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CSC3123 : Web Technologies

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Lindsay Marshall
  • Teaching Assistant: Mr Chris Napier
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
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

Techniques and theory are presented in lectures. Supervised practicals in a PC cluster room provide experience of writing programs and using PCs with help available. Further practical work takes place during the private study hours.

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.

Study abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the length of the exam may differ from that shown in the MOF.

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

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