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COIT13234 Mobile Software Development
Mobile Software Development
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General Information

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: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: COIT11134

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2017

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

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

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

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

Assessment Grading

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

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 from Moodle website

Feedback

Marks for written assignment

Recommendation

Reduce the marks for the written assignment and increase them for the programming assignment

Action

This change was implemented in 2017

Unit Learning Outcomes
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 Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical Assessment - 25%
2 - Practical Assessment - 15%
3 - Written Assessment - 10%
4 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

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
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical Assessment - 25%
2 - Practical Assessment - 15%
3 - Written Assessment - 10%
4 - Examination - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Beginning Android 4 Application Development (2012)

Authors: Wei-Meng Lee
John Wiley and Sons Inc., , .
Indianapolis Indianapolis , Indiana , USA
ISBN: 978-1-118-19954-1
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Android Studio (latest version)
  • Eclipse with Adroid Developers Toolkit (update for 2016)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Ron Balsys Unit Coordinator
r.balsys@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 06 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Introducing the Mobile Web and Android Application Development.

Chapter

Lee, chapter 1 pp. 1-33.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 13 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Android Activities, Fragments and Intents.

Chapter

Lee, chapter 2 pp. 35-103.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 20 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

The Android User Interface.

Chapter

Lee, chapter 3 pp. 105-156.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 27 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

User Interfaces with Views.

Chapter

Lee, chapter 4 pp. 159-214.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 03 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Displaying Pictures and Menus. Data Persistence.

Chapter

Lee, chapter 5 pp. 219-249.
Lee, chapter 6 pp. 251-289.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 10 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 17 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Content Providers.

Chapter

Lee, chapter 7 pp. 293-319.

Assignment 1 due.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 1 Due: Week 6 Friday (21 Apr 2017) 11:00 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 24 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

SMS and email Messaging. Location-based Services.

Chapter

Lee, chapter 8 pp. 321-347.
Lee, chapter 9 pp. 351-390.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 01 May 2017

Module/Topic

Networking.

Chapter

Lee, chapter 10 pp. 393-426.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 08 May 2017

Module/Topic

Developing Android Services. Mobile App Testing.

Chapter

Lee, chapters 11 pp. 429-460.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 15 May 2017

Module/Topic

The App store and selling Apps.

Chapter

Lee, chapters 12 pp. 463-482.

Reading 2: Rodgers, Chapter 14, 2012.

Assignment 2 Due.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 2 Due: Week 10 Friday (19 May 2017) 11:00 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 22 May 2017

Module/Topic

Introduction to the scientific philosophy of research.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 29 May 2017

Module/Topic

Revision.

Chapter

Assignment 3 Due.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment Due: Week 12 Friday (2 June 2017) 11:00 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 05 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

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 (5 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

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Examine the impact that mobile computing has had / is having on society
  • Design and implement a mobile application.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • 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 (2 June 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

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the technical challenges faced by mobile application development and explain how these challenges are being addressed.
  • Determine whether a given business problem would benefit from a solution using mobile technology.
  • Design and implement a mobile application.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • 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 (2 June 2017) 11:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Review/Exam Week Friday (9 June 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

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the technical challenges faced by mobile application development and explain how these challenges are being addressed.
  • Determine whether a given business problem would benefit from a solution using mobile technology.
  • Compare and contrast the software development processes for mobile applications and conventional applications
  • Examine the impact that mobile computing has had / is having on society


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
50%

Length
180 minutes

Minimum mark or grade
40

Details
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Open Book
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