SENG199-19W (C) Whole Year 2019

Software Engineering Workshop Training Course

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019
Withdraw Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty: Friday, 15 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 23 August 2019


Compulsory workshop training course for Software Engineering students.

Workshop requirements
In addition to the approved practical work in industry, students must also successfully complete an approved Workshop Training Course or Health and Safety Training Course during the First Professional Year. You enrol in the course as SENG199, which is a zero-credit course that is required for all Software Engineering students, usually taken during the first professional year.

For Software Engineering we have developed the following plan for the “Workshop” component, in consultation with the advisory board and other engineering departments.

The software engineering workshop requirements consist of 12 hours (which will be run as two 6-hour days during lecture breaks).

Students must attend the workshop sessions and demonstrate a suitable level of competence in the areas covered. Students with qualifications in particular topics may apply for exemption from those parts of the workshops.

The following topics will be covered in the workshop sessions; the times given are approximate:
• Pain free computing (workstation setup): ergonomics, health and safety
• Basic Linux tools: basic commands, shell scripting
• Installing and configuring an OS (e.g. Linux): Includes setting it up as a secure server (security, licencing, viruses, firewall, policies, updating)
• Simple computer maintenance: upgrading a disk, adding memory, diagnosing simple faults, building a computer from components
• Touch typing: this increases productivity, and is a valuable communication skill. It will be introduced in the workshop, but students need to learn touch typing can use online tutors outside of the workshop (e.g.,
Passing this requirement will be based on a proficiency test that can be taken either at the workshop sessions or in arranged sessions. A speed of 40 words per minute with accurate typing is expected; you can test your speed using systems such as and The speed of 40 words per minute is just over the threshold that requires skilled typing.

As preparation, you should check your typing speed, and work on getting it fast enough to comfortably pass the test.

Workshop A is limited to 24 people. Workshop B is limited to 60 people.


Approval into the BE(Hons) Software Engineering.

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 134 Lab 3 8 Apr - 14 Apr
02 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 134 Lab 3 8 Apr - 14 Apr
03 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 134 Lab 3 8 Apr - 14 Apr
Workshop B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 133 Lab 2 8 Apr - 14 Apr
02 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 133 Lab 2 8 Apr - 14 Apr

Course Coordinator

For further information see Computer Science and Software Engineering Head of Department


Students will fail SENG199 if:
- They do not actively participate in the workshop, or
- Arrive late to any scheduled workshop session, or
- Fail to submit assessment items by the given deadline.

Assessment items that are not completed at a workshop session (e.g., touch typing) must be submitted within 2 weeks after attending the workshop (or by agreement).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $150.00

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

For further information see Computer Science and Software Engineering.

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  • SENG199-19W (C) Whole Year 2019