Apps Programming for Apple Mobile Devices

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 257

       Course Name: Apps Programming for Apple Mobile Devices

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers the fundamentals needed to develop iOS applications for the iPad and iPhone mobile platforms. Introduced is Swift (the programming language), Xcode (the development environment), and Cocoa Touch (the framework for building software programs). Content includes program design and development, designing user interfaces including swipe gestures and rotation, visual and object-oriented programming, and event-driven programming using user interface objects and controls. Learn to sell apps in Apple’s App store. Recommended: CIS 101, and CSC 155 (C++) or CSC 156 (Java) or CSC 157 (Python) or comparable programming knowledge or consent of the instructor or program coordinator.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Use the Swift programming language to code, compile, execute, debug, and deploy apps for Apple mobile devices.
  2. Demonstrate the use of the Xcode environment to develop mobile apps.
  3. Explain Model, View, and Controller (MVC) to build apps.
  4. Use Cocoao Touch to develop UI (user interfaces).
  5. Use controls (buttons, toolbars, and sliders).
  6. Develop code that displays pictures and menus.
  7. Develop code to recognize gestures (swiping, rotation) and detects touches (pinch, drag).
  8. Explain memory management.
  9. Demonstrate how to store and retrieve data.
  10. Incorporate web content into an app.
  11. Demonstrate the use of tables to display text and images.
  12. Perform simple animations and transformations on a view.
  13. Build apps ready for deployment to Apple’s App Store.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. The iOS environment
  2. Components of the iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK)
    Cocoa Touch
    Pointers, addresses, and memory management
    Model, view, controller (MVC) to build apps
  3. Swift programming language
    Classes, objects, and methods
    Data types
    Numbers, strings, and collections
    Conditional statements
    Polymorphism, dynamic typing, and dynamic binding
    Coding, compiling, executing, and debugging programs
  4. Building Applications
    User Interface (UI) elements
    Working with Files
    Copying Objects
    Table views
    Animations and transformations
    Web content within an app
    Storing and Retrieving Data
  5. Prepare apps to upload to the Apple store

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Lecture
  2. Hands-on demonstrations
  3. Group and individual projects
  4. Class discussion

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

The student will be expected to complete appropriate assignments, quizzes, and exams to meet the course objectives as determined by the instructor.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Programming assignments written in class and outside of class, completion of lab assignments, and quizzes and exams as determined by the instructor.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.