Mobile Computing (MC)

Course content

The course gives an overview of mobile computing interfaces, focusing on both mobile phones and more recent mobile technologies, such as smart watches and augmented reality interfaces. The course sheds light on two fundamental aspects of mobile computing: (1) the technological foundations of mobile computing interfaces; and (2) the user interface requirements for such novel computing interfaces.

The course contains advanced material on both technological foundations and interaction styles on mobile interfaces. In more detail, the following will be addressed in the course:

  • Overview of mobile network architectures: WiFi, GSM, UMTS, LTE, and sensor networks.
  • Software architectures and development on mobile devices: differences to desktop computer interfaces.
  • Hardware and software requirements for mobile devices: compensating for slower processors, battery-life, and limited screen sizes.
  • New input and interaction styles: sensors, touch, and the mobile device’s camera.
  • Evaluations of mobile interfaces: laboratory evaluations vs. studying in the wild.
Education

MSc programme in Computer Science.

Learning outcome

Knowledge:

  • Functionalities of mobile networks
  • Challenges particular to mobile user interfaces.

 

Skills:

  • Build prototypes for mobile device platforms
  • Perform an evaluation of the created prototype.

 

Competences:

  • Design mobile applications for a range of user interfaces

  • Select appropriate measures for evaluating these interfaces/prototypes.

Lectures will alternate between technical foundations and user interface challenges. In addition, tutorials will be provided in which students will be able to develop and evaluate functioning mobile device prototypes for their final report.

It is strongly suggested that students have participated in a fundamental Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) course, e.g., Interaction Design. Advanced Topics in Human-Centered Computing (ATHCC) is also relevant.

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Oral examination based on a group project report. The report should describe and reflect on the design, implementation, and evaluation of a user interface for a mobile device. The students will have a week time to prepare for the oral examination (i.e., the report is to be handed in one week before the examination day).
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Criteria for exam assessment

In order to earn the grade 12, students must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described in the intended learning outcomes.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Course Preparation
  • 32
  • Lectures
  • 32
  • Exercises
  • 24
  • Project work
  • 110
  • Exam Preparation
  • 7
  • Exam
  • 1
  • English
  • 206