Developing Mobile Applications

CSCI 370, Section 01
Spring Semester 2017

 

Instructor

John I. Moore, Jr. Phone:  843-953-7883
Office:  Thompson Hall 209       E-mail:  john.moore@citadel.edu

 

Course Description

This hands-on, project-oriented course explores the principles and tools involved in the design and construction of applications for mobile devices. Although the course focuses on the Android platform, the basic concepts and experiences extend to other mobile devices. Topics include an overview of mobile application development, the Google application architecture, mobile application lifecycle, managing application resources, designing user interfaces, data storage options, integrating audio and video, location-based services, cross-platform development using a mobile device emulator, and porting applications to actual devices. In addition to several smaller programming assignments to provide experience and reinforce concepts, students will work in teams on a substantial programming project to design, develop, and deploy a mobile application.

Prerequisites: CSCI 202 or ELEC 206

 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to

 

Textbook

Trish Cornez and Richard Cornez, Android Programming Concepts, Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016. (ISBN: 978-1284070705)

Also:  Course Notes and Handouts

 

Recommended References/Links:

  1. Android Developer Website, http://developer.android.com
     
  2. Android Core Tutorials, http://www.javacodegeeks.com/tutorials/android-tutorials/android-core-tutorials/
     
  3. Android Cookbook, Ian F. Darwin (Editor), http://androidcookbook.com/
     
  4. Neil Smyth, Android Studio Development Essentials - Android 7 Edition, CreateSpace, 2016. (ISBN: 978-1535425339).
     
  5. Ronan Schwarz, Phil Dutson, James Steele, and Nelson To, The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK (Second Edition), Addison-Wesley, 2013. (ISBN: 978-0321897534)

 

Class Schedule

Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 9:00-10:50 a.m., Thompson Hall 216.

 

Grading

The final grade for the course is based on 6 grades as follows:

 

Miscellaneous Grading Policies

  1. This course will contain a number of graded programming assignments. Each programming assignment is due one week after it is assigned unless noted otherwise by the instructor. A late program, for whatever reason, will have its grade lowered by one letter, and programs more than one week late will not be accepted. Program grades will be based on the following factors: correctness of programming logic, overall design and structure, style, and enhancements.

    Please note: Correctness of programming logic is the most important factor. It is usually better to turn a program in late than to turn it in on time with logic errors. Also, turning in a program that does not compile will result in a grade of zero for that project.
     
  2. A course project will be completed by teams of two students, and both team members will receive the same grade for the project. The completed project will be scheduled for demonstration during the final exam period.
     
  3. With the exception of the course project, students are required to work individually on all work done outside of class that will be turned in for a grade. Unless explicitly authorized, joint work is not permitted. Assistance from anyone other than the instructor, a librarian, a member of the academic support center, or a team member (on the team project only) is also not permitted.
     
  4. Reading assignments will be given daily, and unless otherwise noted, daily quizzes will come directly from the material covered in the previous day’s class or reading assignment.
     
  5. Class attendance and participation can influence borderline grades.
     
  6. A total of nine absences will result in a course grade of F. With respect to this policy, three lates count as an absence. In addition, if you are late by 15 minutes or more, you will be considered absent.
     
  7. Incomplete grades are given only in unusual circumstances. Consult the college catalog for policy on incomplete work.

 

Office Hours

Monday 10:00-11:00 a.m., 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday  10:00-11:00 a.m., 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Friday  8:30-9:00 a.m., 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Other times by appointment

 

Important Dates

Jan. 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no classes)
Feb. 24 Test #1
Mar. 15 Last day to withdraw with a grade of “W”
Mar. 17 Leadership Day (no classes)
Mar. 27-31 Spring Break (Work on course project during break!)
Apr. 14 Test #2
Apr. 29 (Saturday) Final Exam Period/Project Demonstrations 1:00-4:00 p.m.

