Core Module Information
Module title: Advanced Web Technologies

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SET09103
Module leader: Simon Wells
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Computer Science

Module code: SET08101

Examples of equivalent learning: Basics of HTML, CSS, & JavaScript.

Description of module content:

This module is about the web, what it is, what we can do with it, and what it might be like in the future.

Rather than focus on the user side of web technology, such as CSS and JavaScript, we take a more holistic approach. We investigate both the server and client side and how they work together, using established protocols, to provide a huge, robust, and flexible global information-processing network.

We begin by looking at HTTP (the core of all web technologies) and learn how APIs, Web Services, & RESTful architectures are built to move data around. We’ll then use this knowledge to build our own web applications and APIs. We make these concepts more concrete using Python, the Python-Flask micro-framework, and supporting WSGI capable servers to develop scalable, tuneable, robust, and secure user interfaces and APIs.

Along the way, we also delve into some topical discussions, starting with security & privacy on the web, then looking at adding intelligence (Semantic Web), adding increased, scalable interaction (Realtime Web) and private, anonymous, and un-censorable web-technologies (Dark Web). We then wrap up the module by examining a few technologies that might form the basis for future web capabilities such as Blockchain and IPFS.

Our aim is to develop advanced skills in building and effectively exploiting current web technologies, alongside an effective understanding of upcoming and potential future technologies.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Understand the role of HTTP and related protocols in the design and efficient exploitation of robust and scalable services and APIs for the Internet and Web.

LO2: Evaluate the sensitivity of data gathered by your Web app and select appropriate tools and techniques to ensure its security and privacy.

LO3: Demonstrate effective use of client side scripting languages and libraries at an advanced level to produce a compelling user experience.

LO4: Demonstrate competence at an advanced level in the design, development, and evaluation of web applications and services using server-side languages, libraries, and tools.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Simon Wells
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 60 ALL 13 HOURS= 24, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 40 ALL 9 HOURS= 16, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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