COIT13234 - Mobile Software Development

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you 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.


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

Prerequisites: COIT11134 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 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 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 25%
2. Practical Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 20%
4. Examination 35%

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 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40.82% 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: Unit evaluation
Assignments not clear enough
The assessment criteria were ok for the most part, however, I did find some aspects rather ambiguous and will have this corrected.
Action Taken
A video of working assignments were made available to students.
Source: Unit feedback item
Should have more practical assessment than report/exam.
Exam weighting has been reduced for 2019 and existing coursework weighting increased.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Examine the technical challenges faced by mobile application development and explain how these challenges are being addressed
  2. Investigate 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. Explore the opportunities for incorporating socially innovative features in mobile applications
  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

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

Ergonomic Experience Design (HCEV)

Systems Integration (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 5
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology 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
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination