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 and eligibility at the time of enrolment.
For more information on each unit, please search the Handbook.

Trimester 1, 2020

Faculty of Arts and Education

Unit code Unit name
ACC100  Communication in Everyday Life
ACC303 Communication Research Practices
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) 
ACF107 Principles of Animation
ACG103  Design Skills 
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 
ACV207 Fear and Loathing in the Visual Arts: Art Since 1989 
ACV307 Contemporary Art Practice: Research prerequisite – ACV205 or ACV206 or equivalent 
ADD101 Design Thinking
ADV201 Web Design and Interactivity
AGS101 Sex and Gender: Ideas that Changed the World
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 the British Empire         
AIH264 The Holocaust 
AIP107 Introduction to Politics 
AIP208 Government and Politics of the United States
AIP230 Understanding Public Policy 
AIR101 World in Crisis
AIR200 Global Capitalism and Power
AIR202 Australia and the Changing Asia-Pacific
AIS101 Intercultural Communication 
AIX160 Introduction to University Study 
AIX117 Professional Writing for Work 
AIX290 Australia Today: An Introduction to Australia 
ALA101 Advertising Principles and Practises
ALM101 Making Social Media
ALC104 Media Genres: Negotiating Textual Forms and Pleasures 
ALC215 Globalisation and the Media 
ALJ111 News Reporting 1 
ALJ220 Journalism in Society 
ALL101 The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others 
ALL153 Literature for Children and Young Adults 
ALL202Writing Modern Worlds
ALL228 The Golden Age in Children's Literature 
ALM101Making Social Media
ALM201 Gamified Media
ALR103 Introduction to Public Relations 
ALR276 Ethical Communication and Citizenship 
ALS100 Spanish 1A 
ALW101 Writing Craft (Note: only available to students enrolled in an arts or arts combined course at home institution)
APE101 Principles of Professional Development
ASC101 Introduction to Sociology A 
ASC206 Sociology of Health 
ASC210 Youth Culture and Identity
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 
ASR208 Contemporary Islam
ASS101 Peoples of the World 
ASS205 Anthropology of Poverty and Development 
ASS329 Anthropology of Crime and Violence
EDU101 Education, Knowledge and Society
EDU201 Educational Psychology
EDU203 Literacy, Numeracy and Education
EDU301 Culture, Diversity and Participation in Education

Faculty of Business and Law

Please note that you can only can enrol in units beginning with MLL (for 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
MAA204Accounting Information Systems
MAE101 Economic Principles (not offered at Burwood)
MAE203 The Global Economy
MAF101 Fundamentals of Finance
MIS171 Business Analytics
MIS231 Professional Ethics in the Digital Age
MLC101 Law for Commerce
MLC310Sports and the Law
MMK101 Marketing Fundamentals
MMM111Interpersonal Skills
MMM132 Management
MMM312Event Management
MMP111 Introduction to Property
MMP211Statutory Valuation (cloud only)
MMP212 Property Investment
MMP213 Property Economics
MMS100Sports Organisation
MWL101 Personal Insight

Faculty of Health

Unit code Unit name
HBS107 Understanding Health
HBS109 Human Structure and Function
HBS110 Health Behaviour
HBS108Health Information and Data (Online)
HDS101Communication and Diversity
HDS209Inclusive Services
HDS301The Effective Practitioner
HPS104Foundations of Psychological Science
HPS111 Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development (Online)
HPS203 The Human Mind
HPS204 Human Social Behaviour
HPS209Cross Cultural and Indigenous Psychology
HPS310Brain, Biology and Behaviour
HPS325Addiction
HPY210Coaching and Counselling Individuals for Behaviour Change
HSE105 Principles of Sport Coaching (must also enrol in HSE010, subject to availability)
HSE111Physical Activity and Exercise for Health
HSE113Human Growth, Development and Ageing for Exercise Scientists
HSH105Understanding Families and Health
HSH111 Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion
HSH112Local and Global Environments for Health
HSH206Human Development and Healthy Families (Desirable to be taking or have completed HSH105)
HSH208 Health Communication
HSN101 Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health
HSN104The Science of Food (must also enrol in HSN010, subject to availability)
HSN105Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems
HSN308Food, Nutrition and Society
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
SEJ101Design Fundamentals, 2 credit points unit (co-requisite SEJ010, worth zero credit points)
SET111Environmental Design
SIT102Introduction to Programming
SIT105 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for IT
SIT110Creative Coding
SIT111 Algorithms and Computing Systems 
SIT112Data Science Concepts
SIT113 Cloud Computing and Virtualisation
SIT114Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
SIT122Robotics Studio
SIT124Exploring I.T.
SIT151 Game Fundamentals
SIT182Real World Practices for Cyber Security
SIT183Application and Design of Virtual and Augmented Reality Systems
SIT191 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
SIT192 Discrete Mathematics
SIT199Applied Algebra and Statistics
SIT272 Enterprise Network Construction
SIT283Development for Virtual Reality
SLE101 Techniques in Environmental Science (co-requisite SLE010, worth zero credit points)
SLE103 Ecology and the Environment
SLE104The Blue Planet: Water and Life
SLE107Marine Environments (co-requisite SLE010, worth zero credit points)
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
SRC163 Drawing Studio
SRD163 Studio 01: Thoughtscapes
SRE170 Construction Finance
SRM161 Contract Administration 1
SRM181 Project Management 1
SRT112Sustainable Construction
SRT141 Building Safety
SRT153 Building Materials Science
SRT159 Construction Projects 1
SRT214Commercial Property Construction Studies

