Next Start Dates
18/07/2022 (2022 Semester Two)
Enrolment closes one week before the course starts. Enrol early to secure your spot.
Upon completion, students who wish to progress their studies further towards a formal qualification may count this course towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology (entry criteria and time limits apply).
|Introduction to HTML||In this first module, you’ll be introduced to one of the most fundamental building blocks of modern websites: HTML. We’ll begin with a brief discussion activity, in which you will introduce yourself to the rest of the class, and meet your fellow students. We then start to learn about some of the tools that you’ll be using in your sites, as you progress through the course.|
|Introduction to CSS||In the first module, you learnt about some of the fundamental building blocks of a webpage using HTML. Now, it is time to move onto ways to style your pages. You will do this using CSS.|
|Advanced CSS||In this module, we will continue our exploration of all things CSS. Specifically, we will be looking at how to use filters, transforms, transitions and animations. All of these are ways to manipulate elements on the page.
We will then be covering modern CSS layout techniques, including Flexbox and Grid, before we examine responsive design—the practice of building webpages that are responsive to changes in browser characteristics, like changing screen sizes and differences between mobile and desktop browsers.
|node.js and Express||For the remainder of the course, we’re going to be looking at the backend infrastructure of a web app. Often, servers will need to contain some logic and data storage, beyond simply serving up HTML, CSS, JS files, images, etc. There are many ways in which we can write this logic and provide data storage.
In this module, we’ll be looking at Node.js, coupled with several convenient libraries and frameworks such as Express, to provide this logic. Later on we’ll also be looking at SQLite databases to provide the data storage for us.
|Handlebars and file uploading/processing||In this module we’re going to be looking at how we can output HTML from our node.js backend code. We’ll first look at how this can be done manually. Then, we’ll look at how to do it properly, using a view engine—specifically, Handlebars.|
|Cookies, modules and routers||In this module, we look at several, additional useful concepts related to node.js and Express. These include handling file uploads using the Multer package, storing data in the browser using cookies, and better code organisation using node.js modules and Express routers.|
|Databases||In this module, you’ll learn about SQL and how to create and query SQLite databases. The knowledge you gain here is directly transferrable to any other SQL-based database, such as MySQL, OracleDB, or Microsoft’s SQL Server.
In addition, you’ll learn about how to design databases, from real-world descriptions given by clients. In doing so, you’ll gain experience with the Entity-Relational (ER) model and will learn how to draw ER diagrams to visualise database structure.
|Putting it all together||In the previous module, we learned about SQLite databases, and saw what a valuable tool they are for storing, manipulating, and querying data. In this module, we’ll tie this into our node.js backends in order to create truly full-stack web applications.|
|Focus on assessment work||There are no learning materials for the final week of the course. Instead, you are encouraged to devote all of your time to working on your assessment tasks. From this point, you will be forming teams to complete the final major project, and your individual report on this process.|
Students who complete this course will be able to:
- Describe the anatomy of web-based software applications
- Describe the open standards upon which web-based applications are built: HTTP, HTML, and URIs
- Develop applications with dynamic web pages using Node JS and relational databases
- Explain fundamental principles of usability and design web-based user interfaces according to established usability guidelines.
Upon successful completion of the course you will:
- Be awarded with 30 credit points from the University of Auckland
- Have the option to take your credit into the PGCertInfoTech (entry criteria and time limits apply)
Frequently asked questions about this course
What are the entry requirements?
This course is for students with a bachelors degree in a non IT-related subject.
What is the date for the next intake?
The next start date for this course is 18 July 2022. Enrolment closes one week before the course starts. Enrol early to secure your spot.
Is the course fee a one-off lump sum?
Yes, the course fee is a one-off sum of $2,554.50 for domestic students.
Is this course open to non-resident students?
No. Currently Auckland Online Certificates of Proficiency are only open to NZ citizens and permanent residents.
Yes. You can study at a time that suits you (within the allocated course dates). Auckland Online courses are designed for working professionals. They are flexible yet structured to help you gain the knowledge in the time you have.
How is the course structured?
The course will run over 14 weeks (with a break in the middle), and will comprise 12 weekly modules and a 2-week project. Further details on the course structure can be found under the ‘Course Structure’ tab further up on this page.
Learners will be assessed through a combination of activities that address the learning objectives from each of the modules in the course. These will comprise practical tests, quizzes, individual assignments, and a group project.
What does the 2-week project involve?
Working in groups assigned by your instructor, you will develop a blogging website using the skills you have learnt throughout the course. The project will also give you the opportunity to show how you can use online resources to discover and apply content not taught within the course.
What is a Certificate of Proficiency (CoP)?
A Certificate of Proficiency (CoP) is a course-only study option that allows you to take a course at the University of Auckland, without studying a full programme. It is a good option for those who want to study short-term or to test whether a subject is something they wish to pursue more of in the future.
Does the course enable me to take further study at the University?
If you decide to progress your studies further towards a full qualification, you can apply to reassign the points from your CoP to the PGCertInfoTech (entry criteria and time limits apply).
How many course credits will I attain upon completion of the course?
Upon completion of the course, you will be awarded with 30 credit points from the University of Auckland.
Do I get a certificate at the end?
As a Certificate of Proficiency is not a formal qualification, you will not be able to graduate with it or receive a graduation certificate. Your results will be recorded on your official academic transcript, providing evidence of your study.
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