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PHP Scripting for the Web

Level 2 (CQFW Level 5), 20 Credits.

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Course Description

This course assumes a knowledge of the topics covered in the Advanced Web Publishing module. This course covers the fundamentals of PHP scripting, how to make pages which adapt to the browser viewing them and how to validate forms server-side. The course is delivered 13 tutorial sessions and a day school. Students should already have a good understanding of HTML.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for the student who wants a good introduction to the use of PHP scripting in Web Publishing.

Learning and Teaching

This module includes a mix of traditional lectures and laboratory sessions. Each meeting starts with a lecture and finishes with a laboratory session.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

During the course, students will be given assignments to be submitted to the course tutor. At the end of the course, there will be a class test.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.


How the PHP script is processed

Advantages of PHP against other cgi scripting methods

Debugging a script

Basic loop and conditional structures

Arrays including associative arrays

Interaction with HTTP and environmental variables

Server side versus Client side form validation

Mailing form data

Implementation of functions in PHP

String handling

Using Regular Expressions

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