Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Web Application Development

Course summary

Course code: COMP1687
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Computing and Information Sys.
Course Coordinator(s): Kevin Mcmanus / A K M Mahtab Hossain



In order build effective web sites the developer needs to comprehensively understand the complex behaviour of web clients and web servers and be able to apply a wide range of established technologies. The diversity of technologies that are brought together in developing web applications can be daunting to the student. This course provides an opportunity to gain confidence in web development through the practical implementation of a realistic database driven web application. The focus of this course is biased towards appropriate use of technologies. As such this course is suitable for experienced web developers and students who are newcomers to web technologies.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Use client-side technologies for building, usable, accessible, standard compliant web pages.

2. Use server-side technologies for building secure, stateful, scalable, database-driven web applications.

3. Describe and critically discuss the design, engineering, legal, social, ethical and professional issues and considerations involved in web application development.

Indicative content

Developing stateful web applications using the stateless HTTP request response protocol
Desktop and mobile web clients such as: Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, Internet Explorer and assistive technologies
Standard client side technologies including: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, DOM, cookies and AJAX.
Web servers and server-side technologies: Apache, PHP, session state and database connectivity using MySQL
Web application development tools: EditPlus, FTP, Firefox and Netbeans
Issues and considerations in web application development: standards, maintenance, efficiency, stability, scalability, usability, accessibility, law, security and privacy

Teaching and learning activity

Lecture sessions supported by tutorial based laboratory exercises.
Lecture 2/3, Tutorial 1/3.


Practical - 70% weighting, 40% pass mark, LO 1 & 2. Outline Details - Implement a 3-tier Web application with technical documentation and acceptance testing. Approximately 1,500 words.
Essay - 30% weighting, 40% pass mark, LO 3. Outline Details - Essay addressing the third learning outcome in the context of the case study and reflecting on the practical assignment. 2,500 words.

Formative Assessment - Provided during laboratory sessions.