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Welcome to SWEN 501

This course is the first course on the Master of Software Development program within the Wellington ICT Graduate School. Students will learn to design, read, write and debug small programs and work on larger software projects within groups while applying software development methodologies and tools. The course will be taught as an intensive full time block.


There are a few things that you need to know.

1. Direction and Access

We teach in the new facilities in the NEC building on the corner of Taranaki St and Courtney Place in Te Aro, Wellington.

Victoria University
Wellington ICT Graduate School
Level 3,
40 Taranaki Street

(corner of Taranaki and Manners Street)

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To access the teaching facility take the lift to the 3rd floor, and we are to the right when you exit the elevator (or straight ahead from the single lift off to the side). On the first day you can access the facilities from 09:30 onwards without a student ID card.

Normally lift access without a student swipe card is available from 8am - 5pm. A student swipe card is required for the Master of Software Development room (NEC312), Kitchen (NEC317) and to access the bathrooms in the stairwells on Level 3.

You can collect your ID card from Hunter 103 on the Kelburn campus after submitting a photo and other details to the office.

2. COVID-19
  • You must wear a mask at all times while indoors on campus, including during teaching and learning activities. Standard N95, P2, or surgical masks are recommended.
  • If you are unwell, stay home until you are well, and contact the lecturer as soon as possible to let them know you won't be there.
    • We will accommodate for absences and missed time (including at the beginning, if you can't make day 1) - keep yourself and your classmates safe.
    • If you're an isolating close contact, also stay home.
    • If you test positive or are self-isolating as a result of being a household contact, please let the University know by completing this webform.
  • General university information on other support and health services is available here.
  • To keep the air circulating, the ventilation in the room has been turned up quite high - it may be a little cold and you may like to bring a jacket.
  • We may need to adapt to changing circumstances during the course and the year, so it is possible that some aspects may change at short notice. We will advise by email if anything happens out of hours.

3. General
  • There are lockers. Bring a padlock and claim one if you wish.
  • There is a kitchen. You are welcome to bring your own food and lunches, coffee cups, etc, but please keep it clean and do not cook anything objectionable.

4. Teaching hours etc.
  • In general, class will be on Mon-Thu 10-4. Teaching will occur at times within this period, but there are no set times - this will depend on the exercise at hand.
  • Friday from 10:00-12:00 is dedicated for industry engagement & seminars.
  • There are no set seating plans and places; indeed, we will move you around to ensure this doesn’t happen.
  • You will be issued with a loaner laptop. This will need to be returned near the end of the program. If you want to bring and use your own, you are welcome to do so.
  • We sometimes use videos as part of the teaching. Please bring headphones so that you can watch them without being disturbed by others, and vice-versa.
  • All connections are wifi and there is a printer/photocopier/scanner available for your use.

5. Student-organised Facebook group

See you all 11/07.