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All Foundation Studies student complete two core English language courses and can choose six discipline courses from the following streams:
- Art, Design and Architecture stream
- Business stream
- Science, Engineering and Health stream
- General stream
Discipline stream students complete selected courses which are tailored to prepare you for further study in the field of your choice.
Design Process and Practice
This course will introduce you to various approaches to problem solving necessary for interpreting and undertaking a range of design projects. You will gain basic understanding of design language and theory and employ a range of skills to develop solutions for creative applications.
Essential Principles and Elements
This course will introduce you to the fundamental principles and elements of design theory. You will be given a project brief that will enable you to experiment with a conceptual idea. Using the principles and elements of design you will then develop your concepts to create your final 2D & 3D works.
Drawing and Production Skills
This course is designed to introduce you to 2D and 3D production skills using basic drawing principles and colour theory. You will experiment with a wide range of mediums and methods and apply them to your conceptual ideas. Skills you learn in this course will be used across projects in all your design courses.
Applied Communication Design
This course will further expand your skills and knowledge of the design process with the introduction of basic marketing and commercial considerations. You will focus on topics and outcomes reflecting the practices of industry.
Applied Principles and Elements
The aim of this course is to consolidate your understanding of the principles and elements of design theory. You will explore, develop and apply 3D modelling and construction skills and techniques. In response to a range of project briefs you will develop creative works for final presentation.
Advanced Production Skills
In this course you will further develop your drawing skills and develop appropriate methods for presenting your work. By experimenting with a range of more complex techniques you will consolidate your approaches for the presentation of your concepts and finished designs.
This course aims to introduce you to basic digital media technologies. It introduces you to integrating text, sound, and images using industry standard computer software within a single digital information environment. You will learn basic authoring, characteristics of various multimedia elements and presentation options.
Architecture and Space
In this course you will gain fundamental knowledge and skills in three dimensional design settings. You will explore spatial relationships at varying scales by experimenting with site and context, structure and form, space and function. The course will introduce you to the design process in both 2D and 3D formats. You will also learn the drawing conventions and presentation techniques of design.
Introduction to Photography
You will learn how to use a digital camera and be introduced to the basic principles of exposure, lighting, composition and design in photography. You will also learn how to enhance your photographs using photographic software.
Contemporary Art Practice
You will develop knowledge and skills related to contemporary fine art practice. You will explore and experiment with methods and techniques in two of your chosen areas of sculpture, painting, drawing or gold and silver smithing. You will select and present your preferred pieces of work for assessment.
You will also use a visual diary as a portable sketchbook for your own ideas, experiments and some studio based exercises.
Introductory Accounting A
In this course you will acquire introductory knowledge and skills to accounting. This will include the abilities required to process, record and prepare the financial records up to and including the trial balance, balance day adjustments and closing of the accounts for a sole trading entity.
Introductory Accounting B
This course introduces you to accounting standards and regulations. The introduction of fundamental accounting tools such as the calculator and software, including basic financial calculations provides you with the necessary skills to prepare various financial statements and reports. You will learn the purpose, layout and interpretation of these statements which will form a basis for the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of financial statements for decision making purposes by management.
In this course, you will study microeconomics, namely, the operation of the economy at consumer, firm and market levels. You will examine the behaviour of economic agents and how consumers and firms make decisions in a market environment. Emphasis is placed on the interrelationship between real world situations and the application of economic theory to practical scenarios.
This course will introduce you to macroeconomics. You will study factors that affect the whole economy such as economic growth, inflation and unemployment and the role of government and the Central Bank in managing economic fluctuations. Emphasis is placed on the interrelationship between real world situations and the application of economic theory to practical scenarios.
Business Studies and Communication
This course will provide you with the ability to make decisions that optimise business performance in the modern business world. You will learn to analyse internal and external influences that effect business operations and use these to inform appropriate strategies to a range of situations and communicate these effectively to others.
Introductory Legal Studies
This course will introduce you to the Australian legal system and the different sources of legislation organisations reference and adhere to in their business operations. You will undertake research and learn how to analyse and apply legal principles in a business environment.
Business Computing Applications
This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to confidently use a range of computer- based information and communication technologies so that you may participate effectively in a variety of personal and business activities.
