EPIC becomes CPIT campus for ICT summer programme

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17 Dec 2015

CPIT Information and Communication Technology students are taking their learning out of the classroom with the first off-campus summer programme getting underway at Christchurch's Enterprise Precinct Innovation Centre, the EPIC, this week. 

This is part of the students' professional practice, which is required in IT study from certificate, diploma to degree level. The 17 students involved will participate in course content designed for emerging professionals in computer networking, software development, business analysis and web development.

It's the third year the professional practice summer school programme has been held at CPIT, and the first time it has taken place outside the institute, CPIT's Department of Computing senior lecturer Diane McCarthy said.

"The students are responding well to EPIC's campus look and feel by integrating their classroom study with talks to various IT industry professionals who work here."

photo of ICT students

IT is groovy: CPIT ICT students team up for summer professional practice projects at the EPIC. Team Batman members from left, Grace Morgan-Maxwell, Callum Rowley, Michael Smith, Joachim Velzel and John Cole. Their project investigates the websites of small local businesses and the use of social media as a marketing tool.

The students are working in four teams led by a project manager in self-initiated learning that would give real-world experiences as the projects developed, she said.

This study block runs throughout the summer break, and finishes when students present their projects on February 16 next year.