Advanced Apps Programming for Android Mobile Devices

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 268

       Course Name: Advanced Apps Programming for Android Mobile Devices

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers the advanced concepts needed to build rich Android applications for the Android mobile platform.  Student will code, compile, execute, and debug mobile applications using the Java for Android programming language and Eclipse to develop programs using advanced programming concepts.  Topics include SQLite databases, locations and maps, background processing, User-Interface components and advanced controls, and web content.  Recommended: CIS258 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:

  • Use the development tools in the Android development environment
  • Demonstrate how to code, compile, execute, and debug rich Android apps
  • Demonstrate the use of UI components (e.g. Fragments, Sliders, Action Bar)
  • Store and manipulate data using Content Providers and Notifications
  • Demonstrate how to use background processing with Services and AsyncTasks
  • Utilize sensors like GPS to add orientation and location
  • Send and receive SMS messages programmatically
  • Demonstrate how to connect to an SQLite database and create, update, and delete data in a SQLite database
  • Create a user-interface to display maps and current locations
  • Incorporate web content within an app

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. Review apps programming basics
  2. Deploy an Android application
  3. Locations and Maps
  4. Multimedia
  5. Advanced Controls
    1. Tabs
    2. SeekBars
    3. ProgressBars
    4. Options menu
    5. ActionBar
    6. Sliders
    7. Custom adapters
  6. Accessing Device Data (i.e. calendar, contacts)
  7. Capturing media
  8. Facebook connectivity
  9. Content Providers (sharing data)
  10. Apps widgets
  11. Consumer services
  12. SQLite Database
  13. Build and publish Android applications

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 attend class and complete in-class and out-of-class activities to meet the course objectives as determined by the instructor

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, completion of homework assignment, and, at the instructor’s discretion, completion of quizzes and/or exams.

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

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.