Deakin Accelerate

Deakin Accelerate is a distinctive VCE extension studies program offering high-achieving students university-level learning opportunities.

In this program, you'll complete two units of a first-year university subject at the same time as your Year 12 studies, either at one of Deakin's four vibrant locations or at the Cloud Campus – our innovative online learning environment.

Applications for the 2020 Deakin Accelerate program are now open. Applications close Friday 13 December 2019.

Why choose Deakin Accelerate

Get the same benefits as studying a fifth or sixth VCE subject, while gaining university credit and reducing the cost of your future degree at Deakin. If you’re planning to complete an extra subject in Year 12, consider the additional experience, variety of subjects and dynamic, exciting environment that comes with the Deakin Accelerate program.

Boost your ATAR

When you successfully complete the Accelerate program, you'll achieve between three and five increment points to be added to your ATAR aggregate.

Here's the ATAR increment contribution you can achieve based on your results:

Average mark for Accelerate units ATAR aggregate contribution Equivalent VCE study score
90 or more 5.0 points 50
80–89 4.5 points 45
70–79 4.0 points 40
60–69 3.5 points 35
50–59 3.0 points 30

Choose how and when you want to study

When you join Deakin Accelerate, you can choose to study on campus, online or through a combination of both.

Study at one of Deakin’s four campuses – Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront, Geelong Waurn Ponds or Warrnambool – or if you need choice and flexibility for your studies, jump online at our Cloud Campus.

Cloud Campus is your online one-stop shop to access classes, seminars and resources, participate in live-streaming seminars and class discussions, chat with academic staff and students and submit assignments.

Earn university credit

You'll gain credit on successful completion of your Accelerate units, which you can put towards a related Deakin course – that's two units ticked off your degree before you even start university. Even if your Deakin course is unrelated to your Accelerate units, in many cases you'll still be able to use the credit you've earned as electives. This means you can lighten your first-year study load or fast-track your degree by going straight into second-year units.

Study for free

There are no tuition fees as part of the Accelerate program – we pay them for you. That's two units you won’t have to pay for later, so your future degree will cost less.

While there may be other costs associated with textbooks for your particular study area or materials for seminars, most of the unit study resources are available online and textbooks can often be purchased second-hand or borrowed from the library.

Deakin Accelerate

Hear what past Deakin Accelerate students have to say about the program.

Fitting in with your VCE

You’ll study two first-year university units through the Accelerate program, one in Trimester 1 (March–June) and the other in Trimester 2 (July–October). Your VCE studies will have started before you begin Accelerate, so you'll be settled in and ready to incorporate the program into your study schedule.

If you choose to study on campus, you'll attend classes and seminars during the day – there are various times to choose from so you can pick one that suits your VCE timetable. If studying online is more your thing, you can access online classes and participate in discussions and activities in your free classes at school, or after hours.

We recommend you spend up to 10 hours a week on your Accelerate unit. This includes time spent:

  • preparing for class, like readings or activities
  • attending weekly seminars
  • completing assessments
  • studying for exams.

If you choose to study online, make sure you have access to a strong internet connection so you can access unit resources and study after school hours, as well as at school through the wi-fi.

When it comes to university exam periods, you'll find these don’t usually overlap with your VCE exams, so you'll have plenty of time to study for both.

Ease your transition into university

Taking on university units while you're still at school is a great way to start your uni experience and get ahead. You'll become familiar with tertiary teaching and learning styles, understanding what lecturers and tutors expect and how you learn best.

Stand out from the crowd

As a high-achieving student in a rewarding and challenging program, you’ll give your resume a distinctive edge, highlighting your drive for success. You’ll show future employers and leaders your eagerness to learn and commitment to a program that demands advanced time management, discipline and maturity.

The most beneficial part of the program is that it allowed me to get a head-start on my degree, essentially allowing me to reach my career faster.

Ashley Siekman

2018 Accelerate student – Robotics and Data Science, Current Deakin student – Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours)

Your guide to the application process

Who should apply?

Apply to the Deakin Accelerate program if you're a student who is:

  • a high-achiever with above-average Year 11 results
  • a self-starter who can work independently
  • motivated to achieve a high ATAR score
  • keen to make a head-start on your university degree.

What do I need to apply?

