Apps Programming for Android Mobile Devices

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 258

       Course Name: Apps Programming for Android Mobile Devices

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers the fundamentals needed to develop Android applications for mobile devices. The Java for Android programming language and Eclipse (the development environment) will be used.  Topics include designing and developing user interfaces, layouts, development tools, recognize gestures and touches, display text and images, store data, and graphics.  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. Demonstrate how to code, compile, execute, and debug applications using the Java for Android programming language
  2. Develop mobile apps using the Eclipse environment
  3. Design and develop user interfaces (UI) including text, controls (e.g. buttons) and widgets
  4. Develop code that generates pictures and menus
  5. Develop code that recognizes gestures and detects touches
  6. Develop code that generates various layouts
  7. Develop code to respond to an event
  8. Develop code to generate simple animations

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. Java for Android Programming Environment
  2. Eclipse Visual Layout Editor
  3. Review Programming Concepts
    1. Creating, compiling, and executing programs
    2. Variables, constants, operators
    3. Numeric and string functions
    4. Loops
    5. Methods, classes, structures
    6. Computations
    7. Internal and external documentation
  4. Building Applications
    1. Design and develop user-interfaces including text and controls
    2. Test and debug an Android app
    3. Layouts
    4. Events
    5. Widgets
    6. Arrays
    7. Gestures
    8. Declaring variables
    9. Themes and styles
    10. Menus and preferences
    11. Display pictures and menus
    12. Implement audio
    13. Develop animations
    14. Persistent data (saving data for future use)
    15. Debugging and error handling

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Lecture
  2. Hands-on demonstrations
  3. Group and/or 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 attend class and to complete programming assignments written in class and outside of class. 

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

Minimum of five (5) programming assignments written in class with the instructor’s guidance and outside of class (homework assignments).

Quizzes and/or exams are at the instructor’s discretion.

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.