Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4, 60 credits) This programme is made up of four courses (15 credits each). 1. 2. Communication Skills Study Skills These two courses are designed to prepare students for the variety of academic skills required at university level. The content focuses on how to read and write for academic purposes. The student will learn to decipher or unpack mixed media texts, apply critical thinking skills, and formulate the information in a logical and coherent manner. Research skills, development of writing, studying for exams and critical thinking will be applied to a number of assessment types (text analysis, essays, reports, presentations) with the aim of preparing them for university. Topics to be covered include the following: 3. Developing academic learning skills: critical thinking, questioning, listening, writing, reading and note-making. Identifying learning preferences and effective individual and group learning strategies, including managing time effectively. Using research support facilities of libraries. Developing skills for oral presentations. Identification of support services and understanding the University environment. Formal Writing Knowledge and comprehension strategies Academic genres The writing process and using sourced material Editing. Bridging the Social Sciences This paper has been designed to introduce students to the concepts, methods and scope of the social sciences and to develop awareness of contemporary social issues in Aotearoa/New Zealand and in global contexts. Students will gain an understanding of the underlying philosophies and values of the social sciences, as well as those of science and knowledge more generally. It will provide an introduction to various social science disciplines by understanding how they emerged, how they reason and their potential roles in public life. Various social science methods will be explored and unpacked using social scientific approaches to New Zealand society and other societies. Topics include: Introducing the social sciences Sociology Anthropology History as a social science Political science Psychology Media Studies Linguistics and Communications Globalization Identity Religion and Ritual 4. Bridging the Biological Sciences Students who have already successfully completed Biology at NCEA Level 3 cannot enrol in this course as this has the same content. This paper introduces a broad range of topics in the biological sciences. Topics include: the structure and function of cells, plants and animals (including humans), DNA and its control of cellular processes genetics ecology evolution This course is strongly recommended for students intending to study Nursing. Students will need to purchase the textbook: Campbell Essential Biology with Physiology New International Edition Simon, Dickey and Reece Pearson Benjamin Cummings Publishers (5th Edition, 2014) Including Mastering Biology Access Kit ISBN 9781486043033 Cost is approximately $169 (includes Pearson's Mastering Biology website access code). Second-hand copies from previous students may be available.