COIT13234 - Mobile Software Development
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit introduces students to the practical issues involved in the design and implementation of mobile portals to enterprise systems. The software development process for mobile platforms will be addressed and particular attention will be paid to the impact that limited computing resources and wireless communication have on the development of secure, reliable and easy to use applications. The business drivers for mobile portals will be discussed, as will the social impact of mobile technology.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: COIT11134

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 25%
2. Practical Assessment 15%
3. Written Assessment 10%
4. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Marks for written assignment Moodle website Reduce the marks for the written assignment and increase them for the programming assignment
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the technical challenges faced by mobile application development and explain how these challenges are being addressed.
  2. Determine whether a given business problem would benefit from a solution using mobile technology.
  3. Compare and contrast the software development processes for mobile applications and conventional applications
  4. Examine the impact that mobile computing has had / is having on society
  5. Design and implement a mobile application.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.

ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

Program ming/Software Development (PROG).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical Assessment      
2 - Practical Assessment    
3 - Written Assessment  
4 - Examination    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving      
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical practice          

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical Assessment          
2 - Practical Assessment      
3 - Written Assessment      
4 - Examination          

Prescribed Textbooks

Beginning Android 4 Application Development
Author/s: Wei-Meng Lee Year: 2012
Edition: Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Inc., , .
City: Indianapolis State: Indiana
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Eclipse with Adroid Developers Toolkit (update for 2016)
  • Android Studio (latest version)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorRon Balsys (r.balsys@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introducing the Mobile Web and Android Application Development.

Lee, chapter 1 pp. 1-33.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Android Activities, Fragments and Intents.

Lee, chapter 2 pp. 35-103.

Week 3 20-03-2017

The Android User Interface.

Lee, chapter 3 pp. 105-156.

Week 4 27-03-2017

User Interfaces with Views.

Lee, chapter 4 pp. 159-214.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Displaying Pictures and Menus. Data Persistence.

Lee, chapter 5 pp. 219-249.
Lee, chapter 6 pp. 251-289.
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Content Providers.

Lee, chapter 7 pp. 293-319.

Assignment 1 due.

Assignment 1 Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

SMS and email Messaging. Location-based Services.

Lee, chapter 8 pp. 321-347.
Lee, chapter 9 pp. 351-390.
Week 8 01-05-2017

Networking.

Lee, chapter 10 pp. 393-426.

Week 9 08-05-2017

Developing Android Services. Mobile App Testing.

Lee, chapters 11 pp. 429-460.
Week 10 15-05-2017

The App store and selling Apps.

Lee, chapters 12 pp. 463-482.

Reading 2: Rodgers, Chapter 14, 2012.

Assignment 2 Due.

Assignment 2 Due Friday (19 May 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Introduction to the scientific philosophy of research.

Reading 3: Stephan et al., 2012.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Revision.

Assignment 3 Due.

Written Assessment Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 1
Task Description

You are assigned the task of creating a data logger to capture truck location data in a mobile application that stores the data in a local database. The app has fields to record data for each of five drivers employed. If a driver is selected, a page (fragment) is shown to record data values for that driver. An entry consists of driver data. When the Save Log Entry button is pressed this data is saved locally in the application in a SQLDatabase. When the Show Log Entries button is pressed a related page (fragment) is shown that list all the date/time and data entries made for that driver. We will refer to our app as DriverLogs.

More details of these pages will be given in the sections below. You should also consult the weekly lecture/tutorials on the Moodle website for help and more information on completing the assignment. The tutorials contain step-by-step procedures for working through the assignment as well as some tips and extra help. So make sure you read the lecture/tutorials on the Moodle website.

The specification of this app will be further refined in Assignment 2.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria
MainActivity file - The onBackPressed() method display the Save dialog - Pressing "OK" in the onBackPressed() method saves the SQLite database and exits - The ArrayList values are set from the SQLite database entries on entry (2 marks) 3
Fragment files - The home, next and previous buttons work as required (1 marks) - The vehicle time/date buttons work as required (2 marks) - The vehicle log entries are saved by the Save Log Entry button - Errors are caught and appropriate messages displayed - The profile page checks that the passwords match, no items are null and returns to the home fragment - Show Log Entries button works and shows all entries for that vehicle type and returns to the correct page (2 marks) 8
res/layout/xml and other files - Items on fragments are in the correct positions w.r.t. each other - EditText items have the correct hints - Navigation buttons are in a line and of equal width - Labels are all as given in the specifications - The Vehicle class exists and is correct 5
Menu options - The Profile menu is present and works as specified - The Save entries menu saves the correct values to the database (2 marks) - The Send entries menu option clears the SQLite database and all the vehicle ArrayLists 4
SQLite database - The DBAdapter class is present and works correctly 1
Hardware/Software & commentary
Hardware / Software requirements 1
Application commentary 2
General
- Feedback given as required - Use appropriate naming conventions - Adequate commenting - Correct grammar - Citation of references, copyright use 1
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

