SENG199-20W (C) Whole Year 2020

Software Engineering Workshop Training Course

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 13 March 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 21 August 2020


Compulsory workshop training course for Software Engineering students.

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.

SENG199 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.


Approval into the BE(Hons) Software Engineering.

Timetable Note

Please allocate yourself to a Workshop A and a Workshop B stream in the same way you allocate yourself to a lab stream in other classes.

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).

Failure to meet these requirements will results in an F grade on your transcript.
If you are unable to attend, please withdraw officially prior to the deadline. Not doing this will result in the F grade mentioned above.

For further information see Computer Science and Software Engineering.

All SENG199 Occurrences

  • SENG199-20W (C) Whole Year 2020