Deakin Accelerate

Applications are now open for the 2021 Deakin Accelerate program. Applications close at 11.59pm, Friday 4 December.

If you’re a high-achieving student, you can boost your ATAR and fast-track your uni studies with Deakin Accelerate. Complete two units of a first-year university subject in Year 12, and get a taste for the exciting adventure that’s to come.

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 incredible experience, fun learning environment and competitive edge that comes with the Deakin Accelerate program.

Boost your ATAR and future career

Deakin Accelerate can contribute to your ATAR as a fifth or sixth subject. After successfully completing the program, you can gain between three and five increment points to your ATAR aggregate, depending on your results. You’ll also be enhancing your resume, while showing future employers your eagerness to learn and commitment to a program that demands advanced time management, discipline and maturity.

Earn uni credit for free

You'll gain credit on successful completion of your Accelerate units, which you can put towards a related Deakin course. Even if your Deakin course is unrelated to your Accelerate units, in many cases you'll still be able to put the credit you've earned towards electives. Plus, there are no tuition fees – we pay them for you. That means your future degree will cost less.

Make a smooth transition into uni

Become familiar with uni life, expectations and learning styles to make the perfect transition into uni after Year 12. Join our community by receiving a student ID card and Deakin email account, and enjoy access to our study and student support services, health and wellbeing services, sport and fitness facilities and clubs and societies.

Oct 28

Deakin Accelerate webinar

Students, parents and career practitioners are invited to attend a webinar to learn about the Deakin Accelerate program. Hear from a past program student and find out about the application process.

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How it works

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). 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 fits in best with your VCE timetable. If studying online is more your thing, you can access online classes and participate in discussions and activities in your free time at school, or after hours when it suits you.

Regardless of your study mode, it’s best to make sure you have access to a strong internet connection so you can study and access unit resources whenever you need to.

Study when and where you want

You can study at one of Deakin’s four physical campuses – Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront, Geelong Waurn Ponds or Warrnambool – or if you need extra flexibility in your studies, study online at Cloud Campus.

If you study online, everything you need to succeed will be at your fingertips. Join online classes, access course content 24/7, stream lectures when it suits you and get study support in a flash.

Deakin Accelerate

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

I can see I have an advantage over my peers. I know how everything works, including online study, seminars and the overall processes. Not only do I have a head start in those aspects, I also have a head start in my degree.

Jessica Toomey

2019 Deakin Accelerate student – Law | Current Deakin student – Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws

Study areas

Select a study area to find out more about campus offerings, contact hours, assessments and unit overviews.

Accounting

Corequisite: Units 3 and 4 VCE Accounting – completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12.

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

Units

MAA103 Accounting for Decision Making
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MAA261 Financial Accounting
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Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong) or Warrnambool

Cloud (online) or Burwood (Melbourne)

Overview

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

Financial Accounting builds on introductory accounting knowledge and is designed to give students a detailed understanding of financial reporting concepts. Students will learn how to evaluate and apply key accounting standards in the preparation of financial reports. In particular students will learn the importance of financial information in supporting effective business decisions.

Contact hours

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

Cloud: Online independent and collaborative learning including 11 scheduled online workshops of 1 hour duration

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

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

Assessments

Assessment 1: Individual double-entry recording (15%)

Assessment 2: Individual financial statements project (10%)

Assessment 3: Individual or group budgeting case study (15%)

Examination: 2 hours (60%)

Assessment 1: 3000 word individual case study, incorporating:

  • Part A - Xero (Cloud) accounting (15%)
  • Part B - Manual processing (15%)

Assessment 2: 2000 word group case study, incorporating:

  • Part A - 1000 word analysis and interpretation of accounting issues or systems (10%)
  • Part B - 1000 word reflection of self-management and teamwork (10%)

Examination: 2 hours (50%)

Criminology

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite subjects.

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

Units

ACR101 Introducing Crime and Criminology
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ACR102 Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice
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Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong) or Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong) or Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

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.

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.

