Oct 2014 System demonstrations. Work on project Stage 3 - Presentation of Group Project (Work in Progress) & written report due ICAWEB502A
14 13th Oct 2014 Work on project   ICAWEB502A
15 20th Oct 2014 Work on project Stage 4 - Group Project Website due ICAWEB502A
 16 27th Oct 2014 Teacher student interviews.
Course & assessment feedback. Re-submission of work if required
 Stage 4 - Teacher/Student group interviews ICAWEB502A

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text book for this course. However the following book is recommended for references:
Welling, L & Thomson, L, 4th Edition (2009), PHP and MySQL Web Development, Pearson Education, ISBN-13: 978-0672329166 
  Other materials will include worksheets distributed by the teacher in class and various websites


Other Resources

Other materials will include worksheets distributed by the teacher in class and various Websites and textbooks which will be indicated.

Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency to be deemed competent.

A range of assessment methods are used to assess practical skills and knowledge, for example:

direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
review of authenticated documents from the workplace or training environment
demonstration of techniques

Assessment Tasks

You are required to undertake a Group project for this unit.

Group Project (dynamic website)

For this assessment task you are required to develop a Website for an online business of your choice. The project will consist of a user registration & login, an online product catalogue and a choice of one of the following - a blog, forum, shopping cart (or other). Therefore students will be expected to work in groups of 2 on the project.

For each section of the project you will need to do the following:
• Connect to a MySQL database consisting of one or more tables
• Create a variety of Web pages to select, insert, update and delete data
• Demonstrate data validation using client-side script or server-side script
• Use session variables to enable appropriate access to the various Web pages on your site
• Use CSS to style the website

The Project Has Been Broken Down Into 4 Stages

You must complete all 4 stages of the project (as outlined below) to be deemed competent in this course.

You will receive feedback in relation to the appearance and functionality of the site, particularly in relation to the initial client requirements. Timely completion of each stage is therefore essential.

STAGE 1 – Group Project Requirements
(Submission Due Date: Week 4)

Firstly you will be expected to create a requirements document for your Website. This should include:
• A description of the theme, features and functions of your Website.
• Research of similar websites on the internet – screen captures of forms, layout & content. Storyboards & diagrams illustrating your designs should be included
• An explanation of which sections of your Website will require server-side dynamic content using PHP linked to a MySQL database, and which might use client-side script such as JavaScript
• A data dictionary for the database tables which will be used as the back-end system for your website, as well as sample data

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

STAGE 2 - Individual PHP prototype of chosen project feature
(Submission Due Date: Week 8)

For this stage, each student will need to create a prototype for their individual part of the Website.
The following needs to be completed:
• Create the required database tables & fields (including 3 records)
• Create pages to display data from database tables (SQL select)
• Create forms to insert data into database tables (SQL insert)
• Validate the form data before inserting into the database (PHP or Javascript)
• Use PHP to format any numbers or dates used
• No CSS styling is required for this stage. The emphasis is on the functionality of your pages.

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

STAGE 3 – Group Project Website Presentation & Documentation
(Submission Due Date: Week 13)

For this stage you will write a report & present your project to the class. The main functionality and design (CSS) should be evident.

Task 1 - Project presentation (work in progress):
• You will need to demonstrate in full each page and each feature of your part of the Website.
• This will include demonstrations of
o PHP select, insert, update and delete pages to manipulate data in your MYSQL database.
o Login as admin and user
o Data validation and login security
o Session based navigation



Task 2 - Write and submit a report on your Website which includes each of the following:

• A detailed test plan (including screen shots) which shows how you your pages, using a variety of valid and non-valid inputs and different browsers
• How and where you incorporated data validation into your Website.
• How you incorporated security elements into your Website (type of access is granted to different types of users)
• How you overcame any major problems which you encountered in developing your Website.

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

STAGE 4 – Interview & demonstration of completed group website project
(Submission Due Date: Week 15)

For this stage you will need to demonstrate in full each page and each feature of your part of the Website.
For example you will be asked to demonstrate PHP select, insert, update and delete pages to manipulate data in your MYSQL database.
You will also be expected to demonstrate data validation & login security.
All project files will need to be uploaded to the learning hub

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

Assessment Matrix


Other Information

Submission Requirements

Assessment tasks need to be submitted via Blackboard.

You should:

  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
  • 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 work for assessment 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.

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Form to use:

Resubmissions (VET Programs):

If you are found to be Not Yet Competent 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:

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Marking Guide (Competency):

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT).

So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

Marking Guide (Grading):

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

The grading will include the following criteria:


We We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as per the specifications given to in class. You should endeavour to demonstrate a high level of initiative in your approach to planning and developing and testing PHP/MySQL-driven Websites for the various business scenarios investigated.


We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required in planning and developing a variety of PHP/MySQL-driven Websites for the various business scenarios investigated. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the techniques and concepts you have learnt in all assessment tasks.


We are looking for appropriate use of a modern PHP and MySQL to produce effective business Websites as per client requirements. You should aim to consistently demonstrate your skills in each assessment task.

You also need to be able to overcome the various problems which that can arise in developing a PHP/MySQL-driven Website. You will need to demonstrate a degree of perseverance, and be able research possible solutions via the Web.


You should aim to attend all class sessions and save your solutions to all exercises and assessment tasks you have completed, for example on your home drive or USB device. An organised folder structure is highly recommended.

It will be very advantageous to prepare for and review class materials using suggested resources, such as the recommended textbook or Websites indicated by your teacher.

We also expect to see ongoing progress in class exercises and the Website project, full utilisation of Blackboard as per course guidelines and timely submission of all assessment tasks.


We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions in class and with your team members. For the project in particular you will need to work effectively in a team, and manage your work to ensure timely completion and client approval. You should therefore also liaise with your client on a regular basis throughout the project.

Final Grades Table:

CHD      Competent with High Distinction
CDI        Competent with Distinction
CC         Competent with Credit
CAG      Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC       Not Yet Competent
DNS       Did Not Submit for assessment

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



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