Web-Based Information Systems Development - COMP8870

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 7 15 (7.5) Laura Bocchi checkmark-circle


Web-based information systems form the heart of e-commerce. They are also increasingly the way businesses handle all their information needs. Building such systems requires an understanding of up-to-date tools and technologies such as web page creation, client side programing, server side programming and databases; it also calls for an understanding of how to design systems that genuinely meet user and business needs.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 28
Private study hours: 122
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Database programming (20%)
Web Development (30%)
Examination (50%)

Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

JavaScript: The Definitive Guide (Definitive Guides) by David Flanagan. 2011
Programming PHP by Kevin Tatroe, Peter MacIntyre and Rasmus Lerdorf. 2013
The Definitive Guide to HTML5 by Adam Freeman. 2011
Learning PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and CSS: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites by Robin Nixon. 2012

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Main types of e-business strategy supported by web-based systems
2 Design of dynamic web applications
3 HTML and CSS
4 Client-side programming
5 Server-side programming
6 Relational database systems and SQL
7 Key features in web-based design and implementation, including transactions and security issues
8 Key aspects of legal, ethical and professional issues affecting IS developers
And be able to:
9 Use appropriate methods to model the requirements and design of simple web-based systems
10 Choose an appropriate implementation model and apply it to build simple active web systems.
11 Evaluate and test small-scale, active web pages.
12 Use all of the above to build a complete system.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Do self-directed background research
2 Discuss technical issues with professionals in the field
3 Identify information relevant to a project and discard irrelevancies
4 Synthesise information collected from a variety of sources, including other modules, to produce findings
5 Produce abstract models from concrete situations
6 Adjust the pace and goals of their work to meet deadlines.
And have developed the following transferable skills:
7 Self-management
8 Oral and written communication
9 Internet-based information retrieval


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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