Foundations of Emerging Computer Applications, Fall 2016

Topic: Mobile Device Applications with focus on Android

Southern Oregon University

Department of Computer Science


CS 415/CRN 1321 (undergraduate), CS 515/CRN 2300 (graduate), Four Credits

Prerequisite: CS 258


Professor:   Dan Harvey

Room:         Computer Science Building CS 218

Phone:        552-6149



Office Hours:   Office Hours: Mon, Wed 12:30-2:30, Tue 10:30-1:30


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Class Times:  Monday, Wednesday   8:30 to 10:20 CS 224


Final Exam: Monday, December 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.


Course Texts:

·         Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, Big Nerd Ranch, Bill Phillips & Brian Hardy, 978-0321804334

·         JavaScript by Example, Ellie Quigley, Prentice Hall, 2nd Edition, ISBN 978-0137054893


Catalog Description: Covers the background needed for students to make contributions in an emerging application area. Topics may include topics such as digital signal processing, data mining, security, and mobile technology.


Course Objectives: We will focus on the emerging application: Mobile Application Development. More specifically, we’ll concentrate on platforms that utilize the Android Operating System. The objective is to introduce the foundational concepts that are important to consider when one embarks on creating a mobile application. Some of the concepts that we will cover include issues relating to cross-device portability, applications running within mobile browsers, popular development frameworks, native application development and device simulators/emulators.


Tentative Topics

1.       Developing mobile applications with a cross-platform focus

2.       Android Development framework and application components

3.       The Android operating system

4.       Android simulator installation and use

5.       Developing Android native applications

6.       Web-View, HTML 5 and JavaScript



Course Grading:

1.      Students will complete five labs. This portion of the grade contributes 45% towards the total grade. Late submissions will not be accepted. There will be opportunities for extra credit. An optional presentation can replace one of the five labs. This presentation is required for graduate students.


2.       There will be three exams (lowest score dropped) that contribute 30% towards the total grade. Each exam will contain lab-based questions.


3.       The final contributes twenty-five percent toward the total grade.


Note: For all exams (including the final), you may bring a 8 ˝ x 11 inch page of handwritten notes to be turned in at the end of the period.

Grade Breakdown:                                                            93-100 A               90-92 A-

                                                         88-89   B+                82-87   B               80-81 B-

                                                         78-79   C+                72-77   C               70-71 C-

                                                         68-69   D+                62-67   D               60-61 D-

                                                         Under 60 F



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