You might need to complete particular VCE Units 3 and 4 to be eligible for the Accelerate program. You can complete the prerequisite units in Year 11, or alongside your Accelerate studies in Year 12.

You will also need:

  • an excellent past academic record
  • an endorsement and recommendation from your school
  • signed permission from one of your parents or guardians and your school
  • responses to the student supporting statement questions
  • up to give additional documents to support your application. These are optional and can include:

    • report pages
    • awards
    • additional written recommendations.

How do I apply?

Step 1 – Research

  • Which subjects are you interested in?
  • Are there prerequisite subjects you need to complete?
  • Will you complete the units on campus, online or a mix of both?
  • Can you gather all the required documents?

Step 2 – Your application

Make sure you apply by 13 December 2019. Applications must be submitted online via the application portal.

  • Download the application pack at deakin.edu.au/accelerate.
  • Gain approval and supporting documentation from one of your parents or guardians, and your school.
  • Complete your responses to the student supporting statement questions.
  • Submit your application and supporting documents at deakin.edu.au/accelerate.

Step 3 – Receive your offer

  • You'll be notified by 17 January 2020 about the outcome of your application.
  • Once you've received an offer, you'll have one week to formally accept it and confirm your place in the program.
  • To accept your offer, follow the enrolment instructions in your offer email.

Step 4 – Start Deakin Accelerate

  • Come along to orientation, which will be held in late February 2020.
  • Trimester 1 begins on 9 March 2020.

Available study areas

Each of Deakin’s faculties have units included in the Accelerate program, giving you a range of study options to diversify and ramp up your final year of high school.

Accounting

Prerequisites: You will have completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12, Units 3 and 4 VCE Accounting.

You will complete the following pair of accounting units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

MAA103 Accounting for Decision Making

MAA261 Financial Accounting

Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud, Melbourne Burwood, Warrnambool or Geelong Waterfront

Cloud or Melbourne Burwood

Overview

Accounting for Decision Making teaches students how to use accounting information to make appropriate business decisions. Students will learn to apply the fundamental concepts of double-entry accounting to record transactions, prepare financial reports and to analyse and interpret their meaning. Students learn to use management accounting budgets and planning techniques and will consider contemporary issues such as the role of ethics and the use of Integrated Reporting.

Financial Accounting examines the financial accounting 'cycle', from the recording of relevant transactions through to the preparation of financial statements.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning including 1 x 1 hour online scheduled workshops per week

Campus: 1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning including 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week

Assessments
  • Individual double-entry recording assignment worth 15%
  • Individual financial statements project worth 10%
  • Individual or group budgeting case-study worth 15%
  • Examination (2 hours) worth 60%
  • Individual case study (3000 words) worth 30%, incorporating:

Part A: Xero (Cloud) Accounting worth 15%

Part B: Manual processing worth 15%

  • Group case study (2000 words) worth 20%
  • Examination (2 hours) worth 50%

Criminology

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite subjects that need to be completed to study criminology.

You will complete the following pair of criminology units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

ACR101 Introducing Crime and Criminology

ACR102 Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice

Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud, Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront or Geelong Waurn Ponds

Cloud, Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront or Geelong Waurn Ponds

Overview

Introducing Crime and Criminology introduces students to the various ways in which we think about and respond to crime and its control. It introduces some of the key frameworks for understanding and explaining crime and examines some of the main types of crime. Examples include crimes between persons, groups and organisations, and crimes at local, national and international levels. The unit also provides a foundation for future study in criminology subjects.

Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice provides an introduction to the structures and procedures of the criminal justice system from a critical perspective. The unit outlines the major characteristics of the investigation, prosecution, adjudication and correctional processes within the criminal justice system, and the key issues which impinge on contemporary criminal justice administration in Australia. The conduct of police investigations, prosecutorial decision-making and the executive administration of the prison system are explored.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 1 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour class (recordings provided) and 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week

Campus: 1 x 1 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour class (recordings provided) and 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week

Assessments
  • Individual online exercise worth 10%
  • Individual quiz worth 10%
  • Individual research and writing exercise (1500 words) worth 40%
  • Examination (2 hours) worth 40%
  • Individual portfolio (400 words) worth 10%
  • Individual report (400 words) worth 10%
  • Individual research and writing exercise (1500 words) worth 40%
  • Examination (2 hours) worth 40%

Disability, diversity and inclusion

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite subjects that need to be completed to study disability, diversity and inclusion.

