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TITLE Patterns and Practices in Web Systems

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Computer Information Systems

DESCRIPTION New levels of complexity are introduced to web development especially when scalability, security, concurrency and asynchronous behaviour are added to the requirements specification. Expectations from web systems are increasing dramatically however technologies and standards are not moving at the same pace. This study-unit introduces development frameworks, technologies, patterns and best practices that developers can adopt to develop secure, scalable and highly maintainable web systems, meeting current and future user demands.

Cutting edge technologies will be contrasted and used.

Study-unit Aims:

This unit aims at equipping students with adequate knowledge on development frameworks, patterns and best practices to design and develop scalable and secure web systems exhibiting asynchronous behaviour.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to design and develop secure, scalable and highly maintainable web systems, meeting current and future user demands. Students will also understand the relevance of cutting edge research topics in the area.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Design and develop web systems following appropriate design patterns and best practices;
- Assess the best techniques and technologies to use in different contexts;
- Meet users' ever increasing expectations from web systems;
- Meet scalability requirements;
- Meet security requirements.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Martin L. Abbott, Michael T. Fisher. The Art of Scalability: Scalable Web Architecture, Processes, and Organizations for the Modern Enterprise (2nd Edition), Addison-Wesley Professional; 2 edition (June 13, 2015) - ISBN-10: 0134032802
- Artur Ejsmont, Web Scalability for Startup Engineers, McGraw-Hill Education, 2015 (ISBN: 0071843663, 9780071843669
- Shklar and Rosen. Web Application Architecture: Principles, Protocols and Practices, Wiley, 2009


STUDY-UNIT TYPE Independent Online Learning, Lecture & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Christopher Porter

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