Summer courses

The Faculty of Science offers summer courses for students wanting to catch up, get a head start on their degree, or spread their workload throughout the year.

Enrol through the Science Faculty Office, by emailing the Faculty of Science or visiting our student advisers in Cotton 144 on Kelburn Campus.

Undergraduate

CHEM 191 - Introductory Chemistry (see below for CRN)

This online bridging course is designed for students with little or no previous experience of chemistry. It may be used either to provide the basic chemical concepts and laboratory skills desirable for the study of chemistry at university level or as a refresher course for those who have studied some chemistry in the past. It is highly recommended for BBmedSc students and other students wishing to take CHEM113 who do not have a background in chemistry. It may be taken for credit by any student who has not already passed a higher level chemistry course. It is internally assessed (assignments, laboratory and theory tests).

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Course dates: 
    • Stream 1: 20 Nov 2017 to 25 Feb 2018 (CRN 7193)
    • Stream 2: 8 Jan to 25 Feb 2017 (CRN 23006)
  • Lecture times: Offered online (except for lab week)
  • Weekly tutorials are available for Wellington-based students.
  • Lab week: 19 to 24 Feb 2018 (compulsory)
  • Exam:  23 Feb 2018
  • Points: 15 pts

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MATH 132 - Introduction to Mathematical Thinking (CRN 17286)

An introduction to some fundamental ideas and methods in mathematics, including elementary arithmetic, algebra, geometry, functions and an introduction to the basic ideas of differential calculus. Includes tutorials and a formal examination.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Course dates: 20 Nov to 24 Dec 2017
  • Lecture times: Mon, Wed, Thu 10am–11.50am (HMLT 002)
  • Tutorial times: Tue, Fri 2pm–4pm
  • Points: 15 pts

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PSYC 101 - Popular Psychology (CRN 9578)

This online course offers an introduction to the field of psychology, bringing a scientific perspective to social issues, topical issues and issues of longstanding interest. The course addresses topics covered in the media, as well as myths about human and animal behaviour. PSYC 101 is internally assessed (six online tests).

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Contact: psyc101@vuw.ac.nz
  • Course dates: 20 Nov to 19 Dec 2017
  • Lecture times: Offered online
  • Points: 15 pts

SCIE 101 - Special Topic: Science in Everyday Life (see below for CRN)

Asteroid attacks, mega-tsunamis, super-storms, global pandemics, the robot uprising - are these things we should prepare for or are they just science fiction? This online course covers 6 modules including new technologies, climate change, natural hazards, communicable diseases and addictions, and is suitable for high school teachers and students. It is internally assessed (online quizzes, short written assignments and blogs).

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Contact: scie101@vuw.ac.nz
  • Course dates:
    • Stream 1: 20 Nov 2017 to 25 Feb 2018 (CRN 17043) 
    • Stream 2: 8 Jan to 25 Feb 2018 (CRN 28365)
  • Lecture times: Offered online
  • Points: 15 pts

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STAT 193 - Statistics for the Natural and Social Sciences (CRN 17069)

An introduction to basic statistics which leads to applied statistics courses and the Statistics major. It is suitable for students majoring in Biological Science subjects, Geography, Linguistics and Psychology, as well as social sciences subjects such as Education and business subjects. Topics include summary and graphical display of data, correlation, regression, and probability and introduction to the Normal distribution. Assessments includes weekly and project assignments, a test and a formal examination.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Restrictions: QUAN 102, MATH 277
  • Course dates: 8 Jan to 25 Feb 2018
  • Lecture times: Mon, Wed, Fri 10–11.50am (KKLT 303)
  • Tutorial times: Mon, Wed, Fri 12.30–2pm
  • Exam Week: 19 Feb to 43 Feb 2018
  • Points: 15 pts

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BIOL 219 - New Zealand Flora and Fauna (CRN 8828)

An intensive 10-day course of lectures, laboratories and field trips looking at the unique biological history of Aotearoa, New Zealand. This course is open to students from all disciplines. Assessments include field exercises and a lecture examination.

  • Prerequisites: 60 pts
  • Course dates: 4 Dec to 15 Dec 2017
  • Lecture times: Mon to Fri 9am–5pm (KKLT 301)
  • Points: 15 pts

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Climate Change and New Zealand's Future (CRN 11341)

This course provides a summary of current knowledge on climate change, its evidence and uncertainties, and climate prediction for the next 50 to 500 years. It discusses the influence of climate change on NZ's society, economy and environment, and governmental strategies for adaptation and mitigation. During a marae forum we discuss climate change from traditional and modern-day Māori perspectives. This course is available to science and non-science students alike. It is 100% internally assessed.

  • Prerequisites: 30 pts
  • Course dates: 20 Nov to 15 Dec 2017
  • Lecture times: Mon to Fri: 10am–3pm (CO 217)
  • Final essay: 15 Dec 2017
  • Points: 20 pts

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SCIE 211 - Contemporary Issues in Science and Society (see below for CRN)

This online course is open to students from all disciplines, and covers Philosophy of Science; Climate Change; Genes and Society; Conservation Science; and New Technologies. Students stay connected with the lecturers through an interactive discussion forum. Flexibility for individual circumstances can be negotiated. It is internally assessed (online quizzes, short assignments, blog posts, essay and library).

  • Prerequisites: 60 pts
  • Course dates: 
    • Stream 1: 20 Nov 2017 to 25 Feb 2018 (CRN 27169)
    • Stream 2: 8 Jan to 25 Feb 2018 (CRN 25172)
  • Lecture times: Offered online
  • Points: 15 pts

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GEOG 313 - Geographies of New Zealand (CRN 18579)

This course runs over three weeks including a week-long field trip. Students look at the human geographies of New Zealand, including demography, historical geography, political economy, economic geography, industrial geography, rural geography, social geography and urban geography, in both historical and contemporary settings. It is internally assessed (short answer test, essay/assignment and field report).

  • Final project deadline: 16 Feb 2018
  • Prerequisites: 20 200-level GEOG pts or approved courses for non-GEOG majors
  • Course dates: 15 Jan to 16 Feb 2018
  • Lecture times 15 to 26 Jan: Mon to Fri 9–11:50am (MYLT 101)
  • Field trip: 29 Jan to 2 Feb 2018
  • Final project: 16 Feb 2018
  • Points: 20 pts

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