You will complete the following pair of disability, diversity and inclusion units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

HDS101 Communication and Diversity

HDS106 Diversity, Disability and Social Inclusion

Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud, Melbourne Burwood or Geelong Waterfront

Cloud or Melbourne Burwood

Overview

Communication and Diversity examines the principles of effective communication and how these can be applied in a range of clinical and professional situations. The unit has a focus on communication with people with a disability and those from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Students will learn about the process involved in spoken, written and non-verbal communication, and the impact of communication partners and environments. They will examine communication issues specific to physical disability, autism spectrum disorder, brain injury and vision/hearing impairment. Students will also practise applied communication skills including sign language, assertive listening, professional writing and communication resource development.

Disability is part of the natural diversity of humankind. Disability and Social Inclusion explores the complex and dynamic interrelationships between people who have a disability and the society in which they live. Students learn about the different models and frameworks used in defining disability and their impact on social structures and policy. The unit examines the mechanisms behind social inclusion and exclusion of people with disability, including structural, environmental and personal influences, from childhood to old-age. Throughout the unit students practise applying inclusion philosophies such as Universal Design, to optimise inclusion across a range of participation settings (e.g., education, recreation, accommodation, sexuality and family life). This is a level one unit in the people, society and disability major on the Bachelor of Health Sciences program. Students in other courses may study this unit as an elective.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week and online independent and collaborative learning activities

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week and online learning activities

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week

Assessments
  • Online multiple choice quiz worth 20%
  • Reflective essay (1600 words) worth 40%
  • Communication profile (1600 words equivalent) worth 40%
  • Online multiple choice quiz worth 20%
  • Online role-play (1600 words equivalent) worth 40%
  • Multimedia presentation and annotated bibliography (1600 words) worth 40%

Economics

Prerequisites: You will have completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12, Units 3 and 4 VCE Economics.

You will complete the following pair of economics units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

MAE101 Economic Principles

MAE203 The Global Economy

Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud, Warrnambool or Geelong Waterfront

Cloud, Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront or Warrnambool

Overview

Economic Principles is about the behaviour of consumers and producers and their interaction in the marketplace. The tools of market analysis developed in the unit provide the foundation for an understanding of issues such as coordinating people's needs with the world's limited resources, corporate pricing strategies, monopoly power, government regulation, the environment, income inequality, and the economic relationships between countries and foreign trade.

The Global Economy unit provides students with an understanding of the Australian economic system within the world economy, and an ability to identify and assess current macroeconomic problems and policies. The unit is concerned with the way in which the whole economy, or large sectors of the economy work. The major sectors analysed are the household sector, the business sector, the government sector and the international sector. Issues such as economic growth, unemployment, inflation, balance of payments and exchange rates are examined.

Contact hours

Campus: 2 x 1 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 scheduled online seminars across the trimester

Campus: 1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 scheduled online seminars across the trimester

Assessments
  • Individual written assignment (2000 words) worth 30%
  • Individual online quizzes and experiments worth 20%
  • Examination (2 hours) worth 50%
  • Individual multiple choice quizzes x 3 (5% each) worth 15%
  • Individual short answer questions (2000 words) worth 25%
  • Examination (2 hours) worth 60%

Health practice and research

Prerequisites: You will have completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12, Units 3 and 4 VCE Health and Human Development.

You will complete the following pair of health practice and research units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

HBS110 Health Behaviour

HBS108 Health Information and Data

Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud

Cloud

Overview

The Health Behaviour unit explores relevant health behaviour issues and their impact on an individual's health and wellbeing. You will also examine the impact of socio-cognitive factors and how to enhance behaviour change and goal achievement. Further, the unit discusses theoretical explanations of health behaviour and how they are applied to derive effective approaches to achieving behaviour change.

Health Information and Data intends to provide first-year undergraduate students from all schools across the Faculty of Health, as well as students from other faculties who elect to study HBS108, with the basic skills necessary to be consumers and ultimately providers of health research information. The unit comprises nine topics, covering: measuring health and disease in populations, introduction to qualitative research, study design, obtaining online health information, evaluating popular health claims, introduction to quantitative research, and evidence-based practice including critical appraisal.

