Mike Ilitch School of Business to offer app development class this winter

It is estimated that 70% of the world’s population — that’s about 6.1 billion people — will have smart phones by 2020. And an increasing number of employees and customers expect to interface with organizations using mobile technology. As organizations scramble to meet this demand, they are looking for employees with the right mix of technical skills, business knowhow and creativity to bring compelling mobile applications to market.

That’s where the Mike Ilitch School of Business comes in. A new course, Special Topics in Information Systems: Mobile Application Development (ISM 5670), will be offered in winter 2017.

The hands-on class, designed and taught by information systems management faculty member and Director of Computing Services Director Richard Lerman, will provide a foundation for understanding the value of mobile applications in enterprise, as well as teach students to design, create and publish mobile applications for the Android OS using MIT’s App Inventor.

“This tool allows you to quickly develop a mobile application using building blocks, so you can focus your energy on your design, and not on programming language syntax,” Lerman said.

Students are required to bring their own Android device to class and will ultimately design their own mobile app. 

“ISM 5670 is an active learning course,” Lerman said. “We will perform a hands-on assignment during every class meeting.”

Priority registration for winter classes opens Oct. 31.