Advanced Mobile Apps
Date: 22nd Jan 2016
A module for BSc (Hons) Computing and BSc (Hons) Computing and Web Development students at Bucks New University to create Advanced Mobile Apps is meeting industry developments, says its Principal Lecturer.
Richard Jones, Principal Lecturer in Computing, said the module aimed to address 'professional software development' in Apps using the latest Android Studio technology and added that the skills honed were meeting the requirements of the software development industry.
He said: "It is often the case that the quality of Apps produced can be lacking due to their underpinning design or development quality being poor, meaning they are limited in how they work and how flexible they are for future development. From a business perspective this means that users are likely to transfer allegiance to other Apps and companies.
"The pace of innovation in computing is gaining momentum, especially in the area of mobile computing. The direction is towards a convergence of information availability which is context independent and location aware.
"The big players in the sector are investing heavily in this area. Microsoft's introduction of the Continuum platform, designed to improve user experience and foster increased productivity for businesses, is just one example.
"We are already witnessing this development ourselves in our day-to-day lives with the availability of 'Smarthome technology'.
"With this module, students have had to produce Apps that have a high standard of developed software behind them, as well as a winning idea that could prove popular in the marketplace."
Student Chris Simpson has created an interactive superhero story called 'Java Heroes'. He said: "These days the games industry is very much mobile-based and having a good knowledge of App design and development using the latest industry development platforms is huge to have on your CV and to be able to tell an employer you have worked in it to create an App is a very positive attribute to have."
Fellow student Toby Radford created a muscle anatomy App for use in personal training. He added: "Web Development is a broad area so I have a number of avenues I may like to explore when I graduate, which can only be helped by learning the skills honed through this module."
Other ideas ranged from a sports training App to an App game helping people learn maths and computing. A total of 34 students took part in the module.
First picture caption: Toby Radford, studying BSc (Hons) Computing and Web Development with his App for use in personal training.
Second picture caption: Chris Simpson, also studying BSc (Hons) Computing and Web Development, with his interactive superhero App, a story called 'Java Heroes'.