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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 21/07/2022 16:14:07

Title of Module: Server Side Systems

Code: COMP10015 SCQF Level: 10
(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 is built around the stages of practical work identified below 

Apache web server configuration

Discussion of Object Oriented PHP followed by development and deployment of secure database driven web applications with a PHP MVC (Model-View-Controller) framework.

These are specific examples of the fundamental server systems used almost all large (any many small scale) web applications for commercial, non-profit, educational or governmental organisations. In the process of working with these specific systems students gain a fundamental understanding of the techniques that underpin high profile social networking, ecommerce, news and auction web sites regardless of the specific technologies these sites use.


The practical work of the module takes place in timetabled computer laboratories. Formal lectures are used prior to the practical work to introduce the specific systems or technologies in the context of fundamental concepts and competing or alternative technologies.

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 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 knowledge of the principal web site techniques for server side processing, database access and security measures.

L2. Identify and analyse the requirements defined by a specific database driven web application. Apply knowledge and understanding to configure a system with web server software and implement a web site with dynamic (database driven) pages.

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 10.

Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal concepts and selected specific technologies of user, data and database driven web sites with LAMP technology stack and container deployment..

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Execute a defined project of development identifying the requirements and completing an implementation using the specific technologies covered by the module.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Demonstrate some creativity and originality to produce professional level deliverables.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

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 10.

Exercise autonomy and initiative when working with a range of server side systems.

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

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module is a based around series of practical labs complemented by lectures. The purpose of the lectures is to discuss the selected detailed topics within a context of wider technological, commercial, legal and other issues.

In the practical labs students install and configure a web server with scripting and database server to as a development environment. The students then build up server scripting skills that demonstrate the underlying technology and techniques of content rich, community or data driven and commercial web sites. During these labs the role of staff is to use their technical expertise to offer guidance, assistance and clarification so that students can learn in a responsive environment.

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.

Time allocated for guest speakers 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
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop33
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity2
Independent Study155
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:

Lecture notes and lab sheets reside on a virtual learning environment in the form of static resources but more advanced and interactive elements such as working demonstrations require the Linux Apache web server with Python, PHP and MySQL etc located at

In the timetabled computer laboratories each student requires access to an allocated networked windows computer with administrative rights on which they can configure and install software to build up their work week by week without interfering with the work of other students.

WiFi access to student work (mainly web servers) hosted on lab machines on lab network for testing with mobile devices.

(**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
ModeratorGlen Affleck
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)
Two electronically submitted assignments, the first is worth 40% and the second is worth 60% of the module assessment.

Both assessments assess practical work (20% & 30% respectively for assessments 1 & 2) and the reporting/analysis/understanding of practical work (assignment, 20% & 30% respectively for assessments 1 & 2). The practical (20% + 30%) and assignment (20% + 30%) learning outcomes are both correctly shown with equal 50% weighting in the assessment grid.

Formative assessment - students have the opportunity of having their work reviewed in advance of formal assessment.
(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
Laboratory/ Clinical/ Field notebookcheck markcheck mark500
Portfolio of practical workcheck markcheck mark500
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 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 an enabling support advisor will agree the appropriate adjustments to be made, consulting with the module coordinator if necessary.

Further guidance available from Student Services, enabling support advisors or the School Enabling Support Coordinator.
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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