Web Application Programming

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus & Apprenticeship Location
Spring Special
Undergraduate: Level 5
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 02 July 2021
29 July 2020


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Module description

This module will design and implement HTML and JavaScript form-based input systems, Java Server Pages will be implemented, and for example an online shop constructed. Students will design data models, databases, and data classes for web applications.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the principles that underlie the design of web applications, and to provide practical experience of the technologies used in their construction.

Module learning outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Design and implement HTML and JavaScript form-based input systems.
2. Write Java Server Pages (JSPs) and Java classes that implement key web application components (e.g. a shopping basket for an on-line shop).
3. Use appropriate techniques to manage session state.
4. Design and implement data models, databases and data bound classes to support web applications.

Module information

Outline Syllabus

. Overview of E-commerce technologies
Client side: HTML, Java Applets, Javascript, Cascading Stylesheets
Server side: Web servers
Serving dynamic content
Java servlets, Java Server Pages (JSP)

. Web-based User Interface Design
HTML form elements
Designing form-pages
Using JQuery
Limitations of HTML forms
JavaScript and the Document Object Model
Example JavaScript input components

. JSP and Java Servlets
The servlet API and Lifecycle
A hello-world servlet
Servlet input and output streams
Reading parameters and posted data
Session tracking with URL encoding and Cookies
Techniques for dynamic generation of HTML
Enhancing web applications with Ajax

. Databases for web applications
Data modelling for e-commerce applications

Reasons for using XML
Syntax of well-formed XML documents
Validating XML with DTDs
Designing XML document structures

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and Labs


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Progress Test - Week 21    33.33% 
Coursework   Assignment 1 - Web Client Programming Exercises    33.33% 
Coursework   Assignment 2 - Client Server Application    33.34% 
Exam  180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
30% 70%


Coursework Exam
30% 70%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Michael Sanderson, email: sands@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Mike Sanderson, Dr Jon Chamberlain
CSEE School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770



External examiner

Dr Adam Chester
University Of Warwick
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 2238 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
2238 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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