Software and IT
New Zealand’s specialist land-based university
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.
Software and IT
Five reasons to choose our
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
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,
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.
Bachelor of Software and Information Technology
Diploma of Software and Information Technology
Bachelor of Software and Course of Study
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 www.lincoln.ac.nz/majorsandminors 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
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.
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
• 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
• Parks, recreation, leisure and tourism management
• Resource studies
• 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.
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.”
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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