2021 Summer Start Course List

Courses available for enrolment under the Summer Start Programme are shown below. Our friendly Student Advisors are on-hand to have a chat with you can assist you in making the right decision for you based on your tertiary study needs and programme preferences.

Academic integrity

All students proposing to enter the University for the first time must take the online academic integrity course.

2021 Summer Start courses

Arts

ACADENG 100 - Forms in Academic English*

Develop an understanding of academic reading and writing, including sentence and paragraph structure and academic vocabulary. The course is available as an Academic English Language Requirement (AELR) course to students from all faculties except Business.

*Check with our Student Advisers regarding suitability of this course outside of Arts programmes.

ACADENG 101 - Academic English Writing*

Learn the skills necessary to write essays for university purposes, including brainstorming, writing an outline, structuring an essay, integrating quotations, summaries and referencing. ACADENG 101 is also an approved course for students who have not met the Academic English Language Literacy Requirements (AELR).

*This course is suitable for students applying for Business Programmes who have not met AELR. Check with our Student Advisers regarding suitability of this course outside of Arts or Business programmes.

ENGWRIT 101 - English Writing for Academic Purposes*

A skills-based analysis of texts written for academic purposes. Topics include: essays of comparison and contrast, argumentative essays, problem solution texts, literature reviews, critiques, and report writing.

*This course is suitable for students applying for Business Programmes who have not met AELR. Check with our Student Advisers regarding suitability of this course outside of Arts or Business programmes.

HUMS 101 - Europe Medieval to Modern

A thematic and chronological survey of major developments in European history and visual culture since the early Middle Ages.

MĀORI 130/G - Te Ao Māori: The Māori World*

An introduction to Māori analyses of topics that are often discussed and sometimes controversial, and that continue to shape contemporary life in New Zealand.

*You can choose this course for Summer Start no matter what your future programme of study.

Business and Economics

BUSINESS 111 - Innovation and Value Creation

Develop an understanding of customers and markets, and the legal, economic and social environment within which business operates, nationally and globally.

BUSINESS 114 – Accounting for Decision Making

Examine how understanding financial, non-financial and legal information is critical to business decision making. Develop skills in analysing, interpreting and communicating accounting information.

ECON 151/G – Understanding the Global Economy

Examine the many ways in which economics affects our daily lives and the global environment.

Creative Arts and Industries

DANCE 101/101G – Introduction to Dance and Creative Processes*

This course aims to develop an understanding of our moving bodies through movement awareness, dance improvisation, choreography, and interdisciplinary arts processes.

*You can choose this course for Summer Start no matter what your future programme of study (except Bachelor of Dance Studies).

MUS144G – Turning-Points in Western Music*

This course introduces the history and literatures of Western music from medieval times to the late 20th-century. You will study, discuss, and write about the people and the factors (artistic, intellectual, social, technical) that were and are Western music’s agents of change. No previous knowledge of music is assumed.

*You can choose this course for Summer Start no matter what your future programme of study.

MUS 149/149G – From Rock to Reggae: Tracking Popular Music in New Zealand*

This course introduces New Zealand’s home-grown popular music, from roughly the 1950s to the present day. A broad range of musical styles will be considered and situated within various social contexts. The issue of cultural identity in music – at national and local levels – will also be explored. No previous knowledge of music is assumed.

*You can choose this course for Summer Start no matter what your future programme of study.

Education and Social Work

EDUC113: Current Issues in Education

This course tackles some of the most challenging and enduring issues in society from a critical educational perspective. While the course topics vary by semester to align with the most pressing social issues at the time, particular focus is given to investigating the purpose of schooling, and the ways in which schooling reproduces and/or challenges existing inequalities in society. Course themes include school policy, children’s rights, and a strong interrogation of the various “isms”—classism, racism, sexism, and ableism amongst others, as well as the influence of educational professionals on student learning. This course will provide foundational knowledge of how and why education remains a significant public concern, and the subject of intense social and political debate.

