San Jose State University

CS 175/286 - Mobile Programming

Fall 2013


We are currently experiencing a major shift away from desktop computers to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. In this course, you will learn how to develop applications for these devices. Topics include: User interface libraries (Android, iOS, and HTML5), architecture of client/server applications, making use of the hardware (accelerometer, GPS, camera, phone, etc.), security, and societal aspects (privacy, intellectual property). A semester-long group project will be a significant part of the course. Graduate students must register for CS286, write a paper and give a presentation on an assigned topic.

CS286 is a graduate option course in the Specialty subject area. CS175 is not a graduate elective.


Good programming skills in Java and C. Prior experience with team projects, including version control. Familiarity with Linux/Unix command line tools. You must pass a prerequisite quiz.

Course Requirements

Exams (40% for undergraduate students, 30% for graduate students)
A midterm (15% for undergraduate students, 10% for graduate students) and a final exam (25% for undergraduate students, 20% for graduate students). Exams cannot be made up, except for reasons of illness, as certified by a doctor, or documentable extreme emergency. Makeup exams may be oral.
Programming Assignments (25%)
Schedule your time well to protect yourself against unexpected problems. I suggest you ignore the official deadlines and complete the assignments 48 hours earlier. Late work is not accepted, and there is no extra credit or makeup work.
Project (25% for undergraduate students, 20% for graduate students)
You will work on an assigned project in a team.
Paper and presentation (15% for graduate students only)
You will do research and give a presentation on an assigned topic.
Participation and Preparation (10%)
You are expected to actively participate in the course. You will be graded on particpation in class and in online discussions. You will be required to read sections of the textbook before each class, and to take quizzes (some before class, some in class) that tests the reading material.
You will be required to bring a wireless laptop to all (!) classes and exams.
Time Spent
As per Policy Recommendation S12-3, success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities.

This is a 3-unit/15-week class, so you should spend 135 hours per semester or 9 hours per week on this class: 2.5 hours per week in the lecture, and 6.5 hours per week with preparation and homework/project assignments.

Grading Policy

You will receive a letter grade for each of the exams, the finals, the total homework performance, and the total participation/preparation.Letter grades are obtained by adding and curving the numeric scores. When determining a curve, the cutoffs are guided by the university definitions for letter grades:

Letter grades are converted into number grades, as specified here, except that an A+ is counted as 4.3, and weighted with the percentages given in the Course Requirements section. The weighted average is rounded towards the nearest letter grade, which is your class grade.

Miscellaneous Policies

Add Policy: To get an add code, email me your prerequisite quiz. Add requests may be randomly chosen if there are more students than available space. You must use your add code within 24 hours, or the add code will be reassigned to someone else.

Individual Work: All homework and exams must be your own individual work. It is ok to have general discussions about homework assignments, or read other material for inspiration. You may never copy anything from anyone without attribution. For homeworks and exams, you may not copy anything from any other student at all, and you may not collaboratively produce results in pairs or teams.

Academic Integrity: Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at SJSU, and the University's Academic Integrity Policy requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The policy on academic integrity can be found at

And yes, I really will report all plagiarizers. I am not Sherlock Holmes and won't try to figure out who copied and who permitted their work to be copied. If you do either, and I find out, you will be reported. No exceptions. You have been warned.

Accommodations: If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations register with the SJSU Disability Resource Center to establish a record of their disability. (I was just informed that said center has changed its name, and I will update this page to reflect the new name once they get around to it themselves, which they have not as I am updating this green sheet.)

Publicly Viewable Work: Your class work (including homework, exam, and project work) may be viewable by other students of this course. Your grades will not be viewable by others.

Copyright of Materials: All materials created by the instructor for this course, including lectures, handouts, homeworks, exams, solutions, projects, and so on, are copyrighted property of the instructor. You may transscribe or record lectures or copy course materials for the use of yourself and other students registered in this course. You may not sell or give transscriptions or recordings of lectures or copies of course materials to others without the prior written consent of the instructor.