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Advanced Web Development using CSS, HTML, JS and PHP Framework

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The course takes students through the process of developing sophisticated, feature rich, responsive and accessible web sites that include both client-side and server-side functionality.

An overview of HTML, CSS, JavaScript will be given before introducing some of today's most modern web development frameworks such as Bootstrap and CakePHP.  Students attending the course should have a good understanding of HTML and PHP.

This course is ideal for students with a basic understanding of HTML and CSS (ideally having attended Web Development using HTML and CSS) who wish to further develop their web design and development skills.

Learning and teaching

This module includes a mix of tutor-led explanation and demonstration with practical sessions. Each meeting opens with a brief demonstration; the main portion of the session comprises tutor-led practical work.

The syllabus covers:

  • responsive web page layout using HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (HTML5/CSS3)
  • web page formatting using HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (HTML5/CSS3)
  • an introduction to providing client-side interactivity using JavaScript (AJAX and JQuery)
  • use of integrated development environments for web page development (Aptana Studio, Netbeans)
  • site management tools (FTP clients)
  • becoming familiar with MVC/PHP frameworks using CakePHP
  • becoming familiar with CSS, HTML, JS framework using Bootstrap
  • an introduction to server-side functionality using CakePHP and MySQL (database driven web pages)

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.

Assessed work will include two assignments and 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.

Reading suggestions

There is no compulsory reading list for this module and, because of the rapidly changing nature of the subject matter, no specific references are given. However, students are encouraged to read any modern introductory (within the last two years) reference to HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery or PHP5.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.