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Approx. 25 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

Logic ProgrammingAndroid StudioJava ProgrammingObject-Oriented Programming (OOP)

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Beginner Level

Approx. 25 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 5-6 hours/week...


Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1 hour to complete

Module 1: MOOC Overview

Module 1 summarizes the organization of the MOOC and the topics it covers. It also discusses the MOOC prerequisites, workload, and learning strategies needed to complete the MOOC successfully. It then presents an overview of key features in the Java language, outlining its support for object-oriented programming concepts that guide the development of Android apps....
6 videos (Total 40 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
Module 1: Overview1m
MOOC Contents, Organization, and Learning Strategies9m
Overview of the Java Programming Language (Part 1)13m
Overview of the Java Programming Language (Part 2)12m
Overview Summary1m
1 reading
Responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and PDF Versions of Slides10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz20m
2 hours to complete

Module 2: Introduction to Android Studio

Module 2 provides an overview of Android Studio, explaining how to install it and apply it to develop a simple app using basic Java and Android features presented in this MOOC....
13 videos (Total 82 min), 1 quiz
13 videos
Installing Java and Android Studio9m
Creating and Importing Projects6m
Introducing the Editor4m
Project File Organization5m
Creating and Editing Source Code and Resource Files3m
Creating and Running a Virtual Device12m
Debugging Syntax Errors4m
Logging with Logcat11m
TODO Statements4m
Testing Your Code: Self Assessment Via Unit Tests8m
Making Zip File for Uploading Multiple Files At Once6m
Module 2 Summary1m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz16m
4 hours to complete

Module 3: Writing a Simple Android App Using Basic Java Features

Module 3 shows how to write a simple Android app that defines variables using primitive Java data types, shows how to assign values to those variables, and output them to the Android display using Java classes and methods....
9 videos (Total 72 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Main Components in a Computing System7m
Variables and Types10m
Printing data8m
The Math Class6m
The String Class10m
Module Conclusion1m
6 readings
Slide deck10m
Slide deck10m
Printing slide deck10m
Math slide deck10m
String slide deck10m
Slide deck10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz24m
7 hours to complete

Module 4: Control Flow

Module 4 covers Java’s looping constructs (e.g., for loops, while loops, and do/while loops), as well as its conditional statements (e.g., if/else statements)....
11 videos (Total 65 min), 10 readings, 5 quizzes
11 videos
If-statement Part 18m
If-statement Part 29m
If-statement Code Walkthrough7m
For-loops Part 17m
For-loops Part 26m
For-loops Part 39m
For-loops Code Walkthrough3m
Indefinite loops6m
Random number generation6m
Module Summary53s
10 readings
If-statement L1 slide deck10m
If-Statement L2 slide deck10m
If-statement Code Walkthrough: Code Copy10m
If-statement Code Walkthrough: Slide Deck10m
Part 1 slide deck10m
Part 2 slide deck10m
Part 3 slide deck10m
Code walkthrough slide deck10m
Indefinite loop slide deck10m
Slide deck10m
3 practice exercises
Module 4 practice quiz on IF statements16m
Module 4 quiz on FOR loops16m
Module 4 practice quiz on indefinite loops10m
6 hours to complete

Module 5: Structured Data

Module 5 provides more detail on common data structures supported by Java, including built-in arrays, as well as core classes in the Java Collections Framework, such as ArrayList and HashMap....
10 videos (Total 96 min), 9 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
Arrays: Part 18m
Arrays: Part 27m
Arrays: Part 310m
The for-each loop6m
The Collections Framework: Part 114m
The Collections Framework: Part 211m
Structured Data WrapUp1m
9 readings
Slide deck10m
Part 1 slide deck10m
Part 2 slide deck10m
Part 3 slide deck10m
Slide deck10m
Part 1 slide deck10m
Part 2 slide deck10m
Slide deck10m
Slide deck10m
1 practice exercise
Module 5 Quiz26m
12 hours to complete

Module 6: Classes and Interfaces

Module 6 covers Java classes and interfaces, focusing on data types, fields, methods, generic parameters, and exceptions....
7 videos (Total 70 min), 7 readings, 8 quizzes
7 videos
Motivating Classes and Objects9m
Building your own Classes and Objects11m
Refining your Classes: Part 112m
Refining your Classes: Part 211m
New Objects in Old Places13m
Overview of Java Generics9m
7 readings
Slide deck10m
Slide deck10m
Example files: Account10m
Slide deck10m
Slide deck10m
Slide deck10m
Slide deck10m
3 practice exercises
Module 6 quiz on Object Oriented Programing concepts16m
Module 6 quiz on methods and classes12m
Module 6 quiz on arrays and parameters12m
8 hours to complete

ModuIe 7: Inheritance and Polymorphism

Module 7 examines Java's inheritance and polymorphism features (e.g., extending classes and virtual methods)....
7 videos (Total 65 min), 7 readings, 4 quizzes
7 videos
Class Hierarchy and Interfaces13m
Inheritance at Work7m
Java Interfaces6m
Advanced Class Interface features9m
Exception Handling11m
7 readings
Slide deck10m
Slide deck: Inheritance at Work10m
Slide deck: Polymorphism10m
Slide deck: Java Interfaces10m
Self-Assessment quiz code10m
Slide deck: Advanced Class Interface Features10m
Slide deck10m
2 practice exercises
Module 7 quiz on inheritance10m
Module 7 quiz on code "dissection"12m
2 hours to complete

Module 8: Android Calculator App Mini-Project Assignment

Module 8 guides learners through the creation of an Android app that implements a simple calculator, which provides features for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing numbers input by various means (e.g., via numbers and buttons on the Android user interface)....
2 videos (Total 23 min), 1 quiz
2 videos
Mini-Project Assignment Walkthrough13m
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By SVJun 28th 2018

Excellent !! As a beginner I found this course a major kick-start to building a strong base for my Android app skills. A lot of practice needed though, but these videos would keep me going well

By AAJun 24th 2017

This course is very good to learn the basics of Java and how to write a Java code in a object oriented manner. Ths course helped me to learn how to write more efficient and scalable code.



Dr. Jerry Roth

Professor of the Practice
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Julie L. Johnson


Michael Walker

Instructor - Graduate Student pursuing PhD in Computer Science

Dr. Douglas C. Schmidt

Professor of Computer Science and Associate Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Program
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

About Vanderbilt University

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About the Android App Development Specialization

This Specialization enables learners to successfully apply core Java programming languages features & software patterns needed to develop maintainable mobile apps comprised of core Android components, as well as fundamental Java I/O & persistence mechanisms. The Capstone project will integrate the material from throughout the Specialization to exercise and assess the ability of learners to create an interesting Android app by applying knowledge and skills learned in previous MOOCs, including Java programming features, Android Studio tools, Android Activity components, Material Design, file I/O and data persistence, unit testing, and software patterns. The project itself will be similar in design goals to previous assignments, however it will provide less of the skeleton code than earlier MOOCs provide to enable more creativity to learners and greater opportunity for learners to customize the app....
Android App Development

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