SENG199-22W (C) Whole Year 2022

Software Engineering Workshop Training Course

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 20 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 28 August 2022


Compulsory workshop training course for Software Engineering students.

IMPORTANT NOTE : Enrolment in this course requires attendance of course activities on campus while the campus is open. There is no support for off-site students, unless the campus is closed and all teaching activities for all students are moved online.

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 second year.

SENG199 is a zero-credit course that is required for all Software Engineering students, taken during the second year and before the first period of practical work.

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 ( Linux with Windows in a virtual machine.): includes setting it up as a secure server (security, 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.

Depending on Covid-19 alert levels, attendees may be expected to wear masks or sessions may be postponed.


Approval into the BE(Hons) Software Engineering.

Timetable Note

Please allocate yourself to a Workshop A and a Workshop B session, as BOTH must be attended and completed as they cover different content.

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).

Failing students have to re-sit (a re-sit cost applies) in the following year.


• SENG199 is to be completed before the first period of practical work.
• A student is not permitted to enrol in any engineering courses of the Fourth Year prior to completion of SENG199.
• SENG199 is a graduation requirement.

Additional Course Outline Information


Punctuality is also important and each day starts promptly at 9am. Please show up early and anyone arriving after 9am will be failed and have to re-sit (a re-sit cost applies) in 2023.

If you cannot attend for genuine reasons, you will need to apply for an exemption to re-sit in 2023 without penalty. Please email and with your request.
Once approved, please withdraw from SENG199. Withdrawals for Whole Year courses such as SENG199 need to be actioned by Sunday 20 March 2022.

For further information see Computer Science and Software Engineering .

All SENG199 Occurrences

  • SENG199-22W (C) Whole Year 2022