Applied Computing (2021)

Applied Computing at the University of Waikato gives you the practical technological skills to provide effective business solutions.

Applied Computing is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Science (BSc). Applied Computing may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Applied Computing as a single major for the BSc, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Applied Computing, including 105 points above 100 level and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete: COMPX101 or ENGEN103, COMPX161, COMPX221, COMPX222, COMPX223, DSIGN241, COMPX322 and COMPX324.

Note: There will be no new enrolments in Applied Computing in 2021. Students enrolled in 2020 or previously should consult the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science for programme advice.

Note on Assessment: To be eligible to pass these papers, students should normally achieve a minimum grade of D in the internal assessment and the final examination, and an overall grade of C.


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  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(AppComp) and GradDip(AppComp)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Applied Computing at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Office.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    COMPX101Introduction to Programming15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Online), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Waikato Pathways College), 21C (Waikato Pathways College) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper introduces computer programming in C# - the exciting challenge of creating software and designing artificial worlds within the computer. It also covers concepts such as the internals of the home computer, the history and future of computers, cyber security, computer gaming, databases, mobile computing and current researc...
    COMPX161Introduction to the Web15.021B (Hamilton), 21B (Waikato Pathways College), 21C (Waikato Pathways College), 21I (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper introduces the core Web technologies of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Students will learn how to combine these technologies with design principles to produce effective web content.
    CSMAX170Foundations in Computing and Mathematical Sciences15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21A (Waikato Pathways College), 21B (Hamilton) & 21B (Waikato Pathways College)
    The objective of this paper is to provide students with the academic foundations for computing and mathematical sciences. The paper will cover the following areas: -Effective academic reasoning and communication -Information literacy and research skills -Academic integrity -Techniques and tools in the computing and mathematical sci...
    ENGEN103Engineering Computing15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga) & 21G (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as Python. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers.
    MATHS135Discrete Structures15.021B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga) & 21C (Waikato Pathways College)
    An introduction to a number of the structures of discrete mathematics with wide applicability in areas such as: computer logic, analysis of algorithms, telecommunications, networks and public key cryptography. In addition it introduces a number of fundamental concepts which are useful in Statistics, Computer Science and further stu...
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    COMPX205Data Mining15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (Tauranga)
    This paper is a practical introduction to data mining using machine learning techniques. Students will gain hands-on experience using the Weka open-source machine learning software developed by the Department of Computer Science and used by companies and universities both in New Zealand and overseas.
    COMPX221Programming for Creative Industries15.021A (Hamilton)
    A fundamental grounding in object-oriented programming that uses Processing software to creative visual outputs for creative industries.
    COMPX222Web Development15.021B (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper provides a broad overview of the principles and technologies used in Internet Applications, with practical experience of client-side and server-side programming.
    COMPX223Database Practice and Experience15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper approaches the subject of databases from a practical perspective - how do I create a database and how do I retrieve/update data. Both aspects are heavily addressed in this paper. Database creation and querying, using SQL, will be introduced in lectures as you will master practical skills associated with a commercial Data...
    COMPX251Applied Computing Tools 115.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton), 21H (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper enables students to widen their experience of computer software using an intensive laboratory programme. Students select from a variety of themes, including video editing, website design, digital library development, computer game construction, animation and 3D modelling.
    COMPX252Applied Computing Tools 215.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga) & 21H (Hamilton)
    This paper provides an opportunity to explore several software applications in depth. It is based on an intensive laboratory programme, where students tailor their choices to their own needs and interests by selecting two themes from a set of modules.
    CSMAX270Cultural Perspectives for Computing and Mathematical Sciences15.021B (Hamilton) & 21B (Tauranga)
    The paper provides students with an understanding of scientific and culture-specific perspectives on issues in computing and mathematical sciences. Students will learn how these perspectives can be applied in diverse cultural, international, ethical, and professional contexts.
    DSIGN241Design 3: Aspects of Web Design15.021A (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper presents the students with the challenge of designing, developing and publishing content for the World Wide Web, working with content management systems (CMS). The students are challenged to combine their typographic skills and their knowledge of design in order to practically solve communication design projects.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    COMPX310Machine Learning15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces Machine Learning (ML) which is the science of making predictions. ML algorithms strive to be fast and highly accurate, while processing large datasets. This paper will use standard Python-based ML toolkits to teach the fundamentals of ML.
    COMPX322Advanced Web Development15.021A (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper covers a range of topics relating to the development of web applications. These include the latest developments in HTML, CSS and JavaScript; asynchronous communication using AJAX; security issues; object-oriented JavaScript; RESTful web services; XML; JSON and development libraries and frameworks.
    COMPX323Advanced Database Concepts15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper provides an introduction to the advanced features of database management systems. Students will learn to use and manipulate advanced features, and to understand and explore the technical background of large database management systems. They will have hand-on practice in using these features to create, query and maintain ...
    COMPX324User Experience Design15.021B (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    An introduction to the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) where students develop skills and techniques for the design and evaluation of modern computer interfaces.
    COMPX375Information Systems Industry Project15.021B (Hamilton)
    Students address a real world problem by performing systems planning, analysis, design and implementation. Working in groups, they submit reports, conduct reviews, develop prototypes, and make formal presentations. This paper includes a component on professional interaction skills within the workplace and CV preparation.
    COMPX390Directed Study15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga), 21X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
    A directed study involving the design, implementation and testing of the solution to a hardware and/or software engineering problem and production of a formal report.

2021 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 23 October 2020 11:20am

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