CMT112: Web Application Development

School Cardiff School of Computer Science and Informatics
Department Code COMSC
Module Code CMT112
External Subject Code I100
Number of Credits 20
Level L7
Language of Delivery English
Module Leader Dr Martin Chorley
Semester Autumn Semester
Academic Year 2017/8

How the module will be assessed


Coursework: The coursework will allow the student to demonstrate their knowledge and practical skills and to apply the principles taught in lectures.

The potential for reassessment in this module

Interactive Web Application Development Project


How the module will be delivered

This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, supervised lab sessions, example classes and tutorials, as appropriate.

Outline Description of Module

This module is intended to introduce students to modern web development tools and techniques and to give them the skills needed to create interactive web applications. The module will examine the basic structure of the internet and the key technologies and programming languages required to create websites. The module will cover many types of website, from simple static HTML pages to complex interactive applications involving both server side and client side processing.

Students will learn to use HTML, CSS and JavaScript


On completion of the module a student should be able to

1. Recognise the process by which webpages are delivered to users, from first browser request, through DNS lookup, server-side processing to final HTML response.

2. Create static HTML pages and apply CSS rules to style and position elements.

3. Describe, create and manipulate HTML page and element structure (the Document Object Model)

4. Use JavaScript and popular JavaScript libraries to add interactivity to static HTML webpages.

5. Access web APIs and data sources, retrieve, manipulate and display data.

6. Use browser debugging tools to understand performance and execution of code in the browser.

7. Assess the role of web frameworks in web application development.

Skills that will be practised and developed

Use of HTML, CSS and JavaScript for web design and development.

Accessing data and displaying it to users

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs)
Written Assessment 70 Interactive Web Application Development 2
Written Assessment 30 Static Website Development N/A

Essential Reading and Resource List

Please see Background Reading List for an indicative list.

Background Reading and Resource List

The following textbooks and websites provide a good overview of the topics covered in the module:

JavaScript: The Good Parts, Douglas Crockford, O’Reilly

Programming HTML5 Applications, Zachary Kessin, O’Reilly

Beginning HTML & CSS, Rob Larsen, Wiley

The following codecademy tracks complement the basic skills learnt in the module:


Syllabus content

Basic web site development using HTML and CSS

Interactive web site development using JavaScript.

Libraries for interactive web development

Retrieving and storing data (JSON)

OAuth and API access

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