Fall 2020 - IAT 352 D100

Internet Computing Technologies (3)

Class Number: 7833

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 9 – Dec 8, 2020: Fri, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of 48 units, including IAT 235 and IAT 265.



XML technologies, databases and data mining are reviewed as means of storing and extracting knowledge. Server-client and service oriented architectures are examined from the perspective of building interactive systems. Web 2.0 technologies are reviewed, including peer-to-peer systems, social networking portals, and personalization technologies. Students apply conceptual knowledge by programming a web application using AJAX, servlets and a database.


  • Design and implement server-side of a web application using web scripting language (e.g. PHP)
  • Design a relational database using the Entity-Relationship Diagrams, and implement the database using Relational Database Management System (MySQL) to support the web application
  • Develop a web client side of an interactive web application using AJAX
  • Exchange data between web client, web application, and REST-based web services (e.g. Flickr, Twitter)
  • Discuss the main ideas and technologies that enabled and characterize Web 2.0, and consider challenges and opportunities faced by social media and other Web2.0 services
  • Differentiate between personalization and customization, including techniques used, and select suitable recommender system for the task and context


  • Participation (in-class short quizzes, exercises, questions) 5%
  • Online discussions 10%
  • Assignments 10%
  • Quizzes 20%
  • Project 30%
  • Midterm Exam 25%


This course uses the SIAT standard grading scale for final letter grades, the cutoffs for which are:

A+    95%
A      90%
A-     85%
B+    80%
B      75%
B-     70%
C+    65%
C      60%
C-     55%
D      50%
F <   50%


Due to the continuing effects of the global pandemic the Fall term will be conducted entirely via online classes.
This will result in some changes in format, tools and requirements.


- Access to a personal computer: This is essential for the course. If you don't have such access and would require to purchase technology in order to complete the course then you should consider contacting SFU Financial Aid as you can apply for special funding for technology purchase. 
- Access to reliable internet: We'll be conducting real-time online classes for much of the term and collaboration in teams will be always online. As a result you'll need consistent access.
- Access to a non-distracting space to work: Real-time online classes means you will need a space where you can be participating in classes without interruption.



"PHP and MySQL Web Development" (2016) by Luke Welling, Laura Thomson; 5th Edition; Addison-Wesley Professional

ISBN: 9780321833891


Selected chapters from “The Practical Handbook of Internet Computing” (2004) by Munindar P. Singh; 1st Edition; Chapman and Hall/CRC (available electronically via SFU library)
ISBN: 9781584883814

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).