2008 Proceedings


The 21st Annual

Conference 2008

Auckland, New Zealand.

Cover image:

The cover image on the printed proceedings is from Sunshine Connelly and Leigh Blackall. Proceedings of the Twenty First Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications.


The National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications (NACCQ) was formed in 1988, and provides help and support to member institutions in the development, teaching and quality assurance of courses and programmes, from certificate through degree to postgraduate levels, in the field of Computing and Information Technology.

The NACCQ also supports academic staff in several different ways, such as national workshops, research seminars, APL, moderation, the publishing of a journal, a research bulletin and also by organising this annual conference. NACCQ activities< and a digital version of these proceedings are available from http://www.naccq.ac.nz.

The philosophy of the conference is the encouragement and support of new, emerging and established researchers in a safe environment while encouraging excellence and academic discourse. National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications PO Box 11 050 Hillcrest, Hamiliton, New Zealand Telephone 07-856 1916 Facsimile 07-856 1912 Email: viviennew@naccq.ac.nz

The conference and these proceedings are an output of the NACCQ Research and Support Working Group. NACCQ asserts copyright for these proceedings as a collection, individual works remain copyright of the authors and their institutions.


Frina Alertyn Eastern Institute of Technology
David Bremer Otago Polytechnic
Dr Noel Bridgeman Unitec New Zealand
Tony Clear Auckland University of Technology
Steve Corich Eastern Institute of Technology
Dr Brian Cusack Auckland University of Technology
Bob Gibbons Manukau Institue of Technology
Dr Donald Koh Unitec New Zealand
Dr Xiaosong Li Unitec New Zealand
Mike Lopez Manukau Institue of Technology
Dobrilla Lopez Manukau Institue of Technology
Chris McCarthy Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
Diane McCarthy Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
Dr Samuel Mann Otago Polytechnic
Dr Logan Muller Unitec New Zealand
John Paynter Auckland University
Krassie Petrova Auckland University of Technology
Karen Phillips Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
Garry Roberton Waikato Institute of Technology
Lesley Smith Otago Polytechnic
Malcolm Weick Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
Nick Wempe Whitireia Community Polytechnic
Alison Young Unitec New Zealand


Dr Samuel Mann Otago Polytechnic Dunedin, NZ smann@tekotago.ac.nz Mike Lopez Manukau Institute of Technology Manukau, NZ mike.lopez@manukau.ac.nz


The conference contains papers in the following areas:

  • Computing education.
  • Computing practice.
  • Computing research


Keynote Papers
Paper Speakers Page No. Pdf
Pathways and Journeys Interviews with Computing Educators Spanning Continents, Generations and Gender. Barbara Boucher Owens 11
Defining the ICT Profession: A Partnership of Stakeholders Brian R. von Konsky. 15

Quality assurance

Full papers are double blind peer refereed on submission by a review panel and accepted/modified/rejected. The editorial panel reviews final versions. They may be rejected or returned for modification at that point. 42% of submitted papers were accepted for publication.

Full papers
Paper Speakers Page No. Pdf
Reliably Classifying Novice Programmer Exam Responses using the SOLO Taxonomy. Tony Clear, Jacqueline L. Whalley, Raymond Lister, Angela Carbone, Minjie Hü, Judy Sheard, Beth Simon, Errol Thompson. 23
Techlabs Virtually Four Years On. Eduardo Corriera, Ricky Watson. 31
Sound Globules: An Algorithmic Composition Environment. Andrew Eales, Alex Metcalfe. 37
An Educational Challenge: Ethnicity, Gender and Learning Styles. Kay Fielden, Neil Comins. 45
Core Content for a Collaborative NZ ITP Computing/IT Degree. Linda Fraser. 51
Mentoring students to improve academic performance. Kim Hagen-Hall, Michael Verhaart. 59
An Analysis of Research Undertaken by Master of Computing Students. Donald Joyce, Jacqui Finlay,Jacqueline Whalley, Anne Philpott. 67
Whenua and Whanau – Visualising People Land Relationships. Terri Lomax, Jacqui Finlay, Jacqueline Whalley, Anne Philpott. 71
Flexible Learning in CS2: A Case Study. Christof Lutteroth, Andrew Luxton-Reilly. 77
To what extent are Maori studying ICT: The Policy Implementation Gap. Chris McCarthy. 85
Location-based Services: A Roadmap for New Zealand. Krassie Petrova, Bin Wang. 93
Eight years of computing education papers at NACCQ. Simon, Judy Sheard, Angela Carbone, Michael de Raadt, Margaret Hamilton, Raymond Lister, Errol Thompson. 101
Sustainable Warehouse Management Modelling. Kah Shien Tan, M. Daud Ahmed, David Sundaram. 109

Invited papers:

Tertiary institutions were invited to submit a paper that showcases innovations in teaching or research. These papers are editorially reviewed.

