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SOFT7008 - Server-side Web Development

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Title:Server-side Web Development
Long Title:Server-side Web Development
Module Code:SOFT7008
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Computer Software
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 7 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: TIM HORGAN
Module Author: Ruairi OReilly
Module Description: Developing web applications typically involves developing code that resides in the web browser that responds to user input and code that resides on a server that responds to user requests. The core of any web application is the server-side logic and in this module students will learn how to write server-side scripts that process client requests for a webpage and generate dynamic content. The student will gain an appreciation for multi-tier architectures and learn how applications separate application processing, data management and presentation functionality.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Design and develop web applications with a server-side scripting language.
LO2 Integrate and validate data from heterogeneous sources into real-world web applications.
LO3 Apply server-side design methodologies such as routing and session handling.
LO4 Incorporate standard data formats into web pages.
LO5 Deploy a web application to a hosting platform.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
12789 SOFT7008 Server-side Web Development
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.
No requirements listed
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction
Principles of Server-Side development, multi-tier solutions, three-tier architecture (presentation tier, domain logic tier & data storage tier), HTTP, HTTP verbs, dynamic & static websites, storing state information, controlling access to content, asynchronous and synchronous callbacks.
Server-Side Scripting
Server side programming languages (PHP, JavaScript, Python, Haskell), data types, programming constructs, data type creation and management, collecting data from forms, differences between scripting languages.
Design methodologies
Separation of concerns - organising server-side logic into distinct sections, such that each section addresses a separate concern enabling increased re-usability and simplifying maintainability. E.g. session handling, routing, database connectivity.
Integrating Data
I/O, Connecting to databases, Persistence, Object Relational Mapping (ORM), extensible object formats, submitting queries, integrating query results into web pages.
Data Formats
Supporting standardised data formats, generating and parsing information using standardised data formats (XML, JSON).
Case Study
Create, test and deploy a small server-side web application.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Assess the students knowledge of the server-side scripting language employed and its application to server-side web development. 1,2,3 20.0 Week 9
Project Design, develop and deploy a web application. For example, an application that employs a three-tier architecture, persists information uploaded by users, generates webpages based on this information, utilises session/state information and enables data to be imported, or exported, using a standardised data format. 1,2,3,4,5 30.0 Week 12
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End of Semester Formal Examination. 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture underpinning learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Lab supporting content delivered. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent learning & study. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lab Lab supporting content delivered. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lecture Lecture underpinning learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent learning & study. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Amos Q. Haviv 2014, MEAN Web Development, Packt Publishing [ISBN: 9781783983285]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Jim Wilson 2013, Node.js the Right Way: Practical, Server-Side JavaScript That Scales, 1 Ed., Pragmatic Bookshelf [ISBN: 9781937785734]
  • Nicholas S. Williams (Author) 2014, Professional Java for Web Applications, 1ST Ed., Apress [ISBN: 978111865646]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_KSDEV_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Software Development 3 Elective
CR_KITMN_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in IT Management 3 Elective
CR_KITSP_7 Bachelor of Science in Information Technology 3 Elective
CR_KCOMP_7 Bachelor of Science in Software Development 3 Mandatory
CR_KCOME_6 Higher Certificate in Science in Software Development 3 Mandatory
CR_KCMSD_8 Higher Diploma in Science in Cloud & Mobile Software Development 1 Elective
CR_KCLCO_8 Higher Diploma in Science in Cloud Computing 1 Elective

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