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.

CHEM 191 - Introductory Chemistry (see below for CRN)

This online bridging course is designed for students with little or no previous experience in 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 chemistry in the past. It is highly recommended for BBmedSc students and other students wishing to take CHEM 113 who do not have an adequate background in chemistry. While CHEM 191 is designed for students with little or no previous experience of chemistry, it may be taken for credit by any student who has not already passed a higher level chemistry course.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Course dates: 
    • Stream 1: 19 Nov 2018 to 24 Feb 2019 (CRN 7193)
    • Stream 2: 8 Jan to 24 Feb 2019 (CRN 23006)
  • Lecture times: Offered online (except for lab week)
  • Weekly tutorials are available for Wellington-based students.
  • Lab week: 18 to 21 Feb 2019 (compulsory)
  • Exam:  22 Feb 2019
  • Points: 15 pts

Course coordinator

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, assignments and tests. 100% internally assessed.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Course dates: 19 Nov 2018 to 23 Dec 2018
  • Lecture times: Mon, Wed, Fri: 10:00 to 11:50am (HMLT002)
  • Tutorial times: Tue, Fri: 12:00 to 2:00pm
  • Points: 15 pts

Course coordinator

PSYC 101 - Popular Psychology (CRN 9578)

An introduction to the field of psychology, bringing a scientific perspective to issues including topics that are covered in the media, as well as enduring myths about human and animal behaviour. The course is self-paced and taught entirely online.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Contact: psyc101@vuw.ac.nz
  • Course dates: 19 Nov 2018 – 19 Dec 2018
  • Lecture times: Offered online
  • Points: 15 pts

SCIS 101 - Science in Everyday Life (see below for CRN)

Students will gain an understanding of science relevant to everyday life through modules on topics such as natural hazards, radiation and nuclear technology, infectious diseases and travel to Mars. Each module focuses on the science underpinning the topic and examines the wider context within which the science occurs.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Course dates:
    • Stream 1: 19 Nov 2018 – 24 Feb 2019 (CRN 30114)
    • Stream 2: 7 Jan 2019 – 24 Feb 2019 (CRN 30208)
  • Lecture times: Offered online
  • Points: 15 pts

Course coordinator

SCIE 103 - Modern Alchemy (CRN 28220)

Examine the chemistry of everyday life and gain an understanding of a broad range of contemporary chemistry concepts through how they relate to everyday life. Ideal for students from a range of backgrounds. No previous chemistry experience needed. This is a fully online course.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Course dates: 7 Jan 2019 – 24 Feb 2019
  • Lecture times: Offered online
  • Points: 15 pts

Course coordinator

STAT 193 - Statistics in Practice (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 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 include weekly project assignments, a test and a formal examination.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Restrictions: QUAN 102, MATH 277
  • Course dates: 7 Jan 2019 to 24 Feb 2019
  • Lecture times: Tue, Thu, Fri: 9:00 to 10:50am (TTR LT1)
  • Tutorial times: Tue, Thurs, Fri: 11 to 11:50am or 12 to 12:50pm
  • Exam Week: 18 Feb to 22 Feb 2019
  • Points: 15 pts

Course coordinator

COMP 103 – Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms (CRN 30239)

This course focuses on the techniques for designing, building and analysing computer programs that deal with large collections of data. The course expands programming skills and provides an understanding of the principles of data abstraction, algorithm design, and the analysis of algorithms fundamental to computer science.

  • Prerequisites: COMP 112 or COMP 102 with a B- or higher
  • Course dates: 19 Nov 2018 – 24 Feb 2019
  • Lecture times: Mon, Wed, Fri: 9am to 12pm (CO 219)
  • Exam Week: 18 Feb to 22 Feb 2019
  • Points: 15 pts

Course coordinator

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 New Zealand. This course is open to students from all disciplines. Assessments include field exercises and a lecture examination.

  • Prerequisites: 60 pts
  • Course dates: 3 to 16 December 2018
  • Lecture times: Mon to Fri: 9:00am to 5:00pm (Room TBC)
  • Points: 15 pts

Course coordinator

ESCI 201 - Climate Change and New Zealand's Future (CRN 11341)

This course provides a summary of current knowledge on climate change, the evidence and its uncertainties, and possible climate scenarios for the next 50 to 500 years. It discusses the influence of climate change on New Zealand’s society, economy and environment, and governmental strategies for adaptation and mitigation. The course is taught by University staff with guest lectures from staff from NIWA, Ministry of the Environment, and Public Policy Research. This course is available to science and non-science students alike. It is 100% internally assessed.

  • Prerequisites: 30 pts
  • Course dates: 19 Nov to 7 Dec 2018
  • Lecture times: Mon to Fri: 10:00am – 3:00pm (CO 217)
  • Final essay: 14 December 2018
  • Points: 20 pts

Course coordinator: TBC

    SCIS 211 - Contemporary Issues in Science, Environment and Technology (see below for CRN)

    This course presents a broad range of contemporary scientific, environmental and technological issues. Modules focus on such topical issues as sea level rise, Predator Free New Zealand, the ethics of genetic modification and neuroscience and the law. This fully online course encourages the development of scientific literacy and consideration of science within a wider societal context.

    • Prerequisites: 60 pts
    • Course dates: 
      • Stream 1: 19 Nov 2018 to 24 Feb 2019 (CRN 30116)
      • Stream 2: 7 Jan 2019 to 24 Feb 2019 (CRN 30147)
    • Lecture times: Offered online
    • Points: 15 pts

    Course coordinator

    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).

    • Prerequisites: 20 200-level GEOG pts or approved courses for non-GEOG majors
    • Course dates: 14 Jan 2019 to 1 Feb 2019
    • Lecture times: Mon to Fri: 9:00am – 11:50am (HMLT 001)
    • Field trip: 28 Jan 2019 – 1 Feb 2019
    • Final project: 15 Feb 2019
    • Points: 20 pts

    Course coordinator