Disciplinary Foundation Papers (2024)
All of our undergraduate qualifications 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.
The disciplinary foundation papers are listed here by Division. However, the appropriate paper or papers will depend on which qualification and subjects you are studying. For course planning information, please see a Student Advisor in your Division of study.
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- Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences
- Division of Education
- Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science
- Division of Management
- Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
- 100 Level
- 200 Level
Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences
If you are taking a Bachelor of Global Studies you should include COMMS101.
Division of Education
Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science
If you are taking a Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours or a Bachelor of Design you will need to include CSMAX170.
If you are taking a Bachelor of Health you will need to include HELTH102.
If you are taking a Bachelor of Sport and Human Performance you will need to include HELTH102.
If you are taking a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Science (Technology) with the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, you will need to include CSMAX170.
If you are taking a Bachelor of Science with the School of Science, you will need to include 45 points from APHYS111, AQCUL101, BIOEB101, BIOEB102, BIOMD101, BIOMO101, CHEMY100, CHEMY101, CHEMY102, CLIMT101, EARTH101, EARTH102, ENGEN111, ENGEN112, ENGEN180, ENVSC101, MARIN101, MARIN102 or PHYSC100.
If you are taking a Bachelor of Science (Technology) with the School of Science, you will need to include 45 points from APHYS111, BIOEB101, BIOEB102, BIOMD101, BIOMO101, CHEMY100, CHEMY101, CHEMY102, CLIMT101, EARTH101, EARTH102, ENGEN111, ENGEN112, ENGEN180, ENVSC101 or PHYSC100.
Division of Management
Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
If you are taking a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Social Sciences (studying with Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao - Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies) you will need to include MAORI100.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location APHYS111 Physics in Context - Ahupūngao o te Ao 15.0 24A (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... AQCUL101 Introduction to Aquaculture - Ahumoana 15.0 24A (Tauranga) This paper has been designed to introduce you to important aspects of the fastest growing food-producing sector in the world. Aquaculture is one of the most efficient food production systems and now provides over 50% of the world's consumed fish. You will learn about the wide range of farmed aquatic organisms from algae to fish. We... ARTSC103 Rights and Reasons 15.0 24A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga) & 24B (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. ARTSC105 Language in Context 15.0 24A (Online) Language in Context is an essential paper for students of a broad range of disciplines where language and communication are a focus. Students are given the tools to examine how human language reflects our histories, our social selves, and our immediate physical contexts. We observe how language is used to reinvent and to reinforce ... ARTSC106 Critical Social Science Research: The Crisis of Climate Change 15.0 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Online) This paper is an introduction to critical social science research in Aotearoa New Zealand. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach spanning Indigenous and Feminist studies, political science and sociology, and is organised around the case study of climate change. BIOEB101 Concepts of Biology - Ngā Huatau o te Koiora 15.0 24A (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. He whakataki tenei pepa i nga matapono o te koiora taea noatia te hanganga me nga whainga o te putau, o te kuneroa... BIOEB102 Introduction to Ecology and Biodiversity - Mātai Hauropi a Kanorau Koiora 15.0 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga) 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. He whakataki tenei pepa i nga matapono o te matai ... BIOMO101 Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology - Mātai Pūtau a Mātai Rāpoi Ngota Koiora 15.0 24B (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. He whakataki tenei pepa i nga aria pokapu o te Matai Putau, Matai Rapoi hoki, tae atu ana ki te ngota... CHEMY100 Chemistry in Context - Matū o te Ao 15.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga) This paper covers a broad range of chemical concepts that are fundamental to the sciences and engineering. A strong emphasis is made to teach concepts through real-life examples from the world around us. He toro na tenei pepa i nga tumomo tuapapa o te matai matu kei te tuapapa o nga horopaki putaiao, pukaha hoki He kaha hangai te ... CHEMY101 Structure and Spectroscopy - Tūramaramatia i ngā Hanganga 15.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton) A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major. He pepa tirotiro i nga tuahua o te wetewete i te matauranga matuwaro me tona kore paraumu, he pepa matua o roto o te tohu matuora. CHEMY102 Chemical Reactivity - Tauhohehohe Matū 15.0 24B (Hamilton) A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major. He pepa a-aria, a-mahinga hoki hei tirotiro i nga tuahuaranga o te matuora a-kikokiko, a-paraumu hoki He pepa matua o roto o te tohu matuora. CLIMT101 Introduction to Climate Change Science - Pūtaiao Huringa Āhuarangi 15.0 24A (Hamilton), 24A (Online), 24A (Secondary School - Unistart) & 24A (Tauranga) An overview of the scientific basis of climate change with emphasis on understanding climate change mitigation and adaptation. He tirohanga whanui no tenei pepa i te tuapapa o te putaiao o te huringa ahuarangi. He nui te aro ki te whakamauru me te takatu o te huringa ahuarangi. COMMS101 Communication Competencies 15.0 24A (Hamilton) This paper introduces students to the significance and meaning associated with our everyday communication choices. From traditional face-to-face conversation to digitally mediated interactions, communication is layered with social meaning that both replicates and constitutes our identities. CSMAX170 Foundations in Computing and Mathematical Sciences 15.0 24A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga), 24X (Hainan University, Haikou, China) & 24X (Hamilton Waikato College) 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 mathematical sci... EARTH101 Introduction to Earth System Sciences - Pūtaiao Pūnaha Whenua 15.