Programme overview

Explore how ecosystems function and support biological diversity, and how managers of biodiversity are responding to increasing concern over the effect of human activities on the world. Find out how society views and influences the natural environment, and discover how social, cultural and policy frameworks influence management decisions. Develop an appreciation of the influence government agencies, non-statutory organisations and voluntary bodies have on biodiversity.

Highlights

  • Developed in response to increasing global concerns over the human impact on our natural environment.
  • Emphasis on practical application: possible work experience in applied settings, such as MPI, DOC, the Auckland Council or volunteer organisations.
  • A chance to complete a research report in an area of your own interest in order to develop the skills you'll need for a career in your chosen field.
  • A teaching team of highly qualified and respected scientists and industry consultants.

Exit award

Partial degree study may be recognised with the awarding of an exit diploma.

Common Semester

Semester one of this programme is a Common Semester, where students from a range of health, social science and education programmes study together, giving you an understanding of where disciplines overlap and how they fit together.

The Common Semester is delivered using a blended learning format, which includes regular face-to-face sessions with lecturers, workshops where you can practice tasks with your classmates and independent study using web-based resources.

Read more about the Common Semester.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.

Generic Admission Requirements

General Admission

Applicants must have:

  1. A minimum of 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, with 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of two subjects from an approved subject list, with a further 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the National Qualifications Framework or approved subjects plus a minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the National Qualifications Framework, plus a minimum of 8 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori; a minimum of 4 credits must be in Reading and a minimum of 4 credits must be in Writing; OR
  2. At least 3 ‘C’ passes in the New Zealand University Bursaries Examinations; OR
  3. Successful completion of the Unitec Certificate in Foundation Studies: Whitinga Level 3 with a relevant pathway, where appropriate;OR
  4. Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4); OR
  5. Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 4); OR
  6. Equivalent

Special Admission

Applicants must have: 

  1. attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the degree is to commence; AND 
  2. provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a potential successful outcome in the qualification. 

Discretionary Admission

In exceptional cases an applicant who does not meet the general admission requirements and who has not reached the age of 20 on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the degree is to commence may apply for discretionary admission.

In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission in exceptional cases, the primary focus will be on the applicant’s level of preparedness for study at the required level.

English Language Admission Requirements

General English Language Requirements

Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).

English language entry requirements for international students for whom English is not their first language:

Applicants must have at least ONE of the following:

a) Gained NCEA level 3 and met New Zealand university entrance requirements;

b) Clear evidence that they satisfy one of the following criteria for existing English proficiency:

  1. Previous primary and secondary study in English as evidenced by completion of one of the following at schools with English as the language of instruction in countries with a student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent:
    • Completion of all primary education and at least three years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13), or
    • Completion of at least five years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13)
  2. Previous tertiary study in English: clear evidence of completion of a tertiary qualification of at least three years’ duration with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States.
  3. Achievement of the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)

c) Achieved, within the preceding two years, at least one of the English proficiency outcomes listed below:

  1. NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) (Academic) (Level 4)
  2. An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5. The IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form.
  3. An overall TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 550 (essay 5 TWE) OR an overall TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) Score of 60 (writing 20)
  4. University of Cambridge English Examinations: First Certificate in English (FCE), or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  5. Pearson Test of English PToE (Academic) with a score of 50.

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.

Specific Admission

To be admitted to this programme, all applicants must meet the following requirement in addition to the requirements set out in the Bachelor Generic Regulations:

Admission from Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

To complete a Bachelor in Applied Science in the Animal Management and Welfare major from the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing, students will have already completed 60 credits which are shared between the two programmes (Level 5: Contemporary Issues in Biology7730, Animal Husbandry; Level 6: Companion Animal Behaviour, Animal Health and Welfare). Students with the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing will be able to cross-credit 180 credits towards the BAppSci. To complete the degree, students will then be required to follow a prescribed course of study (180 credits) as outlined in Table 1.

