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2015/16 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

COMP5820M Mobile Application Development

15 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr Nick Efford

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

This module is mutually exclusive with

COMP3222Mobile Application Development

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

• Understand how mobile hardware constrains application development, and what architectural and computational compromises are typically made.

• Design and structure both the user interface and the underlying software structure for a mobile application based on sound software engineering principles.

• Develop small to medium mobile applications on at least one mobile platform / OS.

• Understand how to interact with the sensor-rich hardware of typical mobile devices.

• Understand past, present and future mobile application development.


• Principles of mobile development, including constraints imposed by battery power, touch interfaces, portability and always-on networking, operating system limitations and design strategies.

• Application and modification of standard software methodologies, user interface design and object-oriented programming for mobile development.

• Design constraints and choices for touch screens and small interface sizes. Limitations of GUI-only development. Application of design patterns in mobile development. Client-server applications on mobile devices. Separation of GUI development from internal processing. Portability of code between mobile and stationary platforms.

• Hardware sensors on mobile applications and implications for design and development. Networking limitations of mobile devices. Ad hoc network construction and library solutions to network development. Cross-platform networking constraints. Low-level networking on mobile devices.

• Access to remote data and services, both proprietary and open-source. Vertical integration with enterprise software and with free services including geo-location. Development cycles and business models for mobile development.

• Security restrictions and strategies for mobile devices, including hardware, software and firmware attacks.

• Defense strategies for mobile developers and device designers.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours112.00
Total Contact hours38.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

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In-semester assignments

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated.

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Last updated: 10/11/2015


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