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					Lincoln University
Software and IT

New Zealand’s specialist land-based university
Where you
want to be.
With the IT industry constantly changing there’s increasing
demand globally for IT graduates. This demand is projected to
continue growing for the foreseeable future.
The applied nature of Lincoln University’s Bachelor of Software and Information
Technology degree, together with other areas studied, means our graduates
are very employable in New Zealand as well as overseas.

The broad range of opportunities they can access includes programming,
software support, engineering, user support, database design and
implementation, systems analysis, network design, website development,
and end-user computing.

Lincoln University graduates can be found right across the economy, in areas
as diverse as science, tourism, accounting, marketing, resource studies
and transport and logistics. Employers range from technology focused
manufacturers through to companies that require in-house IT expertise.
Recent graduates have been employed at Alchemy, Contec, Gen-i, Jade
Corporation, SunGard, PGG Wrightson, Mainfreight, Trimble, Christchurch
Medical School, Regional Councils and many other public and private
organisations in New Zealand and overseas.

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Software and IT

Five reasons to choose our
specialist university
      We focus on understanding and evaluating
      existing techniques and theories and applying
      them to solve real world problems. Our software
      and Information Technology degree combines
      theory with hands-on practice in our modern
      computing suites.

                                                        You’ll have access to highly qualified staff with a
                                                        wide range of industry experience and expertise.
                                                        Our small classes and open door policy means
                                                        you will soon get to know your lecturers and feel
                                                        happy to approach them for support and advice.
We offer a wide range of
topics within the degree
such as programming,
systems analysis,
databases, operating
systems, networking,
end-user computing,
web technologies and                                        Because our Bachelor of Software and
software engineering.                                    Information Technology (BS&IT) is such a
                                                          flexible degree, you can include a major
                                                           or minor from other disciplines such as
                                                         commerce, resource studies and science.

                              We work hard to stay on top of industry
                                demands. Our Department of Applied
                           Computing receives excellent feedback from
                              employers in the Canterbury region and
                             maintains great relationships through its
                                    Computer Industry Liaison Group.
The Programmes
Bachelor of Software and Information Technology
Diploma of Software and Information Technology

Bachelor of Software and                                           Course of Study
                                                                   Schedule A
Information Technology
                                                                   COMP 101      Computing
Lincoln University’s Bachelor of Software and Information          This course focuses on the use of application packages
Technology is a three year degree made up of 24 courses.           such as spreadsheets and databases and looks at the social
                                                                   implications of using information technology. It also includes
All students take courses that cover computer programming,         an introduction to website design and development.
algorithms, data structures and end-user application
software. These courses are the ones listed in Schedule A          COMP 102      Computer Programming
and are compulsory.                                                This course is an introduction to programming concepts
                                                                   and techniques including object-oriented programming and
Students must complete four courses from schedules B and C         graphical user interface design.
with at least three from schedule B. Most students choose to
take more computing courses than this.                             COMP 110      Fundamental Concepts of Computing
                                                                   This course focuses on concepts that are essential for further
The degree structure is flexible, allowing you to also study        study in computing. These include discrete mathematics,
courses from other areas such as commerce, science,                algorithms and data representation.
resource and environmental studies, mathematics and
statistics, conservation and ecology, transport or tourism.        COMP 202      Computer Concepts and Organisation
Most IT jobs will see you applying your skills to other areas of   This course studies the structure and function of computer
expertise, so including other courses in your degree can be a      hardware and operating systems and how they affect
good idea.                                                         performance and functionality. It also provides an introduction
                                                                   to data communications and security.
At Lincoln University you can include a minor (normally five
courses) or major in another subject. For example, you might       COMP 203      Problem Solving with End-User Tools
include a minor in Marketing, Parks and Outdoor Recreation,        This course studies end-user application software and its use to
Business Management or Tourism.                                    effectively solve a variety of real problems.

See for a full list of           COMP 205      Development of Effective Programs
majors and minors available.                                       This course focuses on program development from problem
                                                                   definition to user interface design and testing in an object-
                                                                   oriented environment, incorporating the choice of appropriate
                                                                   data structures and algorithms.

