ADVANCED CHALLENGES IN WEB TECHNOLOGIES - 2020/1
Module code: COM3014
Web applications have become robust and easy to use; therefore, the largest population now is more confident to use the Web as a mean of purchasing, banking or even communicating with other people. This module examines the architectural/design needs and challenges encountered when developing secure and scalable web applications using the latest technology. It also covers a broad introduction into the weaknesses and limitations of web applications and what technical solutions can be applied to overcome these.
VRUSIAS BL Dr (Computer Sci)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: I300
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
COM2025 Web Application Development and COM2022 Computer Networking. COM2033 Advanced Object Oriented Programming and COM3009 Computer Security would also be desirable but not essential.
Indicative content includes:
Review of current state of the art web technologies and emerging technologies
Rich Client Web Applications
Software Patterns and Frameworks
Inversion of Control (IC) and Dependence Injection (DI)
Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP)
Introduction to the security risks associated with web applications.
Authentication and authorisation
Preventing cyber attacks (SQL injection, XSS)
Building and consuming services (the RESTful way)
Consuming third party services, e.g. Google, Facebook, LinkedIn
Topics related to scalable web architectures
Load balancing for servers and database connections
Data persistence and access
Distributed processing (Hadoop)
Intelligent Web services
Product recommendation (Mahout)
User clustering (Mahout)
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Examination||2 HOUR EXAM||60|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:
· Ability to appraise technical literacy in the area of Web technologies
· Ability to solve requirements specification (problem solving) and design appropriate solutions
· Group collaboration in building a software system
· Appreciation of the importance of high quality and efficient coding
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
· The student will form groups and work together to design and implement a Web Application that covers at least four out of the six topics taught (rich client, frameworks, security, web services, intelligent applications, and scalability). The group will also produce a report related to their implementation and also present the system to the rest of the class.
Deadline: Monday week 11
Presentation: week 12
· Two hour unseen exam
Formative assessment and feedback
Students will be able to post comments and questions on a group-private forum on SurreyLearn. Students can also use the lab time o ask questions about their coursework, or arrange with the module coordinator to meet.
- This module aims to introduce students to the main design, implementation, scalability, security and maintainability challenges that are involved in the development of real world web applications and demonstrate that ensuring security, quality and performance is also a developer issue. It also aims to provide a state-of-the art view and practical experience of web technologies
|1||Understand the challenges of developing scalable web applications||KCT|
|2||Identify the emerging web technologies||KCT|
|3||Realise the need to develop secure applications||CP|
|4||Know how to identify and implement some of the most important software patterns||KCT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Develop a critical understanding and gain practical experience of the literature through facilitated group learning. The skills gained on this module are directly transferable to all other modules on the programme, and to the wider science profession.
The learning and teaching methods include:
22 hours of teaching
18 hours of labs
SurreyLearn links to additional learning
SurreyLearn discussion forums
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list for ADVANCED CHALLENGES IN WEB TECHNOLOGIES : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/com3014
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