This module is an option on the MSc and MRes programmes offered by the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck, University of London.
It is presented in the second term on Tuesdays (18:00-21:00) in UCL Malet Place, Engineering 1.02.
To provide students with an understanding of how network protocols work, particularly those used on the Internet, and the ability to present and manipulate information on the World Wide Web, with an emphasis on XML.
By two-hour written examination and by two pieces of practical coursework. The written examination will have a weighting of 80% and the coursework a weighting of 20% of the final mark.
The ability to program is essential. This need not be in an object-oriented language, although that ability would be helpful. Some basic knowledge of HTML and databases is assumed; if this is lacking, however, it can be obtained through self-study of on-line resources.
The revision session will be from 6pm to 9pm on Tuesday 8th May in MAL B20. Please email me any questions/topics you would like me to go over.
The format of the exam paper will be as follows. There will be seven 20-mark questions from which you have to choose five to answer. Each 20-mark question contains sub-questions which can address any topic covered in the module. This is the same format as the last six years. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, the questions were arranged in two sections, A and B, where Section A was on Networks and Section B was on Web Technologies.
Sample solutions are available for 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. I strongly recommend that you attempt past exam questions yourself first, before looking at the sample solutions.
A few XML revision problems are also available to help with exam preparation. We will go over these in the revision lecture.