Module Details

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Title MOBILE COMPUTING
Code COMP327
Coordinator Mr P Jimmieson
Computer Science
Phil@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2017-18 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 15

Aims

1) To provide guidelines, design principles and experience in developing applications for small, mobile devices, including an appreciation of context and location aware services.

2) To develop an appreciation of interaction modalities with small, mobile devices (including interface design for non-standard display surfaces) through the implementation of simple applications and use cases.

3) To introduce wireless communication and networking principles, that support connectivity to cellular networks, wireless internet and sensor devices. 

4) To understand the use of transaction and e-commerce principles over such devices to support mobile business concepts. 


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module, the student will have a working understanding of the characteristics and limitations of mobile hardware devices including their user-interface modalities.

The ability to develop applications that are mobile-device specific and demonstrate current practice in mobile computing contexts.

A comprehension and appreciation of the design and development of context-aware solutions for mobile devices.


Syllabus

* Introduction to Mobile Computing (1 lecture) 

* Mobile Application Development  (15 lectures)  

          Introduction to iOS and development frameworks (11 lectures)    

        Interface Development, including Storyboards and Generic Design for changing sizes/orientations (4 lectures)

 * Interacting with the User (14 lectures)

        Mobile EcoSystem and the Internet of Things (3 lecture)

              User data sharing/exploitation, and ethics

        Telecommunication Mechanisms (2 lectures)

         Human Computer Interaction (3 lectures)

              Interaction modalities - touch/swipe interaction, accelerometers, predictive texting (T9)

        Context and Location (2 lectures)

        M-Commerce, Mobile Payment and Business Models(4 lectures)

               E-Commerce on Mobile Devices, Payment Systems, Enterprise Issues


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lecture - Lecture material will be delivered covering the whole syllabus, and will include practical examples and code fragments to illustrate how different issues pertinent to Mobile Computing can be addressed when developing mobile applications.

Laboratory Work - A series of lab tutorials in increasing levels of autonomy will walk the students through the development of several apps that illustrate different aspects of Mobile App development


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 30
Lecture material will be delivered covering the whole syllabus, and will include practical examples and code fragments to illustrate how different issues pertinent to Mobile Computing can be addressed when developing mobile applications.
    20
A series of lab tutorials in increasing levels of autonomy will walk the students through the development of several apps that illustrate different aspects of Mobile App development
    50
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 100
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Written Exam  150  Semester 1  60  No reassessment opportunity  Standard UoL penalty applies  Final Exam There is no reassessment opportunity, No resit opportunity for final year modules. Notes (applying to all assessments) 3 (sets of) assessment tasks This work is not marked anonymously. Written examination  
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Coursework  20 hours  10  No reassessment opportunity  Standard UoL penalty applies  Assessment 1 There is no reassessment opportunity, No resit opportunity for final year modules. 
Coursework  20 hours  Semester 1  15  No reassessment opportunity  Standard UoL penalty applies  Assessment 2 There is no reassessment opportunity, No resit opportunity for final year modules. 
Coursework  10 hours  Semester 1  15  No reassessment opportunity  Standard UoL penalty applies  Collection of three pieces of lab work There is no reassessment opportunity, No resit opportunity for final year modules. 

Recommended Texts

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