subjects summary

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 imaginative skills).

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 at UWA.


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 theories.

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 manufacturing simulation.


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 evolution.


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 practical experiments.

CH3: Physical Chemistry 2 and Inorganic Chemistry

Learn about the fundamentals of chemistry. Investigate electrochemistry, oxidation and reduction theory, and acids and bases theory. Gain experience of practical experiments.

Computer Science

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 Microsoft PowerPoint.

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 computing environment.

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 performance under:

  • Perfect competition
  • Monopoly
  • Monopolistic competition
  • Oligopoly

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 comparative advantage.

General Science

SC1: Investigating Science

Learn the skills needed to plan and carry out scientific investigations.

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) and Physics.


GE1: Population

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 population migration.

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 environments.

Global Politics

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 crime groups.


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 of immigration.

Human Biology

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 important questions.

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 marketing plans.

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 Strategy

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 advanced work.

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.

MA4: Calculus

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 applications.

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 Design Premium.

MC2: Broadcasting

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 film classification.

During the practical component of the course, you will apply your knowledge to producing short film texts using Adobe Premiere Pro.


PH1: Waves

Learn about the mechanics of waves and their application to sound and light. You’ll study reflection, refraction, diffraction and interference.

PH2: Mechanics

This unit covers kinematics; dynamics; the concepts of momentum, energy, work and power; and the study of the fundamental force of gravity.

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.

Extended Program


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.

English 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 Sciences.