Table 1: Pathway from Diploma in Veterinary Nursing towards major in Animal Management and Welfare

Semester 1
Level 5
15 credits Level 5 elective or above 15
Level 6
NSCI6739 Behavioural Ecology 15
NSCI6741 Vertebrate Physiology 15
15 credits Level 6 elective or above 15
Semester 2
Level 6
NSCI6730 Research Methods 15
NSCI6737 Animal Breeding and Nutrition 15
NSCI6738 Captive Wild Animal Management 15
Level 7
NSCI7103 Anthrozoology 15
NSCI7731* Self-directed Study 30

Semester 1 (of the 2nd year)

Level 7
NSCI7101 Global Issues in Animal Welfare 15
15 credits Level 7 elective (or level 6 if other electives already taken at level 7)
Total available credits 180

*NSCI7731 continues through Semester 1 of the second year.

Discretionary Admission

Applicants may be granted Discretionary Admission if they have:

  • a minimum of 68 NCEA credits at Level 2 in their best 4 subjects, or have a maximum total of 12 in New Zealand Sixth Form Certificate in their best four subjects, or equivalent.

Courses and timetables

The following courses are valid for 2016. The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.

Courses Credits Aim
Enquiry and Communication (HSDV5142) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course introduces the principles of communication, knowledge construction, and academic literacy and develops scholarly skills in preparation for academic and professional practice
Diversity of Life: Plants and Fungi (NSCI5101) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of the basis of classification of plants, fungi and protists and their underlying structure and function.
Diversity of Life: Animals (NSCI5103) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of the basis of the taxonomic classification of the major animal groups, their phylogenetic relationships and how different animal forms have adapted to different ways of living.
Principles of Biology (NSCI5104) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of the underlying chemical and physical processes which serve to promote and enable order in biological systems.
Earth Processes (NSCI5730) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide a scientific understanding of physical and chemical processes and their interactions which are essential to life on Earth.
Principles of Ecology (NSCI5731) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of the interactions that occur between organisms and their environment.
Science and Society (NSCI5735) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To explore ways in which Science and human society have developed and interacted throughout history; to equip students with an appreciation that science takes place within a broad cultural framework and to recognise the validity of differing points of view.
Animal Husbandry (NSCI5738) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop an understanding of the theoretical basis and application of animal husbandry in a range of animal species.
Animal Husbandry (Sem A) (NSCI5738-SA) 7.5 credits (0.0625 EFTS) To enable the student to develop an understanding of the theoretical basis and application of animal husbandry in a range of animal species.
Animal Husbandry (Sem B) (NSCI5738-SB) 7.5 credits (0.0625 EFTS) To enable the student to develop an understanding of the theoretical basis and application of animal husbandry in a range of animal species.
Techniques in Field Biology (NSCI5740) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide an introduction to a range of techniques used in field biology for the scientific identification and sampling of animals and plants.
Courses Credits Aim
Research Methods (NSCI6730) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop skills in research methodology that will allow students to plan and initiate research, to analyse data and to critically appraise research findings.
Concepts in Biodiversity (NSCI6735) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide a synopsis of the theory, methodology and significance of biological diversity.
Behavioural Ecology (NSCI6739) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of the ecological and evolutionary basis of animal behaviour, and the role behaviour plays in enabling animals to adapt to their environment.
Ecological Evaluation and Management (NSCI6745) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of how the scientific evaluation (within the context of international and national legislative frameworks) and assessment of ecosystems or species supports decision-making and conservation management practices.
Ecological Risk and its Mitigation (NSCI6746) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To apply ecological theory and techniques to the assessment of environmental risk from human impacts and evaluate mitigations for the sustainable utilisation of biological resources.
Courses Credits Aim
Advanced Field Surveying of New Zealand Biota (NSCI7105) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide advanced experience of taxonomy, field identification and surveying techniques for a range of animals, plants and fungi.
Self-Directed Study-SA/SB (Sem A) (NSCI7731-SA) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with an opportunity to complete an in-depth applied science study using research skills and to disseminate their findings in an appropriate format.
Self-Directed Study-SA/SB (Sem B) (NSCI7731-SB) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with an opportunity to complete an in-depth applied science study using research skills and to disseminate their findings in an appropriate format.
