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Glossary of terms

Planning your degree is easy when you understand the lingo. Below is a list of terms commonly used by the University of Auckland.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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B

Bachelors degree
A Bachelors degree is usually the initial programme of study a student completes at university. Each Bachelors degree consists of a certain number of required points, as well as required subjects and combinations of courses.

C

Conjoint
Two degrees studied at the same time (e.g. BA/BSc)

Core courses
These courses must be including during your degree

Course
The basic component of all academic programmes. A course is normally taught and assessed over one semester. A double-semester course is taught over the consecutive semesters of the same academic year. 

Course schedule
A list of the courses prescribed for a programme which forms part of the regulations

D

Degree
A degree is a qualification awarded by the University of Auckland after completing the requirements for that particular programme.

Department
There are 10 departments and schools in the Faculty of Science: Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Computer Science, Environment, Exercise Sciences, Marine Science, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology and Statistics.

Double major
With careful planning, allows you to take two science majors to an advanced level

E

Elective
A defined set of courses from a diploma or degree from which a student may make a choice

F

Faculty of Science
There are eight faculties in the University, including Science, Business and Economics, Arts etc. The Faculty of Science is made up of 10 departments and schools.

Full-time
Refers to the number of points you take during any one year or semester. A normal full-time enrolment is 120 points for the first year.

G

GPA
Grade point average

H

Handbook
Gives detailed information on each school/department's programmes, courses, requirements and facilities

I J K

L

Lab
A teaching session of a practical nature

Lecture
A basic unit of instruction for a course. Lecturers are those who teach the courses. They will give you all the information you need regarding course content, laboratories, tutorials etc.

M

Major
A required component of a degree, including a specified number of points in a subject at the most advanced level

N

O

P

Part I, II, III, IV
Refers to the year of study in a specialisation

Part-time
Refers to the number of points you take during any one year or semester. Fewer than 50 points in any one semester, or fewer than 100 points over two is a part-time load.

Points
A value is assigned to a course or other work to indicate its weighting within the University of Auckland's certificates, diplomas and degrees. For example, the Bachelor of Science will requires 360 points.

Postgraduate
Postgraduate study is optional study that can be undertaken at the successful completion of a Bachelors degree. The Faculty of Science offers the following postgraduate qualifications: a Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci), a Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)), a Master of Science (MSc), a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (PGDipAppPsych), a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClinPsych), a Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Science (PGDipForensic), a Postgraduate Diploma in Bioscience Enterprise (PGDipBioEnt), a Master of Bioscience Enterprise (MBioEnt), a Master of Operations Research (MOR), a Master of Energy (MEnergy), a Master of Speech Language Therapy Practise (MSLTPrac), a Master of Professional Studies (MProfStuds), a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy).

Prerequisite
A requirement that must be met before commencement of study for a particular course or programme. For example, if you wish to study any Stage II Computer Science courses, you are required to have completed the Stage I courses COMPSCI 101 and 105.

Programme
A prescribed set of one or more courses or other work which on satisfactory completion leads to the award of a University of Auckland certificate, diploma or degree

Prospectus
A prospectus outlines the programmes of study and subjects and specialisations available to students. The Faculty of Science has an Undergraduate Prospectus and a Postgraduate Prospectus.

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R

S

Science schedule
A list of all the courses that will count towards a science degree

Semesters
A period of about 15 weeks which includes about 12 teaching weeks and about three weeks for study and examinations. In addition there is a mid-semester break of up to two weeks.

Specialisation
A coherent group of related courses from different subjects

Stage I-III
The academic level of study in a subject. Most undergraduate programmes comprise three stages. Stage I is the introductory level, Stage II the intermediate level and Stage III the advanced level.

Student Services Online
The University’s student services system. You can use Student Services Online to apply, enrol, view your timetables, manage your enrolment finances, update your details, and more.

Subject
An area of learning which may be provided by a school or a department, or by departments offering related courses.

T

Timetable
When planning your courses for the semester, it is useful to plot the lectures, labs and tutorials for each course into a timetable to ensure there are no clashes.

Tutorial
A small group-learning session

U

Undergraduate
Your undergraduate degree is the first degree that you will study.

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W

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