SENG365-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Web Computing Architectures

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course introduces the fundamental concepts and techniques for developing applications that are delivered via the world wide web. Students will gain practical experience in developing software using a variety of current web application platforms, and will gain an understanding of the technical details of the underlying frameworks used and their implications when producing complex web-based software systems.

Covid-19 Update: Please refer to the course page on AKO | Learn for all information about your course, including lectures, labs, tutorials and assessments.

This course explores modern web applications and the underlying distributed application technologies. Topics will include web fundamentals (HTML, HTTP), data persistence, web application architectures, AJAX, web services and directions in web computing.

Learning Outcomes

  • 1.1 Overall
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop simple web applications
  • Appreciate the challenges encountered when designing web applications
  • Develop an understanding about the underlying technologies of current web technologies.
  • Appreciate the value of emerging web technologies

    1.2 Specific
  • Understand the architecture of web applications including the limitations imposed by the underlying stateless HTTP protocol
  • Understand architectures for web applications e.g. 3-tier, MVC, MVP and MVVM.
  • Appreciate some of the issues of web application security including an awareness of such attacks as SQL injection, cross-site scripting and identity theft.
  • Be able to write a simple web application in appropriate well-structured technologies (e.g. PHP, JavaScript), using a data source for persistent storage (e.g. MySQL or MongoDB), with data queries and updates.
  • Understand the principles behind AJAX and be able to make simple use of it in a web application.
  • Understand some of the extended capabilities provided by HTML5.
  • Understand how web services work (e.g. SOAP-based and RESTful) and be able to design and implement a simple web service.


COSC265 or two courses out of (INFO223, INFO253, INFO263). RP: SENG201 is strongly recommended.



Recommended Preparation

SENG201 is strongly recommended.

Timetable Note

Depending on final student numbers, some of the advertised lab/tutorial streams may not run. Final lab/tutorial options will be available for self-allocation closer to the start of the semester through My Timetable.

Course Coordinator

Ben Adams


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignments 60%
Exam 40%

2022 Covid-19 Update: Please refer to the course page on AKO | Learn for all information about your course, including lectures, labs, tutorials and assessments.

Updated Semester One 2020 assessment deadlines and details will be available once finalised.

Textbooks / Resources

Information relating to this course can be found on the SENG365 Learn site Class notices and course notes will also be distributed via Learn. References to recommended reading (mostly web-based) will be given in lectures and labs.


There are several important documents available online about departmental regulations, policies and guidelines at the following site. We expect all students to be familiar with these.

Notices about this class will be posted to the class forum in the Learn system.

COSC students will also be made members of a class called “CSSE Notices”, where general notices will be posted that apply to all classes (such as information about building access or job opportunities).

Additional Course Outline Information

Grade moderation

The Computer Science department's grading policy states that in order to pass a course you must meet two requirements:
1. You must achieve an average grade of at least 50% over all assessment items.
2. You must achieve an average mark of at least 45% on invigilated assessment items.

If you satisfy both these criteria, your grade will be determined by the following University-wide scale for converting marks to grades: an average mark of 50% is sufficient for a C- grade, an average mark of 55% earns a C grade, 60% earns a C+ grade and so forth. However if you do not satisfy both the passing criteria you will be given either a D or E grade depending on marks. Marks are sometimes scaled to achieve consistency between courses from year to year.

Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control.

Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website within five days of the assessment.

Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Department and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required.

Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course.

Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,030.00

International fee $5,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Computer Science and Software Engineering .

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