Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2018-2019 (archived)


Department: Computer Science


Type Open Level 4 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2018/19 Module Cap None.
Tied to


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • This module provides an in depth understanding (and application via laboratory work) of a range of important web technologies. Although the technologies themselves are constantly and rapidly evolving, the underlying principles remain, so the module will cover both principles, and their illustration using current examples.


  • Web-engineering and middleware
  • Information provision: document generation, site management, content management
  • Server side programs, scripts, applets
  • Introduction to HTML, PHP, SQL, MySQL, Javascript

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • to gain specialist knowledge of current web technologies and online databases
Subject-specific Skills:
  • to develop practical design skills in use of a selection of modern technologies
  • be able to select and use appropriate web technologies to build simple database-backed sites
  • to gain experience in management of web sites and content
Key Skills:
  • Advanced IT skills
  • Individual project implementation and write up will exercise professional skills

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module consists of two weeks of lectures and directed readings and two weeks of tutorials and work on a major assignment. The overall workload conforms to the standard SLAT requirement of 200 hours equivalent to 20 credits.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 9 In weeks 1, 2 and 3 2 hours 18
Tutorials 4 In weeks 4 and 5 2 hours 8
Preparation and Reading 174
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Programming Assignment 80%
Written Reflective Report maximum 2500 words 20%

Formative Assessment:

Staged written feedback of practical work and/or formative exercises.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University