CSIS 485 - Special Topics: Mobile Application Development

Course Description

A hands-on introduction to developing applications for mobile devices. Alternating years will explore different mobile device frameworks and operating systems including iPhone and Android.


Dr. David M. Hansen
Current Weekly Schedule




  • Develop competence with the development tools, framework, and programming language used in a particular mobile platform (i.e., iPhone or Android)
  • Gain experience interfacing with mobile hardware (e.g., GPS, phone, camera, sensors)
  • Implement and deploy one or more complete "apps"

Course Organization

This course is a "lab" oriented course that will consist of informal interactive lectures and hands-on development.

Programming assignments will be carried out in one or more mobile-device-specific programming languages. Instruction in the use of these languages and operating systems will be provided.

The course will include regular homework and programming assignments (please see my comments on collaboration and programming). There will be NO CREDIT given for late assignments (without an excuses absence) - turn in as much as you can.

Reading assignments should be completed before the lecture covering the material. Not all reading material will be covered in the lectures, but you will be responsible for the material on homework and exams. Quizes over the assigned reading may be given at any time.

The Vision Statement of the Computer Science and Information Systems majors states that our students are distinctive by: "Bringing a Christ-centered worldview to our increasingly technological world." As one step towards the fulfillment of this objective, each semester, I will identify an influential Christian writing to be read and reflected upon by students in my classes throughout the term. This will be treated as an official component of every course and will be uniquely integrated and assessed at my discretion, generally as a component of the quiz grade. Each Monday morning students should email a brief reflection on the previous week's assigned reading. In addition, regular meetings will be scheduled throughout the semester that can be attended for Chapel credit.

It is my hope that students will not view this as one more task to complete, but as a catalyst for continued discussion ultimately leading to a deeper walk with Christ.

The chief end of man is to glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.
(Westminster Confession)

If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office as early as possible so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide current documentation of your disability to the Disability Services Office. For more information, go to ds.georgefox.edu or contact Rick Muthiah, Dean of the Center for Teaching and Learning (ext. 2314)


Grading Scale

The final grade will be based on:

Tentative Schedule

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