Contact hours

Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour online class and 1 x 1.5 hour online seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week

Assessments
  • 3 x health behaviour journal entries (800–1200 words per entry) worth 45%
  • 10 x online quizzes worth 10%
  • Multiple choice examination (2 hours) worth 45%
  • Assignment (800 words) worth 20%
  • Assignment (1200 words) worth 30%
  • Examination (2 hours) worth 50%

Journalism

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite subjects that need to be completed to study journalism.

You will complete the following pair of journalism units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

ALJ111 News Reporting 1

ALJ112 News Reporting 2

Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud, Melbourne Burwood or Geelong Waurn Ponds

Cloud, Melbourne Burwood or Geelong Waurn Ponds

Overview

News Reporting 1 is an introduction to the practice and theory of multimedia journalism. It sets the social, professional and legal context for journalism practice, and introduces students to the convention of news writing and reporting stories. Students will also focus on combining text with photos and audio clips to produce news stories; critically examining their own production processes, and learn to report multimedia news stories to a deadline.

News Reporting 2 in the practice and theory of multimedia journalism focuses on news reporting processes. It outlines professional, social and legal factors that impact on reporting news. The unit introduces students to key news beats, including reporting stories about politics, business, sport and local newsworthy events and issues. Students will build contacts in their preferred news beat/s and engage with social media tools to report and produce their news stories (to a deadline) for broadcast and online media platforms.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 2 hour seminar equivalent per week

Assessments
  • Individual research file (800 words or equivalent) worth 20%
  • Individual practical work (1600 words or equivalent) worth 40%
  • Individual multimedia news story (1600 words or equivalent) worth 40%
  • Individual social media reporting (800 words or equivalent) worth 20%
  • Individual photojournalism news story (1600 words or equivalent) worth 40%
  • Individual video news story (1600 words or equivalent) worth 40%

Law

Prerequisites: You will have completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12, Units 3 and 4 VCE Legal Studies.

You will complete the following pair of law units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

MLL110 Legal Research and Statutory Interpretation

MLL113 Legal Communication and Ethical Decision Making

Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud, Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront

Cloud, Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront

Overview

Legal Research and Statutory Interpretation aims to equip students with legal knowledge and skills, which will form the foundation of their legal education. Topics include: legal research skills, legal reasoning, the common law, legislation, statutory interpretation and the evolution of the Australian legal system.

Legal Communication and Ethical Decision Making enables students to develop a number of skills that are essential to success in both law studies and in legal practice, including: communication skills, legal analysis and problem-solving skills, legal research skills and legal referencing skills. Students will develop oral (including advocacy) skills, listening skills (e.g. the ability to deduce salient factors from provided information), written skills and an understanding of the importance of context in relation to communications.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar and Cloud Provided Learning Material (1.5 hours) per week, plus 1 x 2 hour large group interactive learning experience (weeks 4 and 5)

Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour online seminar (live streamed and recording provided) and Cloud Provided Learning Material (1.5 hours) per week, plus 1 x 2 hour large group interactive learning experience (live streamed and recordings provided) (weeks 4 and 5)

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar and Cloud Provided Learning Material (1.5 hours) per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour online seminar (live streamed and recording provided) and Cloud Provided Learning Material (1.5 hours) per week

Assessments
  • Individual case analysis (1000 words) worth 20%
  • Individual assignment worth 30% incorporating

Part A: Online legal research test worth 20%

Part B: Citation exercise worth 10%

  • Group statutory interpretation exercise (2000 words) worth 50% incorporating

Part A: Team exercise (2000 words) worth 30%

Part B: Individual preparation of learning contract and student reflection (1000 words) worth 20%

  • Problem-based written assignment (2000 words) worth 30%
  • Memorandum of advice (1500 words) worth 30%
  • Individual Letter of advice to client (2500 words) worth 40%

Management

Prerequisites: You will have completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12, Units 3 and 4 VCE Business Management.

