Summer Study options for non-students

Want to get a competitive edge in the workplace in 2018? Or are you interested in learning a new skill? 

Make the most of your summer with more than 40 Summer Study papers to choose from at AUT. Explore papers in the areas of business, communications, education, health sciences, history, hospitality, languages, science and the social sciences. 

If you're not a current AUT student, you can still enrol in one of our Summer Study papers below.

Practical Innovation and Entrepreneurship
PAPER CODE – ENTR770
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 3 December 2017
Do you have a business idea, want to get it to market and make an impact in the world, while being guided real-time by experts in the world of business and entrepreneurship? This inspiring programme is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs of any age and from anywhere, who are looking to launch a new product or service, or develop an existing one.

Accounting for Decision Making
PAPER CODE - ACCT501
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
An introduction to the way in which accounting information can be utilised for business decision making.

Accounting Practice and Systems
PAPER CODE – ACCT601
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
To provide an introduction to the practice of accounting, including procedures and systems to collect, measure and record business transactions, and the preparation of financial statements.

Financial Accounting for Companies
PAPER CODE – ACCT602
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
Builds on the accounting concepts and practices that students have acquired in the first year papers.

Management Accounting
PAPER CODE – ACCT603
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
This paper aims to introduce students to management accounting and to provide an understanding of: systems and procedures, preparing budgets and an overview of developments in management accounting.

Advanced Management Accounting
PAPER CODE – ACCT703
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
To prepare and evaluate management accounting information for cost management, control, and decision-making by applying current developments in management accounting theory and practice, taking into consideration both qualitative and quantitative approaches to decision-making.

Managerial Finance
PAPER CODE – ACCT706
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
To provide students with the skills to apply the tools of managerial finance including capital budgeting, to assist capital investment decisions.

Project Management
PAPER CODE – BSYS603
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
Focuses on developing a theoretical and practical understanding of managing projects throughout the project life cycle.

Project Management (Block Course)
PAPER CODE – BSYS603/EE
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 15 November 2017
Focuses on developing a theoretical and practical understanding of managing projects throughout the project life cycle. Reviews the processes, tools, team and leadership skills which play an active part in managing projects.

Quantitative Methods for Business
PAPER CODE - BUSS502
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
Basic mathematical and statistical concepts, methods and their business applications. Develops and applies fundamental mathematical and statistical tools for business analysis.

Special Topic – Harnessing the Power of Big Data: Analytics and Visualisation
PAPER CODE - BUSS845/EE
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 15 November 2017
An introduction to the potential impacts of large, complex data for decision-making and bottom-line organisational success. This paper provides an overview of modern data analytics and the principles and possibilities of data visualisation.

Economic Principles 1
PAPER CODE – ECON501
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
Introduces basic economic principles, and equips students with the fundamental concepts and skills to analyse contemporary economic issues.

Economic Principles 2
PAPER CODE – ECON502
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
Extends and applies basic concepts and skills from Economic Principles 1. The microeconomic component analyses the behaviour of individuals, firms and markets. The macroeconomic component analyses aggregate economic activity in New Zealand and its interrelationships with the rest of the world.

Employment Relations
PAPER CODE – EMPL601
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
To provide students with a conceptual and practical understanding of the theoretical frameworks for analysing employment relations.

Introduction to Finance
PAPER CODE – FINA501
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
An introduction to the basic aspects of finance theory, standard financial formulas, and their application.

Personal Finance
PAPER CODE – FINA604
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
Personal Finance explores the process of developing a financial plan for oneself or for others. Issues related to an investor's profile, their asset allocation strategies, and insurance and taxation will be studied.

Financial Modelling and Data Analysis
PAPER CODE – FINA704
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
Introduces students to the application of various financial models within the context of excel with a focus on applying the models to real-world situations.

Human Resource Management
PAPER CODE – HRMG601
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
To provide students with a conceptual and practical understanding of the importance of effective human resource management principles and practices.

International Human Resource Management
PAPER CODE - HRMG703
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
A comparative analysis of Human Resource Management and its context in several countries. Topics include HRM in different cultures, global staffing issues, and comparative geographical HRM studies.

Business and Culture
PAPER CODE - INTB601
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
To develop in students a foundation in the theory and practice of cross-cultural interaction in business.

Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, Sales: Positioning in an Omni Environment
PAPER CODE - MARS501
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
An introduction to the fundamentals of marketing, advertising, retailing and sales in positioning organisations, consumers and shoppers in an omnichannel environment.

