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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 21/07/2022 16:36:49

Title of Module: Web Development

Code: COMP11008 SCQF Level: 11
(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:Graeme  McRobbie

Summary of Module

The module aims to equip you with the practical skills to be able to design and develop dynamic web applications for small businesses and organisations.

This module begins by introducing all the core technologies it covers, and then walks you through the installation of a web development server. You will then be ready to work through the many examples and exercises given in this module.

You’ll gain a thorough grounding in JavaScript, from simple functions and event handling to accessing the Document Object Model, in-browser validation, and error handling.

You’ll also get a comprehensive primer on using the popular jQuery library for JavaScript.

With an understanding of all three of these core technologies, you will then learn how to make behind-the-scenes AJAX calls and turn your websites into highly dynamic environments.

You’ll be learning all about using CSS to style and lay out your web pages, before discovering how the jQuery libraries can make your development job a great deal easier. You’ll then move on to the interactive features built into HTML5, including geolocation, audio, video, and the canvas.

Along the way, you’ll find plenty of advice on good programming practices and tips that can help you find and solve hard-to-detect programming errors. There are also plenty of links to websites containing further details on the topics covered.

  • This module will work to develop a number of the key 'I am UWS' Graduate Attributes to make those who complete this module. Universal: Critical Thinker; Ethically-minded; and Research-minded. Work Ready: Problem-Solver; Effective Communicator; and Ambitious. Successful: Autonomous; Resilient; and 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 a critical understanding of the technologies and frameworks used in contemporary web development

L2. Make informed judgements in selecting a range of technologies and frameworks for a web development project, and to communicate the rationale for the judgements arrived at

L3. Apply knowledge, skill and understanding in planning and executing a web development project

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 11.

Demonstrate a critical understanding of the capabilities and limitations HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Use the principal HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript skills in unpredictable professional level contexts

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Develop original and creative solutions to problems

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Use and adjust features of a range of software tools and ICT applications to support the development of a web-based application

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Take responsibility for own work

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Learning and Teaching
The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, which will develop the theoretical underpinning for the module content, and lab exercises and workshops which will enable you to develop the appropriate practical and analytical skills. In the lab, practical exercises will equip you with the core skills required to specify web solutions. All lecture, workshop and laboratory exercises will be published on the module's VLE.
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 Delivery12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop36
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:

You must have access to a computer with Internet access

You must have access to a web server capable of executing and rendering web applications

Recommended Reading
Beginning JavaScript: The Ultimate Guide to Modern JavaScript Development by Russ Ferguson
Pro JavaScript Techniques by John Resig, Russ Ferguson & John Paxton
CSS3 Quick Syntax Reference: A Pocket Guide to the Cascading Style Sheets Languages by Mikael Olsson
Beginning CSS3: Expert's Voice in Web Development by David Powers
Pro HTML5 with CSS, JavaScript, and Multimedia: Complete Website Development and Best Practices by Mark J. Collins
HTML5 and JavaScript Projects: Build on your Basic Knowledge of HTML5 and JavaScript to Create Substantial HTML5 Applications by Jeanine Meyer
Beginning jQuery: From the Basics of jQuery to Writing your Own Plug-ins by Jack Franklin & Russ Ferguson
Pro jQuery Mobile by Brad Broulik

(**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) Yes
Subject PanelBusiness and Applied Computing
ModeratorMark Davison
External ExaminerR Khusainov
Accreditation DetailsBritish Computer Society
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
A class test (practical) under strict examination conditions. The class test (practical) is intended to assess the student’s understanding of the principles underpinning the technologies and frameworks studied in the module. The class test (practical) is worth 40% of the overall mark.
A portfolio of practical work demonstrating the practical application of web development technologies and frameworks in producing a web-based solution to a problem. The portfolio of practical work is worth 60% of the overall mark
(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) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (practical)check mark  402

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of practical work check markcheck mark600
Combined Total For All Components100% 2 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 you must be a proficient computer user within a windows, icons and mouse pointer environment with the use of suitable aids where required. When you disclose a disability a special needs advisor will agree the appropriate adjustments to be made, consulting with the module coordinator if necessary
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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