MAP524 Course Outline

Course Code: MAP524
Course Name: Mobile App Development - Android
Offered Date: Winter - 2022 | 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 CPA - Computer Programming and Analysis (Ontario College Advanced Diploma) 
Professional Option for CPD - Computer Programmer (Ontario College Diploma)
Prerequisite: OOP345
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 and winter terms
Learning Outcomes:
  • Efficiently use the Java programming language to create applications for Android
  • Effectively use the Android software development tools, frameworks, and documentation
  • Analyze 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
  • Identify the requirements of an entry-level programming task, and create software that meets the requirements
Employability Skills:

    •  Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.|    •  Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.|    •  Execute mathematical operations accurately.|    •  Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.|    •  Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.|    •  Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.|    •  Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.|    •  Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|    •  Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.|
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

Course web site


Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (3rd edition), Philips Stewart and Marsicano.

One of:
  • Recommended: 32GB or larger USB3 stick.
  • Alternative: personal laptop powerful enough to run current Android development tools.
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%





Midterm Test 20%
Final Exam 20%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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