COMPSCI 111G : An Introduction to Practical Computing


2020 Summer School (1200) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A practical introduction to computing. Topics include: web design, an overview of computer hardware and operating systems, effective use of common applications, using the internet as a communication medium, applying programming concepts, and social implications of technology.

Course Overview

A practical introduction to computing that will build confidence and familiarity with computers. Topics include: website design, an overview of computer hardware and operating systems, effective use of common applications, using the Internet as a communication medium, applying programming concepts, and social implications of technology. As part of their practical work, students will create web pages, and develop skills with a variety of home and office applications including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Have confidence with and a general knowledge of personal computers (Capability 1)
  2. Be able to write simple computer programs (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  3. Use some common applications, e.g. spreadsheets, word processing, databases (Capability 1, 3, 4 and 5)
  4. Have knowledge of the Internet and its social issues, as well as other types of networks (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 6)
  5. Design and write a simple web page (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  6. Have a basic understanding of of the origins and design of computing hardware and software (Capability 1)
  7. Have a basic understanding of Have a basic understanding of selected current research topics in Computer Science (e.g. AI and game design) (Capability 1 and 2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination
Test 20% Individual Test
Laboratories 30% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Final Exam

To pass the course, students must pass both the Practical component (Labs) and the Theory component (Exam plus Test) separately, as well as obtaining 50% in their overall final mark.

Learning Resources

An online course reference manual is available via Canvas. The course reference manual contains chapters on selected course topics (mainly lab topics). A number of additional readings from the WWW will be recommended.

Special Requirements

1) Students must pass both Practical (Labs) and Theory (Exam plus Test) components separately to pass the course.
2) Labs are compulsory.
3) There will be a written test during the last week of January. 

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and at Summer School students are expected to spend 20 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in. 

Summer Semester courses runs over 6 weeks, not 12 weeks, so the weekly workload is double that of a Semester One or Semester Two course. 

For this course, in most weeks you can expect 6 hours of lectures, 2 three-hour compulsory labs, 3 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 9 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Other Information

Lab assignments are completed in the lab. 

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page:

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 06/10/2019 11:31 p.m.