Trends and Innovations
PAPER CODE – MARS705
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
A detailed exploration within an omnichannel environment of how marketing, advertising, retailing and sales (MARS) organisations, consumers and shoppers are and could be impacted by continuing developments in technology, thought leadership, and industry innovativeness.

Management & Organisation
PAPER CODE – MGMT501
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
An introduction and exploration of the purpose and process of management. The basics of organisational structure function and behaviour will be examined.

Organisational Behaviour
PAPER CODE – MGMT601
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
An examination of the behavioural aspects of organisations at the individual, group and organisational levels.

Management of Small & Medium Sized Enterprises
PAPER CODE – MGMT602
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
An introduction to entrepreneurship and issues affecting small and medium enterprises.

Strategic Management
PAPER CODE – MGMT703
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 22 November 2017
An advanced paper that focuses on strategic thinking and the analysis of organisational and environmental situations in order to evolve and implement strategic plans.

Occupational Stress and Reslience
PAPER CODE – MGMT705/EE
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 15 November 2017
Both theoretical and practical aspects of potential stress management approaches for organisations will be evaluated. Examines stress in the workplace and the concept of resilience. Primary and secondary stress management interventions will be examined and their effectiveness evaluated.

Practical Innovation and Entrepreneurship
PAPER CODE – ENTR770
APPLICATION DEADLINE - 3 December 2017
Do you have a business idea, want to get it to market and make an impact in the world, while being guided real-time by experts in the world of business and entrepreneurship? This inspiring programme is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs of any age and from anywhere, who are looking to launch a new product or service, or develop an existing one.

Reporting the Pacific Region
PAPER CODE – JOUR711
APPLICATION DEADLINE – 13 November 2017
Engages with and analyses critical contemporary issues in the Pacific region and provides a base for greater understanding of the Pacific population and its challenges, both in New Zealand and in their home countries. Included are matters touching on crime, economy, education, land rights and migration in a news media context.

Applied Communications
PAPER CODE – COMM501
APPLICATION DEADLINE – 10 November 2017
Vital communication skills and capabilities are taught on this paper, based on theoretical and practice-based knowledge in the areas of written, oral, interpersonal and group communication.

Introduction to Popular Culture
PAPER CODE – COMM511
APPLICATION DEADLINE – 10 November 2017
Critically tackles contemporary trends in popular culture, both locally and globally, that are embedded in our daily lives. It is also rigorously theoretical, enabling students to critically examine concepts like media consumption, collective identities, the formation of community and the proliferation of power.

Media and Politics
PAPER CODE – COMM703
APPLICATION DEADLINE – 10 November 2017
Provides insights into political communication and transformation of media and politics in the digital world. Explore the relationship between democracy, civil society, and cross-media news in reporting social issues such as poverty, race relations and inequality.

Media Communication 3
PAPER CODE – COMM707
APPLICATION DEADLINE – 10 November 2017
Ever wonder why the media is the way it is? Why phones, cameras, television, radio and web content converge together onto smaller and smaller devices? What are the effects on everyday life, women and equality, how we work, on our privacy? Learn how to approach these questions, within a critical framework.

Performance for Camera
PAPER CODE – COMM710
APPLICATION DEADLINE – 10 November 2017
A practical, hands-on paper designed to give students interested in presenting, reporting and acting (and the direction of performers) confidence. Students will need to have access to a video camera (even a mobile phone) and a computer.

Visual Communication
PAPER CODE – DIGM603
APPLICATION DEADLINE – 10 November 2017
Provides essential knowledge and skills in visual communication for today’s media spaces. It teaches the theory and practice of creating effective visual messages. Best practice visual production is taught hands-on in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Education and Careers
PAPER CODE – EDUC506
APPLICATION DEADLINE – TBC
An introduction to the concept of ‘career’ in an education context. Explore current career theories, and the relevance of these to education and their own emerging career identities. We examine the development of personal career identity and the interplay between contextual experiences and the meaning of work.

Scholarly Writing and Publishing: Drawing on Practice
PAPER CODE – EDUC852
APPLICATION DEADLINE – Tuesday 14 December
Tailored for those in education practice who are interested in advancing their writing skills towards publishable output. This paper develops a better understanding of and practical techniques for writing successfully for scholarly publication, with support provided by academic mentors.

