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Programme of Course "Tecnologie del Web"



Type of course unit:

Bachelor Degree in Computer Science curriculum General: Compulsory

Level of course unit:

Undergraduate Degrees


1st semester

Number of credits:

Bachelor Degree in Computer Science: 6 (workload 150 hours)


Alfonso Pierantonio (AlfonsodotPierantonioatunivaqdotit)

1. Course Objectives

The main objectives is to provide the students with the insights of the Internet programming and how to design and implement complete realistic-scale distributed applications on the web. At the end of the course, the students will be familiar with design-methodologies necessary for managing the problem complexity, client-side programming, server-side programming,  database connectivity. Moreover, they will be proficient in using the following languages, systems, and techniques: HTML/CSS, DOM, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, MySQL, Templating, beContent, etc

2. Course Contents and learning outcomes (Dublin Descriptors)

Topics of the course include:

  • Introduction. Three-tier architecture. Graphics and Communication.
  • Client-side: HTML/CSS, DHTML, JavaScript/ECMAScript, DOM, jQuery.
  • Server-side: PHP, MySQL, templating and separation of concerns (presentation, business logics, presentation logics).
  • Sessions and their management. User management: authentication, authorization and permissions.
  • Modelling and designing web application with beContent.
  • Case study (eg. ecommerce, news portal)

On successful completion of this course, the student should

  • Understading the methodologies and the technologies necessary for the development of web applications.¬†

  • Being able to apply the most recent techniques and technologies to the design and development of web applications including the client and server-side in order to achieve a higher degree of usability and trust.

  • To evaluate and detect the right technologies and the best interfaces to achieve the design goals.¬†

  • Continue learning all the evolving technologies related to the development of web applications

3. Course Prerequisites

The main prerequisites for this course are: the ability to program with an object oriented language (eg. Java or C++), how to design a database, entity/relationship diagrams, SQL language, finally a familiarity with the web ecosystem is important.

4. Teaching methods and language

The course is organized around theoretical and practical lectures where the techniques will be first illustrated and then demonstrated.


Reference textbooks

  • D Goodman, Dynamic HTML The Definitive Guide. O'Reilly.
  • D Sklar, Learning PHP 5. O'Reilly.
  • R Nixon, Learning PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and CSS: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites. O'Reilly.
  • S Ceri, P Fraternali et al, Progettazione di Dati e Applicazioni per il Web. McGraw-Hill.
  • H E Williams, D Lane, Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL. O'Reilly.

5. Assessment Methods

The exam consists in realizing a project, whose requirements will be distributed during the course and is available in these pages. In some cases, it will be necessary to sustain a written or oral exam. 

Course information last updated on: 20 febbraio 2014, 09:45