Academic Skills (ASK and Employability Skills (ESK) units (compulsory for all students)
ASK will expose you to a range of learning skills
that can be transferred and applied to other units
of study across a range of courses. Using
relevant theory and applied activities, you will
examine your personal learning styles and will be
introduced to essential academic writing and oral
communication practices, critical thinking, note
taking, referencing conventions, effective
teamwork skills, information technology systems
and time management.
ESK will focus on generic skills required for all
graduate employees such as; ability to work in
a team, business/commercial awareness,
communication skills, interpersonal skills, the
ability to plan, organise and prioritise work,
problem solving skills, digital skills. It will also
look at specific skills required for your chosen
career (e.g. Law – ability to reflect critically,
Media Studies – creative, innovative and
ESK will make you aware of your own strengths
and weaknesses in context of career ambitions,
and help to improve your personal presentation
in the workforce (CV, digital footprint, personal
statements, and interviews).
Please note that you must pass both units in
order to progress to your undergraduate degree
EL1: Fundamentals of Academic English
Engage with a variety of texts, mostly about
issues in contemporary Australia, to enhance
your English language and academic literacy
skills. These skills include Harvard Referencing,
research, oral presentations and essay structure.
Learn to understand key cultural concerns in
Australia and the importance of academic ethics.
EL2: Information and Cultural Literacy
Study various communication and culture
models, and critically analyse their application in
today’s ever-changing technological world. Carry
out extensive research to develop and apply your
understanding of cross-cultural and intercultural
EL3: Advanced Research A
This unit is an introduction to report writing. You
will learn how to write annotated bibliographies,
research proposals and correct report structure.
EL4: Advanced Research B
Complete a research project over a 10-week
period. The specific subject for the project will be
chosen by you based on a broad topic set by the
teacher. You will given guidance as you progress
through the report and will also present the
scope and content of your research to the class.
EL3 (Intensive): Advanced Research C
Complete a research project over a 10-week
period. The specific subject for the project will
be chosen by you, based on a broad topic set
by the teacher. You will have the opportunity to
receive guidance in the early part of the project
by submitting a research proposal, an annotated
bibliography and a draft report. You will also have
the opportunity to present the scope and content
of your research to the entire class.
AC1: Financial Accounting –
Classification and Presentation
This unit presents Financial Accounting using a
spreadsheet and transaction approach. You will
prepare financial reports and learn the elements
of the Accounting Equation – specifically current
assets, non-current assets, current liabilities,
non-current liabilities and owners equity
(including revenue and expenses).
This unit contains no debits and credits as it is
not a bookkeeping course.
AC2: Financial Accounting –
The Accounting Records
This unit is about the bookkeeping elements
of accounting. The topics are presented using
the general journal, T-accounts with debits and
credits, in the general ledger. Learn about retail
businesses, specifically assets, liabilities and
owner’s equity. You will also learn about service
businesses, specifically revenues and expenses,
and the profit and loss account. You will also
learn about trial balances and profit and loss
accounts before preparing financial reports –
income statements and balance sheets.
AC3: Management Accounting –
Planning and Control
You’ll look at the value of accounting information
to managers. Explore cost-volume-profit
relationships and break-even analysis. Take an
in-depth look into cost accounting, and planning
and budgeting. You’ll focus on manufacturing,
and compete in companies (teams) in an online
BI1: Cell Structure and Processes
All living organisms are made up of cells. Cells
vary greatly in size, structure and function. Yet,
all are microscopic factories, bustling with the
activities of life. Explore the fascinating and
intricate world of the cell. You’ll learn about the
structure and function of cells, and how cells
harness matter and energy, transforming one
chemical substance into another.
BI2: Reproduction and Genetics
Genetics is the study of heredity – the
transmission of characteristics from parents to
offspring. Geneticists are interested in learning
about the similarities and differences between
parents and offspring.
BI3: Interactions and Change
Learn about ecology, the study of how
organisms interact with other organisms and
their physical surroundings. Explore the theory
of evolution and investigate the mechanisms
proposed to account for evolutionary change
and the evidence put forward in support of
CH1: Atomic Structure and Bonding
Learn the fundamentals of chemistry. Investigate
atomic structure, the periodic table, solutions,
the mole concept and stoichiometry, chemical
reactions and chemical bonding. Gain
experience of practical experiments.
CH2: Physical Chemistry 1
Learn about the fundamentals of chemistry. Look
into kinetic theory, thermochemistry, chemical
kinetics and equilibrium. Gain experience of
CH3: Physical Chemistry 2 and Inorganic
Learn about the fundamentals of chemistry.
Investigate electrochemistry, oxidation and
reduction theory, and acids and bases theory.
Gain experience of practical experiments.
