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Embedded Systems

Study Embedded Systems and kickstart your career in computer science. Designed to address the needs of the growing computer science industry, this programme will equip you with the skills to be able to design and implement creative solutions to complex problems.

Embedded Systems is a new subject offered under the Bachelor of Computer Science from 2021.

Embedded Systems is a specified programme in the Bachelor of Computer Science. Graduates will be able to effectively combine software and hardware solutions to design and develop smart devices, sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT), targeting cutting-edge applications in ambient intelligence, smart cities, agritech, environmental monitoring, industrial control, etc.

With practical experience on offer, you will finish your degree ready to jump in and make a difference, and be a valuable asset to employers.

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Key information

Study Location:Hamilton
Area of Study:

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Career opportunities

  • Business/system analyst
  • Database developer
  • Database administrator
  • Software developer
  • Software programmer

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...
COMPX102Object-Oriented Programming15.021B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga), 21C (Waikato Pathways College), 21H (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper continues from COMPX101, expanding upon data organisation and algorithms, and introducing code contracts, computer architecture, Boolean algebra, assembly language, program analysis and object-oriented programming.
CSMAX170Foundations in Computing and Mathematical Sciences15.021A (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...
DIGIB101The World of Digital Business15.021B (Hamilton) & 21C (Waikato Pathways College)
Information and communications technologies are fundamentally changing business operations. This paper introduces all aspects associated with the ever-evolving field of digital business.
ENGEN101Engineering Maths and Modelling 1A15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga) & 21B (Hamilton)
A study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications.
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.
ENGEN111Electricity for Engineers15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga) & 21X (Hamilton)
Students are introduced to underlying concepts in electricity such as current, voltage and power, and apply these concepts in a laboratory by making circuits and measuring them with common laboratory instruments.
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...
MATHS165General Mathematics15.021A (Hamilton)
An introduction to algebra, calculus and applications for students without NCEA Level 3 Mathematics. Students who meet the prerequisites of MATHS101 and/or MATHS102, should take these papers instead.
MGSYS101Integrated Thinking - Digital Business and Supply Chain Management15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Waikato Pathways College) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper explores the dual concepts of digital business and supply chain management. The interactive lectures help in developing critical thinking skills and highlight many topical case studies.
PHILO102Introduction to Logic15.021B (Hamilton)
An introduction to symbolic logic, including formal testing of arguments for validity in propositional logic and predicate logic.
STATS111Statistics for Science15.021B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga) & 21C (Waikato Pathways College)
An introductory paper in statistics that uses Microsoft Excel. 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 Methods15.021A (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 Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX201Data Structures and Algorithms15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21G (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper introduces programming with data structures using Java. Students learn how to program in Java and become familiar with the design, analysis, and application of commonly used data structures, including stacks, queues, lists, trees, and sets.
COMPX202Mobile Computing and Software Architecture15.021B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga), 21H (Hamilton) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper covers object-oriented programming, primarily as seen in Java, but also touching on alternative approaches. It introduces software development methodologies and the use of support tools, particularly repositories and a testing framework. Project work starts with GUI development in Java and works through to the constructi...
COMPX203Computer Systems15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (Tauranga)
This paper provides an overview of the operation of computer systems. The central theme is the way in which the hardware and software co-operate to allow the execution of programs written in a high-level language.
COMPX204Practical Networking and Cyber Security15.021B (Hamilton) & 21B (Tauranga)
This paper provides an overview of the technologies and protocols involved in computer communications and cyber security. Practical work includes network programming.
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...
COMPX241Software Engineering Development15.021A (Hamilton)
An introduction to abstract data types and dynamic data structures, programming in Java, and with an introduction to the theory and practice of testing. Broader software engineering practices will be developed through a group project.
COMPX242Software Engineering Design15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper covers object-oriented programming, primarily as seen in Java, but also touching on alternative approaches. It introduces software development methodologies and the use of support tools, particularly repositories and a testing framework. Project work starts with GUI develoment in Java and works through to the constructio...
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.
ENGEE233Digital Electronics and Microprocessors15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with an introduction to digital electronics and microprocessors. It covers combinatorial and sequential logic, hardware description languages, and processor architecture and construction.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX301Design and Analysis of Algorithms15.021A (Hamilton)
This course gives a survey of advanced algorithms and analysis of their performance, along with heuristic methods that include basic Artificial Intelligence techniques.
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.
COMPX349Embedded Systems15.021B (Hamilton)
This course covers the principles and design of embedded systems, including micro-controllers, embedded system architecture, real-time programming and operating systems, and Field Programmable Gate Arrays.
COMPX361Logic and Computation15.021B (Hamilton)
The syllabus includes: further development of predicate logic with application to program verification; mathematical induction including structural induction; finite state automata and regular languages; Kleene's Theorem; Turing machines, the Church-Turing thesis, universal Turing machines and the Halting problem; formal grammars a...
COMPX371Computer Science Work Placement30.021X (Block)
This paper provides a full-immersion, authentic work experience that is relevant to a student's study, in a professional workplace.
COMPX374Software Engineering Industry Project15.021B (Hamilton)
Students work in small groups to build a medium sized software project. They develop requirements and specification, design the system structure and user interface, carry out documentation preparation, implementation, and maintenance. This paper includes a component on professional interaction skills within the workplace and CV pre...
COMPX397Work-Integrated Learning Directed Study15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga), 21X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
Students carry out an independent work-related project on an approved topic under staff supervision.
COMPX398Work-Integrated Learning Directed Study30.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga), 21X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
Students carry out an independent work-related project on an approved topic under staff supervision.
ENGEE319Smart Grids and the Internet of Things15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper is concerned with the application of sensors and IoT to modern smart grid electrical power systems including; sensor interfacing, data processing, power flow control and network stability.

Entry requirements

To study Embedded Systems under the Bachelor of Computer Science, you must have University Entrance, 16 credits in NCEA Level 3 Calculus and 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Physics.

If you do not meet these requirements, please contact us as there may be alternative pathways.


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Graduate study options

Take your IT career even further with a Master of Information Technology or Master of Cyber Security.


Contacts

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