Contact hours

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

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

Assessments

Assessment 1: Online exercises (10%)

Assessment 2: Quizzes (10%)

Assessment 3: 1600 word research and writing exercise (40%)

Examination: 2 hours (40%)

Assessment 1: 400 words or equivalent presentation (10%)

Assessment 2: 800 word report (20%)

Assessment 3: 1600 word research and writing exercise (40%)

Examination: 2 hours (30%)

Disability, diversity and inclusion

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite subjects.

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

Units

HDS101 Communication and Diversity
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HDS106 Diversity, Disability and Social Inclusion
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Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne) or Waterfront (Geelong)

Cloud (online) or Burwood (Melbourne)

Overview

Communication and Diversity examines the principles of effective communication and how these can be applied in a range of clinical and professional situations. Students 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.

Diversity, Disability and Social Inclusion explores the complex and dynamic interrelationships between people who have a disability and the society in which they live. Students will 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. Students will practise applying various inclusion philosophies to optimise inclusion across a range of participation settings.

Contact hours

Campus: Online independent and collaborative learning activities, including 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

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

Campus: Average of 2 hours per week on campus, plus additional online learning experiences

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

Assessments

Assessment 1: Online multiple choice quiz (20%)

Assessment 2: 1600 word reflective essay (40%)

Assessment 3: 1600 word equivalent communication profile (40%)

Assessment 1: Online multiple choice quiz (20%)

Assessment 2: 1600 word equivalent online role-play (40%)

Assessment 3: 1600 word multimedia presentation and annotated bibliography (40%)

Economics

Corequisite: Units 3 and 4 VCE Economics – completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12.

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

Units

MAE101 Economic Principles
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MAE203 The Global Economy
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Trimester

T1 (March–June) or T2 (July–October)

T1 (March–June) or T2 (July–October)

Campus

T1: Cloud (online), Waterfront (Geelong) or Warrnambool

T2: Cloud (online) or Burwood (Melbourne)

T1: Cloud (online) or Burwood (Melbourne)

T2: Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong) 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 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 develops a framework to understand the ways in which the whole economy, or large sectors of the economy work. The unit provides insights for evaluating the working and the impacts of monetary and fiscal policy. Economic growth, unemployment, inflation, balance of payments and exchange rates are examined.

Contact hours

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

Cloud: Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 scheduled online seminars

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

Cloud: Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 scheduled online seminars

Assessments

Assessment 1: 2000 word written assignment (30%)

Assessment 2: Online quizzes and experiments (20%)

Examination: 2 hours (50%)

Assessment 1: 3 x online multiple choice quizzes (15% - 5% each)

Assessment 2: 2000 word problem-based written assignment (25%)

Examination: 2 hours (60%)

Health practice and research

Corequisite: Units 3 and 4 VCE Health and Human Development – completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12.

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

Units

HBS110 Health Behaviour
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HBS108 Health Information and Data
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Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud (online)

Cloud (online)

Overview

Health Behaviour explores relevant health behaviour issues and their impact on an individual's health and wellbeing. The unit also examines the impact of socio-cognitive factors including self-efficacy and locus of control on behaviour change and how to harness this 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 students 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: 1 x 2 hour online class and 1 x 1.5 hour online seminar per week

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

Assessments

Assessment 1: 2 x health behaviour journal entries (40%)

Assessment 2: 1 online quiz per week (20%)

Assessment 3: 2 hour multiple choice examination (40%)

Assessment 1: 800 word assignment (20%)

Assessment 2: 1200 word assignment (30%)

Examination: 2 hours (50%)

Journalism

Prerequisite: Units 3 and 4 VCE Media - must be completed in Year 11.