 

Expectations

  1. Do not miss an assigned test without a valid excuse! Missing an assigned test without a valid excuse will result in a grade of zero for that test. The instructor gets to determine whether or not an excuse is valid. In particular, guard duty is not an acceptable excuse for missing an assigned test. When possible, students should notify the instructor in advance if they will be unable to take an assigned test. All make-up tests will be given outside of normal class time. Once a test has been given in class, any subsequent make-up tests may differ significantly.
     
  2. Show up for class on time and prepared. That means that you have read the appropriate sections from the book plus any handouts, and you have worked all assigned homework. If a test has been assigned, you should be prepared to take the test. If you were late to class or absent from the previous class meeting, you are responsible for getting class notes and assignments from another student in the class or from the instructor.
     
  3. If you are late to class, it is possible that you have already been marked absent by the time you arrive. It is your responsibility to notify the instructor after class that you were late rather than absent.
     
  4. Take care of any personal needs outside of class time. Except for emergencies, you should not need to go to the bathroom, get a drink of water, etc. If you need to leave the room at any time while class is in session, you should ask for permission.
     
  5. Personal conversations are disturbing to other students and to the instructor. Please be courteous and respect the rights of others.
     
  6. Cell phones must be kept in book bags and programmed in a silent or vibrate setting during class.
     
  7. You should respect the property of your college. No eating, drinking (other than water), smoking, dipping, chewing tobacco, etc. in the classrooms. Also, no writing or carving on the desks, chairs, podium, etc. Any willful vandalism or destruction of Citadel property will be handled appropriately.
     

Daily Schedule

Dates Topics Covered
Jan. 11 Installing Java, Android Studio, and the Android SDK; Brief Overview of Android
Jan. 13 Overview of Android Application Development
 
Jan. 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no classes)
Jan. 18 Overview of Android Application Development
Jan. 20 Resources
 
Jan. 23 Review of Java and Object-Oriented Programming
Jan. 25 Review of Java and Object-Oriented Programming
Jan. 27 Review of Java and Object-Oriented Programming
 
Jan. 30 User Interface Basics
Feb. 1 Events
Feb. 3 Saving Activity State
 
Feb. 6 Debugging Android Applications; Overview of XML
Feb. 8 User Interfaces Part 1: View Groups and Layouts
Feb. 10 User Interfaces Part 2: Input Controls
 
Feb. 13 User Interfaces Part 2: Input Controls
Feb. 15 Java Threads
Feb. 17 Networking Part 1: Web Content
 
Feb. 20 Networking Part 2: Accessing the Internet
Feb. 22 Review for Test #1
Feb. 24 Test #1
 
Feb. 27 Applications with Multiple Activities
Mar. 1 Advanced User Interfaces Part 1: Menus and Action Bars
Mar. 3 Advanced User Interfaces Part 1: Menus and Action Bars
 
Mar. 6 Advanced User Interfaces Part 2: Adapters and Styles
Mar. 8 Data Storage Part 1: Preferences
Mar. 10 Data Storage Part 2: File System
 
Mar. 13 Data Storage Part 3: SQLite
Mar. 15 Data Storage Part 3: SQLite
Mar. 17 Leadership Day (no classes)
 
Mar. 20 Data Storage Part 4: Content Providers
Mar. 22 Listview
Mar. 24 Location-Based Services Part 1: Location and Geocoding
 
Mar. 27-31 Spring Break (Work on course project during break!)
 
Apr. 3 Location-Based Services Part 1: Location and Geocoding
Apr. 5 Location-Based Services Part 2: Google Maps
Apr. 7 Bluetooth on Android
 
Apr. 10 Animation
Apr. 12 Review for Test #2
Apr. 14 Test #2
 
Apr. 17 Multimedia
Apr. 19 Services
Apr. 21 2D Graphics
 
Apr. 24 Project Discussions
 
Apr. 29 (Saturday) Final Exam Period/Project Demonstrations 1:00-4:00 p.m.