ITC539 Android App Development (8)

The aim of this subject is to develop skills and knowledge in native mobile applications development for the Android platform. The subject starts with a review of the Java programming language, which builds on students' previous knowledge of object oriented programming. The subject teaches the fundamentals of Android app design, as well as examining advanced programming concepts such as Model-View-Controller (MVC), controls and the user interface, Google APIs, content providers and intents.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Brisbane
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ITC539. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Computing and Mathematics

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to postgraduate students.

Assumed Knowledge

Programming knowledge similar to the level covered in ITC538

Subject Relationships

ITC209 Similar content

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to develop advanced applications for the Android platform;
  • be able to write, examine and critique Java program code for Android applications;
  • be able to compare and analyse different types of Model-View-Controller patterns;
  • be able to build and develop a user interface for the Android platform using sound user interface design principles;
  • be able to implement various app components for the Android platform; and
  • be able to publish an Android application


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to Android app development
  • Revision of Java programming concepts
  • Java for Android developers
  • Setting up Android development environment
  • Android and Model-View-Controller
  • Anatomy of Android applications
  • User interface design principles
  • User interface and fragments
  • Displaying dialogs
  • Android and Google APIs
  • Publishing Android applications on Google Play

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ITC539 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Project proposal
Proposal peer review
Online quiz
Demo and presentation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.