Course Title: Develop mobile applications

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5384 Diploma of Digital Media Technologies

Course Title: Develop mobile applications

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 50

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2020,
Term1 2021,
Term2 2021

Course Contact: Nat Bates

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3326

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course explores the skills and knowledge required to develop, debug, test, and deploy applications for hand-held devices, using development platform environments and work as mobile device application developers. 

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

ICTPRG409 Develop mobile applications


1. Define a platform

2. Design the user interface for a mobile application

3. Permit the personalisation of parameters

4. Build a user interface for a mobile application

5. Connect to the data sources

6. Test and debug a mobile device application

7. Deploy a mobile device application

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course you will have the ability to:

  • identify the relevant mobile platform
  • determine, prepare and configure a development environment
  • design and build an application for the platform
  • test and debug the application, to ensure that it meets requirements
  • describe the considerations of mobile device hardware and networking, when programming
  • summarise the principles of object-oriented programming
  • describe user-interface design principles
  • describe extensible markup language (XML) programming and web services
  • explain the language integration for web design including:
  • hypertext markup language (HTML)
  • JavaScript
  • cascading style sheet (CSS)
  • Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX)
  • identify and describe contemporary mobile platforms including:
  • mobile phones
  • pocket and tablet personal computers
  • digital assistants.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, practical project work and through the application of learned skills.