Postgraduate taught 

Information Security MSc

Internet Technology (M) COMPSCI5012

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Computing Science
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The aim of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of web application development. It will provide students with the skills to design and develop distributed web applications in a disciplined manner, using a range of tools and technologies. It will also strengthen their understanding of the context and rationale of distributed systems.


One two-hour lecture and one two-hour tutorial per week.

Requirements of Entry

Database Theory and Applications (or equivalent), Programming (or equivalent).

Python programming experience is desirable, though some support will be provided.

Excluded Courses

Web Application Development 2




Lab exercises (Rango application): 10%, Group project: 40% (comprising: Design specification: 10%, 

Project demonstration: 5%, Project application: 25%), Exam: 50%.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


Reassessment of coursework is not possible as much of the assessed work will be done in groups, and the remaining coursework is linked to lectures and lab sessions.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are: 

To provide an overview of the ongoing developments in web application development;

To promote the disciplined design and development of distributed web applications;

To strengthen students understanding of the context and rationale of distributed systems;

To explain the messaging and protocols used as a communication mechanisms in web applications;

To develop the ability to implement and deploy distributed web applications.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

1. Illustrate and describe the n-tier client-server architecture of web applications;

2. Explain the role of messaging and protocols within the design of web applications;

3. Explain the opportunities and challenges relating to developing web applications in a distributed environment;

4. Identify and critically analyse the requirements of a web application;

5. Design and specify the architecture of a web application;

6. Evaluate and assess specifications and designs of web applications;

7. Construct, build and deploy a web application.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.