Prescriptions for Papers
The following pages contain a brief introduction to the subjects and papers offered by
the University. Subjects are set out in alphabetical order. A brief description may be
given of the content of each paper as well as equivalents and restrictions, prerequisites and
corequisites, required book information, and the internal assessment/examination
ratio. Students also receive a paper outline when classes start, which provides more
detail about the content, reading and assessment requirements for each paper.
In addition to the papers listed, departments may offer 600 and 900 level papers for
MPhil and PhD students. Prospective students are advised to consult the Postgraduate
Studies Office and the Chairperson of the Department concerned for
|The prescriptions refer to the papers which the University
expects to offer. The availability of these papers is subject to
change if the University encounters unexpected staffing or
In all cases where it is necessary to cancel papers, the Policy
and Procedure for the Cancellation of Papers will apply, as
approved by the Academic Board. Copies are available from the
Student and Academic Services Division.
In the prescriptions, each paper is identified by an alpha-numeric code.
||Writing for University Purposes
||This is the subject code. In this case, Arts and Language Education
||This is the level of the paper;
100 = Part 1
200 = Part 2
300 = Part 3 etc.
||This is the year and semester in which the paper is taught.
||This is the location where the paper is taught.
A prerequisite must be passed before a student may enrol in the paper for which the
prerequisite is specified. For example, FREN231 French Language Intermediate 1 is a
prerequisite for FREN232 French Language Intermediate 2. Students may not enrol in FREN232
until they have passed FREN231. (A paper for which a Restricted Pass (RP) has been
awarded will not be accepted as meeting the prerequisite requirements for any other
paper unless the Dean of the Faculty/School in which the other paper is offered
A corequisite must be taken in association with the paper for which the corequisite
is specified. For example PHYS312 Electromagnetic Waves is a corequisite for
ENEL324 Optoelectronics. You may enrol in ENEL324 only if either you have already passed
PHYS312 or are concurrently enrolled in it.
Equivalent papers are in effect the same papers, one of
which was taught in the past with a different paper code. For example ACCT331 Management Accounting
is equivalent to ACCT311 Management Accounting. Students who have completed ACCT311 may not receive
credit for ACCT331.
Restricted papers share a significant amount of common content. Students may therefore
receive credit for only one of the papers listed. For example JAPA101 Basic Japanese : Part A
is a restriction for JAPA231 Japanese for Beginners 2: Part A. Restricted papers may not be used to
satisfy prerequisite or corequisite requirements
The required books which may be listed under some of the prescriptions are a
conservative list only. Additional required books may be prescribed during the
academic year. Lists of recommended reading are usually included in the paper
outline provided by the department concerned.
The internal assessment/examination ratio is provided for
all papers. The ratio indicates how much of the paper is internally assessed
and how much is formally examined. The ratio 1:0 means a paper is fully internally
assessed, while the ratio 1:1 shows that the assessment for the paper is evenly
weighted between internal assessment and an examination. Examinations are scheduled
in a formal examination period. All A semester papers which are not fully internally
assessed will be examined at mid-year unless otherwise specified. Tests that
form part of the internal assessment requirements may be held outside normal
Teaching activities for all undergraduate papers are listed in the
Timetable. Teaching activities, including lectures, tutorials, laboratories and workshops,
are scheduled to last 50 minutes and begin on the hour until
(and including) 12 noon, and at 10 minutes past the hour from 1:10 p.m. This allows a
lunch break of 20 minutes from 12:50 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. for students with continuous
lecture commitments. Normal lecture hours are between 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.
A semester is a period for which students enrol in papers, attend
classes and submit assessment items. The University of Waikato has two standard semesters
(A and B), which each comprise normally 17 or 18 weeks, and a Summer School (S), which is
an intensive semester, comprising 7 weeks. The semester period includes teaching as well
as any study weeks, and an examination period. The exact duration of semesters in a
particular year is defined by week numbers in the Teaching
and Assessment Periods.
||A semester, weeks 9-25|
|B semester, weeks 28-45|
| Summer School, weeks 2-8|
Some papers have start and end dates which differ from the standard semesters
set out above. Papers which extend across both the A and B semesters are annotated
as Y papers. Papers which are taught in non-standard periods have a C, D, or E etc. suffix.
The period for which a student is eligible for loans and/or allowances, is
calculated on the basis of the exact start and end weeks of papers. Students
are advised of the start and end dates of their papers in the relevant paper