university courses through ches

The 'Higher Education Studies' subject options are outlined below by university and by course.  There are 18 courses on offer through CHES and our University partners. 

This is the CHES Handbook of Higher Education Studies.

This is a two-page summary Overview of all CHES Higher Education Studies and Prerequisites.

HES Courses:

Australian Catholic University    

  • Exercise & Sport Science

Federation University

  • Psychology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Environmental Science
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology

La Trobe University

  • Law
  • Health Science
  • Human Biosciences

RMIT University

  • Artificial Intelligence and Technology for a Digital World
  • Innovation Ecosystems and Sustainable Development

Swinburne University    

  • Space Technology

University of Melbourne

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Literature
  • Media & Communications
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology

Victoria University         

  • Screen Media

We encourage students to select courses based on your interests and strengths (and pre-requisites) and preferred mode of study. 

Federation University

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Unit 1 – Principles of Biology (SCBIO1001) Unit 2 – Systems Biology (SCBIO1020)

Unit 1 will provide a broad overview of biological sciences from molecular biology of cells through to populations. With the inclusion of the examination of various aspects of biology drawing from all kingdoms of life, students will appreciate the commonalities amongst all living organisms and how these have evolved, developing an understanding of the basic processes underpinning life and how organisms and populations change over time.

Unit 2 introduces students to the anatomy and physiology of the body. It focuses on anatomy (structure) from the cellular to the organ level of arrangement and how cells, tissues and organs work together to maintain physiology (function). Major concepts in cellular and subcellular biology are revised before understanding cellular function and arrangement into tissues, tissue function and arrangement into organs, and how organs work together both as part of separate systems and in cooperation with each other (integration).

Unit 1 SCSUS1500 Sustainable Earth

Unit 2 SCENV1002 Biodiversity Conservation

SCSUS1500 Sustainable Earth looks at the impact humans have had on the Earth. We address, in turn, the main components of the habitable parts of the planet and examine the fundamental, natural processes within each. With this grounding we then superimpose the impact of indigenous people, and then the excesses of post-industrial humanity, upon the Earth to reveal the consequences of the activities of modern society. The course emphasizes that environmental sustainability requires an understanding, not only of the processes that can be identified today, but of the rate, sequence and nature of changes which have taken place in our recent past. Further, that environmental sustainability demands consideration, not only of environmental processes, but also the social and political constraints to change.

SCENV1002 introduces students to the global environment and its basic natural systems. It is designed to develop in students an understanding of the application of biological and ecological principles to the conservation of global biological diversity. Major themes include the diversity and interrelationships of the biotic and abiotic components of the environment, plant and animal diversity, threatening processes, threatened species, conservation strategies, wildlife exploitation and conservation, and wildlife forensics.

Unit 1 – HEALT1111 Anatomy & Physiology for Health Professionals 1

Unit 2 – HEALT1112 Anatomy & Physiology for Health Professionals 2

Unit 1 provides foundational knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. In this course, the biological basis of human health and the working of the human body will be explored. The major themes of study relate to organisation of the body and explores anatomy and physiology from cells to tissues to organ systems. The course examines, support and movement, and human physiological processes and their integration and control with particular focus on the maintenance of normal body function. Topics include organisation of the human body from chemical and cellular basics to body systems; the maintenance of homeostasis; the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system; the structure and the major integrative functions of the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory and reproductive systems.

Unit 2 provides foundational knowledge of human anatomy and physiology relevant to Healthcare Professions. In this course, the biological basis of human health and the working of the human body will be explored. The major themes of study explore anatomy and physiology as related to body defences, integration and control through hormonal processes and maintenance and development of normal function through nutrition and fluid balance.

Unit 1 – PSYCB1101   Introductory   Psychology A: Biological and Cognitive Psychology

Unit 2 – PSYCB1102   Introductory   Psychology B: Personality and Individual Differences

PSYCB1101 and PSYCB1102 are designed to enable students to gain an understanding of the key psychological terms, concepts, theories, methods and research findings in contemporary psychology. These courses enable will provide a foundation for more advanced studies in psychology. The aims of the courses are to provide students with a foundational understanding of human behaviour and its application in a variety of contexts. Topics introduce students to the study of psychology and its application in a modern world and include biological psychology; cognition; developmental psychology; intelligence; motivation & emotion; developmental psychology; health, stress, and coping; personality; social psychology; and abnormal psychology.

La Trobe University

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Unit 1 – Human Structure and Function

Unit 2 – Infections, Pandemics and Epidemics

In Unit 1, you will be introduced to the basic concepts and principles of both structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) of the human body. Your learning in this subject will be supported by detailed online resources and a comprehensive program of online workshops with expert facilitators. You will also engage in career exploration activities, and begin building your career ready eportfolio..

