Learn about mobile design and development as you discover the techniques to create a standout mobile experience.

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  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
  • 100% online

    How it works
  • Digital upgrade

  • Accreditation

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Understand what mobile technology is and how to design and develop an app

There are now over 7.2 billion mobile phone users on the planet today, which means that over 91% of the world’s population owns a mobile phone. Ensuring we design, build, and deploy a good mobile experience is a key skill to have.

On this three-week course, you’ll explore the rise of mobile technology and understand the benefits associated with this growth.

Through interactive videos and tests, you’ll gain a solid introduction to mobile technology. You’ll also explore the concepts behind designing and building a mobile app.

Explore mobile design to learn how to build an effective mobile app

To help you understand mobile design, you’ll unpack key design concepts and development approaches. You’ll learn what makes a good app experience as you gain the skills to help you build your own effective mobile app.

Delve into mobile networks and wearable technology

You will gain insight into how mobile networks have evolved over the years and explore different mobile devices such as tablets and wearable technology.

Learn from the experts at Accenture

Throughout the course, you’ll be guided by the specialists at Accenture to develop your knowledge of mobile technology.

By the end, you’ll have a sound understanding of mobile technology, its benefits, and the skills and techniques to develop an effective mobile app.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds Mobile technology is all around us. From mobile phones to tablets and smartwatches, all of these portable devices have transformed the way we live our lives. How many times a day do you use your mobile devices? Maybe you use your mobile to take a photo at dinner with your friends, or check the weather on your tablet, or even just use your smartwatch to count your daily steps. Chances are you’re using all these devices from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep. In the first part of the course, you will discover how mobile technology has transformed over time, helping us stay connected with each other and with the world around us.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 seconds It allows us to communicate faster and develop new, innovative approaches to daily activities and business processes. Did you know there are now over 1.96 million apps in the Apple Store and over 2.9 million apps in the Google Play store? With mobile apps growing in popularity, it is important to understand how they are designed and built. Think about the last app you used on your phone. Did you use it to like a friend’s photo on a social media app? To watch a film on a streaming app? Or to play a fun new game? What about the app you use the most? Have you ever thought about how it was made?

Skip to 1 minute and 36 seconds Later in the course, we will look at the different stages of app development, from the design stages to the various app-building approaches that you can use to create a great app experience for your users. If you’re curious to learn about the growth of mobile technology, the different elements of app design, and how to build an app, then this course is for you.


  • Week 1

    The rise in mobile technology

    • Getting started

      Welcome to the Mobile course. First, let’s look at staying safe online, and meet the team who will be helping you through the course.

    • Introduction to mobile technology

      We will learn about some mobile concepts, the growth of mobile technology over time and the benefits.

    • Mobile is everywhere

      In this activity we will be exploring the technological developments made within mobile networks and wearable devices.

    • Weekly round-up

      Take a moment to reflect on what you've learnt about mobile technology, and share with other learners!

  • Week 2

    Mobile app design

    • Mobile app design principles

      In this activity we will explore the principles and approaches for designing a mobile application that are needed to make a really good app experience.

    • Mobile app design process

      This activity will give you more insight into more of the app design process.

    • Weekly round-up

      Take a moment to reflect on what you've learnt about mobile technology, and share with other learners!

  • Week 3

    Building mobile apps

    • App development

      In this section we will explore the stages in building an app, static and dynamic content, and different app development approaches.

    • App maintenance and marketing

      In this activity, you will learn how to maintain the app and how to market/promote the app after development.

    • App development career

      We will now explore what a career in app development could look like.

    • Weekly round-up

      Put everything you have learned into practice in this end of course test.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe what mobility is in the context of digital
  • Describe the growth of mobility and benefits associated with it
  • Describe what mobile design is, including concepts such as wireframes
  • Identify seven principles of good mobile app design and the importance of effective design
  • Describe what the 'Internet of Things' is and some of the benefits associated with it
  • Identify security risks related to the 'Internet of Things'

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in enhancing their digital skills. It will be beneficial if you are preparing to enter the workplace or looking to change careers.

Interested in growing your digital skills more widely? Discover more Digital Skills courses from Accenture.

Who developed the course?


Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialised skills across more than 40 industries, Accenture offers Strategy and Consulting, Technology and Operations services and Accenture Song — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centres.

What's included?

Accenture are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
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    Your learning, your rules

    • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
    • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
    • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

    Join a global classroom

    • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
    • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
    • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

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    • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
    • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
    • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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