Disciplinary Foundation Papers at Tauranga (2020)

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.

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 our online degree planning tables on our qualifications pages.



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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ACCTN101Accounting for Management20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga), 20C (Waikato Pathways College), 20P (Hamilton), 20P (Online) & 20X (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.
    AQCUL101Introduction to Aquaculture20A (Tauranga)
    This paper will introduce marine aquaculture in a New Zealand context, with perspectives from historical Maori aquaculture and that of ancient foreign cultures.
    ARTSC101Indigenous Social Science Research20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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.
    ARTSC103Rights and Reason20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20B (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 Context20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Online), 20P (Hamilton) & 20P (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 out immediate physical contexts. We observe how language is used to reinvent and to reinforce ...
    BIOEB102Introduction to Ecology and Biodiversity20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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.
    CHEMY100Chemistry in Context20A (Hamilton) & 20B (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.
    CSMAX170Foundations in Computing and Mathematical Sciences20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Waikato Pathways College), 20P (Hamilton) & 20P (Online)
    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...
    EARTH101Introduction to Earth System Sciences20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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...
    ECONS101Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy20A (Hamilton), 20A (Secondary School - Unistart), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Waikato Pathways College) & 20X (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.
    ENGEN111Electricity and Electronics20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Tauranga) & 20X (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 Engineering20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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 Society20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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 Engineering20A (Hamilton) & 20A (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.
    ENVSC101Environmental Science20A (Tauranga) & 20B (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 Finance20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga), 20B (Waikato Pathways College), 20S (Hamilton) & 20X (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.
    HSHUP101Foundations of Health, Sport and Human Performance20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    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 A20A (Hamilton) & 20A (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.
    LEGAL104Legal Method B20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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.
    MARIN101Marine Biodiversity20A (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 kaitiakitanga and conservation, as they apply to the coastal marine environment.
    MGSYS101Integrated Thinking - Digital Business and Supply Chain Management20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Waikato Pathways College) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    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 Marketing20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20C (Waikato Pathways College), 20S (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    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 Thinking20A (Online), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Online), 20G (Online) & 20P (Online)
    This paper helps students to engage critically with the sorts of arguments encountered both inside and outside the University.
    STMGT101Introduction to Management20A (Hamilton), 20A (Waikato Pathways College), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga), 20B (Waikato Pathways College), 20C (Waikato Pathways College), 20P (Hamilton), 20P (Online), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (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 Years20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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 Zealand20D (Hamilton), 20D (Tauranga) & 20X (Online)
    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 120B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga) & 20X (Online)
    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 Context20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga) & 20X (Online)
    This paper examines the educational policies, ideas and processes shaping educational contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand.
    TEEDU102Learning and Development Across the Lifespan20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20X (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.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 26 May 2020 8:32am

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