School of Computer Science

Module 06-21156 (2013)

Information & the Web

Level 1/C

David Parker Semester 2 10 credits
Co-ordinator: David Parker
Reviewer: Shan He

The Module Description is a strict subset of this Syllabus Page.


The module introduces issues relating to the structuring, representation, storage, exchange and presentation of information, and the processing of such information using appropriate tools. The module will use the WWW as a framework within which to introduce these concepts and will introduce the students to appropriate technologies. The students will work both individually and in teams in order to develop a solid understanding of both the technical aspects of developing for the WWW, and of the issues involved in managing a small software project.


The aims of this module are to:

  • use the practical context of the WWW to introduce computer science concepts, such as the separation of content from presentation, type from instance and meta-data from data, and the issues of naming and privacy
  • introduce core software engineering issues, including issues surrounding the storage, exchange and presentation of information
  • enable students to present information on the WWW using appropriate technologies and HCI principles
  • understand issues relating to formal languages and querying
  • provide experience of team working and project management
  • provide experience of preparing presentations and reports

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

1 understand and be able to apply computer science and software engineering principles relating to the representation, storage, exchange, querying, manipulation and presentation of information

2 understand and use a selection of technologies for constructing web pages

3 apply the key elements of good project management

4 work effectively in a team

5 communicate effectively in written reports and oral presentations

Teaching methods

3 hrs/week lectures, tutorials and exercise classes

Contact Hours: 33


Sessional: continuous assessment (100%), consisting of three individual assignments (20% each) and a team project (40%). The team project will involve the production of a short report and presentation.

Supplementary (where allowed): By repeat only.

Detailed Syllabus

  1. Introduction and Overview
  2. Structuring Information
  3. Formats for exchanging Information
    • XML
    • JSON
  4. Presenting Information on the Web
    • XHTML and HTML5
    • CSS
  5. Scripting Languages for the Web
    • Client-side processing with Javascript
    • Server-side processing with PhP
  6. Team Working
  7. Project Management

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