Pre-approved study plan options

Deakin has a great range of pre-approved study options available. These have no prerequisites, which means your application is processed faster. You can either design your own study plan or pick from our recommended study options.


The trimester system

Deakin has three trimesters each year. Trimester 3 takes place over the summer months, and isn’t compulsory, but provides another study option. Trimesters 1 and 2 have approximately the same duration as other universities working on a semester system.

We encourage incoming exchange students to select from the available units or the pre-approved study plans below.


Pre-approved units

The following units have pre-approval. Please note that entry is subject to availability at your time of enrolment.

Trimester 1, 2017

Faculty of Arts and Education

Unit code Unit name
ACC100  Communication in Everyday Life
ACC200  Freelancing in the Arts
ACD101  Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice A 
ACD110  Dance Improvisation and Body Awareness 
ACF103  Writing with the Camera (Note for Trimester 1: only available to students enrolled in film/media course at home institution. Trimesters 2 and 3: available to all students enrolled in an arts or arts combined course) 
ACF104  Moving Pictures: Screening Film History (Note: only available to students enrolled in a creative arts or media course at their home institution) 
ACG103  Design Skills 
ACG206  Web Design and Interactivity 
ACI101 Still Images 
ACI102 Pixel to Print: Digital Imaging 1 
ACI205 Lighting Design 1: Natural and Artificial Lighting 
ACP109 Improvisation: Principles in Action 
ACR101 Introducing Crime and Criminology 
ACV101 Contemporary Art Practice: Ideas 
ACV114 Art and Technology 
ACV207 Fear and Loathing in the Visual Arts: Art Since 1989 
ACV306 Artists' Books Studio 
ACV307 Contemporary Art Practice: Research prerequisite – ACV205 or ACV206 or equivalent 
AIA106 Sex, Race and Australia's People 
AIA200 Indigenous Australians in the 20th Century 
AIB151 Arabic 1A AIC181 – Chinese 1A 
AIC383 Chinese 3C (Note: must have extensive Chinese language competency)         
AIC387 Advanced Chinese for Business Purposes C 
AIE153 Historical Foundations of the Middle East
AIE255 Issues and Themes in Middle East Politics 
AIE334 China: From Empire to Republic 
AIF146 The Language, Culture and People of Indonesia 
AIG103 People and Place: An Introduction to Human Geography
AIH107 World History Between the Wars 1919–1939
AIH205 Sex and Gender in History 
AIH263 'History Written with Lightning': Film and the Past 
AIH264 The Holocaust 
AIP107 Introduction to Politics 
AIP230 Understanding Public Policy 
AIR108 International Relations 
AIR205 The Rise of China 
AIR236 Controversies in Global Capitalism 
AIR345 American Foreign Policy 
AIS101 Intercultural Communication 
AIX160 Introduction to University Study 
AIX117 Professional Writing for Work 
AIX290 Australia Today: An Introduction to Australia 
ALC104 Media Genres: Negotiating Textual Forms and Pleasures 
ALC203 Exploring Digital Media: Contexts of Online Participation 
ALC204 Media Representations and Affects 
ALC215 Globalisation and the Media 
ALC303 Media Research Practices 
ALJ111 News Reporting 1 
ALJ220 Journalism in Society 
ALL101 The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others 
ALL153 Literature for Children and Young Adults 
ALL201 Love, Death and Poetry 
ALL228 The Golden Age in Children's Literature 
ALL274 Supernatural Literature 
ALL326 Material Girls, Material Boys 
ALR103 Introduction to Public Relations 
ALR207 Media Relations 
ALR276 Ethical Communication and Citizenship 
ALS100 Spanish 1A 
AMC101 Motion Capture Fundamentals 
AMC228 Building 3D Objects & Worlds 
AMC327 Envisioning Games & Design Worlds 
ASC101 Introduction to Sociology A 
ASC206 Sociology of Health 
ASC207 Consumerism, Gender and Sustainability 
ASC211 Religion and Social Change 
ASC346 Sociology of the Media and Popular Culture 
ASP129 Love, Sex and Death 
ASP208 Introduction to Logical Reasoning 
ASP214 Justice and Equality 
ASP215 Philosophy, Happiness, and the Good Life 
ASP224 Freud and Philosophy 
ASS101 Peoples of the World 
ASS205 Anthropology of Poverty and Development 
ASS233 Myth and Ritual 
ASS329 Anthropology of Crime and Violence

Faculty of Business and Law

Please note that you can only can enrol in units beginning with MLL (for example, example MLL218) if you’re enrolled in a law degree in your home institution.

