Applied Computing

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

Applied Computing at Waikato emphasises hands-on opportunities to gain competence with a range of technologies including databases, website development tools, and visual software development environments. You will learn to use these tools to solve real problems, focusing on business applications.

Since computing is a fast-changing field, you will also develop skills to keep up to date with new technologies, including skills in new software – by building on what you know about how software-based systems work.

Applied Computing is where computing, science, design, and society meet. You will learn how technologies are integrated to build systems, how to find out what your customers' software needs are, and how to design useful and usable software.

Career Opportunities

  • Database Administration
  • IT Consultant
  • Software Tester
  • Web Application Developer
  • Software Companies
  • Web Development Firms

200 level

Database Practice and ExperienceCOMP21920.0 Points
Internet ApplicationsCOMP23320.0 Points
Programming Usable SystemsCOMP25820.0 Points

300 level

Information Systems DevelopmentCOMP31520.0 Points
Practical Data MiningCOMP32120.0 Points
Interaction DesignCOMP32420.0 Points
Human-Computer InteractionCOMP32520.0 Points
Database SystemsCOMP32920.0 Points
Web Applications DevelopmentCOMP33320.0 Points
Graphics and Computer GamesCOMP33620.0 Points
Industry Experience 2MSYS31920.0 Points

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. The requirements for the Graduate Diploma are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook

Bachelor of Electronic Commerce

If you take Applied Computing as a second major for the BECom, you will need to take the following papers:

Note: COMP103 is a prerequisite paper for all COMP 200-level papers.

Bachelor of Science

If you take Applied Computing as a major for the BSc, you will need to take the following papers:

Note: It is recommended that students take COMP103 and COMP126 in their first year of study.


Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.