LIBR 287-04
LIBR 287-13
Seminar in Information Science
Summer 2013 Greensheet
Topic: Mobile Devices - Services and Applications

Aaron Collier
Office Hours: Tentative Wednesdays 6pm - 7pm PST

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D2L Information: This course will be available beginning 6/3/13. You will be enrolled into the site automatically.

Course Description

As more and more of our population embraces mobile technologies, including smartphones and tablets, they are expecting the services offered to them to follow that path. When you know more about what is possible with a mobile device (and what isn't), you are more empowered to successfully design and deliver services to your users that they may not have expected.

In this course you will

  • learn about designing services for mobile platforms
  • explore the decision making process for designing mobile based services
  • learn the basics of developing web applications for use on multiple platform
  • learn about deploying mobile applications

We will try to answer the following questions

  • What services lend themselves well to the mobile space and how can we deliver them?
  • What services do not work well in the mobile space?
  • What new services might be discovered and delivered through a mobile environment.

This course assumes a basic knowledge of web technologies (HTML, CSS, etc) but that you may have never programmed an application before. While some programming experience may be helpful, it also assumes that any prior experience might not be in an object-oriented programming environment. The goal is to go from having little to no programming experience to being able to understand and navigate an integrated development environment and understand the requirements for deploying a mobile application on various platforms.

Course Requirements


  • Assignment 1: Web page to detect & Display mobile device and screen size (Supports SLO #5)
  • Assignment 2: Landscape vs. Portrait mobile web app layout (Supports SLO #3)
  • Assignment 3: Add programming to Assignment 2 to process user input (Supports SLO #3)
  • Assignment 4: Detecting user input, i.e. swipe gestures, phone movement, etc.
  • Assignment 5: Displaying remote data on the device (Supports SLO #2)
  • Assignment 6: Store username and pseudo-barcode on device
  • Assignment 7: Connecting apps to product APIs - i.e. catalogs (Supports SLO #2)
  • Assignment 8: Connecting apps to social media services via APIs (Supports SLO #2)
  • Assignment 9: Connecting our apps to internal APIs and social media to expose and promote services (Supports SLO #1)

Course Calendar

  • Module 1: Introduction, Mobile Web Development, Web Services and Foundational Reading
  • Module 2: Web Service data delivery, HTML5, Foundational Reading continued 
  • Module 3: Interface design patterns for mobile devices, Introduction to development environments 
  • Module 4: Environments for designing application layouts 
  • Module 5: Connecting interface designs components to code. 
  • Module 6: Connecting mobile web applications to a web service, introducing JSON and XML 
  • Module 7: Making apps usable - storing user data & history 
  • Module 8: Making apps usable- how APIs unlock the usability of products that may already be available 
  • Module 9: Making apps social - how might this work in a library environment 
  • Module 10: Putting it all together.


  • 9 Weekly Assignments - 450 Points (Approximately 85%)
  • Weekly Reading Participation - 100 Points (Approximately 15%)

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

LIBR 200, Other prerequisites may be added depending on content

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Develop conceptual and practical strategies for presenting information on a mobile device.
  2. Describe the web service model and be able to access and retrieve information from a 3rd party service.
  3. Design interfaces to display web service content on a variety of mobile devices through responsive web design.
  4. Examine programming and markup languages used for web application development.
  5. Navigate an IDE (integrated development environment) for web application development.
  6. Describe the model-view-controller (MVC) programming model.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 287 supports the following core competencies:

  1. E Design, query and evaluate information retrieval systems.
  2. H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.


No Textbooks For This Course.

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation.  You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.

Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at The Late Drop Policy is available at Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.

Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at

Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7,, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:

  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
  • "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."

Academic integrity

Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at

Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at to establish a record of their disability.

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