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ID2216 Developing Mobile Applications 7.5 credits

The course is an introductory course in technologies to create mobile applications and mobile services. The course will teach the student’s efficient methods and practice on how to create native and platform independent (Web) mobile applications, as well as techniques for developing web-based mobile services.

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Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus ID2216 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course disposition

Lectures, Labs and seminars. Half of the course consists of lectures and laboratory work in the above areas. Some areas are extensions of the above areas and are studied individually for students who want a higher grade. The second half consists of a project with seminars. The course is laboratory- and programming intensive.

Course contents

The course brings up the following parts:

  • the mobile ecosystem
  • mobile context and use
  • mobile information architecture
  • develop mobile applications for a specific platform
  • mobile web applications
  • composite mobile services
  • current research areas
  • business models and sale and distribution of mobile applications.

The course covers modern technology to develop mobile applications and services.

We will mainly build and test applications for intelligent telephones but our applications can also be driven with no or small changes on more powerful units as tablets, digital TV-sets, cameras, industrial computers and information systems for cars.

The course covers three main difficulties at the creation of mobile applications: (i) to integrate and streamline external services for new mobile applications and novel user experience (ii) managing different properties between various devices and (iii) to understand how the user requirements and new business models create successful mobile applications and services.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • carry out analyses of basic user requirement at development of mobile applications and mobile services
  • develop simple mobile web applications
  • develop mobile applications for specific platforms and associated hardware
  • use basic mobile web services 
  • explain how one creates web content for mobile applications and mobile services by means of composite web services
  • explain the structure and the mobile ecosystem of service providers, terminal manufacturers, and mobile network operators

in order to:

  • be able to compare technologies that are used in application development
  • be able to use mobile services for authentication, positioning and similar services
  • be able to choose appropriate technical solutions to develop mobile applications and services
  • be able to implement mobile applications by means of appropriate tools.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Knowledge and skills in object-oriented programming, 6 higher education credits, equivalent completed course ID1018/DD1337 or a completed course in basic programming as DD1310-DD1319/DD1321/DD1331/DD100N combined with a completed complementary course in object-oriented programming that DD1380/DM1595.

Knowledge in computer engineering/computer organisation and architecture, 6 higher education credits, equivalent completed course IS1200/IS1500/EP1200/DD1377, or ANN1 and LAB1 in IS1500, or completed course in sensorprogrammering DM1588.

Recommended prerequisites

Basic knowledge in Java programming.

Some basic SQL knowledge to query a database, is good for general orientation, but not necessary to follow the course.


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • ANN1 - Assignment, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The exam is written.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering, Information and Communication Technology

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: