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FIT2081 Mobile application development - Semester 2, 2013

This unit introduces the Java programming language and object-oriented application development in the context of Android application development for smartphones and tablets. The approach is strictly application driven. Students will learn Java language syntax and semantics and object oriented design and coding techniques by analysing a sequence of carefully graded, finished applications. Students will also design and build their own applications.

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

Workload requirements

This delivery is to Enhancement students only.

Workload commitments per week are:

  • two-hour workshop/laboratory and
  • a minimum of 3-4 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading, analysing and coding requirments.

Unit Relationships


FIT1040 or FIT1002 or equivalent

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Stephen Huxford

Consultation hours: tba week 1



Stephen Huxford

Consultation hours: tba week 1

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will have:A knowledge and understanding of:
  • core Java concepts through examples of their use in mobile applications;
  • core Java syntax through examples of its use in mobile applications;
  • core XML concepts and syntax;
  • object-oriented design and programming techniques;
  • how to write clean, maintainable, error free code;
  • best practices for the development platform;
  • a real-life Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for mobile application development;
  • the mobile application space, its most popular platforms, players and marketplaces and their differences, advantages and disadvantages;
  • how the knowledge and understanding already itemised above transfers to application development beyond the mobile space.
Developed the skills to:
  • create, test and debug non-trivial, working mobile applications that are maintainable and use the best practices of the development platform;
  • upload these to an appropriate marketplace.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Unit Admin + Introduction to Java and the Eclipse IDE lab
2 Procedural Java lab worth 4% (top 10 labs count)
3 Classes and Objects lab worth 4% (top 10 labs count)
4 Interfaces and Inheritance lab worth 4% (top 10 labs count)
5 Specialised Advanced Java Topics lab worth 4% (top 10 labs count)
6 Introduction to Android lab worth 4% (top 10 labs count)
7 App - Layouts and Views lab worth 4% (top 10 labs count)
8 App - Persistent data, Intents, adding GUI components dynamically, Dialogs lab worth 4% (top 10 labs count)
9 App - Assets, Menus, Simple animation, Logging with LogCat lab worth 4% (top 10 labs count)
10 App - Game, Custom views, Touch/Gestures, Sounds, Threads lab worth 4% (top 10 labs count)
11 App - Week 10 App continued lab worth 4% (top 10 labs count)
12 Revision and Exam Preparation lab worth 4% (top 10 labs count)
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Assessment Summary

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

Assessment Task Value Due Date
11 Laboratory Assessments Each of 10 laboratories will be worth 4 marks for a total of 40% of your final mark for the unit Lab work for the week will be marked in that weeks lab
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Studio teaching
This approach is hands-on learning where you interact with fellow students and a tutor in a laboratory workroom

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/unit-assessment-hurdles.html)

Academic Integrity - Please see the Demystifying Citing and Referencing tutorial at http://lib.monash.edu/tutorials/citing/

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    11 Laboratory Assessments
    During each lab session students will be required to complete specified coding tasks. This work will be marked in the same laboratory session.

    Each laboratory is worth 4% of the final mark. The best 10 of the 11 laboratory marks will constitute the 40% non-exam mark for each student. 
    Each of 10 laboratories will be worth 4 marks for a total of 40% of your final mark for the unit
    Criteria for assessment:

    Students will be awarded marks for completing coding tasks according to the principles and styles enumerated in lectures. It is important to understand working code will NOT attract full marks in its own right. Students will be questioned on their code. Marks will only be given for code the student can clearly describe and syntactically and semantically interpret to the satisfaction of the marking tutor.

    Due date:
    Lab work for the week will be marked in that weeks lab


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Hurdle requirements:
    40% or more in both exam and non-exam assessment
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List

Feedback to you

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Resubmission of assignments

Lab work for each week is marked in the Lab for that same week.

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Required Resources

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.

The labs will contain all required resources. You can also set up all the required resources on your own personal computer (OSX or Windows based).

All the required software can be downloaded for free (details in week 1). 

To save/backup your lab work a removable memory device is recommended.

Prescribed text(s)

Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library.

P. Deitel et al. (2013). Android How to Program. (1st Edition) Pearson (ISBN: 0-13-299054-7).

Recommended Resources

The following website contains relevant and useful information:


Other Information


Graduate Attributes Policy

Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

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.

Your feedback to Us

Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

This is the second delivery of this unit. The assumed knowledge has changed since the first delivery from Java (basic level) is assumed to a text-based programming language (basic level) is assumed.

Therefore feedback from the first delivery especially that involved with difficulty with Java is not relevant as these will be covered in detail in this delivery.

Students feedback was by-and-large positive with many commenting on the accomplishment they felt in developing actual Android Apps that ran on their Android devices.

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


In addition to the prescribed text the following resources will be used.

To learn Java we will study many of the tutorials presented at http://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/

To learn Android will use many of the resources (especially documentation of the Android API)  at http://developer.android.com/develop/index.html 

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