Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Web-Based Major Project
Academic Year
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
CS39440 IC and BIT
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
This module is only available to students registered on Internet Computing (H602/H603) or Business Information Technology (G500/G501)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 2hr seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Report on business analysis of web needs (1500 words)  10%
Semester Assessment Design report on web structure and database needs  (1500 words)  10%
Semester Assessment User interface designs annd evaluation of others' designs  10%
Semester Assessment Web site  30%
Semester Assessment Final report (10,000-15,000 words)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed/non-submitted coursework components or ones of equivalent value.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Analyse the web needs of an enterprise, and produce a plan for an appropriate web site.

2. Build a professional looking website appropriate for the organisation, under the direction of supervisors but demonstrating self-discipline, organisation and initiative.

3. Demonstrate an ablity to independently apply the key achievements of their degree studies.

4. Produce a critical appraisal of their work, evaluating all aspects of their approach.

Brief description

Students will perform and document the analysis, design, prototyping and development needed to produce a web site approprate for a professional enterprise.


Students will select a business or charity, and will design and implement a web site for that enterprise using current web-based technology.

They will
  • Produce an analysis of the web needs of the enterprise.
  • Provide a breakdown of the planned structure of the site.
  • Perform an analysis of the data structures needed by the site (it should be complex enough to need to be database-backed).
  • Produce several non-functional prototypes of the web-site and both assess their suitability against web guidelines and perform user evaluation of the prototypes.
  • Implement the chosen version of the web site.
  • Perform a useability evaluation with a number of users on the final system.
The project will be structured so that these things happen in a logical order, with deliverables through the term.

The design and development work will be supported by weekly workshops that stress the topics that have already been covered in the course (such as User Interface Design, Security, Web Tools, Database Design, and System Testing) that support the work being done at that stage of the project, and make clear the nature of the expected deliverables.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Inherent to the subject.
Communication This module will be beneficial to students' written and oral communication skills through dissertation and demonstration.
Improving own Learning and Performance The students are asked to reflect on their learning and performance.
Information Technology Inherent to the subject.
Personal Development and Career planning This module should help the students understand the potential of thier specific degree for providing employment, and provide them with significant material for their portfolios.
Problem solving Inherent in the implementation of computing systems.
Research skills Minor amount of research in looking at relevant web site designs.
Subject Specific Skills Web site design and construction.
Team work

Reading List

General Text
Connolly, Thomas. (2008.) Business database systems /Thomas Connolly, Carolyn Begg, Richard Holowczak. Pearson Education Primo search Krug, Steve. (c2006.) Don't make me think! :a common sense approach to Web usability /Steve Krug. 2nd ed. New Riders Pub. Primo search Watrall, Ethan. (c2009.) Head first Web design /Ethan Watrall, Jeff Siarto. 1st ed. O'Reilly Primo search
Recommended Text
Shneiderman, Ben. (2005.) Designing the user interface :strategies for effective human-computer interaction /Ben Shneiderman, Catherine Plaisant. 4th International ed. Pearson/Addison Wesley Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6