SWEN 304 (2020) - Home Page

This page provides information about the course, and will be updated as the course proceeds. Students enrolled in SWEN 304 should visit this page regularly to ensure that they are aware of the information available here.

If you find errors, note omissions, or have any other comments regarding these pages, please send an email to Hui Ma, the course coordinator (hui.ma@ecs.vuw.ac.nz).



31/3/2020: Re: Announcements

Dear class,

Hope you are all well.

I believe you have received the email from Professor Stuart Brock, Vice-Provost (Academic) regarding Student Engagement Day on this Thursday, 2 April.

Following the email, we are going to have an engagement session at our schedule lecture time 16:10-16:30 on Thursday. During the session we are going to do some online activities, which will take no longer than 20 minutes. If you are unable to engage on Thursday, please email me to let me know why.

During the session of the engagement, we will:
1.      In Blackboard, do a mini-test that may help you to do Assignment 1;
2.      Join a Zoom session to discuss the answers of the test and some plans of course changes. The Zoom session will be recorded and uploaded after the session.

The main purpose of the Student Engagement Day is to get a sense of how many of you can engage online. Please DO the test so that we can find out how many of you can engage.
Please all login to your Blackboard by 16:10 to do the mini-test and join Zoom (Go to vuw.zoom.us, and then join the meeting "SWEN 304") from 16:10 for a discussion.

We am looking forward to see you all on Thursday 2 April.

Best wishes,

30/3/2020: Re: Announcements

Dear class,

How you are all well.

On Monday of week 4, 23 March we had our tutorial on transferring EER to REM via Zoom. I have now put the answers of the exercise on the course website.



27/3/2020: Re: Announcements

Kia ora students of SWEN304,

The below provides some information on your SWEN304 course. We’ll continue to provide you with updates related to this course here on the Forum. Important information about the wider University response to COVID-19 is here: www.wgtn.ac.nz/covid-19. This page is updated regularly and we encourage you to keep an eye on it.

What is happening with teaching?
As of the afternoon of 23 March 2020, teaching at Victoria University of Wellington has paused – both in person and online. This means that for this course there will be no formal teaching until Tuesday 28 April 2020. There are other ways you can engage with your learning during this time and we will share some possible options with you, once we decide on them. These activities are optional.

When and how will my course be delivered?
After 28 April 2020 teaching will resume. We are preparing for this course to be delivered via distance, via Zoom or Panopto, and any updates to the delivery of your course will be communicated here and via  class mailing list before classes resume.

What happens to my assessments while teaching is paused?
There is a blanket extension until Friday 3 April for any assessment due between 23 March and 2 April. For our course, the due date of Assignment 1 will be extended to 20 April. You will be advised of any further updates to your assessment due dates, if any, via the forum or any other course-related systems for communicating with students, e.g., mailing list, by your course coordinator.

Who can I contact about my course?
At this stage, please contact your School or Course Coordinator for advice. Although our physical offices are closed from 24 March 2020, we are working remotely and you can still contact us via email for advice. Contact details for Schools and the Faculty Office are available on the website [https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/ecs/about/contact / https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/engineering/about/contact]

These are challenging times and it’s important to prioritise your own health and wellbeing. We understand students will be affected in a variety of different ways, and we will do our best to be flexible and support you however we can. Stay calm,  be kind to each other, and take care.

Best wishes,


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