Over the last ten years, smartphones and apps have transformed the way in which we live. Map-based applications help us find our way when we're lost; translation and language apps help us communicate in a foreign country; and gaming apps mean that boredom never sets in while we're on the move!
Skills in app development are useful not only if you're interested in a career in tech, but also for other lines of work and study. With smartphone apps so central to the way we live, a command of how they work - and how to build them - has never been more useful.
Oxford Royale Summer Schools's Introduction to iOS App Development course introduces students aged 13-15 to the world of mobile software application development, and to the basics of Swift programming. By the time they leave the course, students will know how to design, build and publish their own iOS application.
This course focuses on iOS application development due to the popularity of iOS hardware and software across the world. If you would like to learn how to code apps for Android, or another platform, please contact us by sending us an email, or you can tweet our team here.
It is a wonderful time to be an app developer - technology is evolving quickly and producing exciting devices that bring enjoyment and assistance to millions of users. Now is the best time to become a part of this exciting world.
Students seeking a longer technology or coding summer school might like to combine this course with our Computer Science course or our Robotics course, both of which can be combined with the iOS App Development summer course for a longer stay in the University of Oxford.
A key aim of this iOS App Development summer course is to help students develop a passion for the field of of computer programming, and specifically for iOS mobile app development. By providing students with an awareness of the entire application development life cycle (ADLC), with a focus on mobile, this course aims to provide students with an insight into what life as an app developer might be like, as well as a head-start in some of the key skill areas required to be successful.
The hands-on approach introduces our students aged 13 years old, 14 years old and 15 years old to the programming concepts and skills needed for industry-standard app development projects.
This course will equip students with the skills needed to develop an iOS mobile app from scratch. It is dedicated to teaching Swift programming - the new powerful language for iOS. Participants will be introduced to best practices and will become proficient with syntax, object-oriented principles, memory management, functional concepts and more. Participants will also learn new features and capabilities that will take them to the forefront of writing iOS apps.
If you would like to build your own app from start to finish, test trial it with help from our expert tutors, and find out how to upload your product to the Apple App Store, then this course is for you.
The course will start with an introduction into programming concepts and the fundamentals of app design and development. This will cover, for example, the ADLC, native vs cross-platform apps, web and hybrid app development, UI & UX issues, and more.
Students will then learn how to design app interfaces from prototypes & wireframes using Sketch. This will be followed by an introduction to Xcode, the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for MacOS, and programming with Swift.
We will conclude the course with how to publish apps on the App Store, usability testing exercises, project presentations and peer reviews of the apps created by students.
|Week | Day||Lesson Content|
|Week One | Monday||
- What is mobile app development?
- Introduction to Swift and XCode
- The software development life cycle (SDLC) and ADLC
- Setting up the environment
|Week One | Tuesday||
- Swift programming concepts #1
- Swift programming concepts #2
|Week One | Wednesday||
- iOS app design
- Prototyping basics
- Project planning and basics
|Week One | Thursday||
- iOS app architecture
- Interface Builder basics
- Building, running and debugging your code
|Week One | Friday||
- Building a UI
- Custom controls
- Project review - milestones and problems
|Week Two | Monday||
- Navigation and workflows
- The view controller life cycle
- Connecting the UI to the code
- Running the app in the iOS simulator
|Week Two | Tuesday||
- Working with System View Controllers
- Applying Control Flow and Functions
|Week Two | Wednesday||
- Scrolling and table functions
- Custom controls
- Defining a data model
- Project milestone assessment - challenges and readiness for deployment
|Week Two | Thursday||
- Adaptive UIs
- Usability Testing
|Week Two | Friday||
- Publishing apps in the Apple App Store
- Presentations and peer-reviews
By the end of the course each student will have acquired full knowledge of the Application Development Life Cycle, and the various elements thereof, produced a working app, and presented their app to their peers for review.
Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.
Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.
As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.
Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college (please contact our registrations team if you would like more information on this). Twin rooms are strictly shared by students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard for undergraduates studying at the university, so students are able to get a taste of what being an Oxford student might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, however in some cases en-suite facilities are available.
The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss their course. Each campus has members of staff who are residential throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.
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