Mobile Web Application Development
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2020
Prerequisites: INFO16206
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Hon Bach CompSci - Mobile Comp
Program Coordinator(s): Magdin Stoica
Course Leader or Contact: Alex Babanski
Version: 20200106_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: N/A

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the architecture of the mobile ecosystem and acquire practical skills and knowledge to develop and maintain mobile-friendly web applications. Students learn how to use mobile device APIs such as camera, geolocation, orientation, storage, etc. to create cross-platform mobile web applications. Students learn best techniques and practices used to develop, package and publish secure hybrid mobile application. Students learn through a combination of interactive lectures and demonstrations, hands-on exercises and assignments.

Program Context

Hon Bach CompSci - Mobile Comp Program Coordinator(s): Magdin Stoica
This required second year course provides an end-to-end exploration of the development, testing and deployment of rich mobile-friendly applications. This course builds on the students skills and knowledge in web technologies.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to create mobile-friendly websites that uses server-side and client-side technologies to deliver appropriate content to multiple mobile form factors based on server side device detection of client device.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Apply knowledge of the Document Object Model to manipulate browser content so that it is appropriate for the mobile device display.
  2. Apply knowledge of Object Oriented Programming techniques and the necessary Javascript syntax to develop robust and maintainable Object-Oriented client scripts in support of a rich mobile-friendly website.
  3. Apply knowledge of Relational or Object-Oriented Database Design to design and implement a backing database in support of a rich mobile-friendly website.
  4. Design, implement, test and deploy a full mobile-friendly website using web technologies such as Javascript and HTML, currently popular libraries, and database access.
  5. Assess the constraints and strengths of different mobile device User Interface capabilities and implement web pages appropriate for that UI.
  6. Implement an application that effectively utilizes the location-aware capabilities of a mobile device.
  7. Implement an application that effectively utilizes the graphical and multimedia features of a mobile device.
  8. Evaluate appropriate target devices for a given scenario and implement a solution that uses device detection to provide appropriate content for more than one form-factor.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Quizzes (2 @ 5%) - approximately weeks 7, 1310.0%
 Labs/In-class Exercises (2 @ 5%) - approximately weeks 4, 1010.0%
 Assignments (2 @ 10%) - approximately weeks 5, 1120.0%
 Midterm Exam - approximately week 830.0%
 Final Project Proposal - approximately week 65.0%
 Final Project Final Release - approximately week 1425.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
Students must submit/complete all assignments, in-class activities and projects by the scheduled due date and write all tests on the specified date/time. Exceptions will only be made under extraordinary circumstances. Refer to the School of Applied Computing's Academic Procedures for Evaluations for more details regarding missed work: Procedures for Evaluations

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication Skills - Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Numeracy - Execute mathematical operations accurately.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.
  • Information Management - Locate, select, organize and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.
  • Information Management Skills - Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving - Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Communication Skills - Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
  • Personal Skills - Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.
  • Personal Skills - Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Challenge Exam
  • Portfolio
  • Other
    Notes:  Challenge exam, portfolio, and project are required for PLAR.

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
OptionalOtherMaterials will be provided by the professor.

Applicable student group(s): Bachelor of Applied Computer Science - Mobile Computing Program
Course Details:
Module 1: Technologies and Best Practices for Mobile-Friendly Websites
- Fundamentals of Mobile-Friendly Web-Design. Best Practices in Page Layout, Site Architecture and Navigation for Mobile Devices.
- Responsive design
- Mobile-friendly application development with Bootstrap, jQuery, jQuery Mobile, ReactJS and other frameworks
Module 2: Document Object Model
- Elements of the Document Object Model.
- Navigating the Document Object Model using Javascript.
- Manipulating the Document Object Model using Javascript.
Module 3: Asynchronous Content Negotiation
- Asynchronous methods for updating client content with data in text, JSON, or XML files on a remote server.
- WebSockets.
- Parsing XML.
Module 4: Web Application Architecture and Programming Interfaces
- Working with Web APIs: Storage, Web Workers, and Web Notifications.
- Coding and Design Patterns.
- SPA (Single Page Application) architecture.
Module 5: Hybrid Mobile Application Development
- Hybrid Mobile application development with Cordova and React Native.
- Working with mobile device APIs such as Device, Geolocation, Camera, Dialogs, etc.
- Device Interaction and Usability.
- Packaging and Publishing.
Module 6: Server-Side Technologies
- Retrieving information from remote databases.
- Using Dynamic Pages to optimize content for mobile devices.
Module 7: Future Trends
- Trend analysis for web app development
- Comparative analysis (pros and cons of native, web, and hybrid), and future direction
Note: The topics within each module are grouped semantically and are not meant to suggest a time sequence. A course plan must be provided 
by the professor identifying the class-by-class arrangement of topics.



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