2009 Proceedings


The 22nd Annual

Conference 2009

Napier, New Zealand.
Napier 2009

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“Proceedings of the Twenty Second Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications”

Prologue and table of contents

If you would like to print a copy of the prologue or table of contents from the printed proceedings, then you can download them as PDF files:

  • Prologue.
  • Table of contents.

Information from the prologue and table of contents is duplicated on this page.


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 the NACCQ website.

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@wave.co.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.
Noel Bridgeman Unitec New Zealand.
Tony Clear Auckland University of Technology.
Steve Corich Eastern Institute of Technology.
Bob Gibbons Manukau Institue of Technology.
Xiaosong Li Unitec New Zealand.
Mike Lopez Manukau Institue of Technology.
Dobrila Lopez Manukau Institue of Technology.
Trevor Nesbit University of Canterbury.
Gerry McCullough Open Polytechnic.
Krassie Petrova Auckland University of Technology.
Karen Phillips Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.
Garry Roberton Waikato Institute of Technology.
Lesley Smith Otago Polytechnic.
Jacqueline Whalley Auckland University of Technology.
Malcolm Weick Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology.
Alison Young Unitec New Zealand.


Dr Samuel Mann
Otago Polytechnic
Dunedin, New Zealand.
Dr Michael Verhaart
Eastern Institute of Technology
Taradale, New Zealand.


The theme of our conference is “Education, Innovation and Transformation – Educators in IT”.

This theme looks at the how we as computing educators in the tertiary sector can further enhance the experience of the students we educate as they move from secondary school through tertiary education and throughout a career in the IT industry. The theme also recognises the need for innovation as a key to transformation that will helps us prepare our students for employment in the 21st century.

The conference contains papers in the following areas:

  • Computing education.
  • Computing practice.
  • Computing research.

This conference proceedings, along with those from recent years, can be found online at www. naccq.ac.nz.

Full papers (quality assured):

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
ICT Capstone projects: “the edge of chaos”. Sue Chard, Jill Clark, Brenda Lloyd, Anna Ponting, George Tongariro. 9-14
Using an automated tool to measure evidence of critical thinking of individuals in discussion forums. Stephen Corich. 15-21
(Re)developing Computing Qualifications: Processes and Outcomes. Donald Joyce. 23-28
Mentoring students: A programme approach. Kim Hagen-Hall, Michael Verhaart. 29-35
Do computing students have a different approach to studying? Mike Lopez, Denise Clarkson, Willem Fourie, Dobrila Lopez, Kirsten Marais. 37-42
Benchmarking sustainability values of incoming computing students. Samuel Mann, Lesley Smith, Kerry Shephard, Nell Smith, Lynley Deaker. 43-51
Localisation in the Web: Speaking your Audience’s Language. Pablo Matamoros. 53-61
Virtual Teams and Communities of Practice: A Transformation Model for eLearning. Angela Martin, Trevor Nesbit. 63-70
The Teaching of Introductory Programming: Issues of Context. Trevor Nesbit. 71-78
Project Manager Skills: for Employability in Information Technology. Trevor Nesbit. 79-85
Managing International Students Attendance with consideration of Completion and Satisfaction. Christo Potgieter, Bruce Ferguson. 87-91
Design by numbers: a rubric to aid online course design. Joyce Seitzinger, John Jamieson, Sian Forlong-Ford. 91-98
Negotiating boundaries: caregivers: perspectives on teenage cell phone usage. Shanthi Ravichandran, Kay Fielden. 99-104
Blended Learning Environments: Students Report Their Preferences. David Skelton. 105-114
Towards Next Generation Project Management Simulation. Aaron Steele. 115-120
Using virtualization in teaching in a software laboratory. Albert van Aardt, Mike Mossom. 121-124
Youth Web Spaces: Design Requirements to Promote Well Being. Shahper Vodanovich, David Sundaram 125-132
SimPa in review. Tori Weatherall, Samuel Mann, Khyla Russell. 133-139
Computing Education for Sustainability: Madrid and beyond. Alison Young, Samuel Mann, Lesley Smith, Logan Muller. 140-145

