COIT20269 - Mobile Web Apps
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is about designing and implementing a dynamic mobile web application that allows complex user interaction that builds on knowledge of responsive web design. You will examine the viability of web apps versus native apps, with particular attention being paid to cross platform considerations using Apache Cordova, implementing web middleware using nodejs and integrating these with cloud databases to store mobile data. The business drivers for mobile portals will also be discussed, as will the social impact of mobile technology. Research skills will be introduced as a means of keeping up to date with the changing mobile development landscape. Note: Students who have studied COIT20231 will not be allowed to study this unit.

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 2 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

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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 20%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Creative work 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

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Assessment items deadlines need some streamlining Course evaluation report The timing of assessment items will be changed in term 2
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Design, create and implement a mobile web application.
  2. Design, create and implement a hybrid mobile application, a node javascript web service, and then use these to store mobile data to a cloud database.
  3. Analyse and evaluate design alternatives for the application.
  4. Use an integrated IDE build, debug and test mobile systems to develop a working application.
  5. Assess the current and future business impact of mobile web apps.
  6. Critically evaluate key research areas in mobile web apps.

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 workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

Systems Design (DESN),

Systems Integration (SINT),

Data Analysis (DATN),

Database/Repository Design (DBDS),

Testing (TEST),

Release and Deployment (RELM),

Applications Support (ASUP).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical Assessment          
2 - Practical Assessment    
3 - Creative work    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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 - Creative work        

Prescribed Textbooks

Beginning Mobile Application Development in the Cloud
Author/s: Richard Rodger 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)
  • Android Developers Toolkit (2016)
  • nodejs from http://nodejs.org
  • mongodb from http://mongodb.org
  • Apache cordova from https://cordova.apache.org/
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 10-07-2017

Introduction mobile computing using Javascript. Mobile application development.

Rodger, Chapter 1, pp. 1-29.

Week 2 17-07-2017

Introducing cloud computing. Mobilising Your application.

Reading 1: Singh and Jangwal, April, 2012.

Reading 2: Garrison, Kim and Wakefield, Sept., 2012.

Rodger, Chapter 2, pp. 31-67.

Week 3 24-07-2017

Building mobile web applications. The jQuery and JQuery Mobile JavaScript APIs.

Reading 3. Charland and Leroux, May, 2011.

Rodger, Chapter 3, pp. 71-108

Week 4 31-07-2017

Enhancing Your Apps. Context aware mobile computing.

Reading 4. Chen and Kotz, 2000.

Rodger, Chapter 4, pp. 111-132.

Week 5 07-08-2017

Building Apps in the Cloud. Using the Cloud.

Rodger, Chapter 5, pp. 136-174.

Rodger, Chapter 6, pp. 177-209.

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Tab-bar interfaces, Audio and video. Working with the Cloud. Installing Java, Eclipse + SDK + ADT toolkit and Ant.

Rodger, Chapter 7, pp. 211-232.

Rodger, Chapter 8 pp. 235-271

Practical Assessment 1 Due Friday (25 Aug 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 7 28-08-2017

Using PhoneGap. Native hybrid Apps. Business model for location based services.

Reading 5. Dhar and Varshney, May, 2011.

Rodger, Chapter 9 pp. 273-294.

Week 8 04-09-2017

The Phonegap API. Building a blogging App.

Rodger, Chapter 9 pp. 294-311.

Rodger, Chapter 10, pp. 315-345.

Week 9 11-09-2017

Mobile web usability and system testing. Issues in mobile cloud computing.

Reading 6: Frederick and Lal, 2009

Rodger, Chapter 10, pp. 345-369.

Week 10 18-09-2017

Social mobile computing. Software principals and patterns in mobile middleware.

Reading 7: Fenando et al., 2013.

Reading 8: Tarkoma, 2009.

Rodger, Chapter 12, pp. 387-431.

Practical Assessment 2 Due Friday (22 Sep 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 11 25-09-2017

The App store and selling Apps. Introduction to the scientific philosophy of research.

Reading 9: Stephan et al., 2012.

Rodger, Chapter 13, pp. 435-441.

Rodger, Chapter 14, pp. 455-469.

Week 12 02-10-2017

Revision.

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Project Due Friday (13 Oct 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

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 truck types employed. If a truck type is selected, a page (fragment) is shown to record data values for that truck type. 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 truck type.

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. Please read the lecture/tutorials on the Moodle website.

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

This app is to be tested using the Safari, FireFox or Chrome browser and tested on an Android or iPhone mobile device.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (25-Aug-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (08-Sep-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria
Client Side application
VehicleLogs.html / vehicle.css - The required scripts are all correct and available - The multi-page logic is correct - The home page displays and works as intended - The navigation header/footers of the vehicle pages are correct and function as expected - The driver, rego #, latitudes, longitudes, start, first break, second break and end time fields are displayed correctly and have the right hints - The Show log page shows all the vehicle' data logs, and has the required functionality - The time entries and button visibility work as specified 7
VehiclesLogs.js - Click on a vehicle's button on home page takes you to the correct vehicle type page - Driver and rego # not null and all time and location data saved - Show log entries shows all saved entries of that vehicle type - All required dialogs are displayed - The Clear button on the page header clears all fields and resets time buttons - Clicking on the Show logs button takes you to a new page where the current logs are all listed in required format - The vehicle' pages pageinit and pageshow methods are implemented correctly - All navigation buttons have the required effect on the page view - Vehicle data is saved in localStorage so when the application quits and restarts the values are retained (unless the Send logs button is used) - The send logs button clears all vehicle types data in localstorage and as required 9
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. Use an integrated IDE build, debug and test mobile systems to develop a working application.

