This special topics course will allow students to explore issues in designing and writing mobile applications and to gain experience programming mobile applications in the Android platform. Topics will include the software development process in an open source community, memory management, user interface design, user interface building, input methods, data handling, connecting to databases, network techniques and URL loading, and possibly other specifics such as GPS and motion sensing, and security issues related to mobile device software.
This course will be conducted as a mixture of an advanced seminar course and a software development work environment. Students will work in teams on various projects (or on different stages of a single, larger project), will research and present various topics, and will document and reflect on their learning and their software development progress throughout the course.
Some of our core activities will include creating mobile applications in Java, using the Android Studio. We will examine other platforms for creating mobile applications and discuss their advantages and disadvantages.
The objectives of this course are to help you:
Prerequisite: Data Structures.
(A detailed course schedule will be available on our class web site or on Moodle.)
|Weeks 1 - 3:||Introduction to design and creation of Mobile
Introduction to the Software Development Process
Working in Teams
ACM Code of Ethics
Project Idea Formation
|Weeks 4 - 6:||Project Proposals finalized
Advanced features of Mobile Apps
|Weeks 6 - 9:||
Continued Project Development
Other Topics as determined by student interest
Final Projects Due
|Exam Week:||Final Reflective Essay Due|
Grades will be based on:
|Attendance and Active Participation in Class Discussions||8%|
|Full Participation in Project(s) and Associated Journal
(deliverables will generally range from 10 to 20 points each; deliverable journal entries will each be worth 5 points)
|Presentations, Discussion Leads, and Associated Journal Reflections
(presentations and leading discussions will form 15% of the course grade; presentation journal entries 10%)
|Final Reflective Essay||12%|
Details about the format for presentations, journal entries, and the final reflective essay, as well as reading assignments, announcements, links to class presentations, and other material, will be made available on the COMP 489 Moodle page.
Attendance and Participation:
Since this class will be a mixture of an advanced seminar and a collaborative software development team, regular attendance and fully engaged participation is crucial to everyone's learning and will weigh heavily in your grade. Please be sure to talk to me in advance if you must miss any class meetings. Active participation in the class means being on time, being prepared, listening to others, contributing ideas of your own, and asking questions as they come up. Student presentations in this course will be as important as presentations by the instructor; you should obviously prepare for your own presentations carefully, but you should also attend to your classmates' presentations thoughtfully and actively.
Meeting deadlines will also be very important -- in a collaborative setting such as this class, it is essential that you be ready with presentations and complete software development assignments in a timely fashion. Programming projects, in particular, are time-consuming and difficult to predict, but time-management skills are as critical in industry as they are in college.
Collaboration and the Honor System:
This course operates in accordance with the principles of the Kalamazoo College Honor System: responsibility for personal behavior, independent thought, respect for others, and environmental responsibility. In particular, academic integrity is a fundamental principle of scholarship. Representing someone else's work as your own, in any form, constitutes academic dishonesty. Unauthorized collaboration and receiving help from others outside the bounds permitted by the instructor are also violations of the College honor code. You are responsible for working within the permitted bounds, and acknowledging any help from others or contributions from other sources.
Software development projects: Most of the software development in this class will be highly collaborative. You will be assigned to groups for these assignments, and working effectively as a team will be an important component. Your responsibilities under the Honor Code include contributing to the team in all ways, documenting everyone who worked on any piece of code, and acknowledging all help you and your team receive from any source, including books, articles, classmates, your instructor, etc. Discussing group assignments with members of other teams is allowed in this class. I may occasionally ask all the members of a group to evaluate the effort and effectiveness of the other members of their group.
Class presentations should represent your own analysis and synthesis of ideas drawn from one or more sources. Your presentation should indicate clearly the source(s) you used or about which you are reporting. You may work on presentations collaboratively or individually, depending on the topic. Be sure to discuss any proposed collaborations with me in advance.
Journal Entries and the Final Reflective Essay must be entirely your own work.
Any student with a disability who needs an accommodation or other assistance in this course should make an appointment to speak with me as soon as possible.