USQ LogoCourse specification
The current and official versions of the course specifications are available on the web at
Please consult the web for updates that may occur during the year.

CSC2406 Web Technology

Semester 2, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Maths and Computing
Version produced : 30 December 2013

Contents on this page


Examiner: Leigh Brookshaw
Moderator: Stijn Dekeyser


Pre-requisite: CSC1401 or USQIT16 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or GDGS or GCEN or GDET or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT or MSBN or MSMS

Other requisites

Recommended pre-requisites: CSC2408
Students who do not meet the pre-requisite requirements must obtain approval of the examiner and the program coordinator to be enrolled in this course.


Web publishing is a large and important industry. It can be considered as part of the computing or publishing industry, and it has important implications in other areas. USQ graduates in computing, and many other disciplines, need expertise in this area. This course will provide them with skills in document creation, publishing, and the more technical aspects of web publishing. The course will emphasise both the generation of web materials and the establishment and maintenance of the services required to support them.


This course conveys the essential skills and knowledge required to create and maintain high quality web documents and the sites where these are located. The course will cover document design and preparation, as well as the more technical issues of web-publishing such as CGI scripts, web site maintenance, and site security. Program material may only be available via the web. Practical classes will be provided for internal students. Experience programming in a high level language is required. Experience with using Linux/Unix is also recommended.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. formulate a logical design of a web site;
  2. create web graphics;
  3. construct web pages using HTML XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets;
  4. demonstrate understanding of the technical foundations of the Web;
  5. develop server and client software;
  6. efficiently maintain and secure a web site.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to the Web 5.00
2. XHTML 10.00
3. Cascading Style Sheets 10.00
4. Document and Site Design and Style Guidelines 10.00
5. Graphics and Image Maps 5.00
6. Hypertext Transfer Protocol and MIME typing 10.00
7. Introduction to PHP. 10.00
8. XHTML Forms and Server Scripts in PHP 30.00
9. Server Configuration and Security 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • This course requires access to the GNU/Linux Operating System to run the course software. Debian GNU/Linux can be installed from the Department of Mathematics and Computings GNU/Linux DVD 2012. The DVD is available from the USQ Bookshop.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 134.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 15 27 Aug 2012 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 25 15 Oct 2012 (see note 2)
2 HOUR CLOSED EXAMINATION 100 60 End S2 (see note 3)

  1. The Examiner advises that the Assignment deadline is Midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on this date.
  2. The Examiner advises that the Assignment deadline is Midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on this date.
  3. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  2. In accordance with University policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  3. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time, may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination: IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  4. Students are responsible for authenticating submitted assignments. This will involve gathering evidence that the submitted assessment is the student's own work. The evidence will at least include a journal of work, and pre-submission seven days prior and two days prior to the assignment deadline. Lack of authentication will be considered plagiarism.

  5. The referencing system to be used in this course is supported by the Department. Information on this referencing system and advice on how to use it can be found in the course materials.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to E-mail and internet access to USQ computers for this course.