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

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 truck types employed. If a truck type is selected, a page (fragment) is shown to record data values for that truck type. 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 truck type.

We will refer to our app as DriverLogs. The specification of this app extends that given in Assignment 1. More details of these pages will be given in the Moodle course 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 procedures for working through the assignment as well as some tips and extra help. Please read the lecture/tutorials on the Moodle website.

This app is to be tested using the Safari, FireFox or Chrome browser and tested on an Android or iPhone mobile device.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
Cordova Phonegap Integration - The VehicleLogs app is successfully implemented in Cordova Phonegap 2
Client Side application
Send/Get buttons - Javascript and HTML files correct - Tap handler for Send sends data with feedback correctly - Tap handler for Get gets data with feedback correctly - Current logs page meets specification - Cloud cow logs page meets specifications - The data in the logs pages are formatted correctly 6
Server Side application
Config.js / config file - The commonly used functions are all defined correctly - Cross site scripting is handled correctly 2
VehicleLogs.js - Appropriate response messages are sent, and appropriate messages are written by the server as messages are routed - The Vehicle_Logs collection at MongoLabs is successfully connected, opened and updated (2 marks) - The log() methods appends each entry received to ./logs/logs.data on PC - All entries for the given cow are returned in the response object when the search/:query is performed (2 marks) - The :vehicle/log request writes the data to the vehicle_logs user collection of the mongdb database (2 marks) 8
Documentation
Discussion of testing regime - Discussion of selection of mobile models - Discussion of part emulators vs. the real devices play in testing - Document functional and UI testing of the app 3
Commentary - Successful/unsuccessful features - Additional functionality - Ethical considerations 3
Financial case - Time costing - Database costing - Marketing - Analysis - Synthesis 5
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Design, create and implement a mobile web application.

2. Design, create and implement a hybrid mobile application, a node javascript web service, and then use these to store mobile data to a cloud database.

4. Use an integrated IDE build, debug and test mobile systems to develop a working application.

5. Assess the current and future business impact of mobile web apps.

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 Creative work

Assessment Title Project
Task Description

For your creative work you are going to design, specify, implement and test a prototype of a simple web application. You are to come up with your own idea for the app you wish to prototype. Keep it simple as you have only a small amount of time during term to develop this idea. Do not try to create a complete app (unless its simple), but develop enough of it so that the essential tasks are prototyped.

You should complete the work in a number of stages, developing new parts of your web application project in parallel with each assignment. The amount of work/time you spend on the work short be about the same as the time spent doing assignment 1 and 2.

Details will be provided on the moodle unit website.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (13-Oct-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

App design and specification – 10 marks

Description - Well defined description of what the app is intended to be and do 0 -> 0.25 1 -> 1.5 1.5 -> 2
Motivation- Well reasoned choice of target audience and likely interest 0 -> 0.25 0.5 -> 0.75 0. 75 -> 1
Summary of task - A reasonable choice of tasks to be completed in producing the app is given 0 -> 0.25 0.5 -> 0.75 0. 75 -> 1
User interface prototypes - Prototypes for the main user interfaces/pages in the app presented 0 -> 0.25 1 -> 1.5 1.5 2
Specification of variables and data structures 0 -> 0.25 1 -> 1.5 1.5 -> 2
Originality/Creativity 0 -> 0.25 1 -> 1.5 1.5 -> 2

App development – 25 marks

MARK / 25 Poor Good Excellent
Client HTML, Javascript and CSS files Appropriate use of css style elements, structure, appropriate and correct 0 -> 4.5 5 -> 7.5 7.5 -> 10
Server Javascript appropriate and correct 0 -> 4.5 5 -> 7.5 7.5 -> 10
Results Achievement compared to others 0 -> 2 2.5 -> 3.5 3.5 -> 5

App testing, business case, marketing plan and research – 15 marks

MARK / 15 Poor Good Excellent
App Testing - App testing plan, documentation of tests 0 -> 1 1 -> 1.5 1.5 -> 2
Business plan - Estimating costs, estimating revenue, break-even sales 0 -> 1.75 2 -> 3 3 -> 4
Marketing - As required 0 -> 1.75 2 -> 3 3 -> 4
Research - As required 0 -> 2 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. Design, create and implement a hybrid mobile application, a node javascript web service, and then use these to store mobile data to a cloud database.

3. Analyse and evaluate design alternatives for the application.

5. Assess the current and future business impact of mobile web apps.

6. Critically evaluate key research areas in mobile web apps.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

5. Self-management




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