You will complete the following pair of management units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

MMM132 Management

MMM241 Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud, Melbourne Burwood or Geelong Waterfront

Cloud, Melbourne Burwood or Geelong Waterfront

Overview

The aim of the Management unit is to provide students with a critical understanding of the intellectual foundations of the study of management. The unit explores how management practice influences, and is influenced by, the external environment. This will involve examining how managerial action impacts on and is shaped by the environment, through a consideration of globalisation, ethics, social responsibility and the social and cultural context of management.

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation unit provides students with an understanding of the dynamic nature of entrepreneurship including the challenges and opportunities that are experienced by entrepreneurs. An introduction to a range of processes and strategies will help students develop the necessary tools for identifying, creating and evaluating opportunities across the private, public and non-profit sectors. The unit design allows students to enhance and apply their knowledge towards the creation of positive social or environmental change.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (Online): 1 x 2 hour online class (live streamed with recordings provided) and 1 x 1 hour online seminar (live streamed with recordings provided) per week

Campus: 1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour online class (recordings provided) and 1 x 1 hour online seminar (recordings provided) per week

Assessments
  • Individual business report (3000 words) worth 40% incorporating

Part A: Online citing and referencing module (compulsory) worth 0%

Part B: Pre-report preparation tasks (500 words) worth 10%

Part C: Business report (2500 words) worth 30%

  • Group presentation (5 minutes) worth 10%
  • Examination (2 hours) worth 50%
  • Written reflection (1000 words) worth 10%
  • Group research report (3900 words) worth 30%
  • Written reflection (600 words) worth 10%
  • Examination (2 hours) worth 50%

Marketing

Prerequisites: You will have completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12, Units 3 and 4 VCE Business Management.

You will complete the following pair of marketing units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

MMK101 Marketing Fundamentals

MMK266 Consumer Behaviour

Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud, Melbourne Burwood, Warrnambool or Geelong Waterfront

Cloud or Melbourne Burwood

Overview

Marketing is the most dynamic area of business and the glue that holds organisations together – it connects organisations with the world and opens up new and exciting job opportunities. Marketing is the only discipline that generates revenue for organisations by creating value for consumers, while capturing value for the organisation through building relationships with customers. The Marketing Fundamentals unit focuses on the creativity involved in the marketing process, ranging from understanding consumer needs to designing customer-driven integrated marketing strategies using the marketing mix.

Consumers lie at the heart of the marketing exchange, so understanding how they think, feel and respond to the world around them is essential for developing marketing strategies that work. The Consumer Behaviour unit consequently explores some of the psychological, social and cultural processes that make consumers 'tick' and shows how knowledge of these processes can be used to better market both new and existing products and services.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 1 hour class (live streamed with recordings provided) and 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour class (live streamed with recordings provided) and 1 x 1 hour seminar (live streamed with recordings provided) per week

Campus: 1 x 1 hour class and 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour class (recordings provided) and 1 x 2 hour online seminar (live streamed with recordings provided) per week

Assessments
  • Individual digital literacy module online (compulsory) worth 0%
  • Individual written report including analysis (750 words) worth 20%
  • Individual written report (1500 words) worth 40%
  • Examination (2 hours) worth 40%
  • Individual written assignment-interview analysis (1000 words) worth 20%
  • Individual assessment worth 40% incorporating

Part A: Written communication plan (1500 words) worth 30%

Part B: Video pitch (2 minutes) worth 10%

  • Examination (2 hours) worth 40%

Philosophy

Prerequisites: You will have completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12, Units 3 and 4 VCE Philosophy.

You will complete the following pair of philosophy units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

ASP208 Introduction to Logical Reasoning

ASP109 Freedom and Power: Existentialism and Beyond

Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud, Melbourne Burwood or Geelong Waurn Ponds

Cloud, Melbourne Burwood or Geelong Waurn Ponds

Overview

The capacity to evaluate and construct arguments is an invaluable skill across all disciplines, including philosophy, politics, science, law, business and media. Introduction to Logical Reasoning provides an introduction to the principles of critical thinking and reasoning. Students will learn a range of critical thinking techniques, including how to detect common reasoning errors and construct sound arguments, with a focus upon practical applications and a view to the benefits that these skills have beyond the university as well as in academic contexts.

