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Subjects

Subjects for standard full year foundation studies programmes

  • Introduction to Accounting
    • Accounting: What is it?
    • Users of accounting information
    • Definitions for assets, liabilities and equity (NZ framework)
    • Accounting Concepts: accounting entity, monetary measurement, historical cost, going concern, period reporting, accrual basis
    • GST (in New Zealand)
    • Recording transactions on the expanded accounting equation
    • Preparing a trial balance
    • Fully classified financial statements (income statement and balance sheet for a sole proprietor)
    • Double Entry Accounting:
      • Recording transactions in the general ledger
      • Recording cash transactions for a sole proprietor in cash journals and the general ledger
    • Bank reconciliations
    • Balance day adjustments: period ending adjustments (accrued expenses, accrued income, prepayments and income received in advance, depreciation)
    • Analysis and interpretation of financial performance (sole proprietor only)
    • Analysis and interpretation of financial position (sole proprietor only)
    • Management decision-making
    • Cost-Volume-Profit analysis
    • Cash budgeting
  • Calculus
    • Algebra of complex numbers
    • Differentiate functions and apply differentiation methods
    • Integral calculus to solve differential equation problems
    • Manipulate and apply trigonometric methods
  • Design and Society
    • Design 1750 to present
    • Four industrial revolutions
    • Industry, globalisation, communication technology, artificial intelligence
    • Future technologies and materials
    • Advertising, retail, design jobs
    • Drawing skills for Design
    • Looking at New Zealand and international designers : their lives and work
  • Environmental Science
    • Ecosystems
    • Ecology
    • Conservation and biodiversity
    • Evolution and biogeography
    • Water (aquatic and fest) ecosystems
    • Pollution management
  • Macroeconomics
    • Measuring economic activity
    • Calculating GDP
    • Business cycles
    • Aggregating demand
    • Aggregating supply
    • Economic growth
    • Inflation
    • Unemployment
    • Government and central bank macroeconomic policies
    • Economic integration, globalisation, free trade, protectionism
  • Microeconomics
    • Theory of demand
    • Law of demand
    • Movements along and shifts of the demand curve
    • Elasticities of demand
    • Theory of supply
    • Law of supply
    • Production, producers, resources
    • Law of diminishing marginal returns
    • Costs and cost curves
    • Movements along and shifts of the supply curve
    • Elasticity of supply
    • Market equilibrium and allocative efficiency, changes in the market
    • Government intervention in the market for private goods
    • Theory of the firm and profit maximisation in different market structures and different time periods
    • Market failure, mixed goods, merit, demerit and public goods, inequitable income distribution and government interventions to correct for these market failures
  • Media Studies
    • Social media
    • TV, streaming, video and film
    • Advertising
    • Criticism and review
    • Production methods
  • Physics
    • Mechanical and wave systems
    • Electromagnetism
  • Statistics
    • Calculating confidence intervals
    • Simple linear regression
    • Probability and probability distribution
    • Elements of statistical inference
    • Calculating margin of error
    • Discrete random samples
    • Sampling distributions
  • Tourism
    • Tourism and the tourist
    • The history of tourism (local and global)
    • Tourism and culture
    • Tourism sectors
    • Employment in tourism
    • Managing people and money
    • Event tourism
    • Theme parks
    • Tourism: accommodation, transport and infrastructure
  • Marketing
    • The contemporary marketing environment
    • Market research
    • Marketing segmenting, targeting and positioning
    • The four P’s of the marketing mix
    • The extended marketing mix – Services
    • Branding
    • Business to business marketing
    • International marketing
    • Marketing evaluation
  • New Zealand Culture and Society
    • Pre 1840: Maori and European
    • Treaty of Waitangi
    • Immigration, gold and war
    • Kingitanga and Maori renaissance
    • Women’s Suffrage and the vote
    • Politics and system of government
  • English
    • Engage in academic discussions and debates
    • 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
    • Listen to university-style lectures
    • Undertake independent research
    • Literature Study
  • Introductory Mathematics
    • Algebra
      • Decimals and percentages
      • Manipulate ratios and proportions
      • Manipulate decimals and percentages
      • Scientific notation
      • Manipulate algebraic expressions
      • Solve equations and in equations
      • Word problems to mathematical theory
    • Measurement
      • Plane shapes
      • 3‐dimensional shapes
      • Area, perimeter and volume of plane and 3D shapes
      • Compute conversions of mass, capacity and time units
    • Trigonometry
      • Pythagoras’ Theorem
      • Trigonometric ratios to find sides of a right‐angled triangle
      • Trigonometric ratios to find angles of a right‐angled triangle
      • Sine Rule to find angles and sides of triangles
      • Cosine Rule to find angles and sides of triangles
      • Area of a triangle
      • Basic trigonometric graphs
    • Statistics
      • Sampling
      • Frequency
      • Statistics from a set of data
      • Graphs to represent a set of data
      • Calculations from a statistical graph
    • Probability
      • Probability terms and concepts
      • Venn diagrams and tree diagrams
      • Mutually exclusive and independent events
  • Health Studies
    • Human populations
    • Human biology and human body response to healthy initiatives
    • Health policies
    • Using data and statistics
  • Management Studies
    • Short term, medium and long term planning
    • Managing people
    • Dealing with the media, complex events and issues
  • Quantitative Methods
    • Structured research instruments and research questions
    • Data in the form of numbers and statistics
    • Predicting future results or investigating causal relationships.
    • Questionnaires or computer software to collect numerical data