Department of Computer Science, University of Miami
CSC330 - Android Programming
Fall 2018


Learning Objectives

  1. Be able to install the Android programming environment, and develop and deploy applications.
  2. Understand the Android lifecycle, and use appropriate techniques to react to changes in lifecycle state.
  3. Build user-interfaces using XML and programmatic techniques.
  4. Store and retrieve data in the various areas of an Android device.
  5. Write programs that access content providers, including audio and images.
  6. Use SQLite databases for long-term storage of bulk data.
  7. Use the sensors of an Android device to obtain information about the attitude and location of the device.
  8. Write programs that interface with the Google maps API.
  9. Construct a completed Android application that meets the standards for distribution on Google Play.


CSC330 has the pre-requisites:


Dr Geoff Sutcliffe. Contact details are on the WWW at The WWW page gives office hours when students are welcome, and students are encouraged to ask questions by email at all times.

Teaching Assistant

Jerry Bonnell

Contact Hours

Each week there are two 75 minute lectures: Students are required to read their email regularly, and to consult the subject WWW page regularly.

Resource materials

There's no required book


There will be a mixture of teaching and practical work. Students must bring their laptop ready-to-go to every lecture. You will download programs to run. You can take notes by adding comments to the programs - I will also provide hardcopies.

Some of you already have experience with Android development (hey, some of you probably know some things I don't!). Everyone is welcome to contribute to the course - if you know how to do something in a better way than me, or have a suggestion for a topic to cover, please let me know!


40% Weekly mini-apps
20% Individual Android app I
20% Individual Android app II
20% Group Android app
In order to obtain a particular grade, you may be required to attain that grade in all items of assessment.

Assignments will be placed on the WWW. The submission requirements for each assignment will be given with each assignment. Late submissions will not be accepted. Extensions of the due date will be granted if supporting documentary evidence is supplied (e.g., a doctor's certificate). Application for an extension must be made to the instructor before the due date (if possible).

Assessment items must be completed individually. While general interaction between students is encouraged, plagiarism is a breach of the Honor code. It is ok to talk to other students about general solution techniques for assignments, but it is not ok to copy solutions in part or as a whole. Plagiarism will result in a loss of marks for all guilty students involved.