Over the course of Freedom and Power: Existentialism and Beyond, students will develop specific knowledge of the some of the key ideas in French existentialist philosophy. The philosophies of Camus, Sartre and de Beauvoir will be given particular attention, focusing on their views of freedom, anguish (or anxiety), mortality, authenticity and value. In conclusion, we look at some subsequent objections to their views concerning the role of power in our lives.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour seminar (recordings provided) per week

Campus: 1 x 1 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour class (recordings provided) per week

Assessments
  • Individual quizzes (1000 words) worth 25%
  • Individual research and writing exercise x 2 (500 words each) worth 12.5% each
  • Examination (2 hours) worth 50%
  • Individual essay (1500 words) worth 40%
  • Individual essay (1500 words) worth 40%
  • Individual quizzes worth 20%

Physical education and sport science

Prerequisites: You will have completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12, any one of the following: Units 3 and 4 VCE Physical Education, VCE VET Health or VCE VET Sport and Recreation.

You will complete the following pair of physical education and sport science units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

EEH103: Foundations of Sport and Exercise Pedagogy and Practice

HSE102: Functional Human Anatomy

Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

School-based model delivered at St Joseph's College, Geelong

Cloud

Overview

Foundations of Sport and Exercise Pedagogy and Practice provides disciplinary studies in anatomy and physiology with a focus on building knowledge, skills and expertise drawn on instructional approaches relevant to, human movement. It develops knowledge in anatomical and physiological language, cell and tissue structure and function and a focused exploration of body systems relevant to human movement.

Functional Human Anatomy is designed to provide students with an overview of the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system and how it relates to normal and abnormal human movement. A detailed analysis of the functional anatomy of the skeletal, articular, neural and muscular systems is explored. Additional areas explored will be the role that the musculoskeletal system plays in static and dynamic posture and movement control.

Contact hours

1 x 1.5 hour class per week and in alternate weeks, a practical or seminar session 1.5 hours in duration

NB: The class and practical/seminar will be delivered at a school-based location at St Joseph’s College, Geelong

22 x 1 hour classes (recordings provided) and 2 days of practical work scheduled on one weekend during trimester that includes a practical examination.

NB: The practical intensive is usually conducted in September at the Burwood (Melbourne) campus.

Assessments
  • Mid-trimester online test worth 20%
  • Online instructional presentation worth 30%
  • Examination worth 50%
  • Practical class worksheets x 4 (5% each) worth 20%
  • Online seminar quizzes x 4 (5% each) worth 20%
  • Practical examination (30 minutes) worth 30%
  • Final examination (1.5 hours) worth 30%

Please note: the class size for Physical education and sport science will be capped at 15 students.

Psychological science

Prerequisites: You will have completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12, Units 3 and 4 VCE Psychology.

You will complete the following pair of psychological science units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

HPS111 Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

HPS121 Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud, Melbourne Burwood, Warrnambool or Geelong Waurn Ponds

Cloud, Melbourne Burwood, Warrnambool or Geelong Waurn Ponds

Overview

This introductory unit, Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour, explores the fundamental principles underpinning the study of human psychology. It will cover the definition and scope of the discipline of psychology, the primitive roots of our behaviour, the neurological structures and processes that are responsible for our mental life, and the important elements in our adapting to the world as individuals such as learning and intelligence.

Psychology B: Individual and Social Development focuses on the science of the human individual in context. Different theoretical perspectives of psychological concepts relating to how we function as individuals in a social world are contrasted and evaluated throughout the unit.

You will also look at how both biological and social beings develop throughout the lifespan and explore the complex interaction between biological and environmental influences. The impact of psychological disorders on individual and societal wellbeing is considered, and the different therapeutic approaches used to treat these disorders are analysed.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week

Campus: 1 x 1 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour online class and 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week

Assessments
  • Critical response essay (800 words) worth 20%
  • Essay (1200 words) worth 30%
  • 3 x online quizzes worth 20%
  • Examination (90 minutes) worth 30%
  • Laboratory report (2000 words) worth 40%
  • Examination (2 hours) worth 60%

Public relations

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite subjects that need to be completed to study public relations.

You will complete the following pair of public relations units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

ALR103 Introduction to Public Relations

ALR104 Strategic Communication and Writing

Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud, Melbourne Burwood or Geelong Waurn Ponds

Cloud, Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront or Geelong Waurn Ponds

Overview

The Introduction to Public Relations unit is an introduction to public relations theory and practice. Students will learn how to apply public relations and communication theories to real-world scenarios and produce content relevant to different public relations roles and functions. Topics include media relations, employee relations, community relations, ethics, research and planning. This unit provides a foundation for further study in the field of public relations.