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga) 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... EARTH102 Discovering Planet Earth - Tūhuratia Papatūānuku 15.0 24B (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. He tuhura no tenei pepa i te kopu o Papatuanuku me tona pahekoheko hihiri i te ... ECONS101 Economics for Business and Management 15.0 24A (Hamilton), 24A (Hamilton Waikato College), 24A (Secondary School - Unistart), 24A (Tauranga), 24B (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton Waikato College), 24VA (National Economics University, Vietnam) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) This paper offers insights into the behaviour of consumers, firms and the government within the economy, giving students skills in analysing and predicting the actions of individuals and businesses. ENGEN111 Electricity for Engineers 15.0 24B (Hamilton), 24B (Tauranga) & 24X (Hamilton) Concepts underlying electricity such as current, voltage and power will be introduced, and apply these concepts to analyse electrical energy systems. ENGEN112 Materials Science and Engineering 15.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga) 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... ENGEN170 Engineering and Society 15.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga) Introduction to the role of engineering in society with a focus on sustainable development, data analysis, holistic systems thinking, and the future of work within a global and New Zealand context including an introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi. ENGEN180 Foundations of Engineering 15.0 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga) 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. ENSLA103 English as an Additional Language: Effective Academic Writing 15.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24B (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. This paper is intended for students with English is an additional language. ENVSC101 Environmental Science - Pūtaiao Taiao 15.0 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga) 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. Ko te whainga matua o tenei pepa putaiao taiao ki te whak... FINAN101 Introduction to Finance 15.0 24A (Hamilton), 24A (Hamilton Waikato College), 24B (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton Waikato College), 24B (Tauranga), 24H (Hamilton), 24VB (National Economics University, Vietnam) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) This paper introduces the three core areas of finance - financial management, investments, and capital markets and institutions. The paper also examines applications of corporate finance concepts to personal finance. HELTH102 Drugs in Sport and Society 15.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga) This paper introduces students to foundational academic skills using the context of drug use for purposes of recreation and performance enhancement. LEGAL103 Legal Method A 15.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga) This paper introduces students to the study and practice of law in New Zealand. With a particular focus on criminal law, the paper will teach you the basics of legal methods, including legal research, reasoning, opinion writing, statutory interpretation and case analysis. With a particular focus on crimes, this paper will teach the... LEGAL104 Legal Method B 15.0 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga) Using the law of contract by way of illustration, this paper teaches students crucial approaches to statutory interpretation and case analysis, and introduces students to the key legal skill of mooting. With a particular focus on contracts, this paper will teach students essential skills in Legal Method, including case analysis, st... MAORI100 Kōkiri: Academic Skills for Indigenous Studies 15.0 24A (Hamilton) This paper introduces academic skills that are directly useful for the rest of your university studies but will also provide a foundation for critical thinking and clear communication beyond the university. We focus on academic conventions in relation to Indigenous Studies: understanding the Indigenous and colonial contexts of tert... MARIN101 Marine Biodiversity - Rerenga Rauropi Taimoana 15.0 24A (Tauranga) This paper provides an introduction to marine ecosystems, the form and function of key marine taxa, the identification of New Zealand marine plants & animals (both indigenous & introduced), and the concepts of Matauranga and biodiversity, as they apply to the coastal marine environment. He whakataki no tenei pepa i te rauropi taimo... MARIN102 Marine Mammals, Birds and Apex Predators 15.0 24B (Tauranga) This paper provides an overview of marine charismatic megafauna and ecosystem processes including food webs, biogeochemical cycling, trophic cascades, and adaptations of organisms to their environment. STMGT101 Introduction to Management 15.0 24A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton), 24B (Tauranga), 24VA (National Economics University, Vietnam), 24W (Hamilton Waikato College), 24X (Hamilton Waikato College) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) Managing in organisations, small and large, in changing local and international business environments requires knowledge, skills, and abilities of who managers are, what managers do, and how they can make a difference to organisational performance, competitive position, and sustainability over time. This paper introduces students t... TEACH100 Literacy and Mathematics in the Early Years 15.0 24X (Online) 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... TEACH101 Ko te Reo me ngā Tikanga o ngā kura 15.0 24X (Hamilton), 24X (Online) & 24X (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. TEEDU100 Concepts of Learning and Teaching 1 15.0 24B (Hamilton), 24B (Tauranga) & 24X (Online) In this paper, students will examine theories of learning, working with diverse learners and a range of innovative teaching practices. TEEDU101 The Aotearoa New Zealand Educational Context 15.0 24B (Hamilton), 24B (Tauranga) & 24X (Online) This paper examines the educational policies, ideas and processes shaping educational contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand. TEEDU102 Learning and Development Across the Lifespan 15.0 24A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga) & 24X (Online) 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.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location ENSLA202 English as an Additional Language: Effective Academic Speaking 15.0 24B (Hamilton) This paper provides students with skills needed to understand and question academic texts. It covers skills in reading and text inquiry and techniques in voicing opinions and questioning views. This paper is intended for students for whom English is an additional Language.
2024 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 29 November 2023 7:52pm