HNC in Web Development
The HNC in Web Development is a course for those wishing to learn about the development of websites and related technologies. There is a strong practical emphasis on the course which introduces students to many leading edge technologies and industry standard software and tools. It will enable you to design, develop and deploy interactive websites that integrate data, video, audio, and computer animations.
Sample Assignment - Adventure Land
An assignment for the Introduction to Rich Internet Applications module is to create a website for a theme park. To cover all age groups, the park is made up of different areas, Egg Land for under 5s, Mini Adventure for ages 5 to 10 and Giant Adventure World for those 11 and over.
These websites, created by students, contain a variety of media, graphics, animations, videos of roller coasters and audio etc.
Introduction to Web Development,
Fundamental Programming Techniques (java),
Object Oriented Programming Techniques,
Personal Skills and Professional Computing
Computer and Multimedia Hardware Systems.
HND Modules (top up from HNC)
HND Computing Project,
Web Scripting (php),
Introduction to Internet Rich Applications (video, animations),
Introduction to Multimedia Development,
Web Development with Microsoft Technologies (ASP.NET, C#, Silverlight),
Interface Design and Interactions
Detailed information on each module can be obtained from Staffordshire University's website at http://www.staffs.ac.uk/current/student/modules/
How the course is assessed
Web Development is a highly practical discipline so most of the modules are assessed through coursework and realistic hands-on assignment.
Students are also expected to create portfolios of their designs/programs which are used as a means of assessment.
Some modules require written reports and or research.
Career prospects in Web Development are excellent with salaries above the national average. Web Designer, Web Developer and Software Developer are examples of professional IT jobs available. Although specifically aimed at Web Development, the course is also suitable for those looking for careers in Systems Development or general computing.
The course can also provide a route to an honours degree following the completion of an appropriate HND/ Foundation Degree.