Minor in Applied Computing

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The minor in Applied Computing is designed for students who want to be sophisticated users of
computing technology and principles in their field, but do not seek extensive programming
experience. The minor offers grounding in basic computing skills and principles and key
technologies such as database management and computer networks. It also provides the
student the opportunity to integrate these skills into his or her major field.

The minor in Applied Computing does not require computer proficiency or prerequisites. This minor
consists of five courses: three core courses designed to offer depth in computing skills and concepts
and to encourage breadth of experience.

Core Courses (15 credits)

TINST 310: Computational Problem Solving

  • Learn computer jargon to better understand what you read and hear on the job
  • Hear guest speakers talk about how computers are used in fields ranging from art to video editing
  • Take a peek behind the scenes at how computers work
  • Discover that you are already writing computer programs in Excel and Word; you know more than you think you do
  • Have lively discussions about Napster and other ethical dilemmas
  • The ins and outs of computer purchases: learn to understand computer ads
  • Work together on fun in-class lab projects to effortlessly improve your skills

TINST 311: Database Management and Data Analysis

  • Learn how Amazon organizes information about so many books
  • Learn how to make your own database to keep track of your movies and music or your favorite sports
  • Learn how to design an effective database application either for your job or for yourself
  • Accounting students: take the next step beyond your TACCT 330 class

TINST 312: Networks and the Internet

  • Create your own web pages and even hook them up to a database
  • Eavesdrop on your classmates' network chatter and see how easy it is to have your password stolen
  • Have lively discussions about network security and privacy
  • Take a walking tour of the UW Tacoma networks
  • See how simple it can be to build your own local network at your home or office
  • Take a peek at how data is sent around the world quickly and error-free

Elective Courses (10 credits)

You must choose two courses from this list to fulfill the 10 elective credits.

For questions, contact your academic adviser.