4. Examine the impact that mobile computing has had / is having on society

5. Design and implement a mobile application.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 2
Task Description

You are assigned the task of creating a data logger to capture truck location data in a mobile application that stores the data in a local database. The app has fields to record data for each of five drivers employed. If a driver is selected, a page (fragment) is shown to record data values for that driver. An entry consists of driver data. When the Save Log Entry button is pressed this data is saved locally in the application in a SQLDatabase. When the Show Log Entries button is pressed a related page (fragment) is shown that list all the date/time and data entries made for that driver. We will refer to our app as DriverLogs.

You should also consult the weekly lecture/tutorials on the Moodle website for help and more information on completing the assignment. The tutorials contain step-by-step procedures for working through the assignment as well as some tips and extra help. Make sure you read the lecture/tutorials on the Moodle website.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria
App development - TrackGPS class implemented correctly - Vehicle_fragment uses TrackGPS to obtain and display the latitude and longitude (2 marks) - Vehicle logger data copied to email - Message sent asynchronously using thread - ProgressDialog displayed and email received 6
Testing Strategy - Discuss the selection of mobile models and Android versions for your testing process - Discussion of whether testing is required on actual devices and what part emulators/simulators play your testing plan - Document functional and UI testing 3
Financial Case & Commentary - Discussion of the economic/financial case for the proposed app - Identification of potential costs - Estimation of technical development costs in hours - Discussion of how you would promote and market your app - Discussion of ethical issues 5
General - Feedback given as required - Use appropriate naming conventions - Adequate commenting - Correct grammar - Citation of references, copyright use 1
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the technical challenges faced by mobile application development and explain how these challenges are being addressed.

2. Determine whether a given business problem would benefit from a solution using mobile technology.

5. Design and implement a mobile application.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

You are to write a scholarly essay that critically evaluates findings from a journal publication in one of the following research areas;

· The impact of the cloud on mobile applications

· Mobile application security

· Social implications of mobile applications

You are not to write an essay on one of these topics. You are to critically reflect on the paper and then explain whether the paper did an adequate job of explaining what the purpose of the work was, collected sufficient evidence, and reached the right conclusions based on the evidence.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017)
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria
Presentation - 1. Structure, grammar, spelling, referencing Poor structure, grammar, use of referencing and spelling Some problem No problems
0 -> 0.25 0.25-> 0.75 0.75-> 1
Introductory arguments - 2. Well defined introduction to what essay is about Poorly introduced and defined At least two papers adequately covered Excellent introduction
0 -> 1.0 1.0 -> 1.5 1.5 -> 2
Essay body - 5. For 2 journal papers: - Research questions identified - Methodology described - Analysis of conclusion discussed - Reflections on paper Synthesis of works into a critique of research area Poor summary, analysis, arguments and identification of issues, evaluation Some sections done poorly All sections done well
0 -> 2.0 2.0 -> 3.5 3.5 -> 5
Conclusion - 2. Summary well presented Logical conclusions derived Interpretation of scholarly works correct Argument presented within length guideline Poor summary, directions, evaluations, interpretations and conclusion Adequate Excellent
0 -> 1.0 1.0 -> 1.5 1.5 -> 2
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the technical challenges faced by mobile application development and explain how these challenges are being addressed.

2. Determine whether a given business problem would benefit from a solution using mobile technology.

3. Compare and contrast the software development processes for mobile applications and conventional applications

4. Examine the impact that mobile computing has had / is having on society

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 40
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised.
Open Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the technical challenges faced by mobile application development and explain how these challenges are being addressed.

2. Determine whether a given business problem would benefit from a solution using mobile technology.

3. Compare and contrast the software development processes for mobile applications and conventional applications

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking


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