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CS139 Web Development Technologies

CS139 15 CATS (7.5 ECTS) Term 2


Option - CS, CSE, CSBS and Discrete Mathematics.

Note - CS139 is only available to students based in the Computer Science Department and cannot be taken as an unusual option by external students.

Academic 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

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


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)


  • Terry Felke-Morris, Web Development and Design Foundations with HTML5 (6th Edition), Addison-Wesley, May 2012


one and a half hour examination (50%), Unsupervised practical assignment (50%)


20 lectures and 10 x two-hour laboratory sessions