Computer Science without Computers

Are you considering a career in technology? Do you want to learn the basics of computer science? Our micro-credential is designed for people like you! Whether you're a student, a professional looking to switch careers, or simply someone with an interest in technology, our program will sure to inspire you on how we can solve real-world problems using computers. You'll learn about algorithms, data structures, computer organisation, and architecture, and use those skills to develop problem-solving skills. Enrol now and start your journey towards a bright future in technology!

Upon successful completion of this micro-credential, you'll receive:

  • Two PD Points
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
Delivery mode
Online with a required on-campus activity
Course date
  Term 3 2 September 2024 - 27 September 2024

  Term 4 4 November 2024 - 29 November 2024

This micro-credential includes some on-campus sessions to be held on weekdays after 4pm

4 weeks
Applications close
Term 3 - 14 June 2024

Term 4 - 6 September 2024

Total effort
55 hours
Academic lead
Dr Jin Hong

UWA Starter fees  –

$247.50 (inc GST) per micro-credential for students from participating partner schools

$55 (inc GST) per micro-credential for students from participating UWA Broadway Schools

$495 (inc GST) per micro-credential for students from non-partner schools

Critical information summary
CITSM102 Computer Science without Computers [PDF 245KB]

What you'll learn

Participants will be able to:

Understand how basic data structures and algorithms work

Compare different computer solutions

Analyse computational solutions used for solving problems

Devise algorithmic methods to solve real-world problems


Why study this course?

This micro-credential covers the basics of data structures and algorithms, which form the foundations of computer science applications we see today, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data science, computer vision, and more. As our digital world grows, it is important to understand the fundamentals of where all the technologies are built on. This will provide you with the basics of understanding computer science as a field, which can then be further developed with advanced skills and knowledge in your further studies.

No existing knowledge of computer science is required. However, it is recommended to have a good understanding of mathematics equivalent to Year 11 Maths.

How does it work?

This micro-credential teaches computer science fundamentals, covering algorithms, data structures, computer organization, and architecture. Its objective is to invoke students' curiosity in computer science by providing a solid foundation.

50 hours total learning - including:

  • Lecture: 7 x 2 hours
  • Labs: 5 x 2 hours
  • Assessment:6 hours
  • Self-study: 20 hours for preparation, readings, revision.


What's next after this course?

Future study
Students who successfully complete this micro-credential will:
  • Receive a UWA Professional Development Transcript at the end of your studies, listing all completed UWA micro-credentials – great for uni entry and your resume!
  • Earn 2  stackable  PD Points -  complete two more UWA Starter micro-credentials to earn 6 PD Points and gain credit for one unit towards selected UWA bachelor degrees.
  • Gain points that can contribute towards admission to UWA via Experience-based entry.

Enrol in an undergraduate minor or major in Computing to pursue study or a future career in this field.


Contact your secondary school for more information or to register for UWA Starter micro-credentials.