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Welcome to SWEN 131 - Programming for Software Development

also known as the Bootcamp

This course is the primary entry point for graduate students wishing to enter 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, 4 week block course and a good performance in this course will meet the MSwDev entry requirement.


There are a few things that you need to know.

1. Student ID and access

The teaching space is on the 6th floor. You will need swipe access and a Student ID card to access the floor.

  • People who have enrolled recently, and those new to VUW likely will not have this yet.
  • So, if you can, once/when you enrol - please ensure you get your Student ID card asap.
On Monday the 11th, take the lift to the 5th floor (or walk up the stairwell) and I will jam the door into the 6th floor open - from about 9:45am.

2. General

  • There are lockers. Bring a padlock and claim one if you desire.
  • 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.
  • We use videos as part of the teaching, please bring headphones so that you can watch them without being disturbed by others.
3. 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.
  • During SWEN131 Friday mornings will be reserved for revision and extra help, execpt for the first Friday where the previous cohort will present their work.
  • Later in the programme Fridays are reserved for the ICTGS activities (SWEN505) this is not a free day (sorry) but it is likely there will be nothing scheduled in the afternoons.
  • 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 loan laptop on the second Monday. 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.
  • All connections are wifi and there is a printer/photocopier/scanner available for your use.
4. Directions:

Access the building though the main Vivan St Entrance to the Architecture and Design building. Go into the main entrance, turn right and walk to the back - and strangely into what looks like a large computer lab an there will be a class in it. Don't worry, walk through and on your right will be a lift - we’re on the top floor. There are some small signs peppered around the place.

At this point, turn right, and go towards the lift. You can use either the lift, or the staircase right next to it.

Here is a Google map showing the Te Aro campus: Map

See you all 11/06!