Core Module Information
Module title: Mobile Applications Development

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SET08114
Module leader: Babis Koniaris
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Computer Science

To study this module you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed or to have passed this module
SET07102 or SET07108
Software Development 1or Programming for Interactive Media and Design
An HNC in Software Development or software development experience.

Description of module content:

This module covers the application development lifecycle for mobile apps. The module initially provides an overview of mobile platforms and then looks at the application development methodology used for mobile apps, taking into consideration the limitations of the mobile device platform and the opportunities provided through GPS, orientation sensors and networking. During the development process, interaction design considerations are considered with regard to the interface technologies provided by modern mobile devices. This will incorporate different implementation features that can be applied to mobile device applications, and the different platforms and development environments available. The growing mobile application marketplace and its impact on mobile application development is explored.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Assess mobile platform technology for the development of mobile apps
LO2: Interpret user expectations in the context of mobile applications
LO3: Design, develop, test and demonstrate a working application for a mobile device.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Babis Koniaris
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The lectures are designed to set students up as effective apps developers (LO1, LO2) while the practicals are formative laboratory-based sessions, giving students hands-on tasks leading to an accumulation of skills necessary for mobile application production (LO3). Collaboration between peers and critical review will be encouraged.
The module will include interactive lecture theatre events in which the student will learn to understand the academic underpinning for successful application design. (LOs 1-3)
Each week students will undertake directed study including background reading on the theory and practice of apps authorship (LOs 1-3) and a guest lecture/ masterclass in which a participant in the mobile applications industry shares his/her experiences (LOs 2, 3).
The module will have a Moodle presence where the module materials will be made available, including source code of completed projects.

Formative Assessment:
The laboratory work will be a series of formative exercises, leading up to the summative assessment of the coursework (LOs 2 & 3). The coursework requires the students to produce a working application which will be partly assessed through a demonstration of their work in a format that closely reflect workplace practice.

Summative Assessment:
The lecture theatre interactive session will be designed to challenge the students, reinforcing confidence of their ability to go on to successfully manage the summative essay-type examination (LOs 1 & 2).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 150
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 60 2,3 10 HOURS= 60, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 40 1,2 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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