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Applied Computing

NOTE: Where the 2014 requirements for a programme differ from those previously published, care will be taken to ensure existing students are not disadvantaged.

Computers are applied in a wide range of applications, from the database systems used to manage corporate data, the advanced graphics seen in modern games consoles, to the huge variety of internet applications now appearing. The applied computing specialisation concentrates on using existing tools and software libraries to build systems in the database, internet, game and multimedia areas.

Requirements

We list the Applied Computing requirements in the form of a "degree planner". Where semesters are shown they refer to the 2014 schedule.



YEAR 1 – 120 POINTS
COMP103A/B
Introduction to Computer Science 1
COMP126B
Computing Media
STAT121A
Introduction to Statistical Methods

__________
or
STAT111B
Statistics for Science
100 LEVEL*
(Science Paper)
100 LEVEL*
(Science Paper)
100 LEVEL*
(Science Paper)
100 LEVEL*
(Science Paper)
100 LEVEL
(any non-COMP Paper)


YEAR 2 – 120 POINTS
COMP258A
Programming Usable Systems

 
COMP219A
Database Practice and Experience
COMP233B
Internet Aplications
40 points of 200 LEVEL papers from a
single subject other than
Computer Science***
200 LEVEL


YEAR 3 – 120 POINTS
COMP329A
Database Systems
COMP315B
Information Systems Development

 
40 points of papers at 300 LEVEL
 
Selected from:**
COMP321B, COMP324A, COMP325B, COMP333A, COMP336B
200 LEVEL 200 LEVEL

* These elective 100 level papers should be recognised Science papers, which are all papers offered by the Faculty of Science & Engineering, all COMP, STAT and MATH papers (except MATH168), and PHIL102, PSYC102 and PSYC103.

** Unless a double major is being completed or the Graphics & Games theme is being followed.

*** Recommended papers for the two 200 Level papers from a single subject other than Computer Science, could be from: Management Communication, Management Systems, Screen and Media Studies, perhaps language papers, or even Philosophy or Psychology. If you are choosing one of these subjects it is important that you choose the 100 Level paper elective (any non-COMP paper) in the same subject if a prerequisite is required for the 200 Level papers. Suggested combinations are:

100 Level - PHIL102 and two 200 Level Philosophy papers, or
100 Level - MCOM102 and two 200 Level Management Communication papers, or
100 Level - MSYS121 and two 200 Level Management Systems papers, or
100 Level - SMST102 and two 200 Level Screen and Media papers.

Students who satisfy the requirements of this specialisation need not complete papers COMP200, COMP202, COMP203, COMP204, COMP235 which are normally compulsory for the Computer Science major.

THEMES
To help you choose your 300 level papers within the applied computing specialisation (in addition to COMP329A and COMP315B), here are several suggested themes:

Databases & Data Mining: COMP321B Practical Data Mining and
one of:
COMP324A Interactive Multimedia Systems or
COMP325B Human-Computer Interaction or
COMP333A Web Applications Development
Internet Applications: COMP333A Web Applications Development and
one of:
COMP324A Interactive Multimedia Systems or
COMP325B Human-Computer Interaction
HCI & Usability: COMP224A Visual Design for Interactive Media and
COMP324A Interactive Multimedia Systems and
COMP325B Human-Computer Interaction
Graphics & Games: COMP224A Visual Design for Interactive Media and
COMP223A/B/S Information Discovery (Computer Games module) and
COMP336B Graphics and Computer Games or
SMST319A Games Studies and
one of:
COMP324A Interactive Multimedia Systems or
COMP325B Human-Computer Interaction

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