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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will

  • be familiar with the various technologies associated with handheld/portable computing devices;
  • be competent in producing software for such devices by event-based programming techniques, using an industry relevant Object-Oriented language;
  • be familiar with a GUI-oriented Integrated Development Environment (MS Visual Studio. NET);
  • be familiar with a subset of the Microsoft .NET framework and the various facilities it provides, in particular those relating to handheld devices.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

    Assessment Summary

    Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    Assignment 1 - Remote Downloader application 20% Week 7
    Assignment 2 - Code access security application 20% Week 12
    Examination 1 60% To be advised

    Teaching Approach

    • Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
      The aim of the lectures is to introduce one or more concepts in a way, and at a pace, that is adequate for students to learn, not to provide students with everything there is to know about those concepts. In this sense, the lecture notes provide a first step towards learning those concepts, a first step that will be complemented by tutes and/or pracs, consultation hours and personal reading and working time.
    • Laboratory-based classes
      The aim of the prac is to increase the knowledge of students on a particular area covered by the associated unit. In pracs this is achieved by each student (or group of students) practicing on their own the concepts already learned previously.


    Our feedback to You

    Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
    • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
    • Graded assignments with comments

    Your feedback to Us

    Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

    For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:

    Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

    If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to

    Required Resources

    Software may be obtained from the Faculty of IT

    • Visual Studio 2008 with Pocket PC and Smartphone 2005 (or later) addons
    • Activesync 4.x or later

    Will be made available to students from unit leader

    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 Introduction to Middleware and Revision  
    2 07/03/11 Intro to .NET and C#  
    3 14/03/11 .NET Networking, .NET Remoting  
    4 21/03/11 .NET Winforms, Windows Comms Foundation  
    5 28/03/11 Alternative Mobile Development Platforms  
    6 04/04/11 iPhone  
    7 11/04/11 iPhone Assignment 1: Remote Downloader Application due
    8 18/04/11 .Net Security  
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 Compact Framework  
    10 09/05/11 Advanced Compact Framework  
    11 16/05/11 Mobile Security  
    12 23/05/11 iPhone and Android Development Assignment 2: Code Access Security Application due
      30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC

    *Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

    Assessment Policy

    To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

    • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
    • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
    • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

    If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

    Assessment Tasks


    • Assessment task 1
      Assignment 1 - Remote Downloader application
      A detailed description will be provided in the assignment specifications
      Criteria for assessment:
      Due date:
      Week 7
    • Assessment task 2
      Assignment 2 - Code access security application
      A detailed description will be provided in the assignment specifications
      Criteria for assessment:
      Due date:
      Week 12


    • Examination 1
      3 hours
      Type (open/closed book):
      Closed book
      Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

    Assignment submission

    Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/
    You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

    Extensions and penalties

    Returning assignments


    Monash has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University's academic standards, and to provide advice on how they might uphold them. You can find Monash's Education Policies at:

    Key educational policies include:

    Student services

    The University provides many different kinds of support services for you. Contact your tutor if you need advice and see the range of services available at www.monash.edu.au/students The Monash University Library provides a range of services and resources that enable you to save time and be more effective in your learning and research. Go to http://www.lib.monash.edu.au or the library tab in my.monash portal for more information. Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis

    Online references will be advised throughout the semester.
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