Special Topic - Mobile App Development

Course Details

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Fall 2015
Dillard College of Business Administration
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MW 5:30 - 6:50pm

Jiaxi Jesse Luo (view Profile)

Course Objectives

This course is intended to be an introduction to mobile app development. We will cover the entire process from the creation of an app through the publication to its intended audience on both platforms. Students will work as a group and create their own simple app in this course.

Course Expectations

Learning Goals


I.      General Learning Goals:   

·       Teambuilding and collaboration to achieve group objectives.  Instruction in basic team dynamics will be provided during class lecture.  Students will work in teams as they research an assigned topic and prepare a formal presentation.  Peer and instructor evaluations, as well as assignment requirements, will be designed to insure that all team members actively participate in the presentation contributing to the overall team grade. 

·       Competency in speaking for common business scenarios.  All team members will speak during their team presentations.  An assessment form will be used during presentations to address the professionalism of individual and group efforts.  This form will be provided to students and discussed well in advance of their scheduled presentations. 

·       Ethical reasoning skills within a business environment.  Ethical issues are addressed throughout the textbook with a separate section in each chapter.  These will be emphasized during class discussions. 

·       Technology Utilization.  Class lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises involve expanded coverage of information technology, such as decision analysis with spreadsheet software.  Students will practice during hands-on exercises.  Instructions will be given via class lectures, demonstrations, and handouts.  Students will demonstrate their ability to use common business computer applications by utilizing Microsoft Excel and Access.


These general learning goals are among those established by the Dillard College of Business Administration.  General learning goals represent the skills that graduates will carry with them into their careers.  While assessing student performance in obtaining these general learning goals, the Dillard College is assessing its programs.  The assessments will assist us as we improve our curriculum and curriculum delivery. 


II.     Course Specific Learning Goals:  After completing this course, students should be able to:

·       Basic Skills to develop both Android and iPhone/iPad apps.

·       Knowledge to build an app from the creation through the publication of the app to its intended audience.

·       Design an app using the device’s capability to determine its location, using hardware sensors and device components in apps, and mapping.

Grading Standards

·       Exams (20%):  All exams are close-book close-notes exams.  Exams will cover assigned chapters, in-class lectures, videos, and any assigned readings.  Students are responsible for all assigned textbook material, even if it is not directly discussed in class.


·       Team Project (40%):  All students will participate in a team project (2-3 students per team).  Details of the assignment will be provided and team formation will be accomplished. 


·     In-class Activities (10%): Only your direct participation in class activities DURING class meeting times counts toward these points! Any points not assigned during the semester will be removed from the total possible for the course when calculating grade percentages.


·     Homework (20%): Homework assignments are due before the beginning of class on the specified due date. There is NO PROVISION for late work on any assignment. All homework assignments are individual homework (not team/group/collaborative homework), unless otherwise specified by the instructor.


·       App Introduction (10%): Start from the second week, students will introduce a self-selected, innovative app to other students in the first 10-15 min of class. The app could be from any platforms, any types. Students should make a short slide presentation, including the app’s name, platform, type, screenshot, what is the most interesting part of this app, what kind of hardware features of smartphone have been used in this app, what’s the daily use of this app, and etc. Upload your presentation file to d2l dropbox after the class.


Points will be allocated using the following scheme. Grades will be based on the recorded points only. Personal reasons (e.g., need a specific grade to graduate, to keep financial aid, to keep straight A record, etc.) are not considered in the grade calculation.

Final Exam

12/09/2015 8:00-10:00pm

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

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