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Vanderbilt University

Android App Components - Intents, Activities, and Broadcast Receivers

Vanderbilt University via Coursera


This 4 week MOOC builds upon the overview of Java and Android covered in Course 1 by delving deeper into core Android app components, such as intents, activities, and broadcast receivers. You will learn by example how to program these core Android components together with Android concurrency frameworks and basic Java file I/O classes (such as File and InputStream) and Android storage mechanisms (such as Shared Preferences). You'll also learn how to use the Git source code management system. Throughout this MOOC you'll work incrementally on a project involving downloading, storing, and display images from remote websites. Each week you will add additional capabilities to the project, based on material covered in the lecture videos. You'll spend roughly 4 hours per week watching video lectures, taking quizzes, and programming assignments with Java and Android.


  • MOOC Overview
    • This module provides an introduction to the contents of the MOOC and summarizes effective learning strategies
  • Introduction to Git
    • This module provides an overview of the Git version control system.
  • Android Intents
    • This module describes the structure, functionality, and use of Android intents that provide an abstract description of an operation to perform or an event that has occurred.. Android uses intents as the "glue" that simplifies the integration of apps that reuse existing components, such as activities, services, and broadcast receivers.
  • Android Activities
    • This module describes the structure, functionality, and use of Android activities, which define user-facing operations that are displayed on a device screen. Activities are the most common type of Android component and are at the heart of app Android apps.
  • Android Broadcast Receivers

Taught by

Douglas Schmidt, Michael Walker and C. White


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4.2 rating at Coursera based on 786 ratings

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