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CS139 Web Development Technologies

CS139-15 Web Development Technologies

Academic year
Computer Science
Undergraduate Level 1
Module leader
Andrew Hague
Credit value
Module duration
10 weeks
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

To introduce students to contemporary technologies used for web design and development, and to equip them with the basic technical skills required to deploy such technologies. This module is only available to students based in the Computer Science Department and cannot be taken as an unusual option by external students.

Module aims

To introduce students to contemporary technologies used for web design and development, and to equip them with the basic technical skills required to deploy such technologies.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Concepts in web design

  • Usability
  • Standards
  • Web systems

Web development technologies

  • Server programming languages (such as PHP, Python or Perl)
  • Configuration and maintenance of web servers (such as Apache)
  • Client programming languages (such as JavaScript)
  • Asynchronous technologies (such as AJAX and LAMP)
  • Markup languages (including HTML5, CSS, XML)

Cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of usability, accessibility and adherence to standards in the design of dynamic web sites.
  • Configure and maintain a web server.
  • Understand the technologies used to support dynamic web sites.
  • Design and code functional web server applications.
Indicative reading list

Please see Talis Aspire link for most up to date list.

View reading list on Talis Aspire

Subject specific skills
  • Designing and coding web server applications with an appreciation of usability, accessibility, and adherence to standards
  • How to configure and maintain a web server
Transferable skills
  • Programming in various languages (Python, PHP, HTML/CSS, etc.)

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 20 sessions of 1 hour (13%)
Practical classes 10 sessions of 2 hours (13%)
Private study 110 hours (73%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

Private study will entail:

  • Background reading of recommended texts
  • Independent program design and programming related to the assignment
  • Revision of lecture slides and past exam papers


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.

Assessment group C2
Weighting Study time
Assessed essays/coursework 50%

Unsupervised practical assignment. This assessment is worth more than 3 CATS and is, therefore, ineligible for self-certification.

On-campus Examination 50%


~Platforms - AEP

  • Answerbook Pink (12 page)
Assessment group R1
Weighting Study time
On-campus Examination - Resit 100%

Resit Examination

~Platforms - AEP

  • Online examination: No Answerbook required
Feedback on assessment

Written feedback on practical assignment

Past exam papers for CS139


This module is Optional for:

  • Year 1 of UCSA-G500 Undergraduate Computer Science
  • Year 1 of UCSA-G503 Undergraduate Computer Science MEng
  • Year 1 of UCSA-I1N1 Undergraduate Computer Science with Business Studies
  • Year 1 of UCSA-G406 Undergraduate Computer Systems Engineering
  • Year 1 of UCSA-G408 Undergraduate Computer Systems Engineering
  • Year 1 of UCSA-GN51 Undergraduate Computer and Business Studies

This module is Option list B for:

  • Year 1 of UCSA-G4G1 Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics
  • Year 1 of UCSA-G4G3 Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics

Further Information

Term 2

15 CATS (7.5 ECTS)

Online Material

Additional Information