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Schedule B                                                         Schedule C

COMP 302      Analysis & Design of Information Systems             COMP 308      Computer Modelling and Simulation
This course studies structured techniques for the analysis of      This course focuses on using computer simulation to analyse
information systems requirements. It also looks at aspects of      systems in the natural sciences, commerce and engineering. It
design, including interface design and protolyping.                studies the development and validation of models and use of
                                                                   simulation systems.
COMP 303      Concepts & Organisation of Databases
This course covers the design and implementation of databases      COMP 313      Computer Graphics
with particular reference to the relational model.                 This course studies the underlying concepts of computer
                                                                   graphics as well as developing applications using industry
COMP 307      End-User Computing                                   standard software to generate realistic images of 3D scenes.
This course focuses on the advanced use of end-user software for
developing reliable applications for use within an organisation    ERST 310      GIS and Applications in Natural Resource
and deployment over the internet. It also studies current issues                 Analysis
in end-user computing.                                             This course studies the use of GIS and spatial analysis tools for
                                                                   resource applications, problem solving, decision-making and
COMP 311      Operating Systems                                    planning for environmental issues and sustainable management
                                                                   of natural resources.
This course studies the structure and functions of modern
operating systems, system configurations and performance as
well as the implications for system management.

COMP 312      Computer Networking
                                                                   Diploma of Software and
This course focuses on the structure and function of computer      Information Technology
networks, network configuration and the implications for network
design and management.
                                                                   If you’re interested in software and information technology
                                                                   but don’t have the time to do a full degree, you might
COMP 314      Software Engineering
                                                                   want to consider the Diploma in Software and Information
This course looks at the professional development of large
                                                                   Technology. This is a one year programme of eight courses
software projects including design, testing and project
management.                                                        which includes at least four courses from schedule A.

COMP 315      Web Development
This course studies how to develop web applications and
includes web architecture, server side scripting, database
integration, web services and security considerations.

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Other study options

Other areas of study                                            So you’re keen to further
at Lincoln University                                           your study?
If you are interested in Software and Information Technology,   There is a range of graduate and postgraduate qualifications
you may also be interested in some of the other programmes      offered at Lincoln University that challenge you to achieve
on offer such as:                                               new levels of thinking, study and research.

•   Agricultural science                                        Qualifications options include:
•   Applied science
                                                                •   Graduate Certificate
•   Commerce
                                                                •   Graduate Diploma
•   Environmental policy
                                                                •   Honours Degree
•   Horticultural science
                                                                •   Postgraduate Certificate
•   Landscape architecture
                                                                •   Postgraduate Diploma
•     -
    Maori and indigenous planning and development
                                                                •   Masters Degree
•   Natural resources management and ecological
                                                                •   PhD.
•   Parks, recreation, leisure and tourism management
•   Resource studies
•   Science
•   Social science
•   Viticulture and oenology.

You can include many of these areas as a named minor or
major within your Bachelor of Software and Information

For further information contact us on 0800 10 60 10.

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Software and Information Technology
Knowledge and skills are only relevant when they are applied
to real world issues, social or business related. At Lincoln
University, we endeavour to equip you with a variety of
transferable software and information technology skills which
you can then apply to real world problems.

We provide postgraduate courses in:

•   Software engineering and data management
•   Data visualisation
•   Image processing and computer graphics
•   Interaction design
•   Neural networks and computer modelling.

Our focus in these courses is on understanding and
evaluating existing theories and techniques and applying
them to solve real problems.

For further information contact us on 0800 10 60 10.

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Look where they’ve landed

MICHAEL TRENGROVE                 Bachelor of Software and Information Technology graduate Michael Trengrove
BACHELOR OF SOFTWARE AND          wanted a qualification that taught him the practical skills needed in the
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY GRADUATE   workplace. “Lincoln University seemed to be the only university with the
TECHNICAL SERVICES SPECIALIST,    hands-on approach I was after.”
                                  As Technical Services Specialist at Trimble Navigation he is part of a
                                  software team creating cutting edge mobile GPS applications. Trimble turns
                                  over $1.3 billion USD in revenue annually and employs 230 people in the
                                  Christchurch office. In his spare time he works for his own company, Software
                                  Without Borders, creating software to teach literacy and numeracy skills to
                                  illiterate children and adults. For this project, he works out of the Canterbury
                                  Innovation Incubator, of which Lincoln University is a founding partner.

