Enterprise web programming

Units ENTWA (Level 6) and APSW (Level 7)

ENTWA unit handbook

Note: Information in italics is particularly subject to change.

Unit co-ordinator

Prof Jim Briggs

email: jim.briggs@port.ac.uk; phone: 023 9284 6438; office: Buckingham Building, BK1.07

Staff involved in delivering the unit

Jim Briggs

Staff profile(s) Jim Briggs
Unit specification


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able, at threshold level, to:

  1. Choose an appropriate architecture for a web application, and design and implement it using one or more suitable technologies
  2. Incorporate appropriate software tools and techniques into the development process
  3. Link a web application to a database
  4. Implement the necessary techniques to make a web application secure against common threats
  5. Reflect and report on the technical and market trends and emerging professional practice in software (particularly web) development issues.

Teaching normally consists of a combination of lectures and practicals.

For the first several weeks, we will have 2 hours of lecture. For the middle weeks, we will have 1 hour of lecture and 1 hour of practical. For the last weeks, we will have 2 hours of practical.


Phase Duration Session Start time Duration Usual venue
1 (weeks 9-17, excluding week 14) 8 weeks Lecture Tuesday 1300

2 hours

2 (weeks 18-20 and 26-31) 9 weeks Lecture Tuesday 1300 1 hour


Practical Tuesday 1400 1 hour


3 (weeks 33-36 and 40-41) 6 weeks Practical Tuesday 1300 2 hours


Students must attend the lectures and the practical.

Schedule of lectures and practicals with links to notes and slides

Learning activities

Formal lectures will provide theoretical underpinning for all learning outcomes. Practical sessions will consolidate lecture content and provide opportunity for students to practise their design and programming skills, supporting all learning outcomes.

Students are expected to read extensively and practice their programming skills in their own time.

Students should not attempt this course unless they meet the programming prerequisite.

A reading list is available.

Assessments and their weighting

Exam (50%)

At end of unit. Official examination timetable available from the Admin Office.

90 minutes duration. Closed book. The exam consists of 6 or more questions. You must answer 3 questions.

Pass mark 40%.

Past papers

Note that the exact content of the unit varies from year to year.

Coursework (50%)

During teaching block 2, all students will do an individual web development project using Java EE.

More information will be available.

The final submission date for the individual element will be Monday 6th May 2019 with a mandatory peer-assessment session on Tuesday 7th May 2019, but there are intermediate deadlines along the way.

Pass mark 40%.

Submission dates As above.
Feedback arrangements (staff to students) No formal arrangements. Students can discuss issues that arise at any time with the staff responsible for delivering the unit.
Feedback arrangements (students to staff)

Students will be invited to complete a course evaluation questionnaire at the end of the course. Last year's feedback can be found here.

Marking scheme

Exam: Standard exam scheme.

Coursework: Problem-specific. Given on coursework specification


Last updated by Prof Jim Briggs of the School of Computing at the University of Portsmouth

The enterprise web programming units include some material that was formerly part of the WEB1P and WEB2P units.