Enrolments: 236,758

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 7,138

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 229,620

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a ‘taster’ of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Free Short Course: Cross-Platform Mobile App Development

This short course introduced students to PhoneGap, an open-source framework which allows you to write code once, and deploy across several mobile OSes including Apple iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile. PhoneGap leverages existing web technologies HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Please note that this short course ran in November-December 2015. The course materials and examination are still available for those who wish to complete the course at their own pace, however certificates of completion are no longer being issued for this course.

■■■■ Intermediate
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Moderate-level short course where some prior knowledge or concepts may be assumed. Content may be aimed at late-undergraduate or early-Masters students
Duration5 Weeks
Enrolled6,598 students

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Course Schedule


Week 1:

PhoneGap Introduction

  • History and overview of mobile development
  • Options for creating mobile applications
  • Tools and Context
  • Why use PhoneGap?
  • PhoneGap Development environment
  • HTML 5 for mobile
  • Simple Example

Week 2:

Developer Tools

  • Configuring for Android
  • Configuring for iOS
  • Configuring for Windows Mobile
  • Native Events
  • Extending the User Interface
  • Examples
  • Debugging

Week 3:

PhoneGap APIs

  • Geolocation
  • Compass
  • Contacts
  • Camera
  • Media
  • Examples

Week 4:

Consuming Data

  • Webservices and Database access
  • Local Data Storage
  • Device Differences
  • JQuery
  • Examples

Week 5:

Exam Week

  • A free open-book online test
  • 40 Multiple Choice Questions – Pass Mark 50%

Course Information Q&A

Question 1: What was the aim of this short course?

The aim of the short course was to give you a ‘taster’ of what it is like to undertake postgraduate study via Online Education with Charles Sturt University.

Question 2: Who presented the webinars?

Steve Gregory. Steve has been working as a software developer for the past 20 years. He began his career as a Research Scientist at the Distributed Systems Technology Centre at the University of Qld, before working in London and Silicon Valley in the startup scene during the dotcom boom. After a successful buyout by Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft, Steve moved back to Australia where he formed his own software development company. Steve is passionate about sharing knowledge and has been an industry based, part time university lecturer since 1999.

Question 3: Will I be able to build an app by the end of this course?

Yes. In fact students are given the tools and skills to be able to build something quite advanced that can integrate GPS, compass, camera and more.

Question 4: What pre-requisite knowledge do I need?

You need to have a basic understanding of HTML, CSS and Javascript.

Question 5: Do I get a certificate if I complete the course?

As the official sitting period has now lapsed, no more certificates are able to be issued. You are still able to complete the exam for your own benefit and test your knowledge.

Question 6: Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Successful completion of 3 live University Short Courses will award credit for an elective subject. Please note this course is NOT LIVE and will not qualify you for credit.

Question 7: Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No – all materials are supplied.