Courses Credits Aim
Companion Animal Behaviour (NSCI6731) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply animal behaviour concepts to a range of applied situations focussing on the welfare of companion animals.
Companion Animal Behaviour (Sem A) (NSCI6731-SA) 7.5 credits (0.0625 EFTS) To enable students to apply animal behaviour concepts to a range of applied situations focussing on the welfare of companion animals.
Companion Animal Behaviour (Sem B) (NSCI6731-SB) 7.5 credits (0.0625 EFTS) To explore and apply behavioural assessment and analysis techniques for a range of situations. Understand how and why these may provide information about animals’ experiences.
Animal Health and Welfare (NSCI6732) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to evaluate the methods used in assessing the welfare status of animals and to develop an understanding of how animal health is impacted by environmental factors.
Animal Health and Welfare (Sem A) (NSCI6732-SA) 7.5 credits (0.0625 EFTS) To enable students to evaluate the methods used in assessing the welfare status of animals and to develop an understanding of how animal health is impacted by environmental factors.
Animal Health and Welfare (Sem B) (NSCI6732-SB) 7.5 credits (0.0625 EFTS) To enable students to evaluate the methods used in assessing the welfare status of animals and to develop an understanding of how animal health is impacted by environmental factors.
Animal Breeding and Nutrition (NSCI6737) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the students to develop an understanding of the management of breeding and nutrition in a range of animal species.
Captive Wild Animal Management (NSCI6738) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to understand the philosophical, scientific and practical basis for the maintenance of wild animals in captivity.
Vertebrate Physiology (NSCI6741) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To promote an understanding of the physiological responses of animals to environmental challenges and stressors.
Geographic Information Systems (NSCI6743) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop understanding in the use and application of GIS, GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and RS (Remote Sensing) for modelling and presenting spatial data and information.
Practicum (NSCI6744) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to reflect on and apply the skills and theoretical knowledge gained during their studies and to develop their transferable and inter-personal skills in a work-based environment.
Pacific Veterinary Nursing Practicum (NSCI6747) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to reflect on and apply the skills, theoretical and practical knowledge gained during their field trip, and to develop their inter-personal skills in a challenging work-based environment
Molecular Genetics and Evolution (NSCI6748) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To explore the genetic basis of evolution; to acquire practical skills in basic molecular analysis; to assess how the study of genetics and the use of molecular tools can inform biodiversity conservation, animal breeding, animal welfare and our understanding of evolutionary ecology.
Courses Credits Aim
Advanced Research (HSDV7340) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course provides students an opportunity to engage in designing and conducting an aspect of a negotiated research/study project relevant to the student’s discipline/context.
Anthrozoology (NSCI7103) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce students to the multidisciplinary field of Anthrozoology, illustrating the conceptual links between research in this relatively new academic field and use in understanding the interaction between animals and humans.
Restoration Ecology (NSCI7104) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to apply ecological theory to the practice of restoring damaged ecosystems, using existing restoration projects as reference sites.
Applied Animal Behaviour Science (NSCI7106) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To assess and interpret observed behaviour of selected animals (in a range of situations) in relation to their environment. To explain how an understanding of applied animal behaviour can be used to improve animal management and welfare.
Biosecurity (NSCI7107) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide an understanding of the impacts, management and risks of invasive alien species to New Zealand and beyond.
Field Trip (NSCI7108) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide an opportunity to consider and study in situ, the ecology and conservation of a critically endangered ecosystem.
Conservation Science (NSCI7732) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To understand how the knowledge of genetics and population dynamics can be used to influence conservation and wildlife management decisions.
Applied Geographic Information Systems (NSCI7736) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide an enhanced understanding of, and competence in, the acquisition, management, analysis, modelling and presentation of spatial information.
Captive Wild Animal Population Management (NSCI7738) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to recognise and discuss the tools and processes used in the management of animal populations in zoos.