INFO125-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Introduction to Programming with Databases

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 24 June 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 18 May 2018


Analysis of business environments to define user requirements; introduction to programming and database concepts; development of simple applications using and Microsoft Visual Studio.

Visual Basic is one of the most popular programming languages and is used for the development of applications of different sizes. It is easy to learn and use. INFO125 is targeted at beginning programmers.  It aims to introduce students to the programming logic necessary for development of information systems regardless of the programming language used; to programming and database concepts; and to enable them to develop simple applications using and Microsoft Visual Studio.  This course will build a practical and theoretical foundation for future study and careers in information systems and technology.

Learning Outcomes

Having engaged in learning during the course, students will be able to:

1.  Analyse business environments to define user requirements.
2.  Discuss the steps in developing an application in Visual Basic.NET.
3.  Describe and explain the basic concepts of programming, problem solving and design techniques.
4.  Explain the Visual Studio environment and use its functionality to develop simple business applications.
5.  Outline how databases are used to store business data.
6.  Describe and explain the parts of a database and database operations.
7.  Access and manipulate data from applications.
8.  Gain hands-on development experience through a series of tutorial exercises.

This course is open to all students who have been admitted to the university:  there are no pre-requisites.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.


ACIS125, AFIS125

Course Coordinator

Nelly Todorova


Tanja Mitrovic


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
In-class short test 8%
Two homework assignments 16%
Mid-semester test 36%
Final Examination 40%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Gaddis, Tony. , Irvine, Kip R., Acharya, Hrishikesh B; Starting out with Visual Basic 2012; 6th ed; Pearson/Addison Wesley, 2014.

Course links


Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $818.00

International fee $3,788.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Department of Accounting and Information Systems on the department and colleges page.

All INFO125 Occurrences

  • INFO125-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018