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Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences with Honours (BCApSc(Hons))

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Note: No new enrolments will be accepted for this programme. For advice on alternative study options, please consult the relevant department and/or the Applied Science Programme Administrator: appsprogramme@otago.ac.nz.

Overview

The degree of Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences with Honours (BCApSc(Hons)) is a four-year programme and entry is dependent on a student's academic performance at the end of the second year of study for a Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences (BCApSc) degree.

The specific aim of the programme is to provide students with a more focused, research-oriented undergraduate degree. Students complete advanced papers in their areas of interest and also a research project in the fourth year of study.

Note: No new enrolments will be accepted for this programme. For advice on alternative study options, please consult the relevant department and/or the Applied Science Programme Administrator: appsprogramme@otago.ac.nz.

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Subject Areas

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences with Honours (BCApSc(Hons)) in Design Studies *

Note: No new enrolments will be accepted for this programme. For advice on alternative study options, please consult the relevant department and/or the Applied Science Programme Administrator: appsprogramme@otago.ac.nz.

Papers
  • DESI 490 Research Project,

  • DESI 419 Strategic Design,

  • DESI 429 Special Topic in Design Studies,

  • DESI 433 Interdisciplinary Design Studio,

  • DESI 436 Design Collaboration.

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Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences with Honours (BCApSc(Hons))

1 Admission to the Programme

(a) Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).

(b) To be admitted to a second stage Honours course in Design Studies, an applicant must normally have passed, with a grade average of at least B–, papers worth at least 126 points, and have a grade average of at least B+ over papers worth 36 points in Design Studies. There is no second stage Honours course for Clothing and Textile Sciences, Consumer Food Science  or Human Nutrition.

(c) To be admitted to a third stage Honours course without having passed the second stage, or to be admitted to a third stage Honours course where there is no second stage, an applicant must normally have passed, with a grade average of at least B-, papers worth at least 252 points, of which at least 72 points should be for 100-level papers in Consumer and Applied Sciences Schedule C, and including 200-level papers worth at least 108 points, and have a grade average of at least B+ over papers worth 54 points at 200-level in the subject, or in each of the subjects, in which the Honours programme is to be taken.

(d) To be admitted to a fourth stage Honours course without having passed the corresponding second and third stages, an applicant must normally have passed papers worth 378 points, have fulfilled at least one of the major subject requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences, have not been admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences, and have achieved a grade average of at least B+ for the equivalent of the third stage Honours course in the subject or subjects in which the Honours programme is to be taken.

(e) A student who holds the degree of Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences shall not be admitted to an Honours programme nor may a student graduate in the degree of Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences while enrolled for the fourth stage of an Honours programme.

2 Subjects of Study

(a) The degree of Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences with Honours may be awarded in any one of the subjects listed above (for Single Honours), or in any approved combination of the subjects listed above (for Combined or Double Honours).

(b) With the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) the degree may be awarded in a combination (for Combined or Double Honours) of a subject listed above and a subject in which an Honours programme is available for another degree.

3 Structure of the Programme

(a) For a candidate admitted to an Honours programme the degree shall

    (i) for Single Honours: satisfy the requirements for one of the subjects listed above.

    (ii) for Combined Honours: contain some of the 300-level and 400-level papers set down in the programme requirements for each of the two subjects, the number of papers from each subject to be determined by the Heads of Departments concerned provided that papers worth at least 144 points are taken in each of the third and fourth stages.

    (iii) for Double Honours: in the third stage Honours course include papers worth at least 144 points as for Combined Honours, followed by the two fourth stage Honours courses as for Single Honours taken in consecutive years.

(b) Every third and fourth stage Honours course will normally be completed in a single year, and the fourth stage course must be completed in a time not more than one year in excess of the minimum time for completing the degree after admission to the Honours programme.

(c) Any practical work or dissertation prescribed for a fourth stage Honours course must be submitted no later than 1 November of that year, or as determined by the Head of Department.

4 Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions

Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).

5 Withdrawal from the Programme

(a) A candidate whose results are not satisfactory may be required to withdraw from an Honours programme.

(b) When a candidate withdraws from an Honours programme, voluntarily or otherwise, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may recommend that the ordinary degree of Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences be awarded or determine the papers which shall be credited towards that degree.

6 Standard of Award of the Degree

(a) The degree may be awarded with First Class Honours, with Second Class Honours (Division I), with Second Class Honours (Division II), or with Third Class Honours. The class of Honours awarded shall be determined by the examiners primarily on the performance of the candidate in the fourth stage of the programme.

(b) A candidate who fails to obtain Honours may, on the recommendation of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences), be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences.

(c) A candidate who fails to obtain Honours may not resit all or part of the fourth stage of the Honours programme in a subsequent year unless the Senate has determined that his or her performance in those examinations was seriously impaired.

7 Variations

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

Note: No new enrolments will be accepted for this programme. For advice on alternative study options, please consult the relevant department and/or the Applied Science Programme Administrator (appsprogramme@otago.ac.nz).

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