New Start General NSGEN 47

You'll be introduced to a variety of topics in Humanities, Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Law and Science. This will help you make the right decision about your future study.

New Start General offers you:

  • A programme of weekly lectures, workshops and tutorials
  • A choice of locations – City Campus and Tai Tonga Campus, South Auckland in Semesters One and Two, and Tai Tokerau Campus, Whangārei in Semester Two and Summer School
  • Access to online course resources
  • A Saturday Orientation Day
  • Mentoring and peer support
  • Part-time study over one semester (13 weeks) for Auckland courses 
  • Saturday study over eight weeks for the Tai Tokerau course
  • Assignments to write and a test to sit
  • The Academic Integrity course

The Auckland programme will include an Orientation Day. We will offer you tips on how to manage your studies; a campus tour; an overview of coursework expectations, course information and what happens after New Start. All Auckland students are expected to attend Orientation.

Lectures

At City Campus and in South Auckland, you'll attend weekly two-hour lectures with University academic staff from various disciplines and faculties, plus workshops and tutorials. At Tai Tokerau Campus there will be eight seven-hour sessions, which include the lectures, workshops and tutorials.

The lectures will introduce you to a new subject area each week, such as Anthropology, Art History, Classics and Ancient History, Comparative Literature, Economics, Education, History, Law, Māori Studies, Media, Film and Television, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, Sociology and test preparation.

Note: Lecture topics and assignments may vary each semester.

Workshops

To support you during the course, we run a series of study skills workshops. These will help you develop your skills and your understanding of what will be expected of you during your University study. Most workshops run for one to two hours and include:

  • Assessing your language skills
  • Essay writing skills
  • Life on campus
  • Managing your New Start studies
  • Memory, revision and exam techniques
  • Taking notes and reviewing lectures
  • Planning your degree studies
  • Reading critically
  • Test preparation
  • Using information technology
  • Using the library

Tutorials

You’ll also attend one-hour tutorials for assessed topics. These small-group discussions give you the opportunity to ask about lectures or assignments. Tutorials are normally held a day or two after lecture classes.

Assessments

You'll complete three assignments, the University's Academic Integrity course and an end-of-course test. These tasks will help prepare you for University studies. To complete the course, you'll need to submit all coursework and sit the test to obtain a final grade, which will be used to assess your application to the University of Auckland.

Learning outcomes

Having successfully completed your New Start course, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate the skills necessary for undergraduate study
  • Write essays in an appropriate academic style
  • Demonstrate study skills and self management
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse and evaluate concepts
  • Describe and debate issues of importance within at least ten different disciplines
  • Make informed decisions, plan an undergraduate course of study and enrol at the University of Auckland

2021 Summer School

NSGEN 47: The University of Auckland Tai Tokerau Campus, Whangārei

When: 8 sessions, Friday 8 January and Saturdays, 9 January–20 February, 9am–4pm
Where: Tai Tokerau Campus, Whangārei
Final test: Tai Tokerau Campus, Whangārei Saturday 20 February, 9–11am
Closing date for online applications: 3 January 2021

2021 Semester One course dates

These are offered at two locations – Tai Tonga South Auckland Campus and City Campus

NSGEN 47: The University of Auckland Tai Tonga Campus, South Auckland
Orientation Day: Saturday 27 February, University of Auckland City Campus
When: 12 sessions, Mondays and Tuesdays, 1 March–1 June, 6pm–8pm
Where: Tai Tonga Campus, 6 Osterley Way, Manukau
Final test: University of Auckland City Campus, Wednesday 2 June, 6–8pm
Closing date for online applications: 21 February 2021

OR

NSGEN 47: The University of Auckland City Campus
Orientation Day: Saturday 27 February, University of Auckland City Campus
When: 12 sessions, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3 March–27 May, 12 noon–2pm
Where: City Campus
Final test: University of Auckland City Campus, Wednesday 2 June, 6–8pm
Closing date for online applications: 21 February 2021

2021 Semester Two course dates

These are offered at two locations – Tai Tonga Campus, South Auckland, and City Campus


NSGEN 47: The University of Auckland Tai Tonga Campus, South Auckland
Orientation Day
: 10am–3pm, Saturday 17 July, University of Auckland City Campus
When: 12 sessions, Mondays and Wednesdays, 19 July–20 October, 6pm–8pm
Where: Tai Tonga Campus, 6 Osterley Way, Manukau
Final test: University of Auckland City Campus, Wednesday 27 October, 6–8pm
Closing date for online applications: 12 July 2021

OR

NSGEN 47: The University of Auckland City Campus
Orientation Day
: 10am–3pm, Saturday 17 July, University of Auckland City Campus
When: 12 sessions, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 20 July–21 October, 6–8pm
Where: City Campus
Final test: University of Auckland City Campus, Wednesday 27 October, 6–8pm
Closing date for online applications: 12 July 2021