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. Have 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).

International Students for whom English is not their First Language
Applicants must have achieved one of the following:

  1. Completion of 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;
  3. An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of 550 (plus essay TWE of 5) OR  an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test ) score of 60 (plus writing score of 20);
  4. Level B2 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
  5. First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at grade B OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 52 or higher under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
  6. Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 50;
  7. City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) B2 Communicator with a score of 66.

Existing English Language Proficiency
Applicants may also provide evidence of satisfying one of the criteria for existing English proficiency as specified by the NZQA. For more information please visit the NZQA website.

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

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

To be admitted to this programme, all applicants must meet the following requirements 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: Tertiary Studies, Animal Husbandry; Level 6: Applied Animal Behaviour, Animal Breeding and Nutrition). 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).

Discretionary Admission

Applicants may be granted Discretionary Admission if they have:

  1. A minimum of 68 NCEA credits at Level 2 in their best 4 subjects; OR
  2. 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 2015. The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.

CoursesCredits Restrictions
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 (Sem A) (NSCI5738-SA) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable the student to develop an understanding of the theoretical and applied basis of animal husbandry in a range of animal species, selected from companion, agricultural and equine animals
Animal Husbandry (Sem B) (NSCI5738-SB) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable the student to develop an understanding of the theoretical and applied basis of animal husbandry in a range of animal species, selected from companion, agricultural and equine animals
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.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
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 problems in the sustainable utilisation of biological resources.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
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.
Negotiated Study (Sem A) (NSCI7730-SA) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To provide students with an opportunity to complete an investigation into a negotiated topic related to their area of study using a range of research skills.
Negotiated Study (Sem B) (NSCI7730-SB) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To provide students with an opportunity to complete an investigation into a negotiated topic related to their area of study using a range of research skills
Conservation Biology (NSCI7733) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To understand how habitats, species and ecosystem services may be conserved using appropriate management strategies and tools.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
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) 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 B) (NSCI6731-SB) 15 credits (0.125 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 animal welfare, their limitations, as well as possible solutions in a range of species. To develop an understanding of how the environment can impact upon the health of animals.
Animal Health and Welfare (Sem A) (NSCI6732-SA) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to evaluate the methods used in assessing animal welfare, their limitations, as well as possible solutions in a range of species. To develop an understanding of how the environment can impact upon the health of animals.
Animal Health and Welfare (Sem B) (NSCI6732-SB) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to evaluate the methods used in assessing animal welfare, their limitations, as well as possible solutions in a range of species. To develop an understanding of how the environment can impact upon the health of animals.
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 selected from agricultural, equine, canine and captive wild animals.
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, global positioning systems and remote sensing for environmental and wildlife mapping, monitoring and modelling.
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.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
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.
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.
Issues in Bioresource Ecology (NSCI7734) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To apply ecological theory and techniques to problems in the sustainable utilisation of biological resources.
Environmental Risk Management (NSCI7735) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To critically evaluate the principles and practice of environmental risk management, within the framework of sustainable development.
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 geoinformation in resource management.