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
Teaching html (Cold hard coding or WYSIWYG). Narissa Bayler. 147
Sysdoc Internship: An EIT Final Project. Josh Corich, Frina Albertyn, Tania Davis. 148
Farmers Transport Website Re-design. Kylie Stevens, Frina Albertyn, Shane Redlick. 149
Do Shifts Happen? – Will Transformative Teaching Techniques help in teaching ICT. Susan Bennett. 150
Network Monitoring & Analysis Project. Jamie Telford, Simon Burt. 151
A virtual ant farm. Trevor Farquharson, Gareth Dorest, Jun Cui, Samuel Mann, Patricia Haden. 152
QUEST Application Re-development and Data Warehouse. Joseph Redward, Sandra Cleland. 153
Mountain Bike Racing Simulator Project. Arun Meiyappan, Richard Dargie. 154
Open Source Learning Lab. Nicolas Erdody, Richard Wyles. 155
Animation and Animation Software Tools. Rakesh Kumar. 156
A Comparison of Learning Management Systems. Yuhui Li. 157
eLiving Campus. Samuel Mann, Lesley Smith. 158
Simple Pledge – Otago Polytechnic’s journey towards sustainability. Samuel Mann, Katie Ellwood. 159
Comparison of Special Effects Tools in Multimedia Development. Sheetal Naidu. 160
Automating model plane design. RV Siamak, Johan Peens, Samuel Mann, Hamish Smith. 161
Web Enabling the NACCQ Moderation Process: A Discovery Prototyping Capstone Project. Yi Sun, Trevor Nesbit. 162
Flexibly healthy and safe. Adon Moskal, Scott Simister, Samuel Mann, Lesley Smith. 163
Can Cultural & Social Pressures overshadow Work Ethics? Anupama Naidu, Sione Ketu’u. 164
Evaluation of the impact of Freezing Technology on Food Industry. Sheethal Naidu. 165
Mobile Business Offerings in Higher Education: A Snapshot. Trevor Nesbit. 166
Level 5 Database Management Systems Courses: Alternative Approaches. Trevor Nesbit. 167
Group Assessments: Educationalist and Industry Divergence? Trevor Nesbit. 168
Animation Technology. Alison Niu. 169
Comparison of Animation Technologies. Kaushik Patel. 170
Computer Animation: A Multimedia Technology. Shoma Paul. 171
Biometrics: The Social Impact. Natasha Pereria. 172
NZCS SFIA Professional Certification. Christo Potgieter, Garry Roberton. 173
Blue Book’s APR: A Useful Addition? Christo Potgieter, Garry Roberton. 174
Comparison of animation tools in multimedia development (Flash – Director). W.P.Rashikala. 175
Tertiary Enrolment & Labour Market Trends, 2002 to Present: A Global Snapshot. Garry Roberton, Susan Bennett. 176
A Simulation Software for Teaching IT Management Course. Jimmi Rosa. 177
Evaluating Disaster Recovery Readiness with Zachman Framework. Jimmi Rosa. 178
Special Effects in Multimedia Development. Gurbir Singh. 179
Internet and Older Adults: Should Websites Ensure Older Adult Inclusion? Anupama Naidu. 180
Animation Tools: A Comparative Study. Margaret Thomas. 181
Modernising how surveys are handled: the Survey Database System. Ben York, Michael Verhaart, Glen Harkness. 182
Analysis & Comparison of Interactive Multimedia Animation Authoring Tools. Hylda von Dincklage. 183
A Thematic Approach to Sustainability within an Interactive Multimedia Development Course. Alison Young. 184

Snapshot papers:

A section of briefing papers and abstracts have not been peer reviewed. These papers provide background material for special sessions.

Snapshot papers
Paper Speakers Page No. Pdf
Trialling Literacy/Numeracy Tools and Strategies at MIT. Michael Andrews. 186
Educating and Integrating our Students: providing learners with real-world experience during their degree. Mark Caukill. 187
Recognising Excellence in Student Projects. Dobrila Lopez, Mike Lopez. 188
Practice based research: Some approaches for the analysis of naturally occurring data. Mike Lopez. 189
Innov Mobile learning: Enhancing learning. Kathryn Mac Callum. 190
Enhancing Student Learning. Trevor Nesbit, Angela Martin, George Tongariro, Michael Verhaart. 191
Project Wiki. Samuel Mann, Lesley Smith, Hamish Smith. 192-193