Strategic Communication and Writing develops foundation skills and knowledge required for understanding public relations as a strategic and communications function within organisations. Students will learn how to conduct effective research to solve public relations problems and develop written tactics for traditional and new media channels that encourage mutual understanding between organisations and their publics.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent collaborative learning activities including 2 hours of online engagement equivalent (including recording classes, online activities and discussions) per week

Campus: Melbourne Burwood and Geelong Waurn Ponds Campuses - 1 x 1 hour class and 1 x 2 hour seminar per week 
Geelong Waterfront Campus – 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 1 hour recorded class and 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week

Assessments
  • Individual online quiz worth 20%
  • Individual essay (1500 words) worth 30%
  • Individual planning project (2000 words) worth 50%
  • Individual quiz (800 words or equivalent) worth 20%
  • Group research and writing project (1600 words or equivalent) worth 40%
  • Individual portfolio (1600 words or equivalent) worth 40%

Robotics and data science

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite subjects that need to be completed to study robotics and data science.

You will complete the following pair of robotics and data science units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

SIT122 Robotics Studio

SIT123 Data Capture Technologies

Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud or Melbourne Burwood

Cloud or Melbourne Burwood

OverviewThe Robotics Studio unit introduces the fundamental computational paradigms of robotic systems (sense-reason-act) in the context of a hands-on, studio-based learning environment using the Nao robots. Students will learn and practise event-driven programming methods within Choreographe, the visual programming environment for the Nao robot. Problems such as animating movement, responding to stimuli, and creating meaningful behaviours in constrained environmental contexts will form the basis of practical investigations of the robots capabilities and limitations, as well as the design and development of programmatic solutions. Fundamental models of embodied and autonomous agents will be introduced through practical application of computing theory.

Data Capture Technologies will introduce students to ubiquitous and readily accessible devices for data capture, such as the sensor suite on a mobile smartphone and those commonly used in homes, vehicles and current examples of cyber-physical systems. Students will be introduced to data-capture protocols and methodologies, as well as data presentation and visualisation methods. Through practical investigations and analysis, students will investigate issues of robustness, reliability and validity of data and the effects of these on conclusions drawn from data.
Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 1 hour class and 1 x 2 hour workshop per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour online seminar and 1 x 2 hour online workshop per week

Campus: 1 x 1 hour class and 1 x 3 hour practical per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour scheduled online workshop per week

Assessments
  • Project and demonstration worth 40%
  • Problem-solving tasks worth 30%
  • Report worth 30%
  • Project and poster presentation worth 30%
  • Practical tasks worth 30%
  • Examination worth 40%

Sport management

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite subjects that need to be completed to study sport management.

You will complete the following pair of sport management units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

MMS100 Sport Organisation

MMS201 Sport in Society

Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud or Melbourne Burwood

Cloud or Melbourne Burwood

Overview

The Sport Organisation unit allows students to examine the structure of the Australian sports system. Students will be encouraged to review past trends that have shaped the sports system, gain an understanding of the current status of agencies and organisations nationally and internationally, and to draw upon this information to explore future directions in the organisation and governance of sport. Emphasis is also placed on conducting internal analyses of a variety of agencies and organisations, with a specific reference to employment in the sport industry and an analysis of the skills utilised by a sport manager.

Sport in Society explores social sciences and their application to sport studies. Methodologies of history and sociology will be considered and applied to prominent issues in Australian and international sport. The social significance of sport in Australian culture and the need for sport managers to be sensitive to that significance are examined.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 1.5 hour class and 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 1.5 hour online class (recordings provided) and 1 x 1.5 hour online seminar per week

Campus: 1 x 1.5 hour class and 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 1.5 hour class (recordings provided) and 1 x 1.5 hour online workshop per week

Assessments
  • Written assignment (3000 words) worth 30%
  • Group assignment (2000 words) worth 20%
  • Examination (2 hours) worth 50%
  • Individual assignment worth 40%
  • Examination (2 hours) worth 60%

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