CQUniversity Unit Profile
COIT20270 App Development for Mobile Platforms
App Development for Mobile Platforms
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General Information

Overview

This unit is devoted to the design and implementation of Android and iOS mobile applications. Native mobile programming languages 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
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-Req: COIT20268 Responsive Web Design

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 2 - 2022

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
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 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

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

Assessment Overview

1. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
3. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%
4. Portfolio
Weighting: 20%

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 In class feedbacks from students.

Feedback

Need more clarity about the portfolio assessment.

Recommendation

A more detailed explanation for the Portfolio assessment and examples of Portfolium projects will be provided.

Feedback from Feedbacks from team members.

Feedback

Using an eReading list and providing online video tutorials can be very handy and useful.

Recommendation

We continue using the eReading list and provide updated learning contents there.

Unit Learning Outcomes
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.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is adopted by organisations, governments and individuals in many 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 7 (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 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 - Portfolio - 20%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Practical Assessment - 30%
4 - Written Assessment - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

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
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Portfolio - 20%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Practical Assessment - 30%
4 - Written Assessment - 20%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Android programming: the Big Nerd Ranch guide

(2017)
Authors: Phillips, Bill
Big Nerd Ranch Guides
Binding: eBook
Prescribed

iOS 13 Programming with Swift

Edition: 5th
Packt Publishing
Binding: eBook

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Zoom.us
  • Latest version Android Studio (with Marshmallow API 23) + 1 working AVD (virtual phone)
  • MacinCloud Account for MS Windows users (will be provided by CQU)
Referencing Style

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

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Ayub Bokani Unit Coordinator
a.bokani@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 11 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

Introducing Android Application Development

Chapter

Android Programming: Big Nerd Ranch Guide 3rd ed, Chapter 1-4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 18 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

Android Activities
Fragments and Fragment Manager

Chapter

Android Programming: Big Nerd Ranch Guide 3rd ed, Chapter 5-7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 25 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

Layouts and Widgets


Chapter

Android Programming: Big Nerd Ranch Guide 3rd ed, Chapter 8 & 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 01 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Fragment Args and View Pager

Chapter

Android Programming: Big Nerd Ranch Guide 3rd ed, Chapter 10 & 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 08 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Dialogs, menus and Database

Chapter

Android Programming: Big Nerd Ranch Guide 3rd ed, Chapter 12 - 16


Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 15 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 22 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Location services and Maps
Submitting to the Google Play Store

Chapter

Android Programming: Big Nerd Ranch Guide 3rd ed, Chapter 33 and 34

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 29 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Introducing Swift programming language

Getting Started with Xcode 12 and Swift 5

Chapter

iOS 13 & Swift 5 Programming: Chapter 1- 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical Assignment 1 Due: Week 7 Friday (2 Sept 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 05 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Building the first iOS Application:
Displaying Data in a UITableView

Chapter

iOS 13 & Swift 5 Programming: Chapter 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 12 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Data structure: Working with JSON file

Chapter

iOS 13 & Swift 5 Programming: Chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 19 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Passing Data from one View Controller to Another

Chapter

iOS 13 & Swift 5 Programming: Chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Report Due: Week 10 Friday (23 Sept 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 26 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Persisting Data with Core Data

Chapter

iOS 13 & Swift 5 Programming: Chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 03 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

Cross platform Mobile Application Development

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical Assignment 2 Due: Week 12 Friday (7 Oct 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Portfolio Due: Week 12 Friday (7 Oct 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 10 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 17 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical Assignment 1

Task Description

You are assigned the task of creating a tabbed iOS mobile application using Xcode, and Swift programming language. More details will be available on the Moodle site. You should also consult the weekly lecture/tutorials on the Moodle website for help and more information on completing the assignment.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Friday (2 Sept 2022) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Friday (16 Sept 2022)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The marking criteria will include:

  • Classes and Functions
  • Project Execution
  • UI Design
  • Fetching Data
  • Documentation

More details will be available on the Moodle site.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
You are required to submit a zipped directory containing all the code and resources as well as your document via the unit’s Moodle page

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Design and implement native mobile applications
  • Use an integrated IDE to build, debug and test native mobile applications
  • 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
  • Knowledge
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Self-management

