DPS924 Course Outline

Course Code: DPS924
Course Name: Mobile App Development - Android
Offered Date: Winter - 2018 | Other versions
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Course Description:
This course will familiarize the student with all aspects of planning, developing and testing mobile applications for the Android platform. It will emphasize the creation of applications using the Java programming language, as well as programming techniques for achieving effective interaction on mobile devices. Writing mobile applications that feature location-awareness, messaging, Wi-Fi network access and multimedia will be introduced.
Credit Status: 1 credit (3 units)
Professional Option for BSD - Honours Bachelor of Technology (Software Development)
Prerequisite: BTP305
Mode of Instruction:
Modes: In-class lecture, in-class exercises, and hands-on activity
Hours per week: 4
Room configurations: Classroom (2 hours), and computer lab (2 hours)
Typical scheduling pattern: Fall term
Learning Outcomes:
  • Effectively use the Java programming language to create applications for Android.
  • Successfully use the Android software development tools, frameworks, and documentation.
  • Examine and select the appropriate framework components in the creation of a software application.
  • Apply best-practice software design principles to the creation of Android applications.
  • Given a set of requirements, recommend a suitable design for an Android application.
  • Compare the Android platform's application development approach with other platforms.
  • Test and debug Android applications using the SDK command-line tools and an integrated development environment.
Topic Outline:
Topic outline:

Android development platform - 5%

  • Development platform architecture
    • Installing the Android ADT (Android Development Tools)
    • Installing the Android SDK (Software Development Kit)
    • Creating AVDs (Android Virtual Devices)
  • Using ADT tools from the command line.

Activities, Intents, Fragments - 10%

  • Using styles and themes
  • Displaying dialog windows
  • Displaying progress bars
  • Using intents and intent filters
  • Fragment life cycle

Android User Interface - 10%

  • Creating views and viewgroups
  • Making layouts
    • Linear
    • Absolute
    • Table
    • Relative
    • Frame
    • Scrollview
  • Changing screen orientation
  • Using action bars
  • Creating UI controls with Java

Android Views - 10%

  • Basic views
    • textview
    • button
    • edit
    • checkbox
    • radio
  • Listviews
  • Listfragments
  • Imageviews
  • Using menus with views

Database and Data Persistence- 10%

  • Saving and loading user preferences
  • Persisting data to files
  • Creating and using a database

Content Providers - 10%

  • Creating and using content providers

Messaging - 10%

  • Creating and using SMS messages

Google Maps API - 10%

  • Getting location data
  • Displaying maps

Networking - 10%

  • Working with web services using HTTP
  • Socket programming

Android Services - 10%

  •  Using system services
  •  Creating a background service
  •  Understanding threads
  •   Communication with services

Publishing Android Apps - 5%

  • Deploying Android packages (APKs)
Prescribed Text(s):
Reference Material:

Android Developers web site


Deitel, Deitel and Wald.Android 6 for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach (3rd Edition). Pearson Education, 2016.

Promotion Policy:
  • Pass the weighted average of all assessments
  • Pass the weighted average of the exam and the tests
  • Pass the final exam
  • Successfully complete all of the assignments and exercises. Submissions that do not meet specifications will be returned to the student for revision and resubmission.
Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

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Labs 20%
Assignments 30%
Midterm Test 20%
Final Exam 30%

Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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