CMSC 436 / Programming Handheld Systems / Spring 2016
TuTh 12:30 - 1:45 PM, CSIC 2117
Lecturer: Dr. Vibha Sazawal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vibha's Office Hours: Wed 10 am - 12 pm, AVW 4401
TA: Ladan Najafazideh. Office Hours Tues 2 pm - 4 pm, 4th Floor TA Room in AVW
This course focuses on design and programming for the Android platform.
This section will be a traditional course with in-class lectures and exercises, and also out-of-class assignments.
Students will have the option to work in pairs on in-class exercises and out-of-class assignments. Exams will be completed individually.
You will also work on one large Android project with a team. Each team will have 4-5 students. Each student will individually pitch a proposed app. I will review the pitches and select the most promising topics. We will then form groups based on your topic preferences.
Finally, in the last two weeks, the students will be presenting lectures on special topics. Every project group will choose among the given topics and prepare slides. I will choose the groups with the best slides to present in class.
Major Grading Events
These dates are firm, so please plan accordingly.
Exam 1 on March 10th, 2016
Exam 2 on May 10th, 2016
Project Presentations during our final exam period, which is Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM.
The only excuse for missing major grading events is illness. You must provide documentation of the illness from a health provider. This documentation must verify dates of treatment and indicate the time frame that the student was unable to meet academic responsibilities. In addition, it must contain the name and phone number of the health provider.
All class policies may change or be augmented if necessary. You will be given ample notice before changes take effect.
Any student eligible for and requesting reasonable academic accommodations due to a disability is requested to provide, to the instructor in office hours, a letter of accommodation from the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) within the first TWO weeks of the semester. I also provide accommodations to parents of young infants. Contact me for more information.
Course evaluations are important and the department and faculty take student feedback seriously. You can submit your course evaluations within Canvas/ELMS.
Don't cheat. If you're not sure what constitutes cheating, please ask. I will submit academic integrity complaints to the Judicial Programs Office.
Do not use your mobile phone in class. Do not engage in unrelated activities such as email, social media, games, or homework for other classes during 436 class. I reserve the right to ask any student who is disturbing class to leave.
Check Canvas (ELMS) frequently. You are responsible for content posted here.
|Jan 28th||Intro to 436, Logistics|
|Feb 2-4||Intro to Android Stack, run-time, and build process|
|Feb 9-11||Activities, Layouts, Listeners and MVC|
|Feb 16-18||User-Centered Design|
|Feb 23-25||Android Design Principles and Material Design|
|Mar 1-3||Design for small screens and multiple screens|
|Mar 8-10||midterm on March 10th|
|Mar 15-17||Spring Break|
|Mar 29-31||Lists / AppBar / Menus|
|Apr 5-7||Accessing Data: Content Providers, SQLite|
|Apr 12-14||RecyclerView, Asynchronous tasks|
|Apr 19-21||Permissions, Long-running background threads|
|Apr 26-Apr 28||Group meetings|
|May 3rd-5th||Student presentations on special topics|
|May 10th||Exam 2|
|May 17th||1:30 - 3:30PM Project presentations|
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