Elective Subjects

Accounting | Biology | Chemistry | Economics | Environment & Development | Mathematics 1 | Mathematics 2 |Media & Communications | Music | Physics | Psychology 


This subject introduces students to fundamental accounting tools to provide a basis for analysing and interpreting financial statements and internal management documents throughout their careers. The educational philosophy used is based on the 'building blocks' approach as described in sequence (The Accounting Cycle) to reach the ultimate objective of financial reports. 



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This subject aims to foster an understanding of major biological concepts, an awareness of how such concepts are connected within the biological sciences, and an appreciation and interest in biological science as an integral part of society and everyday life. The subject provides a strong foundation for further study of the biological sciences and related disciplines.

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This subject provides a foundation for further study in chemistry and related disciplines. The focus is on understanding chemical concepts and calculations, development of laboratory and reporting skills, awareness of safety protocols, fluency in terminology, and an appreciation of the role of chemistry in our world.

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This subject aims to help students: 

  • gain an understanding of economics as a field of study, and consider issues from an economic perspective
  • obtain an understanding of basic concepts and principles of economics
  • obtain knowledge of major aspects of the Australian economic system
  • develop a capacity to think analytically, and discuss and write effectively about economics.

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Environment, Development and Design

The concept of environmentally sustainable development is at the heart of this subject, and is increasingly becoming the focus 
of government policy, business and educational institutions.Students who study this subject will become familiar with environmentally sustainable development and its application globally, and understand the way different environments and societies interact. We investigate design solutions to many current global challenges. This subject is recommended for students wishing to study the Bachelor of Design at the University of Melbourne.

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Mathematics 1

This subject develops mathematical knowledge and skills in pre-calculus, calculus, matrices, statistics and probability, as preparation for a wide variety of university courses.

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Mathematics 2

This subject provides students with the skills to succeed in university courses that require a high level of analytical and logical thought, such as science, engineering and actuarial studies.This subject also ensures that students have the language skills to undertake further studies in mathematics in English. 

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Media and Communications

In this subject, students are introduced to the dynamic world of the media and associated industries, and their influence on society and the individual.

Through a combination of theory, application and practice, students emerge with a greater understanding of how the media works and an ability to design and produce a range of media products.

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Music (practical)

This subject is available to students who wish to prepare for university study in either the Bachelor of Music degree or the Diploma in Music. It is designed to enable students to reach an advanced level of skill and mastery of a particular musical instrument, and to give a broad understanding of music performance. 
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) at the University of Melbourne allocates the teachers for this subject.

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Taught by staff at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Music.


This subject provides a foundation for further studies in physics and related analytical-type disciplines, in particular science and engineering.
Students learn to develop quantitative physical models and become aware of the assumptions upon which these models are based. Students develop physical problem-solving strategies, learn to apply electronic, mechanical and optical techniques of measurement in the laboratory, and record quantitative data with associated uncertainties. The laboratory measurement techniques also include computer-interfaced experiments for collecting and analysing data.

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This subject examines the biological, psychological and social factors that contribute to individual and group behaviour using both theoretical and practical teaching methods. It introduces students to a broad range of psychological theories and principles that explain human behaviour, as well as the diversity of human experience.
Practical demonstrations and experiments, both in and out of the classroom, are designed to help students understand and explore the theoretical concepts underlying human cognition (thinking) and behaviour.


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