COIT20270 - App Development for Mobile Platforms

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-Req: COIT20268 Responsive Web Design

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 3 - 2022 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 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.

Assessment Tasks

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 42.11% 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
Assignment requirements forced students to follow the hardwired coding standards learned in the unit
Review the assessment requirements to give students the flexibility to use some alternate models and programming techniques
Action Taken
In this unit, students learn how to use different models to create more efficient mobile apps. With the newly introduced iOS apps development to the unit, students learn different models to develop their mobile apps compared to the previous terms. Using alternate models and techniques to build different features of mobile apps will be considered in the new assessments.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Subject content was too dense, leaving little time for students to complete and reflect on tutorial tasks before moving on to new concepts
Reduce complexity of the tutorial material by providing smaller and manageable development tasks and align these with the concepts
Action Taken
The learning materials as well as related assessment tasks have been updated.
Source: In class feedbacks from students.
Need more clarity about the portfolio assessment.
A more detailed explanation for the Portfolio assessment and examples of Portfolium projects will be provided.
Action Taken
Source: Feedbacks from team members.
Using an eReading list and providing online video tutorials can be very handy and useful.
We continue using the eReading list and provide updated learning contents there.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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