CSC8004 : Networks and Web Technologies

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To explain how computer networks are implemented using layered protocols, and to explore the techniques used to implement network protocols at the various layers.
To provide students with a knowledge and understanding of current and emerging Internet technologies, thus giving them a perspective on the past, present and future of the Web along with an awareness of the key trade-offs in both architecture and user experience.
To introduce students to the relevant technology underlying web content delivery and presentation, and to enable them to construct simple web-based applications using common, current tools and systems

Outline Of Syllabus

Part 1: History and evolution of the Web & Web Publishing: Basic languages (e.g. HTML, CSS, JavaScript) and how they work, Forms & scripts (inc. Client side vs Server side scripting); Web/Database integration: Constructing dynamic web pages using database content & PHP; new developments e.g. XML/XSLT
Part 2:
Data communication - packet switching, cell switching, routing, congestion control, latency; Local Area Networks - Ethernet, ring networks; Network protocols - OSI and DARPA architectures, TCP/IP, application oriented protocols; Network security - encryption, access control.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion441:0044:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture441:0044:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion500:3025:00Revision for end of semester exams & exam duration
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical112:0022:00Practicals
Guided Independent StudyProject work112:0022:00Coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study431:0043:00Background 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
PC Examination902A15Blackboard OLAF Exam (Web Technologies)
PC Examination902A35Blackboard OLAF Exam (Computer Networks)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M15Approx 2 pieces of equally weighted theory based coursework (8 hours each)
Prob solv exercises2M352-4 pieces of practical coursework (8 hours each)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Techniques and theory are presented in lectures and examined. Practical assignments are used to enforce the principles that are taught and are assessed directly and by a practical exam.

N.B. This module has both “Exam Assessment” and “Other Assessment” (e.g. coursework). If the total mark for either assessment falls below 40%, the maximum mark returned for the module will normally be 40%.

Reading Lists