Unit code Unit name
MAA103 Accounting for Decision Making
MAA104 Financial Literacy
MAE101 Economic Principles
MAE203 The Global Economy
MAF101 Fundamentals of Finance
MIS171 Business Analytics
MIS231 Professional Ethics, Security and Governance
MLC101 Business Law
MLL110 Legal Principles and Skills
MLL111 Contract
MLL213 Torts
MLL218 Criminal Procedure
MLL355 International Litigation and Dispute Settlement
MLL408 Family Law
MMH230 Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
MMH250 Workplace Counselling and Negotiation
MMK101 Marketing Fundamentals
MMM102 Global Mindset
MMM132 Management
MMM233 Business and the Environment
MMM240 Organisational Behaviour
MMM241 Entrepreneurship and Innovation
MMP111 Introduction to Property
MMP212 Property Investment
MMP213 Property Economics
MWL101 Personal Insight

Faculty of Health

Unit code Unit name
HBS107 Understanding Health
HBS109 Human Structure and Function
HBS110 Health Behaviour
HNM101 Partnerships in Midwifery Care 1
HNN112 Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1
HNN120 Quality and safety in Health Care
HPS111 Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
HPS203 The Human Mind
HPS204 Human Social Behaviour
HSE010 Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety
HSE101 Principles of Exercise and Sport Science
HSE103 Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science Practice
HSE105 Principles of Sport Coaching
HSE311 Applied Sports Science 1
HSH111 Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion
HSH208 Health Communication
HSN101 Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health
HSN103 Food: the Environment and Consumers
HSW101 Introduction to Social Work: Social Work Theory and Practice A
HSW221 Social Work Research in Ethical and Political Contexts

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Unit code Unit name
SEP490 Engineering Work Experience
SIT101 Fundamentals of Information Technology
SIT105 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for IT
SIT111 Introduction to Computer Science
SIT113 Cloud Computing and Virtualisation
SIT120 Introduction to Apps Design
SIT151 Game Fundamentals
SIT161 Principles of Interactive Media
SIT191 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
SIT192 Discrete Mathematics
SIT204 Mathematics and Physics for Games
SIT272 Enterprise Network Construction
SLE101 Techniques in Environmental Science (co-requisite SLE010, worth zero credit points)
SLE103 Ecology and the Environment
SLE111 Cells and Genes (co-requisite SLE010, worth zero credit points)
SLE115 Essential Skills in Bioscience
SLE133 Chemistry in Our World (co-requisite SLE010, worth zero credit points)
SLE151 Biodiversity: A Global Perspective (co-requisite SLE010, worth zero credit points)
SRA143 Art and Society
SRA341 The City
SRC163 Graphic and Coded Communication 1
SRD163 Studio 01: Thoughtscapes
SRE170 Construction Finance
SRM161 Contract Administration 1
SRM181 Project Management 1
SRT141 Building Safety
SRT153 Building Materials Science
SRT159 Construction Projects 1

