Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Full-Stack Web Development

Danish title
Full-Stack Web Development
Study programme
Software Development
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Bachelor (top-up)
2. semester
Duration of the subject/module
2 semestre
Programme elements
Start time
Håndværkergården, København N
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Arturo Mora Rioja
Tomas Pesek
  • Purpose and learning objectives

    This practical subject focuses on architecture, development, and deployment of web applications. It is language/framework-agnostic, but the examples will be in Java/Spring Boot, JavaScript/node.js for the backend, React.js for the frontend, and MySQL, MongoDB, Neo4j for the databases.

    The subject includes coding in the front-end and in the back-end, administering basic elements of a web server, connecting with a database, designing and implementing API-driven front-end applications, designing and implementing REST and GraphQL APIs following market standards, protecting applications against the most usual security threats, and deploying web applications online. Basic web service concepts like cookies and sessions will be addressed. The students will not only learn to develop web applications, but they will also gather a deeper understanding of web architectures and web development environments.


    Students will acquire the following knowledge:
    - Web Development Architectures
    - HTTP Protocol and Methods
    - PWA – Progressive Web Applications
    - Client-side vs Server-side rendering
    - Security:
    --- Authentication: JWT, sessions, cookies
    --- Authorization
    --- Hashing and encryption
    --- SQL injections
    --- XSS, CSRF
    --- CORS

    - The Front-End:
    --- HTML5
    --- CSS3, Flexbox, Grid
    --- JavaScript and the DOM
    --- Ajax
    --- API Consumption
    --- SPA – Single page application
    --- React.js:
    ------ Logging
    ------ Routing
    ------ Pagination, filtering, sorting
    ------ Forms + input validation
    ------ Building reusable components

    - The Back-End:
    --- Web servers
    --- APIs:
    ------ REST API
    ------ GraphQL
    ------ + others like SOAP, RPC, and event driven APIs
    --- Databases

    - Online Web Application Deployment
    --- CI/CD pipeline
    --- Testing:
    ------ Unit tests
    ------ Integration tests
    ------ End to end tests
    --- Scaling:
    ------ databases, backend, frontend
    ------ Technologies: Containers, Kubernetes


    The students will acquire the following skills:
    - Front-end web development
    - Back-end web development
    - API development and consumption
    - Web application deployment


    The students will acquire the following competences:
    - Design the architecture of a web application
    - Work with a web development environment
    - Create full-stack web applications
    - Create applications that connect to external APIs
    - Deploy web applications online

  • Type of instruction
    The teaching is organised as a variation between class teaching, guest lecturing, and individual work. The learning is most often problem-based and cross-disciplinary and always practise-oriented. In addition to learning the subject, the student will gain competences to work individually.

    The common aim of the activities is always to set clear intended learning objectives.
  • Subject/module requirement for participation

    Academic requirement for participation
    As it is common for any other course at KEA, students must make sure that they are sufficiently prepared to learn the course material, handle the course assignments, and participate in course interactions. Students should have working knowledge of and proficiency in at least a high-level programming language.

  • Exam

    The learning outcomes of the exam are identical with the learning outcomes of the subject(s)/modul(es)

    Exam in one or more subjects
    The final project consists of a CRUD web application deployed online. It must fulfil the standards and best practices addressed throughout the subject.
    Type of exam
    Oral examination
    Individual exam or group exam
    Exam languages
    Danish (Norwegian/Swedish)
    30 minutes including grading. The student will present the final project (max. 10 minutes), then the examiners will ask questions.
    Permitted exam aids
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    Internal censure
hours of teaching
hours of preparation
The figure shows the extent of workload related to the subject divided into different study activities.

In the subject Full-Stack Web Development you will receive 60 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 80 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 22% of your total workload for the subject.

The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: classroom teaching, exercises, project work.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: project work.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

*KEA can deviate from the number of hours if this is justified by special circumstances