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

Units

ALJ111 News Reporting 1
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ALJ112 News Reporting 2
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Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne) or Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne) or Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

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 of local, regional and national news. Students will engage with social media tools to report and produce their news stories. They will also use photojournalism and video news production skills while reporting news stories for broadcast and online media platforms.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Cloud: Online independent learning activities, including 1 x 2 hour seminar equivalent per week. This will include recordings and synchronous and asynchronous learning activities

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

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

Assessments

Assessment 1: 800 word or equivalent research file (20%)

Assessment 2: 1600 word or equivalent practical work (40%)

Assessment 3: 1600 word or equivalent multimedia news story (40%)

Assessment 1: 800 word or equivalent social media reporting (20%)

Assessment 2: 1600 word or equivalent photojournalism news story (40%)

Assessment 3: 1600 word or equivalent video news story (40%)

Law

Corequisite: Units 3 and 4 VCE Legal Studies – completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12.

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

Units

MLL110 Legal Research and Statutory Interpretation
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MLL113 Legal Communication and Ethical Decision Making
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Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne) or Waterfront (Geelong)

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne) or Waterfront (Geelong)

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, including: communication skills, legal analysis and problem-solving skills, legal research skills and legal referencing skills. Students will develop oral skills, listening skills, 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: 1 x 2 hour online seminar (live streamed and recordings 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: 1 x 2 hour online seminar (live streamed and recording provided) and Cloud Provided Learning Material (1.5 hours) per week

Assessments

Assessment 1: 1750 word case analysis (30%)

Assessment 2: Online legal research test (20%)

Assessment 3:

  • Part A - 2500 word group statutory interpretation exercise (40%)
  • Part B - 1000 word preparation of learning contract and student reflection (10%)

Assessment 1: 2000 word problem based assignment (30%)

Assessment 2:

  • Part A - 1500 word Memorandum of Advice (30%)
  • Part B - 500 word student reflection (10%)

Assessment 3: 2000 word Letter of Advice to Client (30%)

Management

Corequisite: Units 3 and 4 VCE Business Management – completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12.

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

Units

MMM132 Management
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MMM241 Entrepreneurship and Innovation
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Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne) or Waterfront (Geelong)

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne) or Waterfront (Geelong)

Overview

Management provides 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.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation 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.

Contact hours

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

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

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

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

Assessments

Assessment 1: Individual business report, incorporating:

  • Part A - 500 word pre-report preparation tasks (10%)
  • Part B - 2500 word business report (30%)

Assessment 2: 5 minute group presentation (10%)

Examination: 2 hours (50%)

    Assessment 1: 1000 word self-reflection (10%)

    Assessment 2A: 3900 word group research report (30%)

    Assessment 2B: 600 word self-reflection (10%)

    Examination: 2 hours (50%)

Marketing

Corequisite: Units 3 and 4 VCE Business Management – completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12.

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

Units

MMK101 Marketing Fundamentals
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MMK266 Consumer Behaviour
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Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong) or Warrnambool

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne) or Waterfront (Geelong)

Overview

Marketing is the most dynamic area of business and the glue that holds organisations together. 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. This 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: 1 x 1 hour class (live streamed with recordings provided) and 1 x 2 hour online seminar (live streamed with recordings provided) per week

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

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

Assessments

    Assessment 1: Online digital literacy module (0%)

    Assessment 2: 750 word report including analysis (20%)

    Assessment 3: 1500 word report including analysis (40%)

    Examination: 2 hours (40%)

    Assessment 1: 1000 word assignment - interview analysis (20%)

    Assessment 2A: 1500 word communication plan (30%)

    Assessment 2B: 2 minute video pitch (10%)

    Examination: 2 hours (40%)

Philosophy

Prerequisite: There are no prerequisite subjects.

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

Units

ASP108 Critical Thinking
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ASP216 Ethics in Global Society
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Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne) or Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne) or Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Overview

Critical Thinking delves into how to identify the structure of an argument in a 'logical outline', detect common reasoning errors and fallacies, and construct sound arguments of their own. Examples of arguments taken from public discussions that are 'live' at the time will be used, and students will have a chance to reflect on some of the particular challenges to critical thinking presented by social media and other aspects of 'online life'.

Ethics in Global Society looks at global problems and investigates the moral obligations of states and of individuals in relation to them. Such problems include human rights, the rights of peoples to self-determination, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, global poverty, peace and war, terrorism, the role of women, and the global environment.

