COIT13234 - Mobile Software Development

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Mobile devices have become essential for communication, social media and business applications. In this unit, you will create a range of mobile applications with features that include UI design, database, email, HTTP, remote API calls, threading and services. Through the development process, you will research opportunities for mobile application development and design a solution. On completion of this unit, you will be able to create mobile applications with consideration of market needs for the design and development of mobile applications.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: COIT11134, COIT11237 and COIS12036. 

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 30%
2. Project (applied) 40%
3. Portfolio 30%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 92.31% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 34.21% response rate.

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.

Source: Student evaluation
The design portfolio requirements were vague
Provide more examples of what is expected in the design portfolio
Action Taken
Planning to change the description of specifications that need to be more clear towards planning and designing the mobile application. The current title 'design portfolio' will be changed to 'Mobile Application Design' as the task requires students to cover design and technology aspects of mobile application development.
Source: Self reflection
The cross-platform tutorials require more explanation
More detail will be provided in the tutorials
Action Taken
Details will be provided weekly in tutorials and discussed.
Source: Teaching team reflection
Students found the complexity level, structure, and requirements of the assessment tasks reasonable and achievable.
Keep the complexity, structure, and requirements at the same level; however, include creative components in the assessment tasks so that students could incorporate features of their choice into their mobile apps.
Action Taken
Source: Teaching team reflection
Students found it hard to understand the concepts of asynchronous tasks and API.
Provide more explanations and examples vis-à-vis asynchronous tasks and APIs in the lecture and tutorial materials.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Design a mobile application
  2. Build and test a mobile application
  3. Explore the opportunities for incorporating socially innovative features in mobile applications
  4. Review social, technical and security issues in mobile application development.

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.

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA 7 (the SFIA code is included):

User experience design (HCEV)

Systems integration and build (SINT)

User Experience Evaluation (USEV)

Programming/Software Development (PROG)

Testing (TEST)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Project (applied)
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
9 - Social Innovation
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 9 10
2 - Project (applied)
3 - Portfolio
1 - Practical Assessment