This course provides students the opportunity to learn and develop advanced Android applications. It covers threading and asynchronous processing, services, connecting to local and remote database, notifications, common Android APIs.
Majority of the coursework would be in the form of programming projects. The students would be given several case studies/projects that they need to analyze, assess/evaluate, design, and implement.
Developing Graphics and Animation
Introduction to Android 3D Graphics Application
Extending Android Application Reach
Enabling Application Search
Latest approach to Android development
- Threading and Asynchronous Processing
- Working with Services
- Working with Databases
- Building Android Content Providers
- Broadcasting and Receiving Intents
- Working with notifications
- User Interface and Inputs
- Using common Android APIs
Methods of Instruction
Lecture, seminars, laboratory assignments, reading, and research
Means of Assessment
Labs/Projects 20% - 30%
Midterm Examination 30% - 40%
Final Examination* 30% - 40%
* Practical hands-on computer programming exam
In order to pass the course, students must, in addition to receiving an overall course grade of 50%, also achieve a grade of at least 50% on the combined weighted examination components (including quizzes, tests, exams).
At the end of this course, the successful student will be able to:
- Explain threading and asynchronous processing
- Explain the importance of processing asynchrnously
- Implement using AsyncTask, Thread, and Loaders class
- Explain the Service Lifecycle and determine when to use it
- Create and control a Service
- Implement a remote interface
- Explain how to store, query, and use SQLite
- Implement application using SQLite application database and remote database
- Design persistent databases
- Implement Android Content providers
- Explain how Broadcasting and Receiving intents work
- Implement sending and receiving broadcasts
- Explain and implement some common Android APIs in the following areas
Analyze and assess user/project requirements
Design and implement an Android and backend applications
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Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system.
A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.
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