EECS 485: Web Systems

The University of Michigan
Spring 2021
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A holistic course of modern web systems and technologies, covering front end and back end. Build an Instagram clone in the first half of the semester, and a Google clone in the second.


Welcome to EECS 485, Spring 2021!

We're glad you're here. The course will be remote this spring, so you can join from anywhere in the world. More details in the syllabus.

You'll need a laptop and a reliable internet connection. More details in the syllabus.

Be careful with your time commitments. The spring half-term goes twice as fast as a normal semester. Expect to spend around 40 hours per week on the course.

This Week

Check back here in May



All times are listed as Ann Arbor local time (ET)

Week Lecture Lab Deadline
Week 1
May 4 - 7

L01 Introduction

L02 Static Pages

L03 Server-side Dynamic Pages

Project 1 Intro


Week 2
May 10 - 14

L04 Sessions

L05 Encryption

L06 Web Security


Project 2 Intro


Project 1 due Tue May 11, 11:59pm
Week 3
May 17 - 21

L08 Client-side Dynamic Pages

L09 Client-side Applications

L10 Asynchronous Programming

L11 MapReduce

Project 3 Intro


Project 2 due Tue May 18, 11:59pm
Week 4
May 24 - 28

L12 Google File System

L13 OS and Parallelism

L14 Networking

No lecture - study for midterm

Scaling a Database with PaaS

Midterm exam review

Project 3 due Tue May 25, 11:59pm
Week 5
May 31 - June 4

No lecture - Memorial Day

No lecture - midterm exam

L15 Text Analysis for Web Search

L16 Link Analysis for Web Search

No lab

Project 4 Intro

Midterm Exam
Tue June 1, 1:30pm
Week 6
June 7 - 11

L17 Scaling Web Search

L18 Scaling Static Pages

L19 Scaling Dynamic Pages

L20 Scaling Storage

Scaling static files and media uploads with PaaS

Project 5 Intro

Project 4 due Sun Jun 13, 11:59pm
Week 7
June 14 - 18

L21 Recommender Systems

L22 Ads and Auctions

L23 Blockchain

L24 Dark Web

Scaling Server-side Dynamic Pages with PaaS 1

Scaling Server-side Dynamic Pages with PaaS 2

Project 5 due Sun Jun 20, 11:59pm
Week 8
June 21 - 25

No lecture - study for final

Final Exam

No lab
Final Exam
Fri June 25, 8am


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