Introduction to Reseach on Mobile Devices
2013-2014 - IMT4093 - 5 ECTS

On the basis of

A knowledge of Mobile Development.  Students with no background in Mobile development are advised to participate in the online IMT3661 offering during summer, or to enrol in IMT3661 during the first half of the fall semester.

Expected learning outcomes

After successfully completing the program, students possess the following:


  • Possess advanced knowledge of the development restrictions related to mobile platforms.
  • Possess the knowledge needed to design solutions for problems that can run on mobile devices.
  • Possess specialized insight and good understanding of the current state of the art research in mobile platforms, with an appreciation for hardware developments in the near future.
  • Possess thorough knowledge of the different methodologies for research on mobile devices, and mobile usability.


  • Are able to analyze existing interactions with mobile devices and identify strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement.
  • Are able to analyze the role of mobility and constant connection for society
  • Are able to critically review literature are case studies on mobile systems and use these insights to solve new or complex problems

General competence

  • Are able to analyze ethical issues related to the use of mobile devices.
  • Are able to present the results from work, to both computer scientists and subject matter experts, and general public.
  • Are able to communicate academic issues, analyses, and conclusions, with specialists in the field and to the public, in oral and written forms
  • Are able to contribute to innovative thinking and innovation processes


The topics will include but are not limited to:

  • Mobile device limitations
  • Usability of mobile platforms
  • Data logging and user metrics for mobile devices
  • Research with and on mobile devices.
  • Efficiency and battery life
  • Mobiles and the cloud
  • Image and video processing on mobile devices
  • Ethical considerations for mobile sensing and recording
  • Legal frameworks for mobile applications: EU, US and Norway.
  • Releasing and updating mobile apps.

Teaching Methods

Group works
Project work

Teaching Methods (additional text)

This course will focus on recent publications about mobile devices.  Each week will have articles about a particular topic. Each student will present and lead the discussion of one or more articles during the course. The learning outcomes from this process will be both understanding research on mobile devices, and the process of reading and analyzing published research articles.

Form(s) of Assessment

Oral exam, individually
Evaluation of Project(s)

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

  • Oral exam, 20 minutes per student, counts for 60%
  • Project counts for 40%
  • Both parts must be passed individually

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Internal and/or external examiners for the oral exam.
Internal examiner for the project work.

Re-sit examination

Ordinary resit for the oral exam. Projects can be resubmitted.

Examination support


Coursework Requirements


Teaching Materials

This course will use recently published articles which the students are expected to read before each session.