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CSC3122 : Mobile Computer Systems Development

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Lindsay Marshall
  • Teaching Assistant: Mr Chris Napier
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


At the end of the module students should be able to:

-Develop software for at least one mobile platform.
-Evaluate aspects of mobile platforms that they encounter.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Hardware and Software characteristics of mobile devices
- Mobile Development Platforms for native programming
- Web-based application development
- Server-side support for mobile systems
- App Stores
- Mobile user interfaces
- Dealing with Location Information
- Social aspects of mobile devices
- Security and Privacy

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion221:0022:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture331:0033:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion221:0022:00Project work
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study231:0023:00Background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.

This is a very practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities provided by practical classes. Students are expected to spend time on coursework outside timetabled practical classes.

Students aiming for 1st class marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M25Storyboards. 10 hours.
Essay2M30"Business case." 500 words.
Design/Creative proj2M45Demo video. 10 hours.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework allows students to apply their knowledge & understanding of the concepts and techniques that are relevant to mobile systems in the creation of their own application, which they can submit to relevant app stores if they so wish.

Reading Lists