An unprecedented rise in the use of mobile technology has shape shifted the way we live our lives. The tremendous technological advancements in the mobile industry paved way for the use of mobile technology for almost everything. From paying bills, to measuring fitness, from booking flights to buying a new set of cloths, the increasing usage of internet on mobile phones is making the old traditional computers obsolete with every passing day.
In such an accelerating industry, the need for professionals who are well versed with the Mobile systems if also on the rise. Many good universities around the world offer courses in major and minor on Mobile systems. The course is generally split in two parts, theory and practices. In the theory part, a student is imparted the knowledge of different mobile operating systems, hardware and user interface constraint. The topics and the curriculum is designed in such a manner that no particular device or operating system is, emphasised, but a generic overview is considered covering all mobile operating systems. Apart from the theoretical framework, the practical part of the course allows a student to explore and implement his knowledge in a real time environment.
Upon successful completion of this course, a student is usually able to differentiate operating systems of various devices and describe their features and how they differ, compare mobile devices and their varying characteristics, demonstrate the limitations of user interfaces at smaller scales and the limitations inherent in them, evaluate interfaces for mobile applications according to criteria specific to small scale devices, develop applications for mobile devices, and demonstrate a developed mobile application and describe how it exemplifies software created for devices of this scale.
The theory part is divided in topics which more or less cover the entire dimension of the mobile systems (varying according to the university). Some of them are: Fundamental technologies of wireless networks and mobile computing, Wireless environment and networking issues, Role of mobile computing middle-ware, Client-server computing in mobile systems, Peer-to-peer and ad hoc computing in mobile systems, Local and personal area wireless networks, Mobility in wireless local area networks, Addressing and routing in mobile ad-hoc networks, Mobility support for the Internet Protocol, Nomadic support for the Internet Protocol, End-to-end performance in mobile wireless systems, Mobile applications for database services and Mobile applications for location and context-aware pervasive computing
To be awarded, the students need to submit few assignments in addition to thoroughly studying the theory part. Upon the successful completion of the assignments, the student must appear for the written examination in which the knowledge acquires by the student will be tested. Career opportunities after completion of this course are promising, pertaining to the exceeding expansion of the industry.
The course is offered in many universities around the world. University of Southern Queensland offers this course, Mobile Systems for which the course code is CSC8420. The Auckland University of Technology offers a degree programme in mobile systems. Middlesex University in London offers both major and minor degree programmes in mobile systems.