Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Principles of Web Application Architecture

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Computer Information Systems

DESCRIPTION This study-unit introduces core web programming principles, presenting opportunities and limitations arising from web-based technologies. The unit starts off by discussing the fundamentals of HTTP (from a web developer’s perspective), issues related to state and session management, the use and design of URLs as well as practicalities behind domain management and hosting options. The unit proceeds to a more technical grounding through an in-depth discussion of the browser and its anatomy before delving deeper into client side and server side scripting, including the use of simple data stores driving dynamic web applications (e.g. XML, XML Schemas) and DOM manipulation. Subsequently students will be introduced to web-based debugging and developer tools. The course revolves around best practices, official standards and experiences from the field.

Study-unit Aims:

This unit will provide students with foundational knowledge on various standards, technologies and languages used in web development. Students will also be exposed to the shifts in paradigm required to design and build web systems as opposed to traditional desktop applications. This unit also supports other courses throughout the whole programme.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Explain the principles behind HTTP;
- Explain the interplay between HTML and CSS;
- Explain the main principles behind web hosting and domain management;
- Model data using XML;
- Explain the relevance of scripting languages (both client and server side);
- Explain and demonstrate the Document Object Model (DOM) convention as an interface to objects in mark-up documents.
- Understand the main standards used in web development.

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

- Design and build web pages using cutting edge technologies;
- Purchase and manage domain names;
- Host web-sites and manage DNS records;
- Create dynamic web sites;
- Implement client-side logic using Javascript;
- Analyse and handle page elements using Javascript;
- Model data using XML and XML Schemas.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Duckett, HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites, Wiley; 1 edition, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-1118008188.
- Freeman, Robson, Head First HTML5 Programming: Building Web Apps with JavaScript, O'Reilly Media, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-1449390549.
- Shklar and Rosen. Web Application Architecture: Principles, Protocols and Practices, Wiley, 2009.
- Gourley, Totty. HTTP: The Definitive Guide, O'Reilly Media, 2002.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Project SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Christopher Porter

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