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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 21/07/2022 15:35:44

Title of Module: Web Site Development

Code: COMP09006 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Mark  Davison

Summary of Module

The module starts with an integrated approach to markup HTML(5) and styling (CSS/RWD) languages for web site development with an emphasis on the importance of W3C & WHATWG standards. The remaining 60% of the module covers the JavaScript scripting and libraries that enhances the interactivity, user friendliness and functionality of web pages.

The material is discussed during presentations and demonstrations by staff within the weekly timetabled labs. Students use the rest of the lab time to develop their own solutions (with the active support of staff) to specific practical tasks designed to emphasise the main concepts and applications of HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and JavaScript libraries.

The module does not use an integrated development environment (IDE), rather the module is code based (including JavaScript programming) so it is a good preparation for more advanced modules in areas of web server programming and technology.

This module will work to develop a number of the key 'I am UWS' Graduate Attributes to make those who complete this module:


•             Critical Thinker

•             Ethically-minded

•             Research-minded

Work Ready

•             Problem-Solver

•             Effective Communicator

•             Ambitious


•             Autonomous

•             Resilient

•             Driven


Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate wide knowledge of the main HTML5, CSS, RWD, JavaScript and JavaScript libraries concepts for web site development with a critical understanding of their capabilities and limitations. RWD

L2. Identify and analyse the requirements defined by a specific web page applications. Apply the primary practical skills of HTML5, CSS, RWD and JavaScript/libraries to develop code for specific web page applications.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Demonstrate a critical understanding specialised subject areas and technological developments within XHTML/HTML5, CSS, JavaScript.

Knowledge and understanding of issues related to good web site design

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Practise HTML5, CSS and JavaScript at a professional level in areas that may include a degree of novelty.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Identify problems, analyse results and interpret common error messages to solve problems in a logical manner.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

This subject area is entirely computer based so ICT skills feature heavily in the practice of the subject area.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Exercise autonomy and initiative to independently implement XHTML, HTML5, CSS and JavaScript at a professional level.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Introduction to Web Development
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This is very much a practical computer labs based module. At appropriate points within timetabled labs staff make use of video projectors and/or desktop sharing for a mixture of formal presentations, demonstrations of web techniques & various pieces of software, "live" code development or debugging. Staff often initiate informal discussions in response to questions from students or when technical or wider issues arise. However students spend the majority of the time in the labs on "hands-on" exploration of techniques to develop their own working solutions for selected applications. The role of staff is then to offer guidance, debugging assistance and clarification of technical or wider issues to individual students as students work towards developing their own independent skills and knowledge. Lectures will be used to introduce ideas related to web site design followed up by guided reading and analysis exercises.

Guests such as company directors of digital agencies and UWS graduate technical experts are invited. After their presentations and a Q&A session they are usually available to view student work and speak to individual students. The invited guests develop student awareness of web/mobile business perspectives, technologies, careers, desirable graduate attributes and professional standards of work. The guests are often employers of UWS graduates. This is recorded as "Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity" in the Learning Activities.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery10
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity10
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop28
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Computer laboratory and web site material produced by those staff teaching the module.The searchable web site will also contain lecture notes, up to date book recommendations, aims, syllabus, objectives and details of assessment, reference material and links to relevant internet resources.

The module requires hosting of the module web site and student work on the server.

The module requires various server side applications such as Sendmail, PERL, Python, PHP, MySQL and Java etc. hosted on both the and the servers.

During practical examinations a special network setup (known as "test.nonetwork") is used in the computer laboratories to maintain examination conditions but allow access using the http protocol to and Access to other internet protocols or domains is denied.

Approximately two hours of the module have been allocated as "Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity" for the invitation of guest speakers (e.g. company directors of digital agencies and UWS graduate technical experts).

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardComputing
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelBusiness & Applied Computing
ModeratorGraeme McRobbie
External ExaminerR Khusainov
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by BCS as part of a number of specified programmes.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
There are two assessments combined into one assessment category.
Two assessments (each 4 hours) take place within the timetabled computer laboratories. Each of these consist of a multiple choice class test worth 10% of the final mark and a practical examination worth 40% of the final mark.

The multiple choice assessment takes place under strict examination conditions. During the practical examination assessment students have open access to their own books, notes and the online module resources (which can include their own practical work).
Formative assessment available continuously as students encouraged to discuss their work with staff.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)check markcheck mark201
Class test (practical)check markcheck mark807
Combined Total For All Components100% 8 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The University policies on equality and diversity will apply to this module: the content and assessment are based on the ability to communicate in English but are otherwise culture-neutral.This module is almost entirely computer based and students must be proficient computer users within a windows, icons and mouse pointer environment with the use of suitable aids where required.When a student discloses a disability a special needs advisor will agree the appropriate adjustments to be made, consulting with the module coordinator if necessary.Further guidance available from Student Services, School Disability Co-ordinators or the University’s Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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