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 – our City and Manukau campuses in Semesters One and Two, and Tai Tokerau Campus (Whangarei) 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 
  • A test to sit
  • The University's Academic Integrity course

The Auckland programme includes an Orientation Day on the City Campus. You'll get tips on managing your studies, a campus tour, lunch, an overview of course expectations, the course timetable, and information about entry requirements for future study. All Auckland students are expected to attend Orientation.

  • Semester One Orientation Day – Saturday 24 February 2018
  • Semester Two Orientation Day – Saturday 14 July 2018

Lectures

At City Campus and Manukau Campus, 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

2018 Summer School course dates

NSGEN 47: Tai Tokerau Whangarei Campus

Where: Tai Tokerau Whangarei Campus
When: 8 sessions, Friday 5 January and Saturdays 6 January–17 February, 9am–4pm

Closing date for online applications: 20 December  2017

2018 Semester One course dates

These are offered at two locations – MIT Manukau Campus and the University of Auckland City Campus

NSGEN 47: MIT Manukau Campus
Orientation Day: 10am–3pm, Saturday 24 February, University of Auckland City Campus
When: 12 sessions, Mondays, 26 February–21 May, 6pm–8pm, (plus additional workshops and tutorials)
Where: Manukau Institute of Technology, Otara North Campus

Final test: University of Auckland City Campus, Wednesday 30 May, 6–8pm
Closing date for online applications: 18 February 2018

OR

NSGEN 47: The University of Auckland City Campus
Orientation Day: 10am–3pm, Saturday 24 February, University of Auckland City Campus
When: 12 sessions, Wednesdays, 28 February–23 May, 12 noon–2pm, (plus additional workshops and tutorials)
Where: University of Auckland City Campus

Final test: University of Auckland City Campus, Wednesday 30 May, 6–8pm
Closing date for online applications: 18 February 2018

2018 Semester Two course dates

These are offered at three locations – MIT Manukau Campus, the University of Auckland Tai Tokerau Campus and the University of Auckland City Campus

NSGEN 47: MIT Manukau Campus
Orientation Day: 10am–3pm, Saturday 14 July, University of Auckland City Campus
When: 12 sessions, Mondays, 16 July–8 October, 6pm–8pm, (plus additional workshops and tutorials)
Where: Manukau Institute of Technology, Otara North Campus
Final test: University of Auckland City Campus, Wednesday 17 October, 6–8pm
Closing date for online applications: 8 July 2018

OR

NSGEN 47: The University of Auckland City Campus
Orientation Day: 10am–3pm, Saturday 14 July, University of Auckland City Campus
When: 12 sessions, Tuesdays, 17 July–9 October, 6–8pm, (plus additional workshops and tutorials)
Where: University of Auckland City Campus
Final test: University of Auckland City Campus, Wednesday 17 October, 6–8pm
Closing date for online applications: 8 July 2018

OR

NSGEN 47: Tai Tokerau Whangarei Campus

When: 8 sessions, Saturdays, 15 September–10 November, 9am–4pm
Where: Tai Tokerau Whangarei Campus
Closing date for online applications: 9 September 2018