Trimester 2, 2020

Faculty of Arts and Education

Unit code Unit name
ACA101 Art and Performance: Roles of the Artist
ACC100 Communication in Everyday Life
ACF103 Writing with the Camera
ACF106 Screen Practices
ACF107 Principles of Animation
ACF320 The Australian Moving Image
ACI101 Still Images
ACR102 Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice
ADA101 Designing 3D Motion
ADD101 Design Thinking
AGS102 Histories of Sex and Gender
AIA105 Visions of Australia: Time and Space From 1700 to 2010
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
AIG211 Geographies of Heritage and Tourism
AIG300 Australian Urban Geography: National and International Perspectives
AIH108 The Cold War World: 1945-1991
AIH238 Australia and the Two World Wars
AIH240 History: Interpreting the Past
AIH288 Exploring Australia's Indigenous Pasts
AIH399 Making History
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
AIR102 War, Terrorism and Humanitarian Responses
AIR203 Human Rights in World Politics
AIR204 Great Power Relations
AIR242 Theories of International Relations
AIS204 Gender, Globalisation and Development
AIX117 Professional Writing for Work
ALA102 Creative Brand Communication
ALJ112 News Reporting 2
ALJ216 Feature Writing
ALL102 From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions
ALL154 Power Politics and Texts for Young People
ALL230 Re-Imagining Literature for Young People
ALL260 Australian Literature
ALM102 Making Video
ALM202 Quantified Media
ALR104 Strategic Communication and Writing
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)
ALW251 Writing for Games: Creating Quests and Characters
APE101 Principles of Professional Development
ASC233 International Migration and Multicultural Societies
ASC250 Contemporary Social Research
ASC287 Love, Sex and Relationships
ASC304 Culture and Control: Boundaries and Identities
ASP216 Ethics in Global Society
ASP227 Philosophies of Religion: Western, Asian, and Contemporary Inquiries
ASP228 Philosophy, Art, Film
ASR100 World Religions
ASR206 Gender in Islam
ASS102 Culture and Communication
ASS206 Medical Anthropology
ASS234 Environmental Anthropology
ASS330 Cyborg Anthropology
AST205 Sport, Bodies, Action
EDU102 History of Philosphy and Education
EDU202 Educaters and Learners
EDU302 Education and Humanitarian Development
EDU303 Education Communication and Technology

Faculty of Business and Law

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

Unit code Unit name
MAA103 Accounting for Decision Making
MAE101 Economic Principles
MAE203The Global Economy (not offered at Burwood)
MAF101 Fundamentals of Finance
MIS171 Business Analytics
MIS201Business Requirements Analysis
MIS203Information Practise
MLC101 Law for Commerce
MMK101 Marketing Fundamentals
MMM111Interpersonal Skills
MMM211Team Dynamics (cloud only)
MMM132 Management
MMM312Event Management
MMP122Introduction to Property Development
MMP221Property Management
MMS201Sport in Society
MWL101 Personal Insight

Faculty of Health

Unit code Unit name
HBS107 Understanding Health
HBS109 Human Structure and Function
HBS110 Health Behaviour
HDS210Divesity At Work
HDS310Human Rights and Advocacy
HPS104Foundations of Psychological Science (Cloud/online mode only)
HPS105Foundations of Psychological Science
HPS111 Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour (Cloud/online mode only)
HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development (Cloud/online)
HSE102Functional Human Anatomy (must also enrol in HSE010, subject to availability)
HSE103Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science (must also enrol in HSE010, subject to availability)
HSE104Research Methods and Statistics in Exercise and Sport (subject to availability)
HSE110Muscle Biology for Exercise Science (must also enrol in HSE010)
HSE202Biomechanics (must also enrol in HSE010, subject to availability)
HSE204Motor Learning and Development (must also enrol in HSE010, subject to availability)
HSE309Behavioural Aspects of Sport and Exercise
HSH113Social Perspectives on Population Health
HSH207Socio-economic Status and Health
HSH219Population Health: A Research Perspective
HSN104The Science of Food (must also enrol in HSN010, subject to availability)
HSN106Food Fundamentals (must also enrol in HSN010, subject to availability)
HSN107Physiology of Human Growth and Development
HSN210Nutrition and Food Promotion
HSN212Functional Foods and Biotechnology (must also enrol in HSN010, subject to availability) 
HSN308Food, Nutrition and Society (cloud mode only)
HPS104Foundations of Psychological Science (cloud online mode only)
HPS105Foundations of Psychological Practise
HPS121Psychology B: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour 
HPS202Child and Adolescent Development
HPS206 Psychology in the Criminal Justice System
HPY310Coaching and Counselling Groups for Behaviour Change

