School of Environment

Science General courses

The SciGen courses have been developed to help students gain key inter-disciplinary skills and learning that have relevance beyond the mastery of a specialist knowledge that students gain from their majors. These courses provide essential skills and understanding sought after by employers - communication, innovation, collaboration and engagement. Add the SCIGEN courses to your major to enrich your understanding of essential transferable skills that are useful during your time at university and beyond.

About Science General (SciGEN)

The University of Auckland offers Three courses within the Science General (SciGen) group: SciGen 101, SciGen 201 and a new course starting in second semester 2017 SCIGEN 301. All of these courses focus on developing skills to help you apply the specialist knowledge from your degree in a real-world working environment. They are designed to complement your current programme of study.

Key areas of study include: Communication of specialist knowledge to broad audiences; Science Innovation; Engaging with diverse communities; Sharing knowledge effectively; Valuing different knowledges.

SCIGEN Coordinator


SCIGEN 101/101G: Communicating for a Knowledge Society

Effective communication is required for specialists in all fields to engage meaningfully with society. In this course students gain an understanding of the important role communication plays in a knowledge society. Through case studies and practical experience students learn about the responsibilities and skills required to communicate with a variety of audiences. They learn how to effectively manage and present data and practice oral, written, visual and electronic communication.

This course is taught in: First Semester, City Campus (S1 C); Second Semester, City Campus (S2 C)

Format S1: three 1 hour lectures per week
Format S2: three 1 hour lectures per week
Points: 15
Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% final examination



SCIGEN 201/201G: Innovating for a Knowledge Society

SCIGEN 201 examines science as innovation.  It equips students with knowledge, skills and understandings needed to engage and innovate.  It provides an interdisciplinary examination of science innovation at policy, organisational and project levels to understand the context for innovation and the impacts and roles of business and research organisations in science innovation.  Students explore case studies to investigate how innovation is both enabled and constrained in science-based organisations and ways innovations are presented to, and then received by, end-users.

This course is taught in: First Semester, City Campus (S1 C)

Format: two 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial per week
Points: 15
Assessment: 40% coursework, 60% final examination
Preparation: no prerequisites



SCIGEN 301/301G: Engaging in a Knowledge Society

Addressing complex issues requires knowledge experts to engage with a variety of people.  Solutions will be gained from collaborations that co-produce knowledge in transdisciplinary partnerships that lead to new ways of thinking.  This course explores meaningful ways to communicate and engage with society, and questions, reinterprets, and reassesses current ways of knowing and doing.

This course is taught in Second Semester, City Campus (S2C)

Format: Three 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial per week
Points: 15
Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% final examination
Pre-requisite: any 180 points



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