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  • 1. MSc/PG.Dip. Software Technology for the Web Napier University, Edinburgh MSc/PG.Dip. Software Technology for the Web (September 2007 start) Full- and Part- Time Postgraduate Course School of Computing, Napier University, Edinburgh (Merchiston Campus) Summary This course will give you the theory and practical skills involved in developing web-based computer systems. Applicants should have an honours degree in any subject (including arts) other than computing. The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) involves a taught element comprising 30 weeks of study (repeated in year two in the case of the part-time version). Students who successfully complete this may graduate (PgDip) or progress to the Master of Science (MSc) dissertation. Overview This is a focused technical course, intended for those who wish to pursue a career in the development and use of practical software technologies for web- based systems development. The course core is founded on three enabling technologies: web related software development, databases, internet-based client and server side software applications. The ethos of the course is to expand your current knowledge of and critical thinking towards web based computing and information technology. This builds on previous knowledge and practice, then extends and augments it into new approaches and methodologies. The specific knowledge of computing that you will gain in this course is: • software development, • the construction of internet-based applications and resources for client and server systems, • the complete lifecycle behind large-scale database applications, • how computer system hardware, operating systems and networks actually work Furthermore, project management, team working, skills associated with group dynamics are developed through an application development as part of the group-based project. You are not required to have any formal knowledge of computing before starting the course. However, the course does require you to engage with a wide range of new material and technologies in a relatively short time. For this reason some familiarity with the basics of using email, web browsers, files and ©2006, Napier University Page 1 21/05/2010
  • 2. MSc/PG.Dip. Software Technology for the Web Napier University, Edinburgh folders and applications such as word-processing and drawing packages will be an advantage. Course Aims The aims of this course are: 1. to foster a critical understanding of and evaluative approach to the concepts and principles of modern software technologies as they are applied to the development of applications utilising the Web 2. to develop the ability to evaluate and apply the concepts and principles of software technologies for the Web and to apply these to non-trivial problems typical of those encountered in modern web-based systems. 3. to develop a critical understanding and awareness of analysis, design and implementation of software technologies and how they are applied to the Web. 4. to stimulate an enquiring, analytical, creative, and reflective approach that encourages independent judgement and critical awareness 5. to further develop abilities to reason logically, work effectively in a team, communicate clearly, and to think critically 6. to ensure that the student has the basis for both future personal development and for continuing professional development Employment A Masters degree in Software Technology for the Web can open the door to a wide range of careers. Graduates of the course have found employment within a variety of jobs and companies ranging from programmers or web based programmers in small software houses to graduate trainee programmes in large multinational companies. You may also find employment in your original degree subject or work experience area, but able to create/commission computer solutions as a result of your new knowledge and skill set. Other destinations have included graduates moving in to fields such as research (e.g. Ph.D, or as Research Assistants), education, and training. We look forward to welcoming you onto the course. Admissions Applicants are expected to hold a British honours degree or equivalent in a discipline (including arts) other than computing. A lower qualification may be considered if accompanied by appropriate work experience. Potential applicants can check the equivalence of their qualification or experience by emailing details to computing.enquiries@napier.ac.uk Indian applicants should have passed a four-year degree such as BTech or BSc or BEng. Pakistani applicants should have an MSc in science or engineering or a two-year masters in a professional field. Nigerian applicants should have an honours degree plus at least two years relevant experience such as a responsible post in a bank. ©2006, Napier University Page 2 21/05/2010
  • 3. MSc/PG.Dip. Software Technology for the Web Napier University, Edinburgh Course Structure You can study the course in full-time mode over approximately one year, or in part-time mode over approximately two and a half years. You may elect to exit from the course with a post-graduate certificate after successful completion of four modules or a post-graduate diploma after successful completion of eight modules. Full-time Course The structure for the full-time MSc/PgDip. in Information Systems is shown below. Trimesters 1 and 2 each involve four subjects (modules) being taught in parallel. Trimester 1 Software Development 1 (Java) (Sept - Jan) Database Systems Web Page Technologies Computer Systems Trimester 2 Software Development 2 (Java) (Feb – June) Client Server Programming Web Design & Development Group Project Trimester 3 Dissertation (June – Sept) Part-time Course Note that this does not attract SAAS funding nor a visa for overseas students. Two subjects are studied in parallel in each trimester. Attendance may be on more than one day per week. Year 1 Trimester 1 Software Development 1 (Sept - Jan) Computer Systems Trimester 2 Software Development 2 (Feb – June) Web Design & Development Year 2 Trimester 1 Web Page Technologies (Sept - Jan) Database Systems Year 2 Trimester 2 Client Server Programming (Feb – June) Group Project Year 3 (Sept – June) Dissertation ©2006, Napier University Page 3 21/05/2010
