Department of Exercise Sciences

Facilities, resources, department policies and other information

Details for current students about laboratories, facilities and resources at the Department of Exercise Sciences.

Absence from class form

It is anticipated that, from time to time, students enrolled in the Department of Exercise Sciences may be selected to compete at national level and international level sports competitions. While these activities are generally looked upon favourably, this participation cannot be accepted in lieu of any component of academic study in the Exercise Sciences major. In view of this, students who wish to participate (as an athlete) in an event that requires them to be absent from classes in the Exercise Sciences major, at the University of Auckland should do the following:

  • Provide appropriate documentation from the sporting organisation of their involvement in the event, including exact times/days away and reason for absence. This should be sent to the departmental office for approval. This must be done in advance of the absence. Notification of any approvals will be copied to the relevant lecturers/course coordinators.
  • Pending approval, arrange alternative work (projects, assignments or readings) with the course coordinator which is approximately equivalent to the assessments, lectures, labs or tutorials they will miss.
  • Agree with each course coordinator in writing on the format and content of the alternative work, and on the date by which it will be due.
  • Agree with each course coordinator in writing on any variation to the course marking schedule as a result of the alteration in the academic programme.

Absence from class form


Students who miss compulsory components of a course due to sickness will be required to provide a certificate from a medical doctor. They may also be required to complete remedial work.

Please refer to the University of Auckland Calendar for the official regulations under Examinations - Aegrotat and Compassionate Consideration.


Most 15-point courses involve two or three hours of lectures (sometimes more) plus one or more tutorials or laboratory sessions per week. Most courses have some written work or tests during the semester and a two or three-hour examination at the end. It is expected that students will devote about 10 hours per week to each 15-point single-semester course being studied. This includes class hours, laboratory and tutorial and personal study time. Students are expected to develop independent work habits.

A normal fulltime enrolment is 120 points for the year. Students will not be permitted to enrol for more than 80 points in any semester nor more than 170 points in any year. It is possible to take a maximum of 30 points at Summer School. Students taking conjoint degrees need to take 135 points each year to complete in the minimum time, otherwise students should not attempt 135 points unless they have the Dean’s permission.

The minimum fulltime programme of study is 100 points over two semesters or 50 points in any one semester. Fewer than 50 points in a semester, or fewer than 100 points over two semesters, is a part-time load.

Teaching assistants

Postgraduate students can apply for a position as a Teaching Assistant/Demonstrator for our undergraduate courses. These positions are limited in their availability. Upon acceptance into the Graduate programme, students will be advised as to the availability of these positions and will be invited to apply. An Expression of Interest form is also available from the Department office and can be filled in. Appointments for the position are based on academic background.

Printing and photocopying

All postgraduate students in the Department are provided with credit for printing and photocopying related to their programme. Please contact the department office for loading credit to your account.

Late assignments

Students who hand in assignments late can expect to lose marks unless prior arrangements have been made with the coordinator of the course.

Graduate rooms

All postgraduate students are provided with access to shared desk space for their study and research work. The graduate rooms are equipped with shared computers, printers and lockers. Please contact the department office to obtain a Key Request and an Access Card form.

Once you have obtained the key and the access card, this will enable you to access the room. Please note that any keys and access card issued to you remain the property of the University/Department and as such must be returned, either on completion or if discontinuing the programme, back to the Department office.

Student Centres, support services and clinics


Travelling to Newmarket

We encourage you to use public transport when travelling to the Newmarket Campus and for efficient travel between campuses instead of taking a car.

Several bus routes are available between the City and Newmarket Campuses.

To find bus timetable and fare information visit: Auckland Transport

For those who prefer to walk, the distance between the City and Newmarket campuses is about two kilometres.

There are good train services to Newmarket as well.

Advice and support for students

To access the full range of support services available to students in the Faculty of Science, visit:

Student support services - The University of Auckland