                                  During his studies he says he learnt how to work in a team, communicate
                                  effectively, keep to deadlines and manage his time efficiently. “The
                                  supervisors at Trimble want people who can hit the ground running and I
                                  believe the degree at Lincoln has enabled me to do this.”

                                  Adding to this he says that the style of teaching matched his learning style,
                                  lectures followed by hands-on time during tutorials in the labs. “I enjoyed
                                  the practical projects which involved real world situations. Also, after the first
                                  year class sizes are generally small which means lots of one-on-one time with
                                  lecturers and time to ask questions. The lectures are all recorded which really
                                  enhances study time for tests and exams and if you can’t make a lecture you
                                  can watch it later.”

                                  ICT is fast becoming one of New Zealand’s biggest exports and Michael
                                  wanted to be a part of it. “The pay rates are great and the industry provides
                                  opportunities to work worldwide.”

                                                                 “The in-depth technical knowledge I learnt
                                                                 at Lincoln I use every day in my job!”

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LU YE                             Lu Ye says that when the tutoring opportunity came up it was a great chance
BACHELOR OF SOFTWARE AND          for her to put into practice the things she had learnt. “Basically, what I do
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY            daily is assist the examiners with the preparation and administration of
GRADUATE                          laboratory exercises, projects, tests and exams and distribution of teaching
TUTOR, DEPARTMENT OF APPLIED      material.” She also leads laboratory sessions and assists with administration
COMPUTING AT LINCOLN UNIVERSITY   tasks such as maintaining class web pages for courses.

                                  The advice she has for starting students is to choose the area of study you
                                  are most interested in. “Don’t choose one just because it’s popular, ask many
                                  questions and find out what will be offered in a particular area of study before
                                  doing it.” Lu decided to study Software & Information Technology because
                                  of the information-based age we are living in: “For most jobs out there, good
                                  computing skills are a requirement.”

                                  She says she enjoyed the small classes and friendly people at Lincoln and
                                  recommends new students get involved in activities and events such as the
                                  garden party. “I made lots of friends here and they will last for a lifetime.”

                                  “Whether or not I carry on in computing education or move into the IT industry
                                  I don’t know but I do know that wherever I work, here or maybe back in China,
                                  I will always be using the skills that I first got with my degree at Lincoln.”

                                                      “... wherever I work, here or maybe back in China, I
                                                      will always be using the skills that I first got with my
                                                      degree at Lincoln.”

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Frequently asked questions

What do Software and Information Technology students           Can I do Software and Information Technology without
study?                                                         excelling at maths at school?
You’ll study programming, software engineering, computer       Even if you’ve had a bad experience with maths at school,
networking and operating systems, end-user computing,          that doesn’t mean you’ll find studying Software and
web technologies and information systems. The focus is         Information Technology hard, although people who are
on understanding and evaluating existing techniques and        good at maths are usually good at computing. What is really
theories and applying them to solve real problems.             important is that you enjoy solving problems.

What is different about Lincoln’s degree?                      Are there certain courses that I have to study?
Our degree is very flexible so you can study courses from       The Bachelor of Software and Information Technology has
another discipline. You can include a major or minor in a      relatively few prescribed courses. There are three compulsory
number of areas including commerce, science, environmental     100 level and three compulsory 200 level computing courses.
management or any other subject area taught at Lincoln         You must also study at least four 300 level computing
University. Employers especially value this breadth of         courses.
knowledge in our graduates.
                                                               How long will it take me to complete a BS&IT if I have an
What is the difference between Computer Science and            existing degree?
studying Software and Information Technology?                  If you have a recognised degree in another discipline you
Software and Information Technology emphasises solving         should be able to complete this degree in two years. You
real world problems using the most appropriate techniques.     might also want consider our Graduate Diploma in Software
Computer Science emphasises developing rather than             and Information Technology. This very popular programme
applying techniques. Computer Science generally has a more     can be completed in one year and is available to graduates of
technical focus than our Software and Information Technology   all disciplines.
                                                               What subjects should I study at school to best prepare me for
Can I study Software and Information Technology without        this degree?
having studied computing at school?                            Studying maths, English and computing at school is
Yes, you can. Our courses are designed so that previous        recommended, but not essential.
experience is not required. In particular, computer
programming is taught starting from first principles.

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