Disciplinary Foundation Papers (2018)

From 2018 all of our qualifications will offer a foundational element to give students a firm grounding in their chosen discipline early on. This foundational element may be a single paper, or it may be a collection of papers. Completing this foundational element is compulsory.

These foundational papers are listed here by Faculty. However, the appropriate paper(s) will depend on which qualification and subjects you are studying. For course planning information please see our online degree planning tables on our subject pages.


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  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

    If you are studying with the Faculty of Arts and Social Science and taking a Bachelor of Arts you may include any one of: ARTSC101, ARTSC102, ARTSC103, ARTSC104, or ARTSC105. If you are taking a Bachelor of Social Science or Bachelor of Music you may include any one of: ARTSC101, ARTSC103, or ARTSC104. If you are taking a Bachelor of Environmental Planning you may include either of: ARTSC101 or ARTSC104. If you are taking a Bachelor of Social Work you will need to include ARTSC103.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ARTSC101Indigenous Social Science Research18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    With an emphasis on indigenous ways of understanding and knowing, students engage with critical questions about social issues, examine a range of social science research strategies and techniques, and consider the ethical values required of researchers engaged with indigenous peoples and communities.
    ARTSC102Arts Affects<>Effects18A (Hamilton)
    A survey course introducing several art-forms, developing both understanding of the functions the arts play in society and key academic skills through an examination of the roles of performers and audiences.
    ARTSC103Rights and Reasons18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga) & 18B (Hamilton)
    Students will develop critical thinking skills by reasoning about human rights. Issues include rights-protection in difficult circumstances, who bears responsibility for protecting human rights, and armed intervention and torture in the name of human rights.
    ARTSC104Undergraduate Research Writing for ESL Students18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers research, approaches to and techniques for different writing genres, analysis of English text and discourse, and an understanding of issues in academic integrity .
    ARTSC105Language in Context18A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the way in which language is used as an expression of a speaker's culture and social group, and considers how language varies according to social context.
  • Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

    If you are studying with Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and taking a Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours, a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Design you will need to include CSMAX101. If you are studying a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours your foundational paper is already included in the compulsory papers of your program.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    CSMAX170Foundations in Computing and Mathematical Sciences18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    The objective of this paper is to provide students with the academic foundations for computing and mathematical sciences. The paper will cover the following areas: - Effective academic reasoning and communication - Information literacy and research skills - Academic integrity - Techniques and tools in the computing and mathematica...
  • Faculty of Education

    If you are taking a Bachelor of Teaching you will need to include all of the following papers:

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    TEACH100Literacy and Mathematics in the Early Years18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Online) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces students to what it means to be a teacher and learner of literacy and mathematics in Aotearoa New Zealand in early years settings. Students will gain an understanding of how children develop oral and written language and the importance of talk. The paper includes a focus on the understanding, competence, and c...
    TEACH101Being a Teacher in Aotearoa New Zealand18C (Hamilton), 18C (Online) & 18C (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces students to the skills, attitudes and values required of a teacher in Aotearoa New Zealand. It explores professional and ethical requirements for teachers and commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.
    TEEDU100Concepts of Learning and Teaching 118A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Online) & 18B (Tauranga)
    In this paper, students will examine theories of learning, working with diverse learners and a range of innovative teaching practices.
    TEEDU101The Aotearoa New Zealand Educational Context18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Online) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper examines the educational policies, ideas and processes shaping educational contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand.
    TEEDU102Learning and Development Across the Lifespan18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Online) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper focuses on understanding and enhancing human development through an exploration of biological, psychological, social and cultural factors that influence patterns of development and learning over the lifespan.
  • Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance

    If you are studying a Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance you will need to include HSHUP101.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    HSHUP101Foundations of Health, Sport and Human Performance18A (Hamilton)
    Health, sport and human performance is an interdisciplinary field of study. This paper introduces students to the foundational academic skills required for success within the Health, Sport and Human Performance degree.
  • Faculty of Law

    If you are taking a Bachelor of Laws you will need to include all of the following papers:

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    LEGAL103Legal Method- Research and Statutory Interpretation18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    The objective of the paper is to teach students the basics of legal method including introduction to University studies, introduction to the study of law, digital skills and tools for law students, legal research, introduction to problem solving and critical thinking, academic and professional integrity and statutory interpretation...
    LEGAL104Legal Method- Legal Writing and Case Analysis18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    The objective of the paper is to teach students legal writing, case analysis and introduce the students to advocacy including written and oral skills, and to teach the students techniques for revision and sitting law exams. To continue upskilling students in obtaining useful digital skills and tools.
  • Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies

    If you are studying with Te Pua Wananga ki te Ao - Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies and taking a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Social Sciences you will need to include MAORI100.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    MAORI100Kokiri: Academic Skills for Indigenous Studies18A (Hamilton)
    This paper will teach academic conventions in relation to citation, literacy, oration, data and academic writing via Maori, Pacific and Indigenous cultural constructs. It also provides a brief survey of research methods particular to Indigenous Studies.
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering

    If you are studying with the Faculty of Science and Engineering and taking a Bachelor of Science you will need to include three of the papers below. If you are taking a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours your foundational paper is already included in the compulsory papers of your program.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    APHYS111Physics in Context18A (Hamilton)
    This is an introductory paper in physics for students who have not studied physics or mathematics at NCEA level 2 or 3. It is intended to support a major in other science subjects. Emphasis is placed on describing everyday physics concepts using correct terminology. Examples of physics in action are drawn from many science areas. T...
    BIOEB101Concepts of Biology18A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the foundations of biology, including the structure and functioning of cells, evolution, the origins and diversity of life, and a tour of the major forms of life and their defining characteristics.
    BIOEB102Introduction to Ecology and Biodiversity18B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the principles of ecology and biodiversity. Topics include population, community and ecosystem ecology, conservation biology, and the structure, functioning and environmental responses of animals and plants. Examples will include New Zealand ecosystems and biota.
    BIOMO101Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology18B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the central concepts of Molecular and Cellular Biology, including the ultrastructure and function of cells, the biochemical processes involved, and the role of DNA in cellular function, inheritance and evolution.
    CHEMY100Chemistry in Context18A (Hamilton)
    This is an introductory paper for students with a limited background in chemistry. There is a strong emphasis on teaching chemical concepts through real-world examples relevant to different science and engineering disciplines.
    CHEMY101Structure and Spectroscopy18A (Hamilton), 18A (Secondary School - Unistart) & 18C (Hamilton)
    A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
    CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Secondary School - Unistart)
    A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
    EARTH101Introduction to Earth System Sciences18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    A lecture and laboratory paper that explores the interacting processes that affect the surface of the Earth, producing landforms and resources, with a focus on physical processes. Topics covered include coastal processes and hazards; climate change; weathering; erosion and mass movement; soil formation; the hydrological cycle; rive...
    EARTH102Discovering Planet Earth18B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the Earth's interior and its dynamic interaction with the crust, including: the major rocks and minerals; interpreting the rock record and geologic maps; the geological time scale and fossils; plate tectonics; volcanism; earthquakes.
    ENGEN111Electricity and Electronics18A (Hamilton)
    Students are introduced to underlying concepts in electricity such as current, voltage and power, and apply these concepts in a laboratory by making circuits and measuring them with common laboratory instruments.
    ENGEN112Materials Science and Engineering18B (Hamilton)
    Introduction to engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, semiconductors and biomaterials) and their atomic structure and mechanical properties. Includes; elastic and plastic deformation, fracture mechanisms, failure in service, iron-carbon phase diagram, redox reactions in corrosion, production of polymers, ce...
    ENGEN180Foundations of Engineering18A (Hamilton)
    Introduction to the engineering design process and computer aided design, fundamental principles of engineering analysis, open ended problem solving, engineering economics and the skills of a successful engineer. Includes a design-build-test experience.
    ENVSC101Environmental Science18B (Hamilton)
    A scientific study of the interaction between humans and the environment including climate change, utilisation and exploitation of natural resources and the effects of human activities on biological, chemical and physical processes that form resources and control ecosystems.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 19 January 2018 11:30am

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