Software programs include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software and simple web design.
This course is designed to introduce you to psychology as a systematic study of people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour with an emphasis on developing analytical and problem solving skills in a range of situations involving human and animal behaviour.
You will explore how emotional, cognitive, moral and psychosocial theories explain human development. You will also examine how people are influenced to behave in particular ways. There is an emphasis on the role of the brain in shaping mental processes and behaviour.
In this course you will develop your oral, written, and research skills in the context of psychology.
In this course, you will explore the workings of the individual from a psychological perspective. You will explore psychology as a scientific discipline and investigate several key aspects of both cognitive and abnormal psychology, focusing on developing an understanding of the theories and models within each content area.
You will focus on critical thinking and communication skills in considering the human mind and behaviour in various contexts. You will develop your ability to locate, organise and integrate information whilst developing an appreciation of the role psychology plays in society.
This course introduces you to the study of media and develops skills in analysing mass media in a range of forms (film, television, print, advertising, etc.). You will explore how media texts construct meaning and how audiences interpret meaning from media texts. You will also examine how the media industry changes over time as new technologies develop. There is an emphasis on the production, distribution and consumption of media texts. You will take this knowledge and use it to produce and exhibit your own media products, individually and collaboratively.
This course will develop your oral, written, research and production skills in the area of communication and the media.
This course introduces you to communication theory and practice. It emphasises the different professional communication processes and styles necessary for using English effectively in both written and spoken forms for general and specific purposes.
You will learn and practice the process of writing with considerations of audience, purpose and form. You will develop the skills of writing in a variety of genres related to the workplace, professional settings and the media.
In this course you will examine the role of power in the twenty-first century and you will be introduced to the key concepts, actors and ideas in global politics. You will learn how different social, political, and economic forces shape events at the international level, including how state and non-state actors interact and respond to global challenges and crises. With a focus on the Asia-Pacific region, this course provides you with the foundations to critically explore, explain and evaluate a range of contemporary issues, the rise of Global Actors, global governance and climate change.
In this course you will explore and develop your personal creative style and voice. You will explore different communication processes and styles used in a variety of creative contexts. You will practise communicating effectively by analysing oral and written communication through a range of styles, voices and purposes.
The course has two themes: Communicating my World; and Creating and Communicating.
1. Communicating my world
You will develop styles of speaking and writing, drawing on personal identity and cultural experience; and through analysing the writing of others.
2. Creating and communicating
You will study short story writing; and develop your own short story for inclusion in a class anthology. You will analyse script-writing and dramatic performance; and write and perform a short radio play as a group project.
Social and Urban Studies
This course introduces you to key concepts and issues relating to being members of different types of communities. You will explore the key issues arising from urbanisation by considering social, economic and environmental issues at local and global levels. Through researching and exploring a variety of themes you will identify possible solutions to problems confronting individuals and groups. The course introduces you to contemporary theories relating to social studies and urbanisation and you will be encouraged to communicate your understanding both in written reports and verbally.
Research and Innovation
This course provides you with the opportunity to undertake a research project in a collaborative setting. As a member of a team you will undertake a research project in an ethically responsible manner.
In this course you will apply the skills and knowledge that you have acquired in the earlier part of your program in order to answer a research question of your choice.
You will create and conduct first hand research amongst your peers and sort and analyse research data using a number of innovative digital learning technologies.
At the end of the course you will present your research findings to an audience of your peers and evaluate the research process you have undertaken.
The purpose of this course is to introduce you to fundamental biological concepts and skills required for further study leading to tertiary levels in the fields of biology, biotechnology, biomedical science, applied science and health science. You will gain an understanding of organisms and their relationships with their environments and you will also gain a firm foundation in analytical processes and scientific methodology.
In this course you will build on the concepts and skills acquired in Biology 1. You will learn about human genetics and molecular biology which will provide you with a firm foundation in analytical processes and scientific methodology. Your will also do hands-on practical activities to support your learning.
In this course you will be introduced to the chemical knowledge and laboratory skills and procedures required for further study, leading to higher education programs in applied science, biomedical science and engineering. You will learn a combination of theoretical and practical (hands-on) science. You will explore the composition, structure and behaviour of matter and you will gain a strong foundation in quantifying atoms and compounds. Your learning will be supported by experimentation. You will develop the critical and analytical thinking and problem solving skills necessary to analyse and discuss different chemical phenomena. You will also gain valuable broader skills such as independent learning and teamwork.