CS1: Business Applications
Learn about commonly used business
applications programs, including word
processors and presentation managers, and their
effectiveness. You will use Microsoft Word and
CS2: The Internet and Spreadsheets
Learn about spreadsheets, a commonly used
business applications program. You will use
Microsoft Excel. You will also look at the key
features of the Internet – important in a business
CS3: Networks and Databases
Learn about commonly used databases. Become
familiar with the basic terminology components
and uses for computers and computer systems –
hardware, software and operating systems.
EC1: How Markets Work
Examine the study of economics, including
the problem of relative scarcity, choice and
opportunity cost; the production-possibilities
curve; and productive efficiency. You’ll also look at
alternative economic systems, discuss firms and
households, and consider the concepts of supply
and demand. Study the price mechanism in
terms of how market equilibrium is achieved and
resources are allocated.
EC2: Organisation of Markets
Investigate the theory of the firm and decisionmaking
by the firm. Compare the economist’s
concept of profit with the accountant’s concept
of profit. Examine product curves and cost
curves. You’ll focus on structure, conduct and
- Perfect competition
- Monopolistic competition
EC3: Macroeconomics in a Global Economy
Understand and learn to influence the pace
of economic growth, fluctuations in economic
activity, unemployment and inflation. Investigate
how government can take advantage of the
multiplier process to design counter cyclical
policies to stabilise economic activity. Examine
international trade theories based on absolute and
SC1: Investigating Science
Learn the skills needed to plan and carry out
Design investigations, collect data and analyse
the data using standard scientific procedure.
You’ll focus on the skills needed for investigating
in Chemistry, Biology (including Human Biology)
Study the form and structure of Perth and the
processes shaping the city. Investigate planning
strategies/issues for Perth and one other capital
city. Look into the distribution of the world’s
population; how populations vary in different
parts of the world; how and why the world’s
population is changing in number; how and
why governments are trying to influence these
changes and investigate aspects of
GE2: Economic Systems
Focus on economic systems in a global, national
and local context. Investigate an economic activity
in the primary sector in a local context focusing
on Bauxite mining in the South-West. Develop
an understanding of economic development
and the widening gap between rich and poor
nations. Focus on globalisation and the benefits
and problems it creates for world economies.
Investigate and understand the dynamic and
complex interactions of politics and economic
and social systems.
GE3: Coastal Environments
Learn geographical terminology; the location and
geographical characteristics of places studied,
their external relationships and how those
places are changing; the processes responsible
for the development of the characteristics
of places and environments, the interaction
and relative importance of these processes;
geographical concepts, principles and theories
and the interaction between people and their
GP1: Politial Philosophy
Discover history’s most influential political ideas,
many of which still shape contemporary society.
Learn about the notions of democracy and
explore its role in shaping Western institution.
Discuss Confucianism and its impact on Asian
political and social systems.
GP2: Australian Foreign Policy in Australia
Analyse the aims and outcomes of Australia’s
foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region in the
21st century. Investigate the concepts of national
interest and focus on the way in which Australia
interacts with Asia-Pacific nations to achieve
political objectives. You’ll consider the influence
of ‘non-states’ in political affairs: NGOs, religions,
refugees, terrorist movements and organised
HI1: History – The Cold War
Gain knowledge and skills relevant for progression
into undergraduate history courses at UWA.
Focus on issues of world conflict and conflict
resolution within the context of the Cold War.
HI2: Immigration History of Australia
Gain knowledge and skills relevant for progression
into undergraduate history courses at UWA.
Focus on the social, economic and political
shaping of the Australian nation through its history
HB1: Control and Coordination
Learn how the systems work, and how both
systems cooperate to provide the body’s internal
communication. Learn about the structure and
function of the specialised receptors for vision,
hearing and balance, smell and taste.
HB2: Regulation and Defence
Learn how humans adjust to changing
environmental conditions, maintaining relatively
constant chemical and physical conditions around
the cells (homeostasis). Learn about immunity,
the ability of the body to resist organisms and
chemicals that could damage tissues.
HB3: Movement and Nutrition
The survival of any multicellular organism depends
on it having some means of regulating and
coordinating the activities of its cells. Explore the
operation of the nervous system and the endocrine
system and how both systems cooperate to provide
the body’s internal communication. You’ll also
learn about the structure and function of the
specialised receptors for vision, hearing and
balance, smell and taste.
LI1: Language and Society
Explore the role of language as a tool of
communication among humans and as a symbol
for human exchange. Learn the anthropology
of spoken language and how it has changed
over time. You’ll focus mainly on English, and
occasionally other languages, to address the most
LI2: The Sounds of a Language
Focus on key areas in phonetics and phonology
and theoretical principles underpinning the study
of speech production. Develop an understanding
of sound systems and their function in language.
Learn about the sounds of the world’s languages.
Examine the articulation of vowels and
consonants, as well as complex articulations,
airstream mechanisms and laryngeal features,
and their use in languages. You’ll also focus on
fundamental theoretical issues in phonology
through the practical examination of phonemes
and allophones, distinctive features, syllables,
word stress and intonation.
