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Web Development with Javascript and AJAX

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AJAX enables web pages to be highly dynamic.

The course teaches the basics of JavaScript, the DOM, JSON and XML in order to manipulate data on a web page.

Using HTTP, data encoded in JSON or XML can be fetched from the webserver and placed on the existing page.

PHP is used as the vehicle for server-side scripting in this course, so some knowledge of PHP or another server-side scripting language would be helpful, but not essential. You do need a good knowledge of HTML and the structure of its elements.

This course is ideal for students who wish to study the design process in creating a final web site from an idea using the latest technologies.

This course includes a mixture of tutor-led explanations and demonstrations with practical sessions. Each session begins with an introduction to the days’ topic/ task followed by a demonstration, the main portion of the session comprises tutor-led practical work, followed by question and answer time at the end to close the session. The course is a total of 40 hours long.

Learning and teaching

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Produce interactive web pages using AJAX
  • Use AJAX frameworks
  • Write Javascript on a web page
  • Understand the principles and operation of the DOM
  • Access and manipulate a web page using the DOM
  • Incorporate AJAX on a web page

Coursework and assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. This course has a summative assessment method.  The assessment will comprise project work and a written class test.

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.