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UFCEUS-20-2 Web Programming. Lecture 1 Module Introduction & Outline. Teaching and learning:. 1 hour lecture 1 hour workshop sessions emphasis on both individual & working with others in workshop sessions

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ufceus 20 2 web programming

UFCEUS-20-2 Web Programming

Lecture 1Module Introduction & Outline


Teaching and learning:

  • 1 hour lecture
  • 1hour workshop sessions
  • emphasis on both individual & working with others in workshop sessions
  • Preparation will be required – readings and other material listed for each week (in the Resources column of the module contents & outline page) should be done at home in preparation for the following week


  • Coursework - 1 piece – weighting 50% - will be an individual design and programming task. After hand-in, you will also be required to do a 15 minute presentation to your tutor illustrating and explaining your application.
  • Examination – weighting 50% - 3 hours - compulsory part 40% - selective part 60%.

Course materials:

No specific set textbook is required – all course materials, lecture notes, workshop notes, readings and other resources are pointed to and made available via the module contents & outline page.

However it is strongly recommend that you acquire one of the following texts for help with the assignment:

Nixon, Robin : Learning PHP, MySQL, JavaScript and CSS: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites : O'Reilly Media, 2nd ed., 2012

Ullman, Larry : PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide : Peachpit Press, 4th ed., 2011

McLaughlin, Brett : PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual : Pogue Press, 2011


Course Content Outline:

  • PHP programming (including functions, sessions, forms processing, database integration & xml processing)
  • XML, XPATH, XSLT & XML Schema
  • Relational Database Theory
  • Structured Query Language (SQL)
  • E-R modelling
  • Data Normalization
  • Javascript & JQuery
  • Document Object Model (DOM) & AJAX
  • Tiered Architectures & MVC
  • Software Development Methodologies (Waterfall, Prototyping, Spiral, RAD etc.)

Presumed (prior) knowledge:

  • The practical (programming) part of the module will largely be focused on teaching Web Development (using PHP) and Database Theory / Practice.
  • However, we will not be focused on teaching HTML5/XHTML or CSS as it is presumed that students already have some knowledge of these technologies.
  • If this is NOT the case for you – you will need to use the on-line resources pointed to by the module contents & outline page and quickly learn these technologies in your own time.

Assignment (coursework) pre-amble:

  • Accounts for 50% of the overall mark.
  • A design and programming task using and refactoring a basic PHP based framework.
  • 6-8 weeks allowed to complete task (tutor will notify about specific hand-in date)
  • 15 minute presentation to tutors after hand-in.
  • Learning objectives:
  • Use a range of web oriented software architecture and design principles.
  • Refactor a lightweight PHP-based web framework.
  • Understand and implement both static & dynamic software patterns.
  • Model and implement persistence and transactions via sessions, cookies & DBMS.
  • Understand & apply some security and integrity principles.

Sample exam question (from 2010/11 paper):

Question 4

a) Describe and explain why HTTP is described as a stateless protocol and the possible advantages of using such a protocol.

8 marks

b) What are the mechanisms, techniques and technologies used to maintain state in a HTTP based application?

12 marks

c) Explain how sessions are managed in a PHP based web application.

10 marks