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TITLE Mobile Computing

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Computer Information Systems

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will address a new class of devices that include data-capable mobile phones, wireless smart mobile devices, and even in-vehicle computers. Its aim is to introduce students to key aspects that fundamentally differed from other computers, that is, mobility. Through practical case studies students will explore the use of context awareness that include characteristics that provide anytime, anywhere instant access to applications that are user centric.

Most important, the user will be considered within various environments when using such devices frequently while doing something else, such as in-vehicle navigation devices that are used while driving. Various methodologies and tools will be applied within various applications that are adopted in different scenarios.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to create discussions and practical sessions that allow students better understand the key concepts related to mobile computing. Through group discussions, demos and assignments students will know more on the adoption and diffusion of m commerce, the use of location-based services, mobile local databases, wireless technologies and mobile communication among others aspects. The students will be introduced to programming environments and ways how to try out there applications using emulators.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Explain and describe the underlying concepts that make up the mobile ecosystem. These include:
    - Different mobile platforms and current trends.
    - Different mobile communication technologies.
    - Various programming environments and respective language to implement mobile applications.
- Analyse and follow human interface guidelines recommended by popular mobile platform vendors.
- Describe the evolution of wireless technology in relation to mobile devices.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Know how to design applications adopted using various mobile platforms and technologies.
- Design application adopting various methodologies within the different contexts discussed. These include HCI concepts and location based services applications.
- Grasp the main concepts that are needed to understand the challenges when designing applications for mobile devices. These involve:
    - Knowing the underlying principles of wireless LAN and its standards.
    - Acquiring knowledge on various mobile computing algorithms.
    - Building skills when working with wireless application protocols to develop mobile content applications.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main text:

- Allen, Grant, publish date 2015 - Beginning Android - ISBN 978-1-4302-4687-9.
- Talukder Asoke and Yavagal Roopa, Mobile Computing: Technology, applications and services creation ISBN 9780071477338 Latest edition.
- Longley Paul, Geographic Information Systems and Science ISBN 0471892750, Wiley. Latest edition.

Other readings:

- Mobile Computing Journals.
- Technical documentation or manuals related to mobile devices and programming language chosen.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Students taking this study-unit need to have a technical background.

Pre-requisite Study-units: CIS1101 or CIS2101 or recommended OOP background

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 30%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Conrad Attard
Therese Bajada
Deborah Mifsud

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