Fall 2020 - CMPT 470 D100

Web-based Information Systems (3)

Class Number: 6648

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM

  • Prerequisites:

    (CMPT 275 or CMPT 276) and CMPT 354.



This course examines: two-tier/multi-tier client/server architectures; the architecture of a Web-based information system; web servers/browser; programming/scripting tools for clients and servers; database access; transport of programming objects; messaging systems; security; and applications (such as e-commerce and on-line learning).


This course will examine the architecture and technology of web-based information systems in a variety of application contexts. It will also serve as a practical introduction to the installation, configuration and operation of secure web services.

  • Web server configuration.
  • Web as multimedia and hypertext publication system: markup and style (HTML, CSS); WWW design issues; HTTP.
  • Web as remote user interface in distributed computing systems: client-side scripting; server-side scripting; database integration; security.
  • Various WWW-related techologies of interest which could include collaborative frameworks (Wikis, DAV), computer-to-computer communication (RPC, SOAP), middleware and enterprise, and emerging XML standards.


  • Details of the marking scheme will be discussed in the first week of lecture. Students must attain an overall passing grade on the weighted average of exams in the course in order to obtain a clear pass (C- or better).



Reference Books

  • Fundamentals of Web Development, Randy Connolly Ricardo Hoar, Pearson, 2018, 9780134481265

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).