Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Web Applications Architecture and Systems Development

UM LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DEPARTMENT Computer Information Systems

DESCRIPTION Web applications are becoming ever more important with tools ranging from word processors to complex business suites being ported online to increase mobility, availability and collaboration.

This study-unit will give students a solid foundation upon which to build their careers. Cutting edge technologies will be used to exemplify core concepts and approaches taught throughout the unit, which include separation of concerns (SoC), architectural design patterns, development frameworks (client and server side), scalability as well as web application vulnerabilities (including browser security policies).

Study-unit Aims:

Development frameworks will be introduced, together with a number of best practices required to build secure, maintainable and scalable web-based systems (including API-centric architectures). Performance-specific techniques will also be explored, touching upon aspects such as response and resource caching.

Cutting edge research topics will also be discussed in preparation for more advanced courses at postgraduate level.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

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

- Establish strategies to reason about, design, build and manage secure, maintainable and scalable dynamic web systems and APIs following best practices while adopting cutting edge technologies;
- Understand the nature of new challenges in web development and adopt state of the art research to provide appropriate/relevant solutions.

2. Skills:

The study-unit revolves around the development of transferrable problem-solving and technology-agnostic skills.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Allamaraju, S. RESTful Web Services Cookbook: Solutions for Improving Scalability and Simplicity, Yahoo! Press, 2010.
- Shklar and Rosen. Web Application Architecture: Principles, Protocols and Practices, Wiley, 2009.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Students taking this study-unit need to have a technical background.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Sept. Asst Session Weighting
Project SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Christopher Porter


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