Understanding Children
PAPER CODE - EDUC505/90
APPLICATION DEADLINE – 22 January 2017
Understanding children (0-12 years) in the context of family, whanau and society in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally. The focus is on a holistic view of young children, using inquiry, based on a range of theoretical perspectives and cultural frameworks of young children’s development and learning.

15-Point Special Topic
PAPER CODE – HEAL607
APPLICATION DEADLINE – 6 November 2017
Provides an opportunity for students to undertake a negotiated project or study in an area relevant to their programme. Topics will vary according to programme and student interests, opportunities and requirements.

Introduction to Applied Transactional Analysis
PAPER CODE – PSYT607
APPLICATION DEADLINE – 1 December 2017
Provides overview of the application of basic Transactional Analysis theory and concepts to the work place, classroom, and domestic settings. Each student will develop awareness of how Transactional Analysis can be used to resolve issues in professional life.

Te Tiriti O Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi (Online)
PAPER CODE – HIST690/691
APPLICATION DEADLINE – Friday 17 November
This paper is designed for anyone with an interest in the Treaty of Waitangi and related issues, and aims to give students a broad understanding of the main issues associated with the Treaty, regardless of their background or prior knowledge of this area.

Beverage Management – Restaurant Ready
PAPER CODE – HOSP506
APPLICATION DEADLINE – Friday 24 November
An introduction to restaurant ready skills and knowledge, including an understanding of beverages commonly served in bars and restaurants. It includes an overview of the legal obligations when serving and supplying alcohol, as well as an introduction to specific technical skills required of a server.

Introduction to Chinese I (Online)
PAPER CODE – CHIN501
APPLICATION DEADLINE – Friday 17 November
Introduces basic language skills and knowledge in Chinese, and social etiquette required for effective communication at the initial stage of social and business interaction.

Introduction to Japanese I
PAPER CODE – JAPA501
APPLICATION DEADLINE – Friday 17 November
Designed to develop your understanding of the basic grammatical structures of the Japanese language and its functional language patterns. Learn to read and write a Japanese syllabary called hiragana, and gain introductory language and cultural knowledge and skills.

Korean Language and Culture I
PAPER CODE – KORE500
APPLICATION DEADLINE – Friday 17 November
Introduction to Korean Language and Culture is for students who have a little or no knowledge of the language and culture, and who are interested in being able to communicate and interact with Korean speakers.

NZSL and Deaf Studies 1A
PAPER CODE – NZSL511
APPLICATION DEADLINE – Friday 17 November
Introduction to the world of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and Deaf culture. This paper is taught by Deaf lecturer Susie Ovens, and from day one you will learn through immersion to turn your voices off at the door.

Spanish 1A
PAPER CODE – SPAN501
APPLICATION DEADLINE – Friday 17 November
Did you know Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world? Add something extra to your CV that will open doors to future international employment by leaning Spanish as an elective paper.

Foundation Chemistry
PAPER CODE – CHEM401
APPLICATION DEADLINE – 1 December 2017
Develops an understanding of basic chemical concepts (the periodic table, formulae and equations, acids and bases, volumetric analysis, oxidation and reduction, elementary organic chemistry).

Principles of Chemistry
PAPER CODE – CHEM501
APPLICATION DEADLINE – 10 November 2017
Learn the fundamental principles of chemistry: atoms and bonding, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, the states of matter, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics, aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons.

International Relations
PAPER CODE – HPOLS781
APPLICATION DEADLINE – Wednesday 1 December
A broad examination of historical, geographical, political and contemporary international relations, including an appreciation of relations among global players, trans-national policy issues and national security.

International Students can enrol in the Project Management (Block Course), Special Topic - Harnessing the Power of Big Data: Analytics and Visualisation, or the Occupational Stress and Resilience papers.

Enrolment for all other papers is only open to domestic students (New Zealand and Australian citizens and residents, and students from Tokelau, the Cook Islands and Niue).

Got a business idea, want to get it to market and make an impact in the world? The Practical Innovation and Entrepreneurship paper is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking to launch a new product or service, or develop an existing one. Find out more

If you’re considering a career in coaching, sport or exercise, the Certificate in Sport & Recreation may be just right for you. Offered via lectures and workshops, these four papers cover the areas of human anatomy, physiology, training, nutrition, wellness, communication and management. Find out more

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Last updated: 13-Nov-2017 9.37am

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