Mobile Computing Application Programming

Unit code: BCO7001 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Online Real Time
VU Brisbane
VU Sydney


The digital transformation is changing society and is evident all around us. The growing digitisation is setting new standards every day and bringing new challenges to economies, businesses and people. Mobile computing is now a commodity and has disrupted millions of companies over the past decade. People have become used to the speed and simplicity of consumer applications, and so business users expect the same simplicity from business software.

This unit investigates and analyses the impact and issues of adoption of mobile-first strategy by organisations. It will focus on the underlying concepts and standards of mobile application development using design thinking principals. Students will critically review emerging issues related to mobile computing and mobile application development, and how an agile approach can support current and future business operations. Students will investigate and examine mobile computing from four perspectives: mobile technology, application development, user experience, implementation and governance.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse and assess business information requirements related to mobile application development using various information-gathering techniques;
  2. Design, develop, and prototype mobile computing applications to support various business scenarios including the role of culture, values and dispositions through design thinking;
  3. Evaluate and integrate elements of design to provide contextually relevant interaction experiences;
  4. Critically review the theoretical knowledge of current and future mobile applications and associated technologies; and
  5. Persuasively advocate professional recommendations in both written and oral form to a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 15%
Research report relating to mobile business solution implementation
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 15%
Test theoretical knowledge and the understanding of prototyping/development software
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 70%
Develop and present a mobile/web application: Part A Design (20%; Individual); Part B Development (30%; Group); Part C Presentation (20%; Group)

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

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