  • 4. MSc/PG.Dip. Software Technology for the Web Napier University, Edinburgh Subjects Studied The following information provides an outline of the content of modules and the order of delivery. For much more detailed information, including a full description of each module, please see our School of Computing website: http://www.soc.napier.ac.uk. You should follow the links to Information For Prospective Students. Within this area of the site you will find detailed information on the course and all of the modules taken within the course. Software Development (1 and 2) These modules will provide the student with practical experience of modern software development methods using Java. The first module provides a general introduction to software development. Topics covered include flow of control, user defined methods, arrays and file handling . The second module provides practical experience of developing software in an object-oriented way. Topics covered include objects, classes, inheritance, polymorphism and programming with containers. Database Systems (Oracle) This module will examine Database architecture. Data Analysis and Entity Relationship modelling as well as normalisation will be discussed as will the physical database design. The module will also deal with Standard Query Language and relational algebra. Database operation including, transaction, concurrency, recovery and security will also be considered as will the role of the Database Administrator including position, function and tools. Web Page Technologies This module will provide a detailed insight into the practical and theoretical aspects of modern Web page technologies. The theoretical side will look at why Web page technologies keep changing and the motivation behind the current directions. The practical side will give the students hands-on experience of developing Web pages with these technologies. You will learn about: W3C publications on Web page technologies and accessibility, XHTML Cascading Style Sheets, JavaScript (including cookies), DHTML, XML. Computer Systems This module has three sections: hardware such as CPU’s, disc drives, CD- ROMS, sound and graphics cards; types and functions of operating systems including memory allocation, paging and caching techniques; networking fundamentals. Client Server Programming This module will provide a detailed insight into the practical and theoretical aspects of client-server programming for the web. Web Servers- what they are, how to configure and use them. You will learn about: Servlets, Java Server Pages, Perl and PHP, Java Database Connectivity, XSLT, Middleware and its role in Web-based initiatives. Web Design & Development This module will look at the client server structure of the web and the architecture of browsers including helpers and plugins. On completion of the module students will know how to produce multimedia applets, HTML pages , Shockwave applets and VRML applications. ©2006, Napier University Page 4 21/05/2010
  • 5. MSc/PG.Dip. Software Technology for the Web Napier University, Edinburgh Group Project This module is intended to integrate material from the first and second trimester subjects into a real software development environment. Each group will produce a formal project specification and use Rapid application Development tools to prototype this work. Full coding of the project forms the main part of the submission, which will be delivered and demonstrated on time. Dissertation This is a substantial individual project with credit equivalent to four normal subjects. It involves research, delivery of a product and a dissertation report. This will include a literature review, development method, design, test results, assessment, etc. You will see a supervisor once per week (full-time). The MSc dissertation is a minimum of one semester’s full time personal study. It has to be started no later than one year after the taught part of the course is complete and must be completed no later than one calendar year after starting the dissertation. Assessment Each subject (module) is assessed by an appropriate mix of coursework and/or exam. Should you not pass at the first attempt, you have a second opportunity in August. Teaching & Learning Style You should note that this MSc/PgDip course is a very intensive period of study, during which time you will be required to devote a significant amount of time each week to achieve an award. (As a general guide, you can expect, as a full- time student to have to devote around forty hours of work per week on average throughout the trimester in order to succeed. A part-time student may expect to have to devote around twenty hours per week on average (two modules)). A variety of teaching methods are employed, and a variety of learning styles are encouraged, including: lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions, independent study – in which students are expected to undertake both directed and non-directed work (e.g. research to develop understanding of an area), project work, and individual and group working. The taught part of your programme is delivered through lecture and tutorial sessions in the classroom and is primarily concerned with underlying knowledge and principles. The practical sessions in the laboratories provide a critical appreciation of, and experience with, current technologies and are closely coordinated with the lectures. Our courses have an emphasis on meeting real-world challenges, with a mixture of both theory and practical content. We firmly believe that practice must be informed by sound understanding of both current technology and theory, with our courses reflecting this philosophy. You should note that our courses are not IT training courses – they are academic qualifications at a Masters level, with the structure and content focussed upon developing your knowledge of the chosen area to an advanced level. That said, many of our courses are tailored for students without a first degree in the computing subject area, and for that reason are suitable for those wishing to develop their understanding at a rapid pace to an advanced level. In view of this, the earlier elements of such courses tend by their nature to be more generalist rather than ©2006, Napier University Page 5 21/05/2010
