Applied Computing

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

Bjarne Frederiksen

Bachelor of Electronic Commerce
Bjarne gained hands-on experience at Digital Stream, a multi-media development company in Hamilton, while still completing his electronic commerce degree at Waikato.

Applied Computing

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.

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) with a major in Applied Computing can also be completed in Tauranga.

 Career opportunities

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


Study Applied Computing in any of these qualifications

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Level 1

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX101Introduction to Computer Science18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18B (Hamilton)
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...
COMPX161Computing Media18B (Hamilton)
In this paper students will create multimedia web content using appropriate software packages. Web design concepts will be introduced for the effective use of text, images and sounds. Students will be introduced to relevant computing concepts and provided with software tutorials and related exercises.
CSMAX170Foundations in Computing and Mathematical Sciences18A (Hamilton) & 18B (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 mathematica...
MATHS135Discrete Structures18B (Hamilton)
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...
STATS111Statistics for Science18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Online) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper provides a first course in statistics for students in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Microsoft Excel is used throughout. Topics include the collection and presentation of data, basic principles of experimental design, hypothesis testing, regression and the analysis of categorical data.
STATS121Introduction to Statistical Methods18A (Hamilton)
An introduction to statistical data collection and analysis. Topics include general principles for statistical problem solving; some practical examples of statistical inference; and the study of relationships between variables using regression analysis.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX221Programming for Creative Industries18A (Hamilton)
A fundamental grounding in object-oriented programming that uses Processing software to creative visual outputs for creative industries.
COMPX222Internet Applications18B (Hamilton)
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 Experience18A (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...
COMPX251Information Discovery18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
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.
COMPX252Interactive Computing18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (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 Sciences18B (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 Design18A (Hamilton)
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
COMP315Information Systems Development18B (Hamilton) & 18B (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 at appropriate milestones.
COMP321Practical Data Mining18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper is a practical introduction to data mining. It covers important aspects of the data mining process such as feature selection, model building, parameter tuning and final evaluation.
COMP324Interaction DesignThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
COMP325Human-Computer Interaction18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
An introduction to the theory and practice of human-computer interaction, including the interface development process in the system life-cycle, software tools and architectures to support modern interface and software usability.
COMP329Database Systems18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper will focus on practical aspects of designing, creating and maintaining a database system.
COMP333Web Applications Development18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
A paper on the design, development and programming of web document applications.
COMP336Graphics and Computer Games18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces interactive computer graphics, 3D modelling, real-time rendering and animation, as applied to computer games.
COMPX305Finding Patterns in DataThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
COMPX324User Experience DesignThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
COMPX375Information Systems Industry ProjectThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.

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

Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship

For students who are currently in Year 12 or Year 13 and who are studying at a New Zealand High School. Students should be intending to enrol in a BCMS(Hons), BSc, BSc(Tech), BE(Hons) or BDes degree, in one of the computing streams, at the University of Waikato. Students will sit a Scholarship exam. The exam will be held on 20 and 21 October 2017.

Closing Date: 2017-09-22 17:00:00


Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences

Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4322 or +64 7 838 4322