KF7013 - Website Development and Deployment

What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn the requirements for developing secure web applications to industry standards, including the technical and architectural components of the web, considering accessibility issues. You will learn how to apply the tools and techniques required for secure web development and develop practical skills to build a web application that interacts with a database. Issues associated with the deployment of a web application will be discussed, including how to audit and correct security deficiencies by following leading industrial practice.

The syllabus of the module will include:
• The technical and architectural components of the web
• HTML and CSS and their application to building a web site
• Client and Server programming to deploy a secure web application that interacts with a database
• Security issues in the deployment of a web application that is both usable and accessible

How will I learn on this module?

All module material will be made available on the University’s eLearning platform. This includes lecture materials, and guided practical exercises, links to eBooks and other online tutorials and resources. You will also use an online discussion board to learn from and contribute to discussion threads on research areas of interest to encourage interaction with other students on these topics. All software needed for the module will be freely available to download from the Internet or made available via remote access.
If you are a distance learning student you will study the lecture materials and carry out the practical exercises on you own computer, using remote access to resources as appropriate. If you are a full-time student you will complete the practical exercises in classroom based in workshop sessions, with formative feedback on your progress. Distance learning students receive equivalent support via appropriate means, such as through a discussion board on the eLearning Portal, online classrooms, or by email contact with the module team. Full-time students can also use the discussion board.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Full-time students will be supported by tutors in the practical exercises in the workshop sessions where they can ask questions and receive formative feedback. For distance learning students, formative advice and feedback on the practical exercises and progress will be available via email. Both full-time and distance learning students can also obtain support by using an online discussion board and other communications with a tutor, as appropriate, outside of class time.
For both distance learning and full-time students, work will also be reviewed at a checkpoint mid-semester and formative feedback will be provided.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials with which students are expected to engage. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of secure, standards compliant web applications that interact with databases

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Systematically analyse a web development problem
3. Apply key web, security, and web design principles to create an appropriate web application to solve a problem, considering specified user requirements
4. Critically appraise web applications with reference to current security issues

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Effectively communicate findings from a critical appraisal of web security issues in written form.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment
There is one summative assignment which comprises a piece of practical web development including a technical assessment web page. The assignment will assess all of the MLOs.

For the practical coursework you will develop a secure, standards compliant web application that interacts with databases.

For the technical assessment web page you will write a concise, critical appraisal of potential security issues associated with the web development and how they were addressed.

You will be provided with written, electronic, feedback for the summative assignment.

Formative assessment and feedback
Formative assessment will take place through the practical workshop exercises. Your tutor(s) will provide feedback on your work and progress on request. Your progress will also be reviewed at a checkpoint mid-semester.





Module abstract

In this module you will develop your knowledge and practical skills in web development and security to develop and deploy a secure professional web application that interacts with a database. You will learn the requirements for creating web applications following industry web standards, including web security principles, effective practical skills and the implementation of accessible designs.

Issues associated with the deployment of a secure web application will be discussed, including how to audit and correct security deficiencies by following leading industrial practice. You will create and deploy a web application that considers these issues, whilst applying relevant tools and techniques.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 16 months Full Time
2 other options available

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or January 2025

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