  • 6. MSc/PG.Dip. Software Technology for the Web Napier University, Edinburgh specialist in their treatment of the topic of study, given the non-advanced standing of the majority of entrants. Although each module may have only three or four hours of classes per week, there is an overall commitment of around ten hours per week per module. Much of this time is spent reading, undertaking research or practical work, or engaged in project work, in addition to attendance at timetabled sessions. An important part of the study process is therefore the development of good time and project management skills – although you will be relieved to hear that these are skills valued by many employers! You are not required to have any formal knowledge of computing before starting the course. However, the course does require you to engage with a wide range of new material and technologies in a relatively short time. For this reason some familiarity with the basics of using email, web browsers, files and folders and applications such as word-processing and drawing packages will be an advantage. Facilities and Support Modules are supported by the use of an on-line learning environment (WebCT Vista) where lecturers can place lecture material, coursework, exams, reading directions, etc. Note, however, that this is not a distance learning course and attendance at classes is required. The 500 seat computer centre is open 24/7 (apart from some public and other holidays). You will have use of many software packages there and have unrestricted web and email access. There is a specialist multimedia laboratory, and a networking laboratory has the necessary CISCO equipment, software and teaching material. Our Library Information Services has many excellent aids to developing sound study skills, which will be of particular use to those returning to education after a gap. These resources can be explored either in person at one of our Learning Information Services sites (at each of our campuses – see http://www.napier.ac.uk for campus maps), or via the Learning Information Services website: http://nulis.napier.ac.uk. There are specialist learning support, language development and personal support staff who can help with any problems you may have. ©2006, Napier University Page 6 21/05/2010
  • 7. MSc/PG.Dip. Software Technology for the Web Napier University, Edinburgh Applying Application forms can obtained from the ‘Further Details’ contacts below or be completed on-line at HTTP://WWW.NAPIER.AC.UK/COURSES or be printed from: HTTP://WWW.NAPIER.AC.UK/DOWNLOADS/DEFAULT.ASPX? DISPLAYMANNERS=TRUE&CLASSID=163 Please supply a transcript of your degree subjects/marks and a reference from a recent academic (or employer if you graduated some time ago). Applicants from China should refer to their local office: info@napierchina.com Applicants from India are advised to go through agents: http://www.edwiseinternational.com or http://www.britishhighereducation.com or http://www.bces-india.com/ Deadlines for applications are: International applicants requiring visas: 31 July Applicants in the EU: 31 August Applicants in the UK: Late September Note that there are limited SAAS funded places. You are advised to apply early. Term Dates September 2007 Entry International student induction: 18 - 21 September 2007 Induction: Week Commencing 24 September 2007 First Trimester: 1 October 2007 – 26 January 2008 Second Trimester: 4 February 2008 – 31 May 2008 Fees for 2007/8 Fees for UK and European Union (EU) students are: Full time: PGDip £3240 + MSc Dissertation an extra £325* SAAS may pay the PGDip part, you must pay for the MSc Dissertation. Part-time: PGDip £1620 for each of years 1 & 2* + MSc Dissertation an extra £325* Fees for non-EU students are: Full time: MSc: £10245 Part-time (not suitable for those requiring a student visa): PGDip £4655 for each of years 1 & 2* + MSc Dissertation an extra £935* *Second year and Dissertation fees may increase a little each year Applicants from India & China must pay a deposit of £1000 after acceptance. . ©2006, Napier University Page 7 21/05/2010
  • 8. MSc/PG.Dip. Software Technology for the Web Napier University, Edinburgh Funding Students from Scotland and EU countries may be eligible to have their fees paid for the PGDip part of the course by the SAAS (Students Awards Agency Scotland). SAAS may also pay maintenance if you are Scottish or have been resident in Scotland for the last three years. You should not previously have been on a course at post-graduate level to qualify for these awards. For definitive information, enquiries should be directed to SAAS : Web: http:// www.saas.gov.uk/ Tel: 0131 476 8212. Students ordinarily resident elsewhere in the United Kingdom should obtain information concerning funding from their Local Education Authority. Applicants not eligible for SAAS funding can apply for Career Development Loans. There are scholarships of £1000 available to students from India, China, Malaysia, USA and Canada. Other sources may be explored at: http://www.britishcouncil.org http://www.chevening.com www.acu.ac.uk/scholarships http://www.scotlandscholarship.com/ www.ukcosa.org.uk www.acu.ac.uk/marshall For more information on accommodation, living expenses, etc., see the Napier University web site http://www.napier.ac.uk under ‘prospective students/ international’. Visa information is on www.ukvisas.gov.uk Further information Please see: http://www.soc.napier.ac.uk/ and select the menu options Information For Prospective Students. or contact: The Postgraduate Courses Administrator School of Computing, Napier University 10 Colinton Road Edinburgh EH10 5DT Tel: 0131-455-2706 Fax: 0131-455-2727 computing.enquiries@napier.ac.uk Disclaimer Please note that this information is provided as a guide - the University reserves the right to make variations to the contents or methods of delivery of programmes as are reasonably considered necessary - including discontinuing programmes. Not all programmes run at all times. The terms and conditions stated within the Napier University Postgraduate Prospectus apply and should be noted. ©2006, Napier University Page 8 21/05/2010