GUIDE to Computational Thinking





Jeanette Wing introduced the concept of Computational Thinking in 2006, asserting that it is a skill—a fundamental ability that everyone can acquire. Through methods such as decomposition, abstraction, categorization, and reorganization, people can tackle complex projects (Wing 2006). It's not just in the realm of computing; problems across various disciplines like mathematics, engineering, and management can be solved through Computational Thinking.


is it important


  • By breaking down, reorganizing, and planning tasks, Computational Thinking provides us the courage to challenge seemingly intricate projects.
  • After continuously engaging in Computational Thinking for a long time, we can quickly discern the essence and connections behind problems, thereby enhancing our logical thinking abilities.


is it important


  • In a large-scale project, once tasks are broken down and reorganized, they can be more clearly assigned to each team member, saving time and boosting team efficiency.
  • When objectives are vague, there's a risk of becoming too engrossed in the details and wasting substantial time. However, with clear tasks and timelines for everyone, the chances of this happening are greatly reduced.
  • Whether in our current or future careers, regardless of the field, we can execute tasks more effectively with Computational Thinking. For instance, in the construction industry where I previously worked, tasks can be divided into four segments: background research, data organization, conceptual proposal, and proposal enhancement (floor plan design, three-dimensional modeling). Each task can further be segmented into smaller sub-tasks, making the entire design project coherent and structured.
The CMT119 Computational Thinking Module is the introductory course in our MSc computing programme. Through meticulous explanations, the instructors demonstrate how to convert real-world problems into logical chains, abstract them into computer languages, and eventually solve them using computers. This gives students from varied backgrounds a preliminary insight into the computer industry and a general orientation for our future careers.  When applying for this programme, I had some ideas about the digitization of the architecture industry. I believe that upon completing this programme, I will have the opportunity to realize them.

Wing, J. M. 2006. Computational thinking. Communications of the ACM. 49(3), pp. 33-35. doi: 10.1145/1118178.1118215