Invited papers
Paper Speakers Page No. Pdf
“The Dragon’s Den” – Investment Logic Models for Student IT Projects. Michael Andrews. 117
A Certificate in Computing and Communications Technology at Level 4 (CCCT4). Narissa Bayler, Linda Fraser. 121
Computer Science without computers: new outreach methods from old tricks. Tim Bell, Jason Alexander, Isaac Freeman, Mick Grimley. 127
Developing and Introducing Courses on Testing and Quality Assurance. Donald Joyce, Alison Young. 135
Facilitating Learning by Using Case Studies. Alister Macgregor, Trevor Nesbit. 139
Rationalising Student Numbers in Degree and Diploma Courses: The CPIT Experience. Chris McCarthy, Trevor Nesbit. 145
Sustainable Practitioners. Samuel Mann. 155
Beyond Content: Engaging Students in Foundation Information Technology Courses. Rosemary Stockdale, Judy Le Heron, Dave Parsons, Tony Norris. 169

Supplementary proceedings:

These papers were selected from blind abstracts by Editorial panel on recommendation of the Review panel. On submission of completed paper, they were editorially reviewed and may be rejected or returned for modifications at that point.

Supplementary Proceedings
Paper Speakers Page No. Pdf
Decision Making and e-Process Selection. Frina Albertyn. 175
Teaching Computer Design – Graphical Industry Collaboration. Frina Albertyn, Paul Hursthouse, Kaylea Rawcliffe, Ian Stuart. 185
International Students and Cooperative Industry Projects in ICT Education: A Study ofImpact Factors. Mehdi Asgarkhani, Jun Wan. 189
Capstone Projects – An NACCQ Retrospective. Dr Noel C Bridgeman. 195
Developing strategies to deal with the multiple generational groupings within the tertiary classroom. Stephen Corich. 201
Instructional Technology Research in New Zealand: a 5-year Review. Kay Fielden. 209
Paper based computing. Mike Goodwin, Samuel Mann. 213
Where are Mifrenz? Tim Hunt. 219
The Revision of a Database Course: The Process and the Result. Dave Kennedy, Trevor Nesbit. 255
Decision making process in migration from Microsoft to Linux. P. K. Ajith Kumar. 235
A workflow approach for a token web application specification. Xiaosong Li. 245
Software Upgrading and the Related Issues. Xiaosong Li. 251
Have You Heard The One? Gender, E-mail, and Jokes. Karen Love. 259
“What Do We Do Now?” Teaching Sustainability in IT. Karen Love, Darrell Love. 265
ACEing the Delivery of Technical Content Online. Mark Lyons, Trevor Nesbit. 273
Literature Review on Online Assessment Authentication. Chris McCarthy. 277
The impact of the SaaS model of software delivery. Chris Manford. 283
Metaphors of Sustainability in Software Engineering. Samuel Mann, Lesley Smith. 287
A brief look at the Argentinean tertiary education. Pablo Matamoros. 297
Intervention tools for low end programmers. Dale Parsons. 303
E-Commerce Adoption and Implementation in SMEs: An Analysis of Factors. Amitrajit Sarkar. 309
Tertiary Institutes in New Zealand: Identifying Gaps in Technology. Hira Sathu, Ranjana Shukla. 321
Data normalisation. Shiu Ram. 327
Online Support for Postgraduate Thesis Advisement: The Research Roadmap Project. Brian Whitworth, Tong Liu. 331
Attracting Students to Computing: The Collaborative Development of an Innovative Marketing Tool. Alison Young. 341

Poster papers

A 915 × 600mm poster is displayed at the conference along with one page in the proceedings.Research primarily carried out by students is identified with an NACCQ Capstone Research logo.

Poster papers
Paper Speakers Page No. Pdf
Workflow designer software for a local city council. Aaron Buckthough, Jimmi Rosa. 347
SUMATO: An XML-based Survey Management Application. Bevan Yot Chan, Alister Galpin, Jarrod Irwin, Dave Kennedy. 348
Advance Automotive VoIP Project. Areef Dean, Craig Burnett. 349
Teaching with Tablets: Enabling Interactive Learning. Dave Kennedy, Daphne Robson. 350
Java Parallel Programming Framework: JPPF. Murray Foote, John Hetherington. 351
Walking Dunedin streets in 150 year old shoes. Mark Johnstone, Anson Li, Sanjay Siridar, Samuel Mann, Hamish Smith. 352
Provenco Software Development Project. Colin McIntyre, Sandra Cleland. 353
Minutes Publishing Software for a Local District Council. James Mason, Jimmi Rosa. 354
Web Development and Design Project. Aaron Meeking, Richard Dargie. 355
Mytec– Wintec Student Information Portal. Garry Roberton, Susan Bennett. 356
Changing Delivery and Assessment Mechanisms – To What effect? Ray Scott. 357
Learning environments: Will mobile technologies enhance tertiary students’ learning? Sarah Snell, Catherine Snell-Siddle. 358
Nightingale Application Prototype. Andrew Smart, Sandra Cleland. 359
First on the rank. Hamish Smith, Shane van Dyk, Samuel Mann. 360
Playing games? Lesley Smith, Darrell Love, Samuel Mann. 361
Worth getting hyped up over Hyper-V? Stefan Stasiewicz. 362
EduVaka. Sonny Teio, Samuel Mann, Hamish Smith, Patricia Haden. 363
Norlings Wireless Stock Control Solution. Cass Toyne, Simon Burt. 364
Development of a VOIP Based Help Desk Application. Philip Watson, Trevor Nesbit, Rob Oliver, John McPhee 365
Simpa:update on progress. Victoria Weatherall, Khyla Russell,Samuel Mann. 366