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CITC 1319 (formerly INFS 111) Syllabus

Course Syllabus

CITC 1319 (formerly INFS 111) - Introduction to Programming for Mobile Apps

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

An introduction to mobile computer programming. Students will learn the foundation of computer programming while designing, developing and deploying mobile applications that incorporate multimedia, GPS and other current technologies.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Use development tools to build mobile applications.
  • Manage applications and system resources through components such as values, images, layouts, and files.
  • Build a framework that uses features such as location-based services, networks, and widgets.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

None

Course Topics:

The following topics will be covered in the modules listed below. Students should complete each module prior to moving to the next one.

  • Getting Started/Course Introduction
  • Module 1: Your First App with Appinventor
  • Module 2: Painting Apps and Defining Variables
  • Module 3: Basic Game Programming
  • Module 4: Texting and Tiny Database Use
  • Module 5: Advanced Game Programming and Timed Events
  • Module 6: Google Maps and Choosing From A List
  • Module 7: GPS and Location Based Apps
  • Module 8: Designing a Quiz App and Conditional Behaviors
  • Module 9: Sound
  • Module 10: Advanced Texting and Broadcast Hub
  • Module 11: Barcode Scanning and TinyWeb Database Use
Specific Course Requirements:

Because this course material covers programming Android devices using AppInventor, it is important for the student to have access to a computer which has Internet access. Access to an Android cell phone or tablet is not necessary, although it is helpful for testing out your apps specific course requirements.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

(optional)  Access to an Android Smartphone or Android Tablet - This is not required since the AppInventor software comes with an emulator. However, it is helpful for testing out your apps in a real environment.

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Grading Procedures:
Grading Scale:

Letter grades for this course will be assigned based on the following scale: 

Point RangeAssigned Grade
1800-2000 pointsA
1600-1799 pointsB
1400-1599 pointsC
1200-1399 pointsD
under 1200 pointsF

Incomplete (I) - The mark of 'I' (incomplete) indicates that the student has not completed the requirements for a course during the semester for some unavoidable reason that is acceptable to his instructor. Students must have completed at least 75% of the course material before a request of a grade of Incomplete will be considered. This grade will not be given unless the instructor is reasonably sure that it is possible for the student to complete the requirements for the course during the subsequent semester and receive a grade of 'D' or better. If the 'I' is not completed by one week before the first day of final exams for the next semester, the 'I' will convert to an 'F'. 

Graded Items

DescriptionPoints

12 Assignments (including the Getting Started Module) @ 100 points each

1200 Possible Points 

12 Discussion Posts @ 25 points each

300 Possible Points 

1 Final Project @ 500 points 

500 Subtotal Points 

Total Points 

2000 Total Course Points 

Assignments and Projects:

Since each assignment varies in topic, weekly emails will be sent to the student denoting any specific grading criteria or standards that must be met for that assignment. It is the student's responsibility to read these emails and be aware of any required components.

Class Participation:

Students are expected to communicate with other students and their instructor by participating actively in all aspects of this course. This includes checking emails regularly (every 24-48 hours), staying up to date with discussion board postings and posting responses to any required discussion board topics for each module prior to the deadline. 

Late Policy:

All assignments must be submitted to the dropbox prior to the date and time deadline listed in the dropbox and on the calendar of assignments. Any assignment turned after the deadline will automatically be subject to a late penalty. Late assignments will lose 25 percent for each day or part of a day late (24 hours). The exceptions to this are if the student has a properly documented explanation for lateness (i.e., a doctor's note, police report). Assignments will not be accepted late due to a problem with your computer. Even though an overdue computer assignment may be late, all assignments should still be completed and turned in by the last regular day of class otherwise a course grade of "F" may be assigned.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:

RULES OF THE TENNESSEE BOARD OF REGENTS STATE UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM OF TENNESSEE SYSTEMWIDE STUDENT RULES CHAPTER 0240-02-03 STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS

Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications

Email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members

Discussions:

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.

Library

The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.


Last Revised on April 28, 2017