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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview



This course will introduce you to programming and software development for the Web using the object-oriented scripting language Ruby. It will teach you how to develop software that underpins database-driven interactive Web and cloud applications, and give you a broad knowledge of the basics needed for professional software development such as testing and version control. The course uses examples based on real world applications. You will also learn a limited range of core theoretical concepts such as structured programming, variable declaration, conditional statements, iterative constructs, object-oriented programming and meta-programming.


Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study Yes
  • Dr Nigel Beacham

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied) or MSc Information Technology (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CS1026 Web Application Development (Distance Learning) (Studied)
  • CS1524 Web Application Development (Distance Learning) (Studied)
  • CS1525 Web Application Development (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Topics will include:

  • programming using a scripting language, including objects, methods, control structures, data types and collections;
  • programming for the internet, including forms, application logic, database programming, and interaction with other applications using Web 2.0 technology such as Google Maps.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Computing Science
  • Bachelor Of Science In Business Mngmt & Information Systems
  • MA Information Systems and Management
  • MSc Information Technology

Contact Teaching Time

76 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%); continuous assessment (50%).
Resit: Where a student fails the course overall they will be afforded the opportunity to resit those parts of the course that they failed. 1 two-hour written examination (50%) and continuous assessment mark (50%) where the mark for the part passed is carried forward. Continuous assessment consists of programming tasks.

Formative Assessment

During lectures, the Personal Response System and/or other ways of student interaction will be used for formative assessment. Additionally, practical sessions will provide students with practice opportunities and formative assessment.


Formative feedback for in-course assessments will be provided in written form. Additionally, formative feedback on performance will be provided informally during practical sessions.

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