BSc (Hons)

Web Technologies

Preparation to conceive, design, build and maintain globally distributed computing systems.

G492UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

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Why take this course?

A web presence is a key component of any modern business strategy and is therefore at the centre of almost all major organisations.

On this course you’ll acquire a deep knowledge of web technologies whilst developing robust computer science and software engineering skills, alongside an understanding of the web’s role in business.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Apply your skills to real-life practical problems as part of the department’s partnership scheme with charities, local and global organisations
  • Gain strong technical competencies in web application development, distributed systems, web services, and website development and maintenance
  • Opt to do a salaried placement year

What opportunities might it lead to?

Whether it’s a design, development or programming role, this course provides you with the technical and transferable skills needed to work in varied roles across the web, new media and the internet. 

Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). This course also partially meets the academic requirement for registration, either as a Chartered Scientist (CSci) or (on behalf of the Engineering Council) as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • IT management
  • network design
  • software engineering
  • computer programming
  • web development
Peter Allan Jones, BSc (Hons) Entertainment Technology student 2013

The ability to experience such a wide range of topics with access to industry-standard software and equipment was unbelievably exciting.

Peter Allan Jones, technology student 2013

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
G492
Duration
3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Entry
260-300 points to include 160 points from A levels or equivalent. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5. Other qualifications
Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £9,000 p/a*

International students
2016/17 entry: full time: £13,700 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Contact
technology.admissions@port.ac.uk
+44 (0)23 9284 2555
Department
School of Computing
Programme specification
Accreditations & Endorsements

Subject:

Computing and Creative Technologies

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Hands-on, practical work and real-life learning, which is transferable to future careers
  • Modern facilities and access to the latest technology including numerous computer labs, TV studios and a motion capture suite
  • Approachable lecturers who have experience and contacts in the industry

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Year one

In the first year we aim to supply you with the central skills and knowledge that you will need as a computing professional. The areas covered will include computer architecture, systems analysis and design.

Core units in this year include:

  • Web Foundations
  • Application Programming
  • Data Communications
  • Analysis and Design
  • Computer Architecture

Year two

There’s a selection of topics covering more advanced aspects of your first year, especially in the areas of software engineering and programming.

Core units in this year include:

  • Web Script Programming
  • Application Programming
  • Software Engineering
  • Databases
  • Web Usability

Year three*

In this year you will consolidate your skills and learning. There are a couple of core units, but the final-year project gives you the freedom to analyse, design, build and evaluate your own work. You’ll also choose from a range of options to specialise in areas such as usability, advanced networks, ecommerce, information systems management, and data mining and warehousing.

Core units in this year include:

  • Web Research
  • Web Programming

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)


Teaching and Assessment

Here at the University, we aim to provide a lively and modern learning environment. During this course you will experience a mixture of lectures, tutorials, laboratory and project work. While lecture classes can be large, the more personal approach of seminars and tutorials offer more one-to-one support from our expert academics.

How are you assessed?

We assess you in ways that encourage a deeper understanding and allow you to develop your skills including through:

  • multiple choice tests
  • essays and portfolio work
  • written exams
  • mini projects
  • presentations
  • case studies
  • review articles
Dr Rich Boakes

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Dr Rich Boakes
School of Computing

In its first 20 years the web reshaped society and made computing useful to everyone. In our web units we cover the technical aspects of how the many layers of web technologies work, how they can be used and improved, and their potential for provoking further global change.

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Specialist Software and Equipment

A full range of industry software will be available for you to use in the computer labs, supported by multi-platform network suites offering a variety of operating systems. You’ll have a range of excellent resources at your fingertips including:

  • mobile computing lab to develop Android and iOS apps
  • pervasive computing lab for high performance computing
  • usability lab including state of the art eye tracking equipment
  • Linux and Windows systems
  • forensics lab with industry standard forensic tools

Tutor Centre

A one-stop academic help and support resource for all School of Computing students. Need help understanding your assessments? Want to talk to someone about your project or about that programming problem? This is the place to go.

Maths Café

Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

Your employment prospects are likely to be very good due to ever-expanding markets and the need for people with the requisite combination of web technology knowledge and skills. You are therefore likely to enjoy a choice of exciting job opportunities in posts such as web development manager, web editor, web application programmer and web designer.

It’s also fairly common for our graduates to be snapped up by the employer they worked for in their placement year. Others continue their study at both MSc and PhD levels, specialising further in areas such as health informatics, forensic IT and networking.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • business continuity analyst
  • software engineer
  • web developer
  • systems analyst
  • computer programmer
  • online course developer

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

On this course you have the option to do a year UK or overseas placement with companies such as IBM or smaller organisations. This is a great opportunity to gain real-world perspective and exciting opportunities.

Our team at the Student Placement and Employability Centre (SPEC) ensures you have access to a range of volunteering and work experience opportunities. We also offer support during your year-long industrial placements, and provide support for the different types of application processes.

Here are some examples of the roles our students have secured for their placements:

  • Web Developer at Debenhams
  • Assistant Software Engineer at Accenture

Career planning

Career planning
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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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