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Unit code Unit name
SEJ102Electrical Systems Engineering Project, 2 credit point unit  (co-requisite SEJ010, worth zero credit points)
SEJ103Materials Engineering Project, 2 credit point unit  (co-requisite SEJ010, worth zero credit points)
SEV101Global Environmental Systems
SEV201Environmental Health Engineering, 2 credit point unit (co-requisite STP010, worth zero credit points)
SIT102 Introduction to Programming
SIT103 Database and Information Retrieval
SIT106Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
SIT120Introduction to Apps Design
SIT123Data Capture Technologies
SIT162 Interactive Media Systems
SIT172 Programming for Engineers
SIT192 Discrete Mathematics
SIT194 Introduction to Mathematical Modelling
SLE102 Physical Geography
SLE105 Marine Pollution
SLE112 Fundamentals of Forensic Science (co-requisite SLE010, worth zero credit points)
SLE121 Environmental Sustainability
SLE123Physics for Life Sciences
SLE132 Biology: Form and Function
SLE136 Life On An Evolving Planet
SLE163Marine and Coastal Ecosystems (co-requisite SLE010, worth zero credit points)
SLE239 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
SLE262Aquaculture and the Environment (co-requisite SLE010, worth zero credit points)
SRC164 Architecture Communication 02: Modelling
SRD164 Studio 02: Matterscapes
SRM165 Introduction to Building Information Modelling
SRT151 Construction and Structures 1
SRT257 Building Environmental Studies 1
SRT259Construction Projects 2
SEV210Construction Engineering (co-requisite SEJ010, worth zero credit points)

Trimester 3, 2020

Faculty of Arts and Education

Unit code Unit name
ACC100 Communication in Everyday Life
ACF103 Writing with the Camera
ACF106Screen Practices
ACF107Principles of Animation
ACG103 Design Skills
ACI102 Pixel to Print: Digital Imaging 1
ACP109Improvisation: Principles in Action
ACR101 Introducing Crime and Criminology
ACV101Contemporary Art Practice: Ideas
ADA101Designing 3D Motion
ADV201Wed Design and Interactivity
AGS 101Sex and Gender: Ideas that Changed the World
AIF145 Conversational Indonesian (Note: this unit is offered in intensive mode, running in January and February)
AIX117Professional Writing for Work
AIX160Introduction to University Study
AIX290Australia Today: An Introduction to Australia
ALA101Advertising Principles and Practices (Note: only online learning available)
ALC104 Media Genres: Negotiating Textual Forms and Pleasures
ALC215Global Media
ALJ111News Reporting 1
ALJ216Feature Writing
ALL102 From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions
ALL153 Literature for Children and Young Adults (Note: quotas apply)
ALL260Australian Literature
ALM101Making Social Media
ALR103 Introduction to Public Relations
ALR276Ethical Communication and Citizenship
ALW101Writer's Toolkit: Craft and Creativity
ASC211Religion and Social Change
ASP129 Love, Sex and Death (Note: only online learning available)
ASR100World Religions
ALJ111 News Reporting 1 (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 (Cloud/online mode only)
MAE203The Global Economy (Cloud/online mode only)
MAF101 Fundamentals of Finance
MLC101Law for Commerce
MMK101 Marketing Fundamentals
MMM132 Management
MMM211Team Dynamics (cloud only)
MMP111 Introduction to Property
MWL101 Personal Insight

Faculty of Health

Unit code Unit name
HBS107 Understanding Health (Cloud/online mode only)
HBS108Health Information and Data (Cloud/online mode only)
HBS109 Human Structure and Function (Cloud/online mode only)
HBS110 Health Behaviour (Cloud/online mode only)
HBS300Ethics; Frameworks and Decisions (Cloud/online mode only)
HPS111 Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour (Cloud/online mode only)
HPS203 The Human Mind (Cloud/online mode only)
HPS204 Human Social Behaviour (Cloud/online mode only)
HPS104 Foundations of Psychological Science (Cloud/online mode only)
HPS105Foundations of Psychological Science (Cloud/online mode only)
HPS111 Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour (cloud mode only)
HPS121 Psychology B: Individual and Social Development (cloud mode only)
HPS202Child and Adolescent Development (cloud mode only)
HPS203The Human Mind (cloud mode only)
HPS204Human Social Behaviour (cloud mode only)
HPS206Psychology in the Criminal Justice System (cloud mode only)
HPS310Brain, Biology and Behaviour (cloud mode only)
HSE102Functional Human Anatomy (must also enrol in HSE010, subject to availability) (Cloud/online mode only)
HSH211Australian Health Care System (Cloud/online mode only)
HSN101 Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health (Cloud/online mode only)

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Unit code Unit name
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)
SLE134Recreational Fisheries Science (Intensive mode)
SRC164Architecture Communication 02: Modelling
SRE170 Construction Finance
SRM181 Project Management 1