Applied Computing (2020)

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

Applied Computing is available as a major for the BSc and may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Faculty 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: Students who commenced a major in Applied Computing in 2017 or prior are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences 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 Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Office.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    COMPX101Introduction to Programming20A (Hamilton), 20A (Online), 20B (Hamilton), 20G (Hamilton) & 20X (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 Web20B (Hamilton), 20I (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 20X (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 Sciences20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20B (Hamilton)
    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 Computing20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20G (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 Structures20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    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 Occurrence / Location
    COMPX221Programming for Creative Industries20A (Hamilton)
    A fundamental grounding in object-oriented programming that uses Processing software to creative visual outputs for creative industries.
    COMPX222Web Development20B (Hamilton) & 20X (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 Experience20A (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 120A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20S (Hamilton) & 20X (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 220A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga) & 20S (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 Sciences20B (Hamilton)
    The paper provides students with an understanding of scientific and culture-specific perspectives on computing and mathematical science issues and the ability to apply these in diverse contexts.
    DSIGN241Design 3: Aspects of Web Design20A (Hamilton) & 20X (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 Occurrence / Location
    COMPX305Practical Data Mining20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces students to techniques for automatically finding and exploiting patterns in datasets, covering basic techniques applied in data analytics, data mining, machine learning, and big data. The well-known, locally-made Weka software will be used as the software environment for this paper.
    COMPX310Machine Learning20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    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 Development20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20X (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 Concepts20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    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 Design20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga) & 20X (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 Project20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    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 Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (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.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 16 October 2019 10:03am

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