Trimester 2, 2017

Faculty of Arts and Education

Unit code Unit name
ACC100 Communication in Everyday Life
ACC101 Creativity and Dangerous Ideas
ACC200 Freelancing in the Arts
ACF103 Writing with the Camera
ACF106 Screen Practices
ACF206 Mindscreen: Cinema, Psychology and Psychoanalysis (Note: only available to students enrolled in an Arts or Arts combined course)
ACF320 Mad Max Meets Priscilla – Contemporary Australian Cinema
ACG102 Design and Typography
ACI101 Still Images
ACI103 Thinking Photography: History, Theory and Cultural Context
ACP177 Genre and Performance
ACR102 Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice
ACV203 Visual Narrative Studio
AIA105 Visions of Australia: Time and Space From 1700 to 2010
AIA300 Australia's Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century
AIC284 Chinese 2D
AIC384 Chinese 3D
AIC389 Advanced Chinese for Business Purposes D
AIE154 Modern Middle East Politics
AIE335 Modern China: Liberation, Cultural Revolution and Reform
AIF142 Conversational Indonesian B
AIH108 The Cold War World: 1945-1991
AIH238 Australia and the Two World Wars
AIH288 Exploring Australia's Indigenous Pasts
AIH389 The French Revolution and the Struggle for Freedom
AIP116 Visions and Values in Politics
AIP209 Asylum Challenges in Australia and Asia
AIP247 Media and Politics: Campaign Strategies
AIR120 Australia and the World
AIR234 Order and Justice in World Politics
AIR242 Theories of International Relations
AIR243 International Relations of the Asia-Pacific
AIR244 Conflict, Security and Terrorism
AIX117 Professional Writing for Work
ALC105 Media Culture and Technological Transformations: Living in the Digital Age
ALC202 Advertising: Desire, Consumption and the Attention Economy
ALC205 Digital Media and the Surveillance Society
ALC301 Contemporary Media Industries
ALJ112 News Reporting 2
ALJ216 Feature Writing
ALL102 From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions
ALL154 Power Politics and Texts for Young People
ALL202 Writing Modern Worlds
ALL230 Re-Imagining Literature for Young People
ALL260 Australian Literature
ALR104 Strategic Communication and Writing
ALR310 Marketing Communication
ALS100 Spanish 1A (Note: enrolment quotas apply to this unit for campus modes. No quotas apply for online learning)
ALW102 Writing Spaces (Note: only available to students enrolled in an arts or arts combined course at home institution)
AMC104 Principles of Character Animation (Note: only available to students enrolled in an arts or game design course at home institution)
ASC102 Introduction to Sociology B
ASC210 Youth Culture and Identity
ASC233 International Migration and Multicultural Societies
ASC250 Contemporary Social Research
ASC287 Love, Sex and Relationships
ASC304 Culture and Control: Boundaries and Identities
ASP102 World Religions
ASP209 Freedom and Subjectivity
ASP216 Ethics in Global Society
ASP227 Philosophies of Religion: Western, Asian, and Contemporary Inquiries
ASP228 Philosophy, Art, Film
ASS102 Culture and Communication
ASS206 Medical Anthropology
ASS234 Environmental Anthropology
ASS330 Cyborg Anthropology
EEA212 Visual Culture:Images, Meaning and Contexts

Faculty of Business and Law

Unit code Unit name
MAA103 Accounting for Decision Making
MAE101 Economic Principles
MAE203 The Global Economy
MAF101 Fundamentals of Finance
MIS171 Business Analytics
MLC101 Business Law
MMH230 Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
MMH250 Workplace Counselling and Negotiation
MMK101 Marketing Fundamentals
MMM132 Management
MMM241 Entrepreneurship and Innovation
MWL101 Personal Insight

Faculty of Health

Unit code Unit name
HBS107 Understanding Health
HBS109 Human Structure and Function
HBS110 Health Behaviour
HPS111 Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
HSE010 Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Unit code Unit name
SEJ441Engineering Project A
ASEP490 Engineering Work Experience
SIT010 Safety Induction Program
SIT102 Introduction to Programming
SIT103 Database and Information Retrieval
SIT104 Introduction to Web Development
SIT112 Data Science Concepts
SIT153 Introduction to Game Programming
SIT162 Interactive Media Systems
SIT172 Programming for Engineers
SIT182 Introduction to Computer Security
SIT192 Discrete Mathematics
SIT194 Introduction to Mathematical Modelling
SIT210 Construction Engineering (co-requisite SEE010, worth zero credit points)
SLE102 Physical Geography
SLE104 The Blue Planet: Water and Life (co-requisite SLE010, worth zero credit points)
SLE105 Human Impacts – Pollution
SLE112 Fundamentals of Forensic Science (co-requisite SLE010, worth zero credit points)
SLE121 Environmental Sustainability
SLE132 Biology: Form and Function
SLE136 Life On An Evolving Planet
SLE239 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
SRC221 Computer Aided Modelling
SRD164 Studio 02: Matterscapes
SRM165 Information Systems in Construction
SRT151 Construction and Structures 1
SRT257 Building Environmental Studies 1