In this course you will learn more of the principles that underpin chemistry and look at their applications, as well as the applications of the principles developed in Chemistry 1. You will study organic chemistry and examine the way in which spectroscopic techniques are used to determine the molecular formulae and structures of organic compounds. The emphasis is on problem solving rather than on spectroscopic theory. Equilibria, galvanic cells and electrochemistry are also considered. You will undertake experimental work to illustrate the theoretical principles included in the course. Experimental work will give you the opportunity to demonstrate safe and skillful practice, as well as producing reliable and valid observations using a wide range of practical skills.
In this algebra-based course you will be introduced to the key concepts in Newtonian Mechanics as well as develop your skill in conducting and reporting experimental investigations.
The course aims to provide you with the scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills required for further study at tertiary level in the fields of engineering, applied science and computing science.
The aim of this course is to equip you with the physics concepts and laboratory skills required for further study at tertiary level in the fields of engineering, applied science and related disciplines.
In this course you will develop a firm foundation in the methods, ideas and practical applications of physics in the areas of waves, electricity and magnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics.
The course will build your skills in the design and conduct of practical investigations including data collection and presentation, analysis and critical evaluation of conclusions.
The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the skills required for tertiary study in programming, computing and information technology courses, or courses that require this knowledge. You will develop competence in creative and lateral thinking, and in analysis and problem solving using computing technology and skills.
The aim of this course is to introduce you to the operation of devices used to network the home and small businesses. Through the use of simulation tools, software and hardware, you will be introduced to networking and the Internet.
You will also gain a basic overview of routing and remote access, addressing, and security issues and become familiar with the purposes of servers such as those that provide e-mail services, Web pages, and authenticated access. You will gain many of the skills needed to maintain a small network.
This skill-based course will allow you to develop your competence in creative and lateral thinking and problem solving related to IT.
General Mathematics 1
In this course you will be introduced to the mathematical skills required for further study leading to the tertiary fields of engineering, applied science and computing. In this skill-based course you will build your knowledge of algebra, basic curve sketching, linear programming, matrices and trigonometry. You will gain a firm foundation in analysis, problem solving and the use of technology.
General Mathematics 2
In this course you will be introduced to the mathematical and statistical knowledge and skills required for further study at tertiary level in a range of fields. Firstly, you will develop an understanding of descriptive concepts for the presentation and analysis of data. These include measures of central tendency and dispersion. Secondly, you will build your knowledge of the inferential concepts for the testing of hypotheses on data sets. You will also explore basic probability theory which underpins the study of statistics.
Advanced Mathematics 1
In this skill based course you will develop the necessary knowledge that you will require for further tertiary-level study in the fields of engineering, applied science and computing. You will develop an understanding of various functions, trigonometry and differential calculus which will provide you with a firm foundation in mathematical analysis and problem `solving.
Advanced Mathematics 2
In this course you will build on the knowledge you acquired in Advanced Mathematics 1 and you will gain the mathematical skills required for further tertiary-level study in the fields of engineering, applied science and computing. It is a skill-based course. You will develop an understanding of integral calculus, differential equations, numerical methods and complex numbers, which will provide you with a firm foundation in analysis, problem solving and the use of technology.
In this course you will be introduced to the mathematical skills required for further tertiary-level study in the field of engineering. You will develop an understanding of differentiation, vectors, statics, dynamics and vector calculus, which will provide you with a firm foundation in analysis, problem solving and the use of technology.
English Academic Literacies and Research Skills
In this course, you will focus on features of academic writing, such as structuring a paragraph, paraphrasing, citation, referencing and using appropriate academic language, as well as on developing your library and research skills. Through classroom lessons, group work, independent study and linked assessment tasks, you will develop and apply your Academic English reading, writing, speaking, listening and research skills.
English Critical Thinking and Analysis
In this course, you will develop academic literacy and critical analysis skills. In particular, you will focus on developing your ability to evaluate diverse texts and analyse their content. You will engage in the process of planning, drafting and editing your writing. You will also extend your skills in leading discussions.
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