module specification

CS6004 - Application Development (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Application Development
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 300
72 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
150 hours Guided independent study
78 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 30%   Application Development and Report (1000-2000 words)
Coursework 30%   Application Development and Report (1000-2000 words)
Unseen Examination 40%   2 hours Unseen Exam
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Friday Afternoon

Module summary

CS6004 Application Development 30 weeks: This module will equip students with essential knowledge and skills to become efficient software developers. The module will consolidate and integrate programming concepts and techniques which students have learned earlier in the degree for the purpose of application development for the real world. The module will also extend students’ knowledge and skills for them to be able to tackle issues pertinent to realistic application development projects.

The module delivery will be conducted in a practical fashion through exposing the student to one exemplar of modern development platform/technologies in depth and then requiring them to develop a significant software artefact using the exemplary toolset/development platform, and to reflect on the process and the solution. (Exam, course work and practical exam). It will cover risk assessment to identify and implement appropriate security.

The module aims are:

● To provide students with a disciplined understanding of the state of the art of application development in terms of development technologies, development platforms and toolsets, risk assessment and security in the broader context of the IT industry business.
● To consolidate the techniques and concepts introduced in earlier programming modules in order for students to be able to employ them in an integrated fashion in realistic application development projects.
● To introduce students to a major contemporary software development platform, including its programming languages and toolsets for application development.
● To train and equip students with necessary hands-on skills in using a major development platform and environment to design and implement a significant software application.

Prior learning requirements

Successful completion of Level 5 or equivalent


The detailed syllabus will depend on the development platform, programming language and environment chosen at the time of the module delivery. Areas to be covered include:

● Contemporary landscape of application development, covering trends, approaches, technologies, development tools, application architectures/types, and cybersecurity (e.g. threads & attacks, secure systems & products, and security controls). (LO1, LO7)

● Core programming using the chosen programming language, revisiting of core programming concepts, constructs, and techniques in conjunction with specifics of the chosen language. (LO2, LO3)

● Generic issues in application development, including software life-cycle management, interpretation of application specifications, and practical use of algorithms and data structures in the chosen programming language, conducting risk assessment leading to security. (LO1, LO6)

● Object-oriented programming and software patterns for code design and architecting in the context of the chosen programming language and development platform. (LO1)

● Features and constituents of the chosen development platform, including associated technologies, programming languages, APIs, and development tools. (LO3, LO5)

● Features of, and hands-on skills to use, the chosen platform’s integrated development environment e.g. Visual Studio. (LO3, LO5)

● Development of desktop applications, including programming with UIs components and APIs, access, and use of operating system services. (LO4, LO5, LO6)

● Development of web applications, using the chosen platform languages and APIs, and web services. (LO2, LO3, LO4)

● Programming database creation, connection and query in data-intensive applications using the chosen technology and APIs, Microsoft SQL server or NoSQL DBMS. (LO3, LO4, LO5)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module will be delivered through a series of lectures, practical lab-based tutorial/workshop sessions, and self-study exercises. The lectures will be used to introduce the theoretical concepts and principles of the related topics. Each 1-hour lecture will be followed by a 2-hour practical session with lab-based tutorial/workshop. During these supervised practical sessions students will gain practical skills by doing computer-based exercises and/or participating in discussions on topics introduced in the lecture. There are also self-study exercises, which are specifically designed for students to work in their own time and at their own pace. These are unsupervised work in the computer laboratories and in private study.

The student will be required to submit a reflective critique of their solution of the submitted coursework, and of their own process of the solution’s research, design and implementation. Students will also be expected and encouraged to produce reflective commentaries and an action plan for personal development on the learning activities and tasks that they carry out to complete their work, e.g. in the form of an assessed section of their coursework report.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

- LO1: demonstrate a disciplined understanding of the state of the art of application development technologies, and development platforms and toolsets in the broader context of the IT industry.

- LO2: gain a solid practical understanding of core programming concepts and techniques through sizable application development case studies.

- LO3: demonstrate a critical understanding of key features of the taught exemplary development platform, and its associating technologies, programming languages and tools.

- LO4: evaluate, select suitable development technologies, techniques, and tools for designing and communicating robust software solutions in realistic application development scenarios.

- LO5: demonstrate hands-on skills of using a major programming platform, including its languages and toolsets to implement robust software solutions in a range of development contexts.

- LO6: demonstrate an appreciation of technical, ethical and professional issues related to software application development for the real world.

- LO7: undertake risk assessment and security issues in application development.


The reading list would be very much dependent on the choice of the development platform/language to be used in the module. Where possible, the most current version of reading materials is used during the delivery of this module. Comprehensive reading lists are provided to students in their handbooks. Reading Lists will be updated annually.