Contact hours

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

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

Assessments

Assessment 1: 800 word or equivalent online quizzes (20%)

Assessment 2: 2 x 600 word assignments (30%)

Examination: 2 hours (50%)

Assessment 1: 2000 word essay (50%)

Examination: 2 hours (50%)

Physical education and sport science

Corequisite: 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 units as part of the Deakin Accelerate program.

Units

EEH103 Foundations of Sport and Exercise Pedagogy and Practice
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HSE102 Functional Human Anatomy
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Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Burwood (Melbourne) or Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne) or Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

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

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

Campus: 2 x 1 hour classes per week. 5 x 2 hour seminars and 4 x 2 hour practicals across the trimester. A practical examination in week 11.

Cloud: 1 x online module per week. 2 hour online introductory class (week 1). 5 x 2 hour online seminars and 4 x 2 hour online practicals during trimester. 1 x 2 hour online revision class (week 10). 2 days of practical work during trimester that includes a practical examination.

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

Assessments

Assessment 1: Mid-trimester online examination (20%)

Assessment 2: Group online instructional presentation (40%)

Examination (40%)

Assessment 1: 4 x practical class worksheets (5% each - total 20%)

Assessment 2: 4 x online seminar quizzes (5% each - total 20%)

Assessment 3: 30 minute practical examination (30%)

Examination: 1.5 hours (30%)

Psychological science

Corequisite: Units 3 and 4 VCE Psychology – completed in Year 11 or be enrolled to complete in Year 12.

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

Units

HPS111 Psychology A Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
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HPS121 Psychology B Individual and Social Development
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Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) or Warrnambool

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) or Warrnambool

OverviewPsychology 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 contrasts and evaluates different theoretical perspectives of psychological concepts relating to how we function as individuals in a social world. Students will look at how biological and social beings develop and explore the complex interaction between biological and environmental influences. The impact of psychological disorders on individual and societal wellbeing are considered, and the different therapeutic approaches used to treat these disorders are analysed.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Cloud: 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week

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

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

Assessments

    Assessment 1: 800 word critical response essay (20%)

    Assessment 2: 1200 word academic essay (30%)

    Assessment 3: 3 x online quizzes (20%)

    Multiple choice examination: 90 minutes (30%)

    Assessment 1A: 1000 word APA-style lab report – introduction and method (30%)

    Assessment 1B: 1000 word APA-style lab report – results and discussion (30%)

    Multiple choice examination: 2 hours (40%)

Public relations

Prerequisite: There are no prerequisite subjects.

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

Units

ALR103 Introduction to Public Relations
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ALR104 Strategic Communication and Writing
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Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne) or Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong) or Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Overview

Introduction to Public Relations teaches students 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.

Strategic Communication and Writing develops students’ 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 independent and collaborative learning activities, including 2 hours of online engagement equivalent (including recorded classes, online activities and discussions) per week

Burwood and Waurn Ponds Campus: 1 x 1 hour class and 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Waterfront Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

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

Assessments

Assessment 1: Online quiz (20%)

Assessment 2: 1500 word essay (30%)

Assessment 3: 2000 word planning project (50%)

    Assessment 1: 800 word or equivalent quiz (20%)

    Assessment 2: 1600 word or equivalent group research and writing project (40%)

    Assessment 3: 1600 word or equivalent portfolio (40%)

Robotics and data science

Prerequisite: There are no prerequisite subjects.

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

Units

SIT122 Robotics Studio
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SIT123 Data Capture Technologies
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Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud (online) or Burwood (Melbourne)

Cloud (online) or Burwood (Melbourne)

Overview

Robotics Studio introduces students to the fundamental computational paradigms of robotic systems (sense-reason-act) in the context of a hands-on environment using the mBot robots. Students will 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.

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: 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: 1 x 1 hour scheduled online workshop per week

Assessments

Assessment 1: 3 x software artefacts and laboratory reports (30%)

Assessment 2: 2500 word report (30%)

Assessment 3: Software application and presentation (40%)

    Assessment 1: 4 x laboratory reports (30%)

    Assessment 2: Poster and development documentation (30%)

    Examination: 2 hours (40%)

Sport management

Prerequisite: There are no prerequisite subjects.

