Fall 2021 - CMPT 470 D100

Web-based Information Systems (3)

Class Number: 4621

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    (CMPT 275 or CMPT 276) and CMPT 354, with a minimum grade of C-.



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. This offering will be primarily online. You will need either CSIL access, or a computer powerful enough to run a virtual machine: at least 8 GB memory, 20 GB disk, and a reasonably decent processor. Lectures will be posted as a "watch party" where we can watch together (and ask questions synchronously), 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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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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 may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.