COIT20270 - App Development for Mobile Platforms
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is devoted to the design and implementation of applications for mobile platforms. A native mobile programming language will form the basis upon which programming techniques and design patterns will be developed for creating standalone applications. Commonly used mobile tools and frameworks for mobile application development are used. All stages of software development from the initial idea, through to development and testing will be covered. Consideration will be given to the business case from the developers point of view. Some examination of how to market mobile apps is also undertaken. Research skills will be introduced as a means of keeping up to date with the changing mobile development landscape.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-Req: COIT20268 Responsive Web Design

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 Postgraduate 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 30%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Portfolio 20%
4. Written Assessment 20%

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
Course notes need improving for some of the programming sections Course evaluation feedback Course notes be improved to help more with some of the more difficult programming sections
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Design and implement native mobile applications
  2. Describe and be able to develop critical parts of a native mobile system programming interface
  3. Use an integrated IDE to build, debug and test native mobile applications
  4. Determine the business impact of a given mobile solution and critically assess the implementation of an app and its likely marketability and profitability
  5. Critically analyse a research issue in mobile computing.

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:

  • Systems Design (DESN)
  • System Integration (SINT)
  • Program ming/Software Development (PROG)
  • Data Analysis (DTAN)
  • Database/Repository Design (DBDS)
  • Testing (TEST)
  • Network Support (NTAS)
  • Release and Deployment (RELM)
  • Applications Support (ASUP)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Knowledge
2. Communication    
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills  
4. Research      
5. Self-management    
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility          
7. Leadership          

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical Assessment        
2 - Practical Assessment        
3 - Portfolio        
4 - Written Assessment    

Prescribed Textbooks

Beginning Android 4 Application Development
Author/s: Lee , Wei-Meng Year: 2012
Edition: Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
City: Indianapolis State: IN
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)
  • Android Studio (updated to 2017 for Marshmellow API 23) + 1 working AVD (marshmellow)
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.

Practical Assessment 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, chapter 11 pp. 429-460.

Reading 1: Mobile Testing - Quick Guide

Week 10 15-05-2017

The App store and selling Apps.

Lee, chapter 12 pp. 463-482.

Reading 2: Rodgers, Chapter 14, 2012.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Introduction to the scientific philosophy of research.

Reading 3: Stephan et al., 2012.

Practical Assessment 2 Due Friday (26 May 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

Revision.

Portfolio Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Written Assessment Due Friday (09 Jun 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment 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 30%
Assessment Criteria
MainActivity file - The onBackPressed() method displays 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) 4
Fragment files - The home, next and previous buttons work as required (2 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 (3 marks) 11
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 2
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

1. Design and implement native mobile applications

3. Use an integrated IDE to build, debug and test native mobile applications

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

1. Knowledge

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment 2
Task Description

This assignment builds on practical assessment 1. Data captured for each vehicle also is to include location information. The information contained in the app database is to be incorporated into an email message and sent to the user when the send option is used. Consideration is also be documented on app testing, ethical issues and how you might develop a financial case and market the app.

More details will be given in the Moodle unit website. 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 procedure 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 11 Friday (26-May-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
App development - TrackGPS class implemented correctly - Vehicle_fragment uses TrackGPS to obtain and display the latitude and longitude - Vehicle logger data copied to email - Message sent asynchronously using thread - ProgressDialog displayed and email received 15
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 - Documentation of test plan 3
Sending App data - Discussion of using SMS messaging and advantages/disadvantages of SMS vs. eMail 1
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 10
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. Design and implement native mobile applications

3. Use an integrated IDE to build, debug and test native mobile applications

4. Determine the business impact of a given mobile solution and critically assess the implementation of an app and its likely marketability and profitability

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

1. Knowledge

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management



3 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio
Task Description

You are to submit a weekly portfolio submission as per the instructions on the unit Moodle site. This weekly portfolio will describe your understanding of the topic for the week, with relevant references and resources providing evidence of your understanding.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Approximately one week after the completion of portfolio
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Each portfolio submission will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Summary of weekly topic
  • Resource descriptions
  • Number and justification/quality of resources
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

2. Describe and be able to develop critical parts of a native mobile system programming interface

4. Determine the business impact of a given mobile solution and critically assess the implementation of an app and its likely marketability and profitability

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

5. Self-management



4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

You are to write a scholarly essay that critically evaluates findings from at least two journal publications 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 papers and then explain whether the papers 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 Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Results of this assignment will be available to students after certification date
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria
Presentation - 2. Structure, grammar, spelling, referencing Poor structure, grammar, use of referencing and spelling Some problem No problems
0 -> 1.0 1.0 -> 1.5 1.5-> 2
Introductory arguments - 3. Well defined introduction to what essay is about Poorly introduced and defined At least two papers adequately covered Excellent introduction
0 -> 0.75 0.75 -> 2.5 2.5 -> 3
Essay body - 10. 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 -> 5 5 -> 7.5 7.5 -> 10
Conclusion - 5. 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 -> 2.5 2.5 -> 4 4 -> 5
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

2. Describe and be able to develop critical parts of a native mobile system programming interface

5. Critically analyse a research issue in mobile computing.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management




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