Summer 2020 - CMPT 470 E100

Web-based Information Systems (3)

Class Number: 3678

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 12, 2020
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Location: TBA

  • 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.

Online offering notes: you will need a computer with a webcam and reliable Internet access. The computer should be powerful enough to run a virtual machine: at least 8 GB memory, 20 GB disk, and a reasonably decent processor. There will be 3-4 in-class activities during the semester which must be completed during the lecture time. Otherwise, lectures will be posted as a "watch party" where we can watch together (and ask questions in a forum), but they can also be viewed later.


  • 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.



Will include weekly exercises and group work including a video-based presentation, and a final project. Details will be discussed in the first week of class.

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).

Registrar Notes:


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Please note that all teaching at SFU in summer term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course 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.

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 ( or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.