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Fonterra guest speaker

Monday, 14 April 2014 13:25

An economic focus


Louise Aitken, Fonterra's Operations Manager of the In-Schools Programmes, was invited by the ACG NZIC team of economics teachers to speak to the ACG University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies students. The topic, 'The importance of dairy farming to the New Zealand economy, ' impacts on all aspects of the New Zealand economy. Using Fonterra as the paradigm, which is the world's largest processor of dairy products, Louise provided some excellent information for the student's to digest and use for their economics research assignment.


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ACG City Campus Master chefs

Monday, 14 April 2014 12:21

Cook Club 3

When I first heard about cooking lessons, I just thought that it was a chance to eat dinner for just $5. However, after I finished all the lessons, I thought it was a super experience too!

Queenstown geography field trip

Monday, 07 April 2014 11:27




TSS Earnslaw

A cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak and a buffet dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead was “an amazing experience” for NZIC University of Auckland foundation geography students. A clear, starry night provided the perfect backdrop  for the return trip on the TSS Earnslaw to Queenstown.  

MasteringPhysics: 2014 Changes

Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

IMG 7909Mastering Physics 2The Physics Department at NZIC continues to make good use of MasteringPhysics, which is an instructor assigned on-
line tutorial, problem solving and short essay writing assessment system. It provides students with customised coaching and individualised feedback to help improve problem-solving skills, understanding of key concepts and to help improve student's critical thinking ability.
Students in the February University of Auckland Foundation Programme during 2013 worked through 35 tutorials and assignments and answered more than 350 questions in total. Their feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

"I enjoyed it. The questions are not very hard and they strengthened my understanding of sophisticated concepts."

"I liked MasteringPhysics, it was useful at the time of catching up with a topic."

"It has helped me understand the details I missed during class."

"It gives me a chance to repeat questions that I have difficulty with."

IMG 7909Mastering Physics 1"It has helped me to understand each topic more and to practise my knowledge, and also to see what topics I need to study more."

"It has helped me change some wrong views about concepts."

Students like the immediate feedback for wrong answers. They can score more than 100% by giving correct responses without using hints.

This year, MasteringPhysics releases its new HTML5 format, which enables students to view the questions on their iPads. Also, software called "Learning Catalytics" has been added as a tab to the Mastering suite of programmes. This software provides real time in-class assessment of student responses to the MasteringPhysics questions via any mobile device. This will also be a valuable resource for teachers as they can monitor and support student understanding in 'real time' in the classroom.

New Faces, New Places - Devonport Trip

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

Ferry ride to Devonport

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On March 8, thirteen students met Mr Lui at the Ferry Building in Downtown Auckland for a trip to Devonport on the North Shore of Auckland. It was a mixed and dynamic group. The students were from six different countries - China, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Oman. Surprisingly, they were also from different programmes at ACG City Campus - ACG NZIC The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies, ACG Norton College AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies and the ACG English school. The group visited Devonport Beach, Mt Victoria, the Devonport Cricket club, Torpedo Bay and the pier, the Navy Museum and North Head. They had a picnic lunch by the Devonport beach, enjoying the 'Fish'n Chips' from a well-known local store.

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