Engineering

Students considering Engineering should see the Summer Start for Engineers information.

ENGSCI 111 - Mathematical Modelling 1

Develop an understanding of mathematical modelling, including differentiation and integration (polynomials, trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic, and rational functions) and more. This is a great option for conjoint students who wish to start their Engineering degree early.

Science

Students considering Science should see the Summer Start for Science Students information.

CHEM 100G - Molecules that Changed the World 

Explore the impact of chemistry on the modern world by focusing on the stories of specific molecules, including penicillin, DDT and nylon. This course is not designed for students who plan to continue in chemistry.

CHEM 150 - Concepts in Chemistry*

Explore the fundamentals of chemistry with a view to enhancing understanding of the chemical nature of the world around us and providing a foundation for further study in chemistry. It is recommended that students who do not have a background in chemistry or are not confident in their Y13 chemistry take this course, especially if chemistry is a part of their planned degree.

*Check with our Student Advisers regarding suitability of this course outside of Science programmes.

COMPSCI 101 - Principles of Programming*

An introduction to computers and computer programming in a high-level language. The course will be useful for students who may wish to advance in Computer Science or in Information Systems and Operations Management, or to build programming skills suitable for Engineering or other science programmes.

*Check with our Student Advisers regarding suitability of this course outside of Science programmes.

COMPSCI 130 - Introduction to Software Fundamentals*

Learn fundamental programming techniques and processes, such as conditionals, iteration, recursion, functions, testing and debugging.

*Check with our Student Advisers regarding suitability of this course outside of Science programmes.

EXERSCI 100G Exercise and Fitness: Myths and Reality

For anyone interested in the human body and its relationship with physical activity, exercise and sport. No background in science is required to take this course.

EXERSCI 105 Exercise Prescription

What should my heart rate be when working out? How do you improve someone’s health with exercise? How do you measure someone’s 'fitness'? You'll learn how to answer questions like these and how to implement an evidence-based approach to exercise prescription.

GEOG 103G - Mapping Our World*

An introduction to modern geospatial technologies such as web-mapping, GPS and tracking devices (such as your phone), and GIS. It covers key concepts and principles behind these tools and their use, along with practical experiences through laboratories.

*You can choose this course for Summer Start no matter what your future programme of study. 

MATHS 102 – Functioning in Mathematics*

An introduction to calculus that builds mathematical skills and develops conceptual thinking. A refresher course for those who haven’t studied mathematics for some time, a confidence builder for those who aren’t confident in their Y13 mathematics, and a preparation course for further study in Mathematics.

*Check with our Student Advisers regarding suitability of this course outside of Science programmes. Students considering Engineering should see the Summer Start for Engineers information about this course.

MATHS 108 - General Mathematics 1

A general entry to Mathematics for commerce and the social sciences, including topics in algebra and calculus and their applications.

PHIL 105/105G – Critical Thinking*

An introduction to reasoning, argument, and explanation that emphasises the development of practical skills and their use in everyday life.

*You can choose this course for Summer Start no matter what your future programme of study.

PHYSICS 102 - Basic Concepts of Physics*

An introduction to the basic principles of physics. Key topics are the physical description of motion, electricity and magnetism. This course will equip students with little prior knowledge of physics or who are not confident in their Y13 Physics.

*Check with our Student Advisers regarding suitability of this course outside of Science programmes. Students considering Engineering should see the Summer Start for Engineers information about this course.

STATS 100 - Concepts in Statistics 

A first exposure to statistics that builds data handling skills and develops conceptual thinking through active participation in problems using real data, computer simulations and group work.

STATS 101/G - Introduction to Statistics

Intended for anyone who will ever have to collect or make sense of data, either in their career or private life.

STATS 108 - Statistics for Commerce

The standard Stage I Statistics course for the Faculty of Business and Economics or for Arts students taking Economics courses.

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