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Certificate in Mobile Applications Development

Applications for mobile devices, more commonly called “apps,” have become essential to the every-day consumer, for businesses, and even the government. The U.S. Department of Labor recognizes geospatial technology – making geographic information available for commercial use – as a high-growth industry. San Diego University for Integrative Studies’ non-degree Certificate Program in Mobile Applications Development is designed to provide students with comprehensive training in programming, interface design, as well as interaction design, in order to expand their design and programming skills into the world of mobile applications development.
Mobile apps were originally used for general purposes, to organize one’s email, contacts, calendar, and even report the weather. This state-of-the-art technology has since infiltrated all areas of our lives, at both the personal and professional level, with over 3 billion mobile phone users. Apps provide a wide range of services from recreational to informational, enabling us to more easily navigate the world around us.


Each student must complete 35 quarter units of Mobile Applications Development coursework.

Course Units
DSN 101 Human Cognition &
Interface Design 5 5
ITS 642 JAVA Programming 5

Course titles that satisfy certificate requirements:
Required Mobile Applications Development Courses (30 units)
Course Units
MAD 601 Introduction to Mobile
Applications 5 5
MAD 605 Optimized Mobile Design 5 5
MAD 610 Mobile Development for
Apple iPhone & iPad 5 MAD 612 Application Development
for Android Devices 5
MAD 614 Mobile Applications &
Social Networking 5
MAD 616 Mobile Applications &
Device Security 5

Elective Courses (5 units – Choose 1 from the following)
Course Units
DSN 103 Project Management 5
ITS 650 C++ Programming 5
MAD 620 Objective C Mobile Development 5
MAD 625 Tablet Development 5
Required Total Units: 35


1) All residential courses, other than independent study, are taught in a classroom setting. Each instructor provides students with a syllabus that contains an outline of the course objectives, the course content, student performance expectations, textbooks and related study materials, and evaluation methods used for grading purposes.
2) Courses are traditionally taught in lecture style with group discussions, student presentations and written assignments.
3) Instructional methods also include research projects and experiential components such as internship and practicum requirements. Faculty provide individualized academic advising as needed and encourage ongoing student dialogue in class and online. The University’s grading criteria are presented to students in the course syllabus provided at the beginning of class. The University’s grading policy is designed to meet the highest professional standards of objectivity, fairness, and accuracy.
4) Independent study courses are an in-depth study of a topic and directed by SDUIS faculty or an equally qualified mentor who is approved by the Chief Academic Officer.
5) Student learning performance outcome evaluations include essay and objective examinations, research, reports, and experimental activities.

Distance Education
1) The Certificate in Mobile Applications Development program is also offered through distance education. Direct education is delivered to students via e-mail. Students submit their assignments to the

instructor and class weekly. The instructor reviews the work and prepares a feedback to be sent to the students and class weekly.
2) Each student is provided with a syllabus that contains an outline of the course objectives, course content, weekly assignments and student performance expectations.
3) Instructors work closely with students to monitor their progress.


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• Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.

• Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by July 1, 2017, and full accreditation by July 1, 2020.

If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, it must:

• Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
• Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.
An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended. “