Disciplinary Foundation Papers (2019)

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 you may include any one of: ARTSC101, ARTS103 or ARTSC104. If you are taking a Bachelor of Music you may include any one of: ARTSC101, ARTSC102, or ARTSC104. If you are taking a Bachelor of Environmental Planning you may include any one of: ARTSC101, ARTSC102, ARTSC103, ARTSC104, or ARTSC105. If you are taking a Bachelor of Social Work you will need to include PHILO103.

  • 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.

  • Faculty of Education

    If you are studying with the Faculty of Education and taking a Bachelor of Social Sciences you may include any one of: ARTSC101, ARTSC103 or ARTSC104.

    If you are taking a Bachelor of Teaching you will need TEACH100, TEACH101, TEEDU100, TEEDU101 and TEEDU102.

  • 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.

  • Faculty of Law

    If you are taking a Bachelor of Laws you will need to include LEGAL103 and LEGAL104.

  • 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.

  • 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 45 points from APHYS111, BIOEB101, BIOEB102, BIOMO101, CHEMY100, CHEMY101, CHEMY102, EARTH101, EARTH102, ENGEN111, ENGEN112, ENGEN180 or ENVSC101. If you are taking a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours your foundational paper is already included in the compulsory papers of your program.

  • Waikato Management School

    If you are studying with the Waikato Management School and taking a Bachelor of Business you will need to include 75 points from ACCTN101, ECONS101, FINAN101, MGSYS101, MRKTG101 or STMGT101.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ACCTN101Accounting for Management19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper explains that accounting is an important social practice; an integral aspect of organisational management and covers both the technical aspects of the provision and use of accounting information.
    APHYS111Physics in Context19A (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...
    ARTSC101Indigenous Social Science Research19B (Hamilton) & 19B (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.
    ARTSC102Art in Context19B (Hamilton)
    This paper develops key academic skills through an examination of the roles that various Arts – especially music, theatre, dance performance and the screen-based arts, play in society. The course looks at the arts through both creative and critical approaches focusing especially on the interactions of performers/creators and aud...
    ARTSC103Rights and Reason19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga) & 19B (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.
    ARTSC105Language in Context19A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces that branch of Linguistics which 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.
    ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
    This cross-disciplinary paper offers students with a rich background for study within the Bachelor of Arts. It is structured around metaphors of journey and cultural encounter and focuses on a variety of texts, images and sounds.
    ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
    BIOEB101Concepts of Biology19A (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 Biodiversity19B (Hamilton) & 19B (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.
    BIOMO101Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology19B (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 Context19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
    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 Spectroscopy19A (Hamilton), 19A (Secondary School - Unistart) & 19C (Hamilton)
    A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
    CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Secondary School - Unistart)
    A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
    CSMAX170Foundations in Computing and Mathematical Sciences19A (Hamilton) & 19B (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...
    EARTH101Introduction to Earth System Sciences19A (Hamilton) & 19A (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...
    EARTH102Discovering Planet Earth19B (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.
    ECONS101Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy19A (Hamilton), 19A (Secondary School - Unistart), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga), 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 19S (Hamilton)
    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.
    ENGEN111Electricity and Electronics19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga) & 19T (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 Engineering19B (Hamilton) & 19B (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...
    ENGEN170Engineering and Society19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
    Introduction to the role of engineering in society in particular understanding of Treaty of Waitangi, history of science, engineering and technology, philosophy and ethics and public participation, participatory design, sustainability.
    ENGEN180Foundations of Engineering19A (Hamilton) & 19A (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.
    ENSLA103Undergraduate Research Writing for ESL Students19A (Hamilton) & 19B (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 .
    ENVSC101Environmental Science19A (Tauranga) & 19B (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.
    FINAN101Introduction to Finance19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga), 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 19S (Hamilton)
    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.
    HSHUP101Foundations of Health, Sport and Human Performance19A (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.
    LEGAL103Legal Method- Research and Statutory Interpretation19A (Hamilton) & 19A (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 Analysis19B (Hamilton) & 19B (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.
    MAORI100Kōkiri: Academic Skills for Indigenous Studies19A (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.
    MGSYS101Integrated Thinking - Digital Business and Supply Chain Management19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga) & 19B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the dual concepts of digital business and supply chain management. The interactive lectures help in developing critical thinking skills and highlight many topical case studies.
    MRKTG101Fundamentals of Successful Marketing19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 19S (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on the role of Marketing in business, introducing students to marketing research, consumer behaviour, and analysis, as essential tools for developing brand positioning strategies that create value.
    PHILO103Critical Thinking19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19B (Online), 19B (Tauranga) & 19T (Online)
    This paper helps students to engage critically with the sorts of arguments encountered both inside and outside the University.
    STMGT101Introduction to Management19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    Explores the world of management in organisations, the roles of managers and how they strategise, plan, organise, and motivate staff to achieve goals.
    TEACH100Literacy and Mathematics in the Early Years19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton) & 19B (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 Zealand19C (Hamilton), 19C (Online) & 19C (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 119A (Online), 19A (Tauranga) & 19B (Hamilton)
    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 Context19B (Hamilton), 19B (Online) & 19B (Tauranga)
    This paper examines the educational policies, ideas and processes shaping educational contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand.
    TEEDU102Learning and Development Across the Lifespan19A (Hamilton), 19B (Online) & 19B (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.

2019 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 11 October 2018 3:33pm

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