Trimester 3, 2017

Faculty of Arts and Education

Unit code Unit name
ACC100 Communication in Everyday Life
ACC101 Creativity and Dangerous Ideas
ACF103 Writing with the Camera
ACG103 Design Skills
ACG206 Web Design and Interactivity
ACI102 Pixel to Print: Digital Imaging 1
ACR101 Introducing Crime and Criminology
AIF145 Conversational Indonesian (Note: this unit is offered in intensive mode, running in January and February)
AIR236 Controversies in Global Capitalism (Note: only online learning available)
AIX117 Professional Writing for Work
ALC104 Media Genres: Negotiating Textual Forms and Pleasures
ALL102 From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions
ALL153 Literature for Children and Young Adults (Note: quotas apply)
ALR103 Introduction to Public Relations
ALR207 Media Relations
ALW101 Writing Craft (Note: only available to students enrolled in an arts or arts combined course at home institution)
AMC100 Animation Narratives (Note: quotas apply. Only for students who are enrolled in an arts course at home institution)
AMC101 Motion Capture Fundamentals
ASP102 World Religions (Note: only online learning available)
ASP129 Love, Sex and Death (Note: only online learning available)
ALJ111 News Reporting 1 (Note: only online learning available)
AIH256 Sport in History (Note: only online learning available)

Faculty of Business and Law

Please note that you can only can enrol in units beginning with MLL (for example, example MLL111) if you’re enrolled in a law degree in your home institution.

Unit code Unit name
MAA103 Accounting for Decision Making
MAE101 Economic Principles
MAF101 Fundamentals of Finance
MLC101 Business Law
MLL111 Contract
MMH230 Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
MMK101 Marketing Fundamentals
MMM132 Management
MMM240 Organisational Behaviour
MMP111 Introduction to Property
MWL101 Personal Insight

Faculty of Health

Unit code Unit name
HBS107 Understanding Health
HBS109 Human Structure and Function
HBS110 Health Behaviour
HPS111 Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
HPS203 The Human Mind
HPS204 Human Social Behaviour
HSE010 Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety
HSN101 Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Unit code Unit name
SEJ441 Engineering Project A
SEP490 Engineering Work Experience
SIT272 Enterprise Network Construction
SLE103 Ecology and the Environment
SLE111 Cells and Genes (co-requisite SLE010, worth zero credit points)
SLE133 Chemistry in Our World (co-requisite SLE010, worth zero credit points)
SLE134 Recreational Fisheries Science
SRC221 Computer Aided Modelling
SRE170 Construction Finance
SRM181 Project Management 1

Pre-approved study plans

For some students, selecting a pre-approved study plan may provide an easier transition to an exchange program. You’re invited to choose from the below study plans.

Undergraduate pre-approved study plans

Contemporary Communication: the local and the global

This exciting, flexible program gives you a mix of conceptual and hands-on learning. You’ll study the global and local nature of contemporary communication, including film, media, internet, news, public relations and literature. Other study choices are available to you, as long as you meet the prerequisite requirements from your current studies at home. If you’re eligible to do first-year units, you may also select from the options in the Creative Screens study program. 

Trimester 1

Choose four units from:

Unit code Unit name
ALL274 Supernatural Literature
ALR207 Media Relations
ALR276 Ethical Communication and Citizenship
ALC215 Globalisation and the Media
ACI102 Pixel to Print: Digital Imaging 1 (Note: quota applies)
ACO411 Communication Concepts
AMC100 Animation Narratives (Note: quota applies. Only available to students enrolled in an arts or arts combined course at home institution).
AMC101 Motion Capture Fundamentals
ACG103 Design Skills

Trimester 2

Choose four units from:

Unit code Unit name
ACF320 Mad Max Meets Priscilla – Contemporary Australian Cinema
ACF206 Mindscreen: Cinema, Psychology and Psychoanalysis (Note: only available to students enrolled in an arts or arts combined course at home institution)
ALL260 Australian Literature
ALR206 Social Media Public Relations (prerequisite: any ALR coded unit passed successfully)
ALJ216 Feature Writing

Trimester 3

Choose four units from:

Unit code Unit name
ALR207 Media Relations
ACF103 Writing with the Camera (only available to students enrolled in an arts or arts combined course at home institution)
ACG103 Design Skills
ACG206 Web Design and Interactivity
ACI102 Pixel to Print: Digital Imaging 1 (Note: quota applies)
ACO411 Communication Concepts (online only)
AMC100 Animation Narratives (Note: quota applies. Only available to students enrolled in an arts or arts combined course at home institution)
AMC101 Motion Capture Fundamentals (Note: practical work for this unit will be taught in an intensive mode in Trimester 3)

Creative Screen: making digital stories

This hands-on program of study focuses heavily on the development of your creative abilities. You’ll make digital stories using Deakin's excellent technology resources, while conceptual and theoretical study options are also available. It’s designed for students who are able to complete first-year units as part of their study abroad program. For students able to complete that program, Creative Screens also runs in Trimester 3, over summer. You can also select later-year units from the options in the Contemporary Communication study program.

Trimester 1

Choose four units from:

Unit code Unit name
ACF103 Writing with the Camera (Note: only available to students enrolled in an arts or arts combined course at home institution)
ACF104 Moving Pictures: Screening Film History (Note: only available to students enrolled in an arts or arts combined course at home institution)
ACI102 Pixel to Print: Digital Imaging 1
ACG103 Design Skills
ACV114 Art and Technology
AMC100 Animation Narratives (Note: quota applies)
AMC101 Motion Capture Fundamentals
ALC104 Media Genres
ACI101 Still Images

Trimester 2

Choose four units from:

Unit code Unit name
ACF103 Writing with the Camera (Note: only available to students enrolled in an arts or arts combined course at home institution)
ACF206 Mindscreen: Cinema, Psychology and Psychoanalysis (Note: only available to students enrolled in an arts or arts combined course at home institution)
ACF320 Mad Max Meets Priscilla – Contemporary Australian Cinema
ACG102 Design and Typography
ACI101 Still Images
ACI103 Thinking Photography: History, Theory and Cultural Context
ACV113 Drawing for Art and Design
ALC105 Media Culture and Technological Transformations: Living in the Digital Age
AMC104 Principles of Character Animation (Note: only available to students enrolled in an arts or arts combined course at home institution)

Trimester 3

There are limited unit choices available in this program due to the summer period; a small number of other units may be available.

Choose four units from:

Unit code Unit name
ACF103 Writing with the Camera (Note: only available to students enrolled in an arts or arts combined course at home institution)
ACI102 Pixel to Print: Digital Imaging 1
AMC100 Animation Narratives (Note: only available to students enrolled in an arts or arts combined course at home institution)
AMC101 Motion Capture Fundamentals
ACG103 Design Skills
ALC104 Media Genres

Business on the internet

Unit code Unit name
MIS271 Business Intelligence (optional)
MIS276 Design Thinking
MIS312 eBusiness Strategies
MIS313 Strategic Supply Chain Management
MIS201 Business Requirements Analysis
MIS211 IS Services, Infrastructure and the Cloud (optional)
MIS352 Business Process Management

Information Systems

Unit code Unit name
MIS201 Business Requirements Analysis (optional)
MIS202 Managing Data and Information
MIS203 Information practice
MIS211 IS Services, Infrastructure and the Cloud (optional)
MIS231 Professional Ethics in the Digital Age
MIS251 Accounting Information Systems
MIS276 Design Thinking
MIS352 Enterprise Systems
MIS398 Project Management

Postgraduate pre-approved study plans

Business on the internet

Unit code Unit name
MIS701 Business Requirements Analysis
MIS712 eBusiness Strategies
MIS713 Supply Chain Management and Logistics
MIS731 Information Security and Governance (optional)
MIS781 Business Intelligence (optional)
MIS782 Business Value of Information
MIS798 Project Management

Business analytics

Unit code Unit name
MIS761 Enterprise Information Management
MIS701 Business Requirements Analysis (optional)
MIS770 Analytical Skills for Managers (optional)
MIS771 Descriptive Analytics and Visualisation
MIS772 Predictive Analytics
MIS781 Business Intelligence
MIS782 Business Value of Information

Design your own study plan

You’re also welcome to design your own study plan. Information on courses and units can be found in the university handbook and the find a course page. Please note that some units have prerequisites that require faculty approval.

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