Faculty of Information Technology

Monash University

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
South Africa First semester 2013 (Day)


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.


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.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


FIT1040 or FIT1002 or equivalent

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