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Mobile App Development

Code 16237
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload PL(30H)/T(30H)
Scientific area Informatics
Entry requirements ---
Learning outcomes The course is focused on the development of native applications for mobile platforms, emphasizing the design, structure, and resources and languages used in that development. Another aim is to help students apply knowledge, acquired in other areas, in the engineering and implementation of those applications. The course also strives to captivate the sensibility of the student to problems specific to this area concerning the design and portability of mobile applications.
At the end the student should be able to:
1 Autonomously project and implement applications for mobile devices.
2 Work with a team in the engineering and development of software directed to mobile devices.
3 Use integrated development environments or the command line interface to develop mobile applications.
4 More easily deal with details concerning the storage and communications in mobile devices.
5 Take advantage of the multimedia resources and sensors made available by these devices in the developed application.
Syllabus 1. Definition and Evolution of Mobile Devices
2. Hardware Architectures and Mobile Operating Systems
3. Mobile Platforms and Software Development Kits
4. Model View Controller Architecture
5. Mobile Applications Components
6. Interface Design
7. Mobile Application Projects and Debugging
8. Communication Between Components and Processes
9. Management and Storage of Data
10. Integration with Sensors, Network and Other Applications
Main Bibliography Pedro R. M. Inácio, Introdução à Programação de Aplicações Android - Apontamentos de Apoio e Guias Laboratoriais de Programação de Dispositivos Móveis, May 2015.
Ricardo Queirós, Android - Introdução ao Desenvolvimento de Aplicações, FCA - Editora de Informática, Abril 2013.
Mark Murphy. The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development. Commonsware, 2012.
Mark Murphy. Android Programming Tutorials. Commonsware. 2012.
Google Inc. The official site for Android developers. Provides the Android SDK and documentation for app developers and designers. [Online] Available: [Last access: 13/09/2021.]
Apple Inc. iOS Dev Center - Apple Developer. [Online] [Last access: 13/09/2021.]
Flutter, [Online] [Last access: 13/09/2023.]
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The contents of this course unit are discussed in lectures (though interaction is fomented) and the practical part of those contents is explored in laboratory classes. Each type of class has two hours of weekly contact.
The practical classes have students performing development and implementation of the concepts previously exposed in the theoretical classes in the computers of the laboratory. Each practical class includes the implementation, installation and usage of at least one mobile application. Moreover, the proposed practical works are designed so that the students develop the technical skills described in the objectives of this course unit via the development of mobile applications.

Evaluation is performed resorting to 3 main elements:
- 1 written test for knowledge evaluation (worth 50% of the final grade);
- 1 practical team work with technical report and a presentation (worth 50% of the final grade).
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2024-01-25

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