Course Title Diploma in Mobile Application Development
Typical Schedule 11 Weeks, 1 Evening per week
Fees €1,195 
Intakes per year Autumn and Spring
Next Commencement Date Autumn 2018
Learning Mode Traditional Classroom Based
Certification CCT Certificate

Mobile App Development Course Overview and Audience

This mobile app development course provides the learner with a foundation in native mobile application development. The learner is first introduced into the variety of different development approaches currently available, outlining the dividing lines between each with a focus placed upon native android application development.

During this programme, each of the core areas of native application development will be explored such as designing a user interface, integrating with data storage solutions and access to external resources such as web content and data feeds. With the number of different technologies available on modern smart phones, the learner is guided through real world examples of how GPS, sensors and audio-visual data can be gathered from a device. The primary programming language used during the application development is Java, with additional XML.

The course is aimed at learners who have no previous experience with mobile application development and wish to start in this area. No prior knowledge or skills in app development are needed for this programme.

Programme Aims and Objectives

The aim of this programme is to introduce the learner to the skills and knowledge needed to develop custom native android application using leading tools and frameworks.
Objectives for this course are to:

  • enable the leaner to compare the different technologies currently available and decide which is best for a current mobile application project.
  • follow the design patterns are standards currently used in industry during mobile application development.
  • provide the learner with the skills needed to develop a bespoke interactive user interface for a native mobile application.
  • harness existing technologies and services available to further enhance the ability of a mobile application.
  • develop robust maintainable code that can interact with a variety of different data storage solutions including on device and external services.

Programme Content

  • Week 1
    Overview of mobile application development
    Native Vs. Hybrid Applications
    Integrated Development Environments


  • Week 2
    Control structures and variables
    Classes and Objects
    Error handling


  • Week 3
    User Interface Design
    UI Widgets and Components
    Phone Emulators


  • Week 4
    Data storage and file system
    Application privileges
    Application frameworks


  • Week 5
    Images and Media
    Recording and Playback
    Camera interactions


  • Week 6
    GPS Location Services
    Google Maps integration


  • Week 7
    Web protocols and integration


  • Week 8
    Coding standards and practice
    Design patterns in code


  • Week 9
    Database interactions
    Data backup and centralization


  • Week 10
    Cloud based service integration


  • Week 11
    Application testing
    Application deployment
    App Store introduction and policies


During this programme, the learner will be required to develop a custom mobile application using the technologies that are introduced each week. This allows the learner to focus upon the development of a mobile application relevant to their area of interest.

*Provisional – subject to change