This page contains information that we hope will be helpful to your studies, including how to plan your course and where to get support when you need it.
Help and Advice
You are welcome to approach staff members for advice. If it is a matter concerning a particular course, you should in the first instance contact the course coordinator. For more general advice on planning, first contact the School Office
and the staff there will direct you to the relevant adviser:
ECS Student Advice - Undergraduate Studies
ECS Student Advice - Postgraduate Studies
For the rest of the Faculty of Engineering majors, you may wish to see:
SMS Programme Directors - Undergraduate Studies
SMS Lecturers (Teaching) - Undergraduate Studies
SMS Coordinators - Postgraduate Studies
If a problem arises for which you would rather not approach the course coordinator or lecturer, feel free to consult your Programme Director or the Head of School.
ECS Student Support and Resources
For more information about the support services and resources that both VUW and ECS provide to students, please see our ECS Student Support and Resources
link. There you will find information for health & safety, academic assistance, technical assistance, and social clubs, as well as support for our women, rainbow, Māori, international, and Pasifika communities.
You should plan your course of study as a coherent programme over the three or more years required. Usually, first-year students can only enrol in 100-level courses. In choosing your courses it is important to take into account:
- The overall requirements of the degree(s) you have chosen.
- The specific requirements of your major subject(s).
- Entry criteria for 100-level courses.
- Prerequisites for courses, especially those that have prerequisites in other subject areas.
The prerequisite diagrams for the software and hardware may be helpful.
- Workload constraints: 60 points per trimester represents standard full-time study. Most full-time first-year students take seven or eight courses (105/120 points per year).
- Timetable constraints: draw up your own timetable to ensure you do not have any clashes. You may find the course timetable useful for this.
- There will generally be some choice about which courses you take, especially in your first year. This enables you to build a programme that can keep options open if you are unsure of your preferred major. There are many interesting courses around, and your specific interests may change as you advance through your degree.
Each major has its own requirements and advice. Please follow the links below to find out more.
You may like to consider extending your degree: it is possible to take a degree with a 'double major' by satisfying the requirements of two subject areas or to take a 'double degree' by taking two degrees from different faculties. Some sharing is permitted, so a double degree requires fewer points than the two degrees separately.
Victoria's home site contains the approved dates and deadlines
for trimesters, withdrawals and holiday breaks.
Students should familiarise themselves with the university's student policies and statutes
You should particularly familiarise yourself with:
In addition, there are other important aspects of your study that you must be aware of:
ECS has a framework
that provides guidance to both staff and students about what should be expected of students in courses from the 100-level to the 400-level. All ECS students should be familiar with this framework
External Technical Information Sites
External Technical Sites
contains links to external sites that provide technical information on various subjects.
Student Representative Meetings
Student Rep Meetings
contains the agenda and action points for meetings between student representatives for each course and staff.
is Career Development and Employment's Online Service where VUW students and graduates can search for job vacancies, career events and career resources.
ECS supports a number of Programming Contests
open to all our undergraduate and graduate students.
See the Postgraduate Coordination
At ECS we provide large laboratories with University computers in, and, to date, there are no courses that require a student to use their own machine. If you do decide to use your own laptop, we do have space in the labs to plug in your own device and we would recommend a laptop that has at least 8GB of RAM, at least i5 or higher model processor, and ideally 256GB or larger SSD. We do not require a powerful graphics card, not even for CGRA majors. However, if you do want to spend money on an advanced graphics card, please ensure that it supports OpenGL 3 or higher (almost all modern ones do!).