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

Major subject:

Minor subject:

Postgraduate subject:

Level 1

Introduction to Computer ScienceCOMPX10115.0 Points
Computing MediaCOMPX16115.0 Points
Foundations in Computing and Mathematical SciencesCSMAX17015.0 Points
Discrete StructuresMATHS13515.0 Points
Statistics for ScienceSTATS11115.0 Points
Introduction to Statistical MethodsSTATS12115.0 Points

200 level

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
Finding Patterns in DataCOMPX30515.0 Points
User Experience DesignCOMPX32415.0 Points
Information Systems Industry ProjectCOMPX37515.0 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

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