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 and communication architectures: WiFi, GSM, and UMTS.
  • 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 of

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

 

Skills in

  • Building prototypes for mobile device platforms.
  • Performing an evaluation of the created prototype.

 

Competences in

  • Designing mobile applications for a range of user interfaces.
  • Selecting appropriate measures for evaluating these interfaces/prototypes.

Lectures will alternate between technical foundations and user interface challenges. During some of the lectures, students will give presentations on their progress on their project and their report (developing and evaluating a functioning mobile device prototype).

Material will be based on slides, and scientific papers centered around mobile computing topics as outlined in the course content description.

See Absalon for a list of course literature.

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.

Oral
Collective
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Written assignment
The exam consists of 2 parts, 1) the group report, which is designed and written during the course. The report is to be handed in one week before the examination day. And 2) the oral examination, 20 minutes without preparation.
The oral examination is 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 project will be centered around a topic in mobile computing interfaces, which will cover the content of the course. The students will have a week time to prepare for the oral examination.
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 Learning Outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Course Preparation
  • 44
  • Lectures
  • 36
  • Project work
  • 115
  • Exam Preparation
  • 10
  • Exam
  • 1
  • English
  • 206