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Report

Task Description

Creating a mobile app is simply the start of the process to becoming an entrepreneur. To scale an application, you need to approach an investor. For example, $5000 per month would be bottom-line spending on social media and advertising. It does not matter if you have working code and how good it is. There are a set of points an investor will require you to address before they will talk money. To better understand this process, this assessment requires you to consider a new and novel mobile application for a small business. Having researched and identified a problem/need complete the tasks below:

  • Describe the problem in a clear and concise manner
  • Look for the mobile apps on Google Play store and the Apple's App store and find the best three applications that address this problem (or address some aspect of the problem if that is all you can find). Do not use any large-scale applications such as any social media apps, YouTube, Google Maps, Uber etc.
  • Critically review and analyse the strengths and weaknesses of each mobile application in respect to features, operation and layout.
  • Propose a new app that would present a better solution in terms of its features, and also its design and layout. Include layout diagrams of your app. You may use low fidelity rough sketches (including as photos of sketches in your submission document) or any other drawing
  • What are the points of difference (advantages/improvements) for your solution over existing solutions?
  • Who is your target market?
  • How will you reach/market to your target market? Justify your strategies.
  • What ethical concerns would need to be addressed?

Submit a single Word document. Insert any images of hand drawn sketches into the document (be careful of large image sizes).

Reference all sources you used for the problem identification, analysis and solution. Use Harvard referencing style for your referencing.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (23 Sept 2022) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (7 Oct 2022)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

The marking criteria will include:

  • Problem description
  • Research of existing applications
  • Strengths and weaknesses of existing solutions
  • Quality of proposed improved solution
  • Points of difference
  • Identification of target market
  • Justification for the marketing strategy
  • Ethical concerns

More details will be available on the Moodle site.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
You are required to submit a a single word document via the unit’s Moodle page

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe and be able to develop critical parts of a native mobile system programming interface
  • Critically analyse a research issue in mobile computing.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management

3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical Assignment 2

Task Description

You are assigned the task of creating a mobile application to input and display data and store the data in a local database using Android Studio and Java programming language. This assessment item relates to the learning outcome 1, 2 and 3, more specifically, to design and implement a complex mobile application. More details will be available on the Moodle site. You should also consult the weekly lecture/tutorials on the Moodle website for help and more information on completing the assignment.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (7 Oct 2022) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (21 Oct 2022)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The marking criteria will include:

  • Activities and Layouts
  • Fragments
  • Database
  • Menus
  • Email
  • Documentation

More details will be available on the Moodle site.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
You are required to submit a zipped directory containing all the code and resources as well as your document via the unit’s Moodle page

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Design and implement native mobile applications
  • Use an integrated IDE to build, debug and test native mobile applications


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Self-management

4 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Portfolio

Task Description

You are to submit a set of portfolio items for weeks 2 to 11 inclusive. The weekly portfolios will describe your understanding of the topic for the week, with relevant references and resources providing evidence of your understanding.

You are to conduct a search of the internet on the topic for the week. You should review a minimum of 4 items of the items you find and link them to your portfolio. You are not to upload files from the internet, as you do not own copyright, and if you do, this will be plagiarism. You are to use links to your items only. You may include items from YouTube, clips from lectures and/or tutorials, and your own work that you produce in the tutorials. Your portfolio should capture rich ideas, resources and innovative practice around mobile app development within the frame of the weekly topics.

The structure of the weekly portfolio entry is as follows:

  • Summary of weekly learning topics, about ¼ page of A4.
  • A list of at least 2 resources. Each resource should consist of a Harvard reference or link to online resources, about a ¼ page of A4.
  • This should be followed by a brief discussion as to what the resource is, why you chose the item, and why you thought the item chosen was appropriate, about ½ a page of A4.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (7 Oct 2022) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (21 Oct 2022)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

The weekly marking criteria will include:

  • Summary of weekly topic
  • Resource descriptions
  • Number and justification/quality of resources


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
You are to submit a portfolio entry each week for weeks 2 to 11 inclusive

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe and be able to develop critical parts of a native mobile system programming interface
  • 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
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Self-management

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As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

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What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

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