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

Units

MMS100 Sport Organisation
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MMS201 Sport in Society
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Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne) or Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne) or Waterfront (Geelong)

Overview

Sport Organisation 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.

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

Burwood campus: 1 x 1.5 hour class and 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week

Waurn Ponds campus: 1 x 1.5 hour recorded class and 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week

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

Burwood campus: 1 x 1.5 hour class and 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week

Waterfront campus: 1 x 1.5 hour recorded class and 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week

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

Assessments

    Assessment 1: 1000 word business report (15%)

    Assessment 2: 3000 word business report (35%)

    Examination: 2 hours (50%)

Assessment 1: 4000 word assignment (40%)

Examination: 2 hours (60%)

Sustainable engineering futures

Prerequisite: There are no prerequisite subjects.

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

Units

SET111 Environmental Design
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SIT172 Programming for Engineers
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Trimester

T1 (March–June)

T2 (July–October)

Campus

Cloud (online) or Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Cloud (online), Burwood (Melbourne) or Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Overview

Environmental Design focuses on the principles and practices of design, within the context of environmental systems. Students will explore the process of design ideation, definition, prototyping and testing by working on an authentic, real-world problem. The unit allows students to explore the geological factors that influence environmental design projects, including the evolution of the geosphere and hydrosphere, while also considering the values and needs of clients and end users.

Programming for Engineers introduces students to the process of taking an engineering problem, identifying its components, and expressing a solution in computational terms. MATLAB and Excel are used to define, develop, analyse and solve engineering problems. Pseudo code and the C programming language is used to illustrate programming constructs, I/O basics, data types and storage, operators, control flow, repetition, functional decomposition, modularity and reuse.

Contact hours

Campus: 1 x 1 hour class, 1 x 1 hour seminar and 1 x 2 hour studio per week. All students must attend and participate in practical activities for this unit during the trimester.

Cloud: 1 x 1 hour online seminar and 1 x 1.5 hour online studio per week. All students must attend and participate in practical activities over 2 days in the intensive week (typically week 8 to complete assessment tasks)

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

Cloud: 1 x 1 hour scheduled online workshop per week

Assessments

    Assessment 1: Design portfolio (50%)

    Assessment 2: 5 minute oral presentation (20%)

    Assessment 3: 2000 word group project report (30%)

Assessment 1: 4 x data analysis and problem solving assignments (2 x 15% and 2 x 10% - 50% total)

Examination: 2 hours (50%)

Deakin Accelerate helped me confirm what I wanted to study. I already knew I wanted to study law, but it helped me realise I also wanted to study criminology.

Lucas Nicoll

2018 Deakin Accelerate student – Criminology | Current Deakin student – Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws

Your guide to the application process

Who should apply?

Apply to the Deakin Accelerate program if you’re a student who’s:

  • a high achiever with above-average Year 11 results
  • looking for an extra challenge in VCE
  • a self-starter who can work independently
  • keen to make a head-start on your university degree.

What do I need to apply?

To be eligible for the program you must:

  • be completing Year 12 in 2021
  • meet the prerequisite or co-requisite VCE subject requirement
  • achieve an average of at least 65% across your Year 11 subjects.

How do I apply?

1. Research

  • Which subjects are you interested in?
  • What are the units about and will you enjoy them?
  • What kinds of assessments do the units involve?
  • Are there any co-requisite or prerequisite subjects you need to complete?
  • Will you complete the units on campus, online or a mix of both?

2. Apply

Make sure you apply by 11.59pm on 4 December 2020. All applications must be submitted online via the application portal.

3. Receive your offer

You'll be notified in early January 2021 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.

4. Start Deakin Accelerate

Come along to orientation, which will be held in late February 2021. Trimester 1 begins on 8 March 2021.

Find out more

For more information about the Deakin Accelerate program you can read our FAQs or get in touch using our online enquiry form.

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