IT 372 Introduction to Android Development

Steve Jost

Office: CDM 744
Spring 2022-2023
Class number: 40091
Section number: 630
MW 3:10PM - 4:40PM
OLSYN CHLIV Online Campus


Introduction to the Android platform and life cycle, including Activities, Intents, layouts, resource files, and event handlers. Designing, implementing, and testing GUI applications that use widgets displayed in a layout, using images and audio files, displaying information from and storing information to a local database.


Griffiths and Griffiths, Head First Android Development, 2nd Edition, O'Reilly, 2017. ISBN: 978-93-5213-606-3


  • Grading Breakdown: Take-home Final Exam: 20%, D2L Final Exam: 10%, Projects: 55%, D2L Quizzes: 10%, Participation: 5%.
  • Grading Scale: 94-100:A, 89-93:A-, 85-88:B+, 80-84:B, 75-79:B-, 70-74:C+, 65-69: C, 60-64: C-, 55-59: D+, 50-54: D, 0-49:F.
  • Late Penalties: Late Penalties: 10% per day; no projects will be accepted more than 10 days late.
  • Projects may not be resubmitted.


(IT 313 or CSC 300) and (IT 240 or CSC 355)

Additional Regulations

  • Class registration is not allowed after the first week of class.
  • All projects must be submitted on D2L.
  • Students must keep backup copies of all submitted projects.
  • Extra credit assignments are not given.
  • No late assignments will be accepted after the Sunday following finals week, 11:59pm.
  • An incomplete is hard to get in CDM. It is only allowed for a major illness (typically requiring hospitalization) or a death in the family. In any case documentation is required, and more than one half of the work must be completed for the course.
  • The late penalty for projects is 10% per day.  No project will be accepted more that 10 days late.  Exceptions to this policy require documentation and explanation submitted to the Dean of Students. In this situation, the late penalty may be reduced, but not entirely eliminated. Let the instructor and the Dean of Students know before the project is due, not several weeks later.
  • If you have trouble submitting any project, email the completed project to the professor to prove that you completed it on time, then submit the assignment on the D2L system as soon as possible.
  • Submitting a wrong version is not a reason to waive a late penalty for a project.
  • This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be announced during the class and posted on the course announcements page.

History of mobile computing, intro to Android Studio, app folder structure, creating the default app, using Java in Android apps. Ch 1.

XML files, resource files, layouts, event handlers. Ch 2. Intents, multi-activity apps. Ch 3. Activities under the hood, more about layouts. Ch 4, 5. Constraint Layouts and GUIs. Ch 6, 7, 8 Creating a database. Ch 15. Using databases. Ch 16. Applications. Review for Final Exam. Special Topics, work on Final Exam. Special Topics.

School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

All students are expected to abide by the University's Academic Integrity Policy which prohibits cheating and other misconduct in student coursework. Publicly sharing or posting online any prior or current materials from this course (including exam questions or answers), is considered to be providing unauthorized assistance prohibited by the policy. Both students who share/post and students who access or use such materials are considered to be cheating under the Policy and will be subject to sanctions for violations of Academic Integrity.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
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Fax: (312)362-6544
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