For the coursework you are asked to build a server-side web application
containing the components described below. You can use any programming
language of your choice for the coursework but only Perl and
PHP will be supported by the lecturer. That means that if you
choose a language other than Perl or PHP, you cannot ask for help if you
are having problems.
Components of your coursework
The topic of this year's coursework is: Plagiarism Detection Software.
Your server-side application should consist of the following components:
- An interface with two textareas and a submit button. Each textarea accepts 30
lines of text with 80 characters per line (2400 characters in total). Any two
texts that are submitted via this interface are compared with respect to
their similarity. The results should be presented as follows:
- An expert mode interface which allows a user to register and to login.
In the expert mode, a user has the extra option of saving
the texts and the results on the server. (Note: you can use either a textfile or
a database. With respect to the marking scheme, both options are equally
- A "credits page" which contains your name and lists
any resources for the development of your application other
than the materials from the lecture notes and exercises in the practicals
other code which you may have downloaded from the web.
- Some documentation, including:
In total your documentation should not be more than 3 pages if printed
in 12pt font on A4 paper.
- the URL of your tool;
- a schematic diagram (flowchart or UML diagram) of your application;
- an FAQ section that answers questions which your users might have;
- a short description of your site aimed at a potential investor who
might want to buy your site;
- a short critical evaluation of your site which should be honest and
NOT be aimed at investors and should describe the features and limits
of your site including details about security and implementation.
Your coursework will be evaluated during the practicals in
Week 11. If you cannot attend your practical during that week
for whatever reason, you need to contact the lecturer in advance of
the practical and arrange to attend a different practical.
If you fail to do this, you risk having your coursework marked as "late"
and capped at 40%.
The Napier webserver is guaranteed to be extremely slow during a time of
high demand around the deadline. The deadline will not be extended as
long as the server is functioning to some degree. Only if the server
fails to work completely for an extended amount of time or if the server
malfunctions during the practicals in week 11, the deadline may be extended.
Because it is guaranteed that the server will be troubled,
you should not attempt to do the coursework in the last minute. Proper
project management is part of a successful coursework. You have been warned!
The deadline for handing the printed documentation in to the School Office is
Monday in Week 12, 15:00. At this point you are required
to hand in
a printout of your documentation (see above, 12pt font, 3 pages, A4) and
a printout of the source code of your application, but only the pages
which contain script, NOT pages which are pure HTML. Please avoid
wasting too much paper for this. Use a small font; if possible print two pages per page
and/or use both sides of the paper.
Staple the documentation in the upper left corner. Please, do
NOT use plastic folders.
Safeguarding your work
It is your responsibility to ensure that your files are read-protected
from others. You should not leave any printouts of your code on Campus,
not even in the rubbish bins. You should change the permissions of all
your html files and PHP to "unreadable by others" while you are not working on
You should make regular backup copies
of your code, for example, by copying the files to your net storage space
or to an external USB device via your I-drive.
If you submit your coursework late (between 1 and 7 days after the deadline),
the mark will be capped at 40%. After that your coursework will be marked as
You can reach a total of 50 points for the coursework. This is
50% of your final mark. The points will be distributed as follows:
|HTML, Design, Usability of the site||5 points
|Text comparisons||10 points
|User registration, login||10 points
|Credits page||1 point