MK1: Marketing Management
Gain an introduction to marketing and the
significance of marketing to sales. Learn
components of consumer behaviour. You’ll use
marketing tools such as SWOT analysis and
MK2: Marketing Research
This unit is an introductory unit in the study of
marketing. Examine the importance of informed
marketing research. This includes the process
of segmenting markets prior to sampling and
collecting market data.
MK3: Developing Products and Promotions
Learn about the important role of promotion in
business. You’ll be introduced to new product
and service development in business and learn
to identify and use different promotional strategies and tools.
MA1: Mathematical Techniques
Gain an introduction to geometry, sequences and
series, probability and trigonometry. It is suitable
for students who only wish to study a variety of
mathematical techniques at a less complex level.
However, it may also form the basis for more
MA2: Predictive Mathematics
Gain an introduction to statistics, matrix algebra
and linear programming models. Study the
calculation and analysis of statistics in one and
two variables; the properties and applications
of matrix algebra; linear inequalities and their
application to solving optimisation problems;
and the calculation and analysis of statistics
within the context of time series data.
MA3: Mathematical Modelling
Gain an introduction to functions and their graphs;
index and logarithmic laws; solving equations
involving indices and logarithms; modelling
probability distributions using random variables.
Study various polynomial functions, exponential,
logarithmic and reciprocal functions with an
emphasis on the transformation of functions
and the resulting graphs; the basic index and
logarithmic laws and how to apply these laws
when solving indicial equations; and discrete and
continuous random variables and their application
to various probability models.
Gain an introduction to trigonometrical ratios
in the unit circle; trigonometrical equations and
graphs with associated transformations; first
principles differentiation and integration and the
basic rules of differentiation and integration; the
Fundamental Theorem of Calculus; and simple
applications of differentiation and integration.
MA5: Applied Mathematics
Gain an introduction to advanced techniques
of integration and further calculus applications
including rectilinear motion; the algebraic
representation and manipulation of complex
numbers; the geometrical representation of
complex numbers; and vector geometry and its
Media and Communication
MC1: Print Media and Advertising,/p>
Focus on the publishing of books, newspapers
and magazines and understand the technology
and content involved in those industries. You will
also focus on media ethics, media literacy and
learn practical skills using Adobe Creative Suite
Focus on the mediums of television and radio;
theories of media influence; the language of
production and media analysis; and movie editing
skills using Adobe Premiere Pro.
MC3: Digital Media: Film
Focus on the key technological and cultural
aspects of film. Learn about innovations and
ownership structures of the film industry and
concepts of genre and file theory. Study the
role of the audience and address issues around
censorship, consumer behaviour and
During the practical component of the course, you
will apply your knowledge to producing short film
texts using Adobe Premiere Pro.
Learn about the mechanics of waves and their
application to sound and light. You’ll study
reflection, refraction, diffraction and interference.
This unit covers kinematics; dynamics; the
concepts of momentum, energy, work and
power; and the study of the fundamental force
PH3: Electricity and Magnetism
This unit covers the fundamental concepts
of electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism.
It introduces the quantitative formulae which
transform the concepts into everyday applications.
Prepare for the Standard Foundation course by
developing your written and verbal analytical
skills. The extended program can help you gain
confidence to communicate more effectively
within a university environment. You’ll pay particular
attention to improving your English language skills.
Specially designed for students for whom
English is a second language. You’ll get better
at academic tasks and assessments in English,
and develop speaking and writing skills using
vocabulary you will use at university, and by doing
sequenced tasks similar to those you will do
at university. IT Skills now forms part of English
Skills in the Extended Program.
Introduction to Mathematics
Simulate chance events using technology.
Calculate and interpret probabilities for chance
events that occur in two or three-stages.
Expand your knowledge of coordinate geometry,
represent information in networks, and interpret
network diagrams. Study and apply functions in
their graphs. Explore patterns, make conjectures
and test them. Use trigonometry for the solution
of right and acute triangles. Plan random samples,
collect and analyse data from them, and infer
results for a population. Use mental and written
methods and technologies where appropriate.
Introduction to Commerce
Commerce is the whole system of an economy
that constitutes an environment for business.
The system includes legal, economic, political,
social, cultural and technological systems that
are in operation in any country. We concentrate
on the introductory level, which provides a firm
foundation for any further studies in commerce.
Introduction to Science
This unit is divided into Physical Sciences
(Chemistry, Physics) and Life Sciences (Biology,
Human Biology). Physics is the science that deals
with matter, energy, motion, and force. Chemistry
provides a broad introduction to chemical science
and laboratory work. Biology is the science of life
and living organisms, including their structure,
growth, origin, evolution and distribution. In
the study of Human Biology, you’ll examine
the various systems in the body. These units
provide an essential base for further studies in the