Assignments

Introduction

There may appear to be a lot of content here, but basically it boils down to this. You will pass once you have;

* completed an ECS Health and Safety workshop,
* attended three different industry events and
* written a short reflective report on the three industry events attended.

For the work experience component;

* completed between 350 hours and 450 hours of work experience and
* written a reflective report demonstrating you derived useful learning from the experience.

Most students find work either through building industry connections or Summer of Tech. Ensure you are signed up for Summer of Tech and put time in your calendar to attend industry events.

Time spent in non-tech jobs can count for up to half your hours as the soft skills in most jobs are also needed in the IT workplace.

Advice on where to find jobs.

CV workshops

Interview workshops

Any questions, pop in to see Matt (CO354) or email Matt.Stevens@ecs.vuw.ac.nz

Lectures

There are no lectures for this course. There will be regular workshops on topics of interest, hosted by the school and by our partners Summer of Tech, Engineering NZ, Institute of IT Professionals and VUW's Career Services.

Health and Safety Workshop

Health and Safety is an important part of every workplace. Fortunately office environments are fairly safe, but it is still important to know how to keep healthy at work, what to do in an emergency at your workplace and what are you legal responsible for under legislation.

Health and Safety in the workplace

By the end of this workshop you will aware of the legislation; the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. The seminar will cover:

  • Legislation
  • Terminology
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Hazard Management
  • Hazard Assessment

The workshop is a requirement of the Work Experience component of your degree. The assessment for this course is an externally marked workbook which you will begin in the workshop and complete at home.

The Health and Safety workshops are organised by Roger Cliffe and are typically held in T2. You will be notified by email of dates and times.

Attend Three Industry Events

Meet interesting people in industry doing interesting things with tech. In the process learn some stuff, advance your personal project and get to know people doing the kind of jobs you are aiming for.

Industry events reflective report

Once you've been to these events (a minimum of three), we'll get you to tell us about them (~1000 words):

Recording Work Experience

Work is typically recorded over summer where you will accumulate around 400+ hours over 10-12 weeks. However other work models exist.

You need 800 hours in total to be awarded your degree, at least half must be in an IT workplace, applying your degree under industry supervision. Up to 400 hours can be claimed from paid non-technical work as the soft skills you practise in most work environments also apply to tech workplaces.

For example, Macca's, Data Entry and Research Assistant work may each be claimed as part of the first 400 hours. But they do not meet the requirement of work in the IT industry, applying your degree under industry supervision.

There is a lot of variation in work offers, chat with your work experience coordinator as needed.

Completing ENGR391

To complete ENGR391, you should have;

* completed an ECS Health and Safety workshop,
* attended three different industry events and
* written a short reflective report on the three industry events attended.

For the work experience component;

* completed between 350 hours and 450 hours of work experience and
* written a reflective report demonstrating you derived useful learning from the experience.