Server-Side Web Development

Designed to build on the theoretical knowledge gained in the Web & Device Programming and Mobile and Web Applications courses, this course enables participants to develop the necessary skill set to publish dynamic, agile, and ready-to-launch web applications. 

Digital Skills Academy
Course Starts:
June 11, 2018
Course Ends:
July 20, 2018
Registration Closes:
June 4, 2018
6 weeks plus final assessment
Effort Per Week:
16 hours
Delivery Mode:
Single Payment:
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Two Instalments:
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After 5 weeks
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Course Introduction

This course will provide participants with the skills and knowledge to identify and understand the core components and architecture of a web-based application. It introduces a range of server-side web technologies and languages used in the creation of intuitive web-based applications.

More specifically, participants use the PHP language and Code Igniter framework to design and develop a dynamic web-based application. By developing a complete client / server application, participants will be able to identify and explain the inner workings of a modern web application.

Impact On Upskilling Talent Pools

This course is for participants looking to acquire the necessary technical expertise in Server-Side Web Development. This delivers high-value benefits for organisations that are looking to address or expand coding and development skills amongst their existing talent pool. While upskilling is a vital enabler of recognition and retention for critical staff, developing talent in such a specialist field fosters the development of cost-effective and agile digital projects.  

On completion of this course, participants will have covered:

  • How to build and publish a dynamic web application
  • Web Development tools
  • How to combine client-side interfaces with server-side processing and a database/CMS
  • How to build a custom PHP application on a LAMP stack

On completion of the course, participants will have gained the following set of skills immediately applicable to their business environment:

  • MVC
  • Code Igniter
  • A deeper understanding of JSON

On completion of this course, participants will have created an object orientated PHP based web service.

Essential Requirements

  • Applicants must have successfully completed the "Web and Device Programming" and "Mobile and Web Applications" Online Short Courses.
  • As part of our application process, participants will take a simple, online suitability assessment for their chosen course. Based on their answers, this will confirm that participants have the skills and experience required for a successful outcome.

Optional Requirements

  • Experience of a server-side framework

16 hours (comprising a weekly average of 8 taught hours plus 8 additional hours on average for self-study, research and group work)

Participants will be given course-specific assignments that both reinforce the learning and provide work-based experience of applying new skills. All assignments are subject to a rigorous assessment framework. Assessments for this specific course include weekly quizzes and the production of a server-side web application or web service.

Key Benefits Of Online Short Courses

Work-Based Experience

Participants work on assignments that present work-based business challenges. They experience and meet the exacting demands of digitally-enabled change.

Collaboration Skills

Participants develop both the digital skills required by your organisation and the team-working skills needed to exploit them successfully.

Expand Your Talent Potential

The learning experience enhances the wider business skills required by your organisation. These include a digital mind-set, agile thinking and user-centred design.

Reinforcing The Learning

On Live Syncs and Mentoring sessions, participants tap into the knowledge of lecturers in real-time. They provide expert advice on assignments and support the development of group-working skills.

Flexible Learning Methodology

Digital Skills Academy short courses are based on a proven, flexible learning methodology. Content is accessible from anywhere, at any time via a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Peer Learning

Participants are part of an online international community of working professionals. So they and your organisation benefit from the insights and experiences shared by peers from across the globe.

Participant Employers

Participants represent a significant cross-section of global brands from a wide mix of industries, including the following:

Corporate Partner Feedback

“We are on the search for new skills - we are rolling out new functionality in Corporate Banking, Retail Banking, Insurance and Finance in all of the nineteen countries that we’re in. Digital Skills Academy will help significantly to fill those digital skills gaps.” Fanie Van Heerden - Head of IT Solutions, Architecture and Design, Standard Bank Group

Frequently Asked Questions

Are any extra resources needed to complete this course?

All the resources you require will be provided within this course and extra web-based resources such as official documentation will be highlighted.

Will we have access to the course lecturer to ask questions?

Participants will be able to ask the course lecturer questions at any time through a special forum set up for this course.

How much existing knowledge of server-side web development do I require?

Participants are expected to have successfully completed the “Web and Device Programming” and “Mobile and Web Applications” Online Short Course.

Can I use WAMP, MAMP, etc.?

While we recommend the XAMPP bundle to run your LAMP stack, any way that you have to run Apache, PHP and MySQL will suffice.

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