Web Futures | Abertay University

Web Futures


This module develops a critical understanding of the technical, social and political context of research in Web Design Development.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with: the ability to interpret and plan research in the area of web design and development.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Critically appraise issues in current and future web development.

2.  Analyse and interpret research results related to web development.

3.  Plan a research strategy related to issues in web development.

Indicative Content

1 Context

Reflections on technology, the impact of current developments and the trends for future development.

2 Social Media/Networks

Interfaces, interactions, communications, applications, analysis.

3 Interface

Agents, semantic web, 3d depth perception, mobile technology.

4 Social Aspects

Digital divide, digital inclusion, accessibility and usability.

5 Political Aspects

Web Context, effects on society, response to society.

6 Research

Experimental design, data gathering, analysis, presenting data, results, and conclusions.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students will receive a series of lectures supported by practical laboratory sessions. Underpinning theory will be introduces in lectures and further developed through the practical sessions. The educational goal of the module is to assist students in gaining an appreciation of issues likely to affect future development, and in developing research skills. Practical activity will involve students engaging in independent reading and then discussing this as a group.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 10
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 20
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 80
Independent 90

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2017/18 , and may be subject to change for future years.