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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 21/07/2022 11:50:01

Title of Module: Internet Technologies

Code: COMP10020 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:Derek  Turner

Summary of Module

The background of the course is the huge growth in the range and power of Internet Technologies ranging from frameworks to cloud services.  Honours graduates should be familiar with a range of technologies and be able to choose an appropriate technical approach for a given scenario.

This module will provide an opportunity for students to specify construct and deploy a web app using a popular technology stack and also to review and experiment with competing technologies.

Before taking this module, students should have a working knowledge of the internet, an ability to development of web pages, and a familiarity with client and server with scripting, databases, and some programming experience. That prior knowledge will be used in the module toprovide a basis of understanding for the understand the technologies presented and explored in the the course to gain the abilities mentioned above

Course notes, video presentations, live discussions and the accompanying lectures programming exercisesand laboratory sessions will present enough material to enable students to pass the module. To get the highest classifications, students will need to go beyond this material, using links and resources provided as a starting point.

In 2021 the technology stack presented through presentations and labs was based on React, MongoDB Express and Node.  Docker ContainersDocker containers may be used for deployment.  The list of tools and technologies covered is reviewed annually.

  • Internet Technologies evolve all the time, and Honours graduates should ensure their skills are up to date. Students on this module will become familiar with both client and server code for a web application.

  • Students will consider the use of frameworks to facilitate the adaptation of web applications towards native mobile applications.

  • In employment Honours graduates are expected to be able to contribute usefully to a discussion about designing a solution and be able to implement some parts of the solution. So, students will be expected to contribute to the knowledge base of the module through their own research.

  • This module embeds the key “I am UWS” graduate attributes and in particular: Universal (Analytical, collaborative, research-minded), Work Ready (digitally literate, effective communicator) and Successful (creative)

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. Understand and work with a range of current internet technologies to specify, create and deploy web apps using appropriate services.

L2. Demonstrate independent learning around advanced topics related to internet technologies.

L3. Present and report upon group investigations of internet technologies.

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.

the process of developing internet standards and other enabling infrastructure, the nature of toolkits and specifications, and the ability to use, analyse and critically compare different technical approaches; the tradeoffs involved in developing technologies (or components that embody them); the conventions and approaches that are currently regarded as standard.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

a range of (about 10) contemporary tools and technologies from competing platforms, in enough detail to see how they could be applied in a realistic scenario (achieved in practical sessions and personal research)

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

critically identify, define, conceptualise and analyse application of internet technologies in specific problem situations; offer professional insights and judgments as to cost-effectiveness, practicality and safety; demonstrate some originality and creativity in dealing with a realistic scenario

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

critically identify, define, conceptualise and analyse application of internet technologies in specific problem situations; offer professional insights and judgments as to cost-effectiveness, practicality and safety; summarise the result of research

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Work in small groups to achieve the above objectives

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
The module will be presented using online synchronous meetings and supported programming exercises. Live face to face drop-in laboratory sessions will be offered for support. Students will be expected to progress from guided exercises on to their own projects. Students will also be required to conduct independent investigations of internet technologies and present their findings during timetabled classes.
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
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop24
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:

Internet resources as indicated on the VLE.

(**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

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Students must actively participate in their groupwork contributing to the preparation and presentation of their research as a live group presentation with accompanying documentation.
Students must submit a final coursework assignment in the form of documentation and deployed web application.
Students are expected to engage with lab exercises and attend 75% of scheduled sessions (in face to face or online format as appropriate).

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardComputing
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelBusiness & Applied Computing
ModeratorMark Davison
External ExaminerD Doolan
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)
Coursework assignment contributing 50%

Working in small groups student will research an aspect of internet technologies which is not covered in the main presentation of a module in the current year of their programme and present this via a class wiki page. Students will be expected to provide simple examples which demonstrate interaction with the technology, show how the technology relates to other elements, describe a scenario where its use would be appropriate and give a critical assessment of its relative merits. Students may select from a list of suggested technologies which might include frameworks and cloud services will be provided or they may put forward their own suggestions for approval. The group will make a presentation of their wiki page to the class.
Coursework assignment contributing 50%

The coursework assignment is normally done as students (but students may opt to work individually) and involves specification, design and deployment of an advanced distributed web application for a realistic scenario of the student's choice. The assignment is set in week 2 and must be completed by week 14. Students are expected to present their site and documentation as work in progress to staff prior to submission.
(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
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of practical workcheck markcheck mark 500.5
Combined Total For All Components100% 1 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.
Internet technologies are designed for accessibility and internationalisation.
Appropriate adjustments will be made for students with additional support requirements in consultation with the module coordinator.
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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