| Classical Studies
| Computer Science
| Maths A
| Maths B
Accounting aims to provide students with an introduction to accounting methods and concepts in a way which is challenging and rigorous and which emphasises both theory and practice.
- Cash and accrual accounting
- Cash flow
- Assessment of performance
- Accounting systems
- Job costing
- Financial statements for sole traders,partnerships and companies.
This subject aims to cover the four strands
as outlined in the New Zealand Art
Developing practical knowledge in the
visual arts: In this strand students identify,
select, and structure visual elements to
communicate ideas and solve problems
in the making of visual art works.
Developing ideas in the visual arts: In this
strand students develop ideas through
observation, imagination and invention
Communicating and interpreting in the
Understanding the visual arts in context:
In this strand students
investigate how meaning in the visual arts
is mediated through art works, developing
skills in analysing, interpreting, and
evaluating images created by others.
In this strand students develop knowledge and identify the purposes and contexts of the visual arts in society. They understand that visual culture reflects and is shown by the beliefs technologies, needs, and values of society.
This subject aims to:
- Develop an understanding of biological facts, definitions and principles with the capacity to communicate these logically and effectively.
- Design and perform a range of experimental procedures, showing skills in critical analysis, relating biological research, and the technology derived from it to our society
- Apply biological knowledge and understanding to the rational solution of problems both inside and outside the classroom.
- Foster respect for intellectual honesty in the acquisition, presentation and rational interpretation of evidence.
- Structure and function of the cell
- Responses of plants and animals to biotic and abiotic factors
- Evolution – primates and hominids
- Written reports on practical exercises
Approximately one third of class time is devoted to practical work. Written reports on practical exercises are completed by each student.
This subject aims to provide students with an adequate basis for subjects at university that require a prior knowledge of Chemistry at NZ Year 13 level. The content assumes knowledge at Year 12 (Form 6) level. Practical work is carried out with every topic.
- Atomic theory
- Chemical bonding and the shapes of molecules
- Chemistry of transition elements, metal hydroxides, halogens, selected ions
- Analysis of laboratory solutions and commercial products
- Energy involved in physical and chemical changes
- Aqueous Chemistry
- Oxidation-reduction and applications
- Organic Chemistry
Classical Studies aims at introducing students to the concepts that have formed the foundation of Western civilisation.
It is a language rich subject that will study
the art, architecture, history, philosophy
and literature of ancient Rome and Greece.
This subject teaches the values and history
that underpin most aspects of Western
culture and civilisation.
This subject will be relevant to any B.A.
degree but will also be a valuable adjunct
to Commerce, the Sciences and the study
or Art and Architecture.
This subject is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of computer technology, and to enable them to reach a high level of proficiency in the use of common application software types. The content of the subject incorporates both theoretical computing concepts and practical work to develop proficiency.
- Computer hardware
- Computer software
- Operating systems
- Specific business applications
- Problem solving techniques used for programming.
Practical Requirement: Practical skills learned include proficiency in both prgramming and in the use of major applications such as word processing, spread sheets and database programmes.
The Economics programme for has been designed to provide students with an understanding of a wide spectrum of economic issues. Upon completion of the course, students will have an understanding of basic economic concepts and principles, policy options available for government and the probable consequences of economic decisions.
- Relative scarcity and production possibilities
- Demand, supply and the market
- Market structures including monopoly
- Externalities, public goods and government intervention
- Equity and efficiency
- The financial markets
- Aggregate demand and supply and the macroeconomic economy.
This subject aims to develop students' confidence and competency in understanding, speaking and writing English.
- Listening – in small groups, classroom situations and lectures, showing understanding through oral formally-assessed listening exercises
- Speaking – one-to-one and small group discussions, formal presentation to class, role-plays
- Reading – note-taking from selected texts; the thematic study of selected texts; extended reading; study of a range of newspaper and magazine articles on current affairs and topics of general interest, showing understanding through formally-assessed comprehension exercises
- Writing – practise of different styles; in particular, personal, argumentative and expository writing; paragraph and note-form summaries; preparation of research reports.
Attention is paid across all areas of study to accuracy of grammatical structure, spelling, punctuation and word use.
This programme aims to provide an
understanding of natural processes in the
context of a geographic environment
Students will focus on human actions that
modify natural processes and analyse the
They will study the formation of natural
features within the geographic environment.
- To interpret topographic data using
maps, satellite images and photographs
- To analyse a cultural process in a
Mathematics A has been designed to cater for a wide range of student needs and is a prerequisite for most university courses. The subject will provide students with a broad range of mathematical knowledge and skills which will prepare students for a variety of university courses.
- Algebra and Graphing of Functions
- Exponentials and Logarithms
- Correlation and Regression
- Probability and Set Theory
- Random Variables and their Distributions
- Time Series
- Linear Programming
- Mathematical Modelling
- Numerical Equation Solving
- Binomial, Poisson and Normal
This subject aims to provide students with an adequate basis for subjects at university that require a prior knowledge of Mathematics with Calculus at NZ Year 13 level. The content assumes knowledge of Mathematics at Year 12 (Form 6) level. It is also suited to students who enjoy mathematics. A scientific calculator is essential for this course.
- Calculus – evaluation of limits. Differentiation and applications of differentiation. Rates of change. Integration and applications to include areas of planes and volumes of solids. Numerical integration. Differential equations and applications.
- Algebra – calculations involving polynomials over real and complex numbers. Surds. Binomial expansions. Functions, composite and inverse functions. Exponential and logarithmic functions.
- Trigonometry – trigonometric functions and inverses and reciprocals of these. Proving identities. Solving equations. Applications to two and three-dimensional problems.
- Geometry – tangents and normals. Conic sections.
This subject has been designed to provide students with an adequate basis for subjects at university which require a prior knowledge of Physics to NZ Year 13 level.
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Atomic and Nuclear Physics
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