KF7013 - Website Development and Deployment

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn the requirements for developing web applications to industry web standards, including web design principles and methods, and the technical and architectural components of the web, considering security issues. You will learn how to apply the tools and techniques required for web site design and 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
• PHP and its application to building a web application that interacts with a database
• Principles and methods of good web design, including usability and accessibility issues
• Security issues in the deployment of a web application

How will I learn on this module?

All module material will be made available on the eLearning Portal. This includes lecture materials, and guided practical exercises, links to e-books and other online tutorials and resources. You can also use an online discussion board to contribute 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 for 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, formative feedback on your progress. Distance learning students receive equivalent support via appropriate means, such as through a discussion board on the eLearning Portal and 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 ask for 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 that students are expected to engage with. 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 in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of standards compliant web applications that interact with a databases, considering security issues

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Systematically analyse a web development problem
3. Apply key web accessibility, 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 standards compliant web application that interacts with a database and has appropriate security defences.

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. Your progress will also be reviewed at a checkpoint mid-semester.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

In this module you will develop your knowledge and practical skills in web design, web development and web security to develop a professional web application that interacts with a database. You will learn the requirements for creating web applications following industry web standards, including web design principles and methods, effective practical skills and data security recommendations.

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. You will create a web application that considers these issues, applying relevant tools and techniques.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 year full-time

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2020

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