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.

BIOL 132 - Biodiversity and Conservation (CRN 31221)

An introduction to the diversity, management and conservation of microbial, plant and animal communities. Using key taxa or ecosystems as examples, students will gain an appreciation of the current issues facing the world's biodiversity, and explore possible methods for conservation, including habitat restoration, translocation, and predator control.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Course dates: 6 Jan 2020 to 23 Feb 2020
  • Lecture times: Offered online
  • Points: 15 pts

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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: 11 Nov 2019 to 23 Feb 2020 (CRN 7193)
    • Stream 2: 6 Jan 2020 to 23 Feb 2020 (CRN 23006)
  • Lecture times: Offered online (except for lab week)
  • Tutorials are available for all students – on campus for those who are Wellington based and online for those who are out of town
  • Lab week: 17 to 20 February 2020 (compulsory)
  • Examination: 21 February 2020
  • Points: 15 pts

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COMP 103 – Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms (CRN 31041)

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
  • Course dates: 11 Nov 2019 – 23 Feb 2020
  • Lecture Times:  Mon, Wed, Fri 1:00 to 3:00 (CO 219)
  • Points: 15 pts

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DATA 101 - Introduction to Data Science (CRN 31191)

This course addresses the basics of working with data, including sources and types of data, wrangling and cleaning data, analysing and visualising data, assessing data quality, and communicating results derived from data.  Students will work with data sources from science, the humanities and commerce and will apply their knowledge to propose solutions to real-world problems using data.  Issues of accuracy, privacy and the ethics of data and the legislative framework of data collection, transmission, storage and use are introduced, including specific aspects of Māori data sovereignty relevant to data science.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Course Dates: 11 Nov – 22 Dec 2019
  • Lecture Times: Mon, Thu: 12:00 to 1:50 (MYLT 220)
  • Lab Times: Mon, Thu 2:10 to 4:00 pm (TTRLT 104) (Both labs are to be attended)
  • Points: 15 pts

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ENGR  123 - Engineering Mathematics with Logic and Statistics  (CRN 31159)

Mathematical techniques employed by network and software engineers, including methods of combinatorics, logic, probability and decision theory. The course emphasises engineering applications of these techniques.

  • Prerequisites: ENGR  121
  • Course Dates: 11 Nov – 22 Dec 2019
  • Lecture Times: Mon, Tue, Thu: 10:00 to 11:50 (HMLT002)
  • Lab Time: Wed 10:00 to 11:50
  • Tutorial Time: Fri 10:00 to 11:50
  • 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, assignments and tests. 100% internally assessed.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Course dates: 11 Nov 2019 to 22 Dec 2019
  • Lecture times: Mon, Wed, and Thu: 10:00 to 11:50 (CO 122)
  • Tutorial times: Tue and Fri: 12:00 to 2:00 pm
  • Points: 15 pts

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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: 11 Nov 2019 – 19 Dec 2019
  • Lecture times: Offered online
  • Points: 15 pts

SCIS 101 - Science in Everyday Life (CRN 30114)

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: 11 Nov 2019 - 23 Feb 2020
  • Lecture times: Offered online
  • Points: 15 pts

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SCIE 103 - Special Topic: 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: 6 Jan 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
  • Lecture times: Offered online
  • Points: 15 pts

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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
  • Course dates: 6 Jan 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
  • Lecture times: Tue, Wed, Fri: 9:00 to 10:50 (HMLT205)
  • Tutorial times: Tue, Fri: 11-11:50 am or 12-12:50 pm
  • Test dates: 23 Jan and 13 Feb from 11:00 to 1:00
  • Exam week: 17 Feb - 21 Feb 2020
  • 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 New Zealand. This course is open to students from all disciplines. Assessments include field exercises and a lecture examination.

  • Prerequisites: 60 pts
  • Course dates: 18 to 29 November 2019
  • Lecture times: Mon to Fri: 9:00am to 5pm
  • Points: 15 pts

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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: 11 Nov to 30 Nov 2019
  • Lecture times: Mon to Fri: 10 am-3 pm (CO 217)
  • Final essay: 14 December 2019
  • Points: 20 pts

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    SCIE 204 Special Topic: Neuroscience (CRN 29104)

    This course is designed to develop a basic understanding of how the normal human brain functions in both healthy and diseased states. You will learn how each cellular component contributes to overall brain function. This is an entirely online course.

    • Prerequisites: 30 100-level points in BMSC, BTEC, BIOL, PSYC, HLWB or CHEM, or permission of Head of School
    • Course dates: 11 Nov to 22 Dec 2019
    • Points: 15 pts

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    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: 11 Nov 2019 to 23 Feb 2020 (CRN 30116)
      • Stream 2: 6 Jan 2020 - 23 Feb 2020 (CRN 30147)
    • 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).

      • Prerequisites: 20 200-level GEOG pts or approved courses for non-GEOG majors
      • Course dates: 13 Jan 2020 to 2 Feb 2020
      • Lecture times: Monday to Friday: 9-11.50 am
      • Field trip: 27 to 31 Jan 2020
      • Final project deadline: 14 Feb 2020
      • Points: 20 pts

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