CSC3103 : Internet Technology

  • Module Leader(s): Dr Neil Speirs
  • Owning School:
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To introduce students to the relevant technologies used to create modern, database-driven websites, and to enable them to start to construct such sites themselves.

The module will provide an introduction to appropriate, current languages and their advanced features (e.g PHP, Ruby), toolkits (e.g. Bootstrap, Foundation), template engines (e.g. Twig, Smarty), and server technologies (e.g. Apache, node.js). We will also explore advanced aspects of the HTTP protocol and issues of Client v Server implementation will be discussed.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Web programming languages and their features
- Using Templates
- Accessing Databases
- Regular Expressions
- Client-side Toolkits
- Server-Side support
- Client/Server Communication
- Error Checking and Handling
- Sessions
- Advanced HTTP Protocol

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion260:3013:00Revision for end of Semester exam and exam duration
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion221:0022:00lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical112:0022:00Practicals
Guided Independent StudyProject work111:0011:00Coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study101:0010:00Background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.

This is a very practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities provided by practical classes. Students are expected to spend time on coursework outside timetabled practical classes.

Students aiming for 1st class marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.

Students should set aside sufficient time to revise for the end of semester exam.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M10Storyboard a data-driven web application (5 hours)
Practical/lab report1M40Build a data-driven web application (15 hours)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module has a strong technological focus, and the coursework reflects this. There are two assignments. The first asks the students to produce a storyboard for a data-driven web application, and the second is for them to develop the site they have storyboarded. This allows them to experience the process of designing, structuring and creating a modern website. Feedback on the storyboard will help guide and reframe their implementation. The coursework is quite demanding, and therefore has a high weighting, but it is designed to complement and enhance students' understanding of the material taught in lectures. The exam requires students to answer two out of three questions in which they are required to demonstrate their understanding of some core aspects of the module.

N.B. This module has both an “Exam Assessment” and an “Other Assessment” (e.g. coursework). If either Assessment has a failing mark below 35%, the maximum mark returned for the module will normally be 35%.

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