About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 9 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Skills you will gain

User Interface Design (UI Design)Objective-CSwift (Programming Language)User Interface
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 9 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

How the Specialization Works

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A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.

Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 6 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Foundations of Objective-C App Development

4.7
472 ratings
148 reviews
An introduction to the Objective-C programming language. This will prepare you for more extensive iOS app development and build a foundation for advanced iOS development topics. Objective-C programming requires a Mac laptop or desktop computer. An iOS device is optional if the learner is willing to working exclusively with the simulator. Some learners have been able to work with an OS X virtual machine on Windows, but explaining how to do that is beyond the scope of this course. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Read and write Objective-C 2. Have a strong grasp of Objective-C objects 3. Organize their code professionally using objects and blocks 4. Prototype several entry-level apps...
Course2

Networking and Security in iOS Applications

4.6
230 ratings
62 reviews
You will learn to extend your knowledge of making iOS apps so that they can securely interact with web services and receive push notifications. You'll learn how to store data securely on a device using Core Data. You’ll also learn to securely deploy apps to the App Store and beta users over-the-air. The format of the course is through a series of code tutorials. We will walk you through the creation of several apps that you can keep as a personal app toolbox. When you make your own apps after this course, you can bring in these capabilities as needed. When necessary we pop out of the code tutorials to talk about concepts at a higher level so that what you are programming makes sense. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Post Facebook, Twitter, Sina Weibo, Tencent Weibo messages to social media using single sign-on on behalf of a user. 2. Use OAuth 2.0 to securely authenticate to Instagram and retrieve photos on behalf of a user 3. JSON 4. Describe JSON’s syntax 5. Write well-formed JSON 6. Work with JSON data objects in Objective-C 7. Appropriately set the security settings for App Transport Security in iOS 9.0 8. Use http, https and https with perfect forward secrecy to fetch web resources 9. Obtain permissions to receive local push notifications 11. Write an app that can send and receive local push notifications 12. Obtain permissions to receive remote push notifications 13. Write an app that can receive remote push notifications 14. Authenticate using Apple’s cryptographic services such that the developer can use 3rd party infrastructure to send remote push notifications to their app. 15. Securely store data on the user’s device. 16. Authenticate using Apple’s cryptographic services such that they can deploy an app to the app store...
Course3

Best Practices for iOS User Interface Design

4.6
178 ratings
43 reviews
You will learn to develop sophisticated user interfaces for iOS, with a focus on user interface design best practices, UI animations, and responsive design. You will learn about the key UI widgets, mapping interfaces and view restoration....
Course4

Games, Sensors and Media

4.6
51 ratings
8 reviews
You will learn to make fluid digital interactive experiences that are suitable for gaming and use the advanced sensor hardware built into the iPhone and iPad. This includes drawing 2D graphics, playing sounds and music, integrating with Game Center, the iOS physics engine and detecting device orientation and location. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Use the reverse geocode service to convert latitude and longitude to location names 2. Implement GeoFences to make an app efficiently monitor an iOS device’s location 3. Leverage the power of accelerometers, magnetometers and gyroscopes to orient a device in physical space 4. Create an app that responds to ambient light levels by using screen brightness as a proxy 5. Play sound effects and other media as audio 6. Make a game like Pong 7. Make a game like Breakout 8. Manipulate graphics in a game environment 9. Use the physics engine to create realistic game worlds 10. React to multi-touch events for complex interaction design 11. Detect and respond to collisions and contacts efficiently 12. Chain complex sequences of actions, animations and sounds with precision 13. Animate multi-frame sprites 14. Create particle systems to simulate fire, smoke and magic (and more!) 15. Interface with Game Center to create leaderboards and achievements that can be shared through social networks...

Instructors

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Justin-Nicholas Toyama

UCI Extension Instructor
Lead iOS Developer at Smilefish Corporation
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Ralf Brockhaus

UCI Extension Instructor
Founder and CEO at Smilefish Corporation
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Don Patterson

Associate Professor
Informatics and Computer Science
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Frank Ayars

UCI Extension Instructor
CTO and Director of Software Development at Smilefish Corporation
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Sam Kaufman

Partner at Gradient

About University of California, Irvine

Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UCI’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities in many ways....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in 6 months.

  • Each course in the Specialization is offered on a regular schedule, with sessions starting about once per month. If you don't complete a course on the first try, you can easily transfer to the next session, and your completed work and grades will carry over.

  • Although you will find it helpful to have some familiarity with a programming language such as C++, Python, or Java, the courses in this Specialization are designed to be accessible to ambitious novice programmers, as well. You should also be familiar with mobile apps from regular use.

  • Yes - we recommend that you begin with the Foundations of Objective-C App Development course, and that you complete Best Practices for iOS User Interface Design course before beginning Toward the Future of iOS development with Swift. The courses may otherwise be taken in any order, or in parallel.

  • Successful completion of the Specialization will count towards the completion of the Mobile Development of Apple iPhone and iPad course in the Mobile Application Development Certificate Program at UCI Extension - a course that would otherwise cost $650.

  • You’ll have a strong foundation in Objective-C and mobile app design, and you’ll be equipped to take on more advanced iOS courses. You’ll also have a working app to add to your portfolio or launch in the App Store.

  • A Mac computer is required to take all 5 courses and the capstone.

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