MAP523 - Mobile App Development - iOS

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Subject Title
Mobile App Development - iOS

Subject Description
This course covers the foundations of programming applications for the Apple iOS operating system. Students will learn and become proficient with the development tool environment, and create graphical end-user iOS applications that follow the MVC design pattern. Students will write their programs in the Swift and Objective-C languages, using the object-oriented Cocoa framework. A wide range of iOS development topics, including user interface programming techniques, data management, and network access will be covered.

Credit Status
1 credit (3 units)
Required for CPA  - Computer Programming and Analysis (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Effectively use the Swift and Objective-C programming languages to create applications for iOS
  • Effectively use the Apple software development tools, frameworks, and documentation
  • Identify and select the appropriate framework components in the creation of a software application
  • Apply best-practice software design principles to the creation of iOS applications
  • Analyze the requirements of a medium-difficulty programming task, and create software that meets the requirements
  • Given a set of requirements, recommend a suitable design for an iOS application
  • Compare the Apple platform's application development approach with other platforms

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

OOP345 and JAC444

Topic Outline
iOS application development fundamentals

  •     The Objective-C programming language
  •     Cocoa and framework
  •     Design patterns: MVC, target-action, delegation
  •     Xcode developer toolset

Design guidelines for iOS user interfaces
  •     Xcode storyboard
  •     Visual design, user interface objects
  •     Views and drawing, table views, document architecture

Data persistence
  •     On-device options, and off-device options
  •     Core Data framework

Application development
  •     Designing an application
  •     Tab bar app style
  •     Navigation app style
  •     Device features

Working with web services
  •     Web service introduction
  •     Working with a web service

Mode of Instruction
Classroom lectures and discussions are supplemented by lab sessions with the instructor, reinforced by assigned readings and assignments between classes.

It is the student's responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided on BlackBoard or in class. Students will not be able to access BlackBoard as of the last day of the student’s class.

Prescribed Texts
Beginning iOS 7 Development: Exploring the iOS SDK, Fredrik Olsson, David Mark, Jeff LaMarche, Apress
ISBN#: 9781430260226

Learn iOS 8 App Development, James Bucanek, Apress
ISBN#: 9781484202098

Reference Material

Apple iOS Dev Center web site by Apple Inc.

DPS923 Course Web Site by Peter McIntyre


Objective-C Phrasebook, by David Chisnall
Addison-Wesley Professional; 2nd edition (October 21, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-0321813756

Required Supplies
A modern Mac with an up-to-date OS X will be useful. However, the College has Macs that you can use while on campus.

A modern iPhone or iPod touch will be useful.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written materials should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation.


  • Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.
  • Computer assignments should be documented to the instructor's standards.
  • Assignments must be handed in on the scheduled due date. Late assignments are penalized.
  • For particulars, please obtain standards, dates, etc. from your instructor.

Absenteeism and Tests  
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism will impact on their ability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • If you miss a test, you must provide the reason in writing to the instructor prior to the next scheduled class. If your reason is accepted, you will be permitted to write a make-up test. Otherwise, you will be given a zero for the test. You must submit an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time of expected absence and the specific reason for your absence, or other appropriate documentation.

Term Work and Final Exam
  • Students must attain a combined grade of at least 50% on term work and the final exam. Students must pass the final exam in order to pass the subject
  • For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Midterm Test 20%
Assignments - small value (approximately 5) 20%
Assignment - large value 35%
Final Exam 25%

Approved by: Denis Gravelle