Interested in learning how to develop iPhone Apps and develop Android Apps?
Charles Sturt University has announced they are now offering a Master of Mobile Applications Development course, for people who are interested in a University level course teaching them everything they need to develop their own mobile apps.
According to the Press Release;
To meet surging demand for mobile applications developers Charles Sturt University has worked with industry to create the Master of Applications Development, a course devoted to the design and maintenance of mobile apps for the Apple IOS, Google Android and Microsoft platforms.
Since the introduction of the first iPhone in 2007 employment in the app development industry has increased rapidly: 9.4 percent of all IT jobs in Australia now relate to the development, maintenance or support of mobile platforms and this figure is expected to grow. A recent report by the Department of Employment predicted up to 50,000 new job openings for software and apps programmers over the next five years.
Students taking Charles Sturt’s Master of Applications Development course will learn how to use sophisticated development frameworks such as Xamarin, PhoneGap and Unity to build cross-platform mobile apps that fill a need in the market. They will also have the opportunity to create a mobile app that they can commercialise.
The new university course will offer the following subjects:
- TC506 Topics in IT Ethics
- ITC518 Principles of Programming using C#*
- ITC539 Mobile Application Development PG
- ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**
- ITE508 Developing Web Applications
- ITE528 Cross Platform App Development
- ITE529 Cross Platform Game Development
- MGI521 Professional Communications
Restricted Electives (Choose 4)
- ITC504 Interface Useability
- ITC508 Object Modelling
- ITC561 Cloud Computing
- ITE510 SharePoint Application Development
- ITE517 Developing Applications for Windows Phone and Mobile Devices
- ITE518 Agile Project Management
- ITE523 Virtualization
- MKT501 Marketing Management
What does this mean for the Mobile App Industry?
To me this is an exciting development. Most mobile app developers are self taught – they just picked up a book on iPhone App Development or Android App Development and started working through it. The fact there is sufficient demand that a major Australian university has decided to offer a specific course shows that the Mobile App Revolution has not even begun to fulfil its full potential. The opportunities are growing – and as with every business growth story, the advantage goes to people who move first, who stay ahead of the herd.
The other interesting feature of the course appears to be a heavy emphasis on Microsoft C# programming language. Although Microsoft has struggled to make inroads into the mobile market, which is currently dominated by Apple iPhone and Google Android, Microsoft are still very much in the game. Microsoft Corporation has a cash mountain, 10s of billions of dollars, available for investment. My guess is they are using some of that cash to encourage the deployment of Microsoft centric mobile app development courses, in the hope of stimulating interest in the Microsoft mobile platform.
If you would like to know more about mobile app development, or perhaps you are attending a mobile app course, and would like some mobile app course tuition, Contact me now.