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Instructor Info:Jaime Davila
Office Extension x5687
TA Info:David Nishball
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222

Mobile communication devices such as smart phones and tablets have become prevalent in the U.S. The Pew Internet Project reported in 2011 that 35% of adults have a smart phone. Other researchers project that by 2015 65% of the United States population will have a smart phone or tablet. These devices have the capacity to change the way in which people interact with each other and with information. In this course we will study the current state of technology and use of mobile computing devices, what the near future seems to hold for the field, and what would be needed both in terms of technology and human preparedness in order to gain the maximum benefit from these devices' potential. Students with varying academic interests will be able to differentially engage with topics such as user interface design, application implementation, issues of accessibility, hardware, and others.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the semester successful students will have learned exactly what mobile devices are, how mobile devices are being used, what difference they are making in the world, and how to develop their own mobile application. This last item will include not only the technologies and software used to develop applications, but also the societal considerations that should go into it.

Evaluation Criteria:

All students will be expected to demonstrate engagement with all aspects of the course through class participation, online bulletin board discussions, small pieces of programming code, and a final project which will incorporate knowledge and information from the different sections of the course. This final project will take the form of a research paper or a computer program/application. For this final paper, students will both hand in their product to the instructor and give a presentation to the class during the last week of the semester.

Students will have ability to develop skills in project/independent work, quantitative skills, and multiple cultural perspectives.

Additional Info:

This course has no prerequisites. No particular prior level of expertize or experience with technology is assumed. While students will be asked to engage with all sections of the course, we will also have the opportunity to concentrate on different aspects of the course at later points in the semester.