MAP523 Course Outline

Course Code: MAP523
Course Name: Mobile App Development - iOS
Offered Date: Winter - 2022 | Other versions
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Course Description:
This course covers the foundations of programming applications for the Apple iOS operating system. Students will learn and become proficient with the development tool environment, and create graphical end-user iOS applications that follow the MVC design pattern. Students will write their programs in the Swift and Objective-C languages, using the object-oriented Cocoa framework. A wide range of iOS development topics, including user interface programming techniques, data management, and network access will be covered.
Credit Status: 1 credit (3 units)
Required for CPA  - Computer Programming and Analysis (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)
Prerequisite: OOP344 or OOP345
Mode of Instruction:
Modes: Lecture, in-class exercises, and hands-on activity
Hours per week: 4
Room configurations: Classroom
Typical scheduling pattern: Fall and Winter terms
Learning Outcomes:
  • Effectively use the Swift and Objective-C programming languages to create applications for iOS
  • Effectively use the Apple software development tools, frameworks, and documentation
  • Identify and select the appropriate framework components in the creation of a software application
  • Apply best-practice software design principles to the creation of iOS applications
  • Analyze the requirements of a medium-difficulty programming task, and create software that meets the requirements
  • Given a set of requirements, recommend a suitable design for an iOS application
  • Compare the Apple platform's application development approach with other platforms
Topic Outline:

iOS application development fundamentals

  • The Swift programming language
  • Introduction to the Objective-C programming language
  • Cocoa and framework
  • Design patterns: MVC, target-action, delegation
  • Xcode developer toolset

Design guidelines for iOS user interfaces

  • Xcode storyboard 
  • Visual design, user interface objects
  • Views and drawing, table views, document architecture

Data persistence

  • On-device options, and off-device options 
  • Core Data framework 

Application development 

  • Designing an application
  • Tab bar app style
  • Navigation app style
  • Device features 

Working with web services

  • Web service introduction 
  • Working with a web service

Prescribed Text(s):
iOS Apprentice, Sixth Edition
Authors: Team, Matthijs Hollemans, Fahim Farook
Publisher: Razeware LLC
ISBN: 978-1942878391

Available in a digital version, and a print version. 
For the Fall 2018 academic term, contact the professor for information on how to acquire it at a discounted cost.
Reference Material:


Apple iOS Dev Center web site 
by Apple Inc. 

DPS923 Course Web Site
by Peter McIntyre 

A modern Mac with an up-to-date macOS will be useful. However, the College has Macs that you can use while on campus. 

A modern iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will be useful. However, the College has a small supply of iPhone devices that can be loaned to a student for the duration of the course.

Promotion Policy:
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:
  • Pass the weighted average of all assessments
  • Pass the weighted average of the tests

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

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices. (


Assignments (approximately 4) 50%
Tests (approximately 4) 50%

Approved By:
Suzanne Abraham
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