In Unit 2, you will learn about infectious diseases, both new and ancient, and how these continue to threaten wellbeing by causing localised, epidemic or pandemic disease outbreaks. Students will learn about the chain of infection, immunity and vaccination, disease prevention, and disease surveillance. Selected microorganisms will then be described and compared: the main focus is the natural habitat of the organisms (reservoirs of infection), the ways in which humans can encounter the organisms (routes of infection) and the strategies available at the individual, community and global levels to prevent disease and, in the diseased patient, to cure disease. In parallel, workshops will focus on laboratory techniques that can be used for disease diagnosis including culture-based methods, molecular methods and immunological approaches. Workshops will culminate in an infectious disease case study.

Unit 1 – Human Biosciences A Unit 2 – Human Biosciences B

In Unit 1, you will be introduced to the anatomical organisation of the body and the basics of cell structure and function. The fundamentals of the nervous and endocrine systems will then be explored in the context of mechanisms of physiological control and homeostasis. This information will provide the foundation for the study of the major organ systems of the body which includes the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, digestive, reproductive, skeletal muscle and immune systems. The subject will conclude with the basics of nutrition and metabolism which integrates many of the topics covered throughout the subject.

In Unit 2, you are introduced to the study of anatomy. An overview of anatomical terminology, basic tissue types and a variety of techniques used to visualize the human body will be given followed by a more detailed study of the anatomy of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Anatomical principles and terminology will be applied to relevant body systems and the concept of integrated function of multiple systems in one body region will be introduced through the study of the trunk.

Unit 1 Legal Institutions and Methods Unit 2 – Principles of Public Law

Unit 1 provides students with an introduction to the legal system in Australia and its core institutions, with a particular emphasis on courts, including the court hierarchy, the doctrine of precedent and reading and analysing cases. The subject will require students to critically assess the differential impact that the legal system has on particular groups in society, including First Nations peoples. It also introduces students to the role of legal professionals and covers legal methods with particular emphasis on the fundamentals of legal research and problem-solving.

Unit 2 introduces students to the history and fundamental principles of public law in Australia and other jurisdictions. ‘Public law’ can be understood as the collection of principles and rules that regulate the mechanisms of power within a state, in particular the institutions of government. The subject will examine the history and contemporary relevance of public law concepts such as representative and responsible government, the separation of powers and the rule of law, and it will explore the ways that these concepts have been and are used to control exercises of power by the legislative, executive and judicial arms of government.

Unit 1 – HEALT1111 Anatomy & Physiology for Health Professionals 1

Unit 2 – HEALT1112 Anatomy & Physiology for Health Professionals 2

Unit 1 provides foundational knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. In this course, the biological basis of human health and the working of the human body will be explored. The major themes of study relate to organisation of the body and explores anatomy and physiology from cells to tissues to organ systems. The course examines, support and movement, and human physiological processes and their integration and control with particular focus on the maintenance of normal body function. Topics include organisation of the human body from chemical and cellular basics to body systems; the maintenance of homeostasis; the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system; the structure and the major integrative functions of the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory and reproductive systems.

Unit 2 provides foundational knowledge of human anatomy and physiology relevant to Healthcare Professions. In this course, the biological basis of human health and the working of the human body will be explored. The major themes of study explore anatomy and physiology as related to body defences, integration and control through hormonal processes and maintenance and development of normal function through nutrition and fluid balance.

Unit 1 – Human Biosciences A Unit 2 – Human Biosciences B

In Unit 1, you will be introduced to the anatomical organisation of the body and the basics of cell structure and function. The fundamentals of the nervous and endocrine systems will then be explored in the context of mechanisms of physiological control and homeostasis. This information will provide the foundation for the study of the major organ systems of the body which includes the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, digestive, reproductive, skeletal muscle and immune systems. The subject will conclude with the basics of nutrition and metabolism which integrates many of the topics covered throughout the subject.

In Unit 2, you are introduced to the study of anatomy. An overview of anatomical terminology, basic tissue types and a variety of techniques used to visualize the human body will be given followed by a more detailed study of the anatomy of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Anatomical principles and terminology will be applied to relevant body systems and the concept of integrated function of multiple systems in one body region will be introduced through the study of the trunk.

Unit 1 – STEM for Sustainable Development

Unit 2 – Innovation Ecosystems and the future of work

Unit 1 will explore the nexus between topics such as environmental sustainability, climate change, biodiversity, health, food and nutrition and energy and transport and the application of sustainable sciences and technologies. You will also explore how diversity, inclusion, reconciliation, and equity act as driving forces within sustainability to co-create sustainable futures. You will learn to bring a sustainability focus, approach and agency into your future studies and resulting careers.

Unit 2 will broaden and strengthen your innovation effectiveness. You will discover how technology, society, governments, and global trends drive change in