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Subjects & Assessments

Subject Descriptions

  • English I and English II

    In this subject, students will:

    • Engage in academic discussions and improve their presentation skills
    • Develop language and research skills that are necessary for writing academic essays
    • Practise a range of strategies for reading and understanding complex academic texts
    • Develop summary and paraphrasing skills
    • Use citations and references in the APA Style
    • Practise critical thinking and independent study skills that are essential for successful university studies
    • Learn to take effective notes using a range of strategies and techniques
    • Undertake independent research
  • Academic English for Tertiary Study

    Topics include:

    • Language development through reading
    • Listening, collaboration and leadership
    • Academic research and report writing skills development
    • Oral presentation and peer review working in groups
  • Tertiary Study Skills

    Topics include:

    • Study skills
    • Exam techniques
    • Academic listening and note-taking
    • Listening for organisation in lectures
    • Lecture comprehension and note-taking practice
    • Microsoft Word Intermediate – Advanced
    • Microsoft Excel Intermediate – Advanced
    • PowerPoint
    • Referencing (The Harvard System)
    • Research project
    • The case study (case analysis report)
    • Oral presentations
  • Culture and Society

    Topics include:

    • Geographical features of New Zealand
    • New Zealand social customs
    • Consumer issues in New Zealand
    • Education
    • New Zealand politics
    • Treaty of Waitangi
    • Major historical events
    • Conservation in New Zealand
    • The New Zealand legal system
    • Employment in New Zealand
  • Design Studio

    Topics include:

    • Basic design methodologies
    • Design brief
    • Typography
    • Layout and visual image
    • Digital manipulation of image and text
    • Research
  • Drawing

    Topics include:

    • Drawing materials and processes
    • Observational skills
    • Handling drawing materials
    • Development of ideas
    • Drawing in a range of discipline contexts including design, visual arts, architecture and fashion
  • Accounting I and II

    Topics include:

    • Types of business ownership
    • Accounting equations
    • Conceptual basis of accounting
    • Journals
    • Posting to columnar and T form ledgers
    • Trial balance
    • Adjusted trial balance
    • Financial reports for a sole proprietor business
    • Bad and doubtful debts
    • Depreciation and sale of fixed asset
    • Balance day adjustments
    • Analysis and interpretation of financial reports
  • Microeconomics

    Topics include:

    • Scarcity and allocation
    • Consumer demand
    • Producer supply
    • Market equilibrium
    • Market situations
  • Macroeconomics

    Topics include:

    • Circular flow of income
    • Money and credit market
    • Government budget and money supply
    • Foreign exchange market
    • Government monetary and fiscal policy
  • Algebra

    Topics include:

    • Algebra functions
    • Trigonometry conics
    • Geometry
  • Calculus

    Topics include:

    • Differential and integral calculus with applications
    • Differential equations
    • Complex numbers
    • Graphs of combinations of functions
    • Numerical solutions
    • Numerical integration
  • Statistics

    Topics include:

    • Sampling
    • Picturing distributions
    • Descriptive statistics
    • Normal distributions
    • Correlation and regression
    • Describing relationships
    • Probability
    • Random variables
  • Chemistry - Inorganic Chemistry

    Topics include:

    • Periodic table
    • Chemical bonding
    • Formulae and structure
    • Chemical reactions
    • Acids and bases
    • Oxidation and reduction
    • Solubility
    • Simple nuclear transformations
    • Equilibrium
    • Electrochemistry
  • Biology - Organisms and the Environment

    Topics include:

    • Classification
    • Ecosystems – factors, trophic levels & nutrient cycles
    • Conservation
    • Population studies
    • Community dynamics
    • Genetics – Mendelian problems and inheritance
    • Evolution – evidence of evolution, natural selection & variation
  • Biology - Cell Biology and Energetics

    Topics include:

    • Biochemistry – water, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein & lipids
    • DNA & RNA – structures & replication
    • Protein synthesis
    • Mutation & karyotype
    • Cell structures, processes & division
    • Photosynthesis
    • Cellular respiration
    • Alternation of generations
  • Physics - Statics and DC Electricity

    Topics include:

    • Concurrent and non-concurrent force systems
    • Reaction at beam supports
    • Pin reactions in frames
    • Shear force and bending moment diagrams
    • Direct current electricity
    • Kirchhoff’s laws
    • Capacitors in DC circuits
  • Physics - Dynamics and AC Electricity

    Topics include:

    • Linear motion
    • Rotational motion
    • Circular motion
    • Work, power and energy
    • The work-energy method
    • Electromagnetism
    • Faraday’s and Lenz’s laws
    • Alternating current electricity
    • RC, RL and RCL circuits – resonance

Assessments

We prepare students for assessments that will get them into AUT’s degree programmes.

Our assessments are benchmarked against international standards and are a stepping stone to achievement.

The final mark for subjects is made up of a combination of tests, assignments and the final exam.

English I 50% tests/assignments
English II 50% tests/assignments and 50% final exam
Culture and Society 100% tests/assignments (no final exam)
Tertiary Study Skills 100% tests/assignments (no final exam)
Design Studio 100% portfolio and workbook (no final exam)
Drawing 100% portfolio and workbook (no final exam)
Academic Subjects 30% tests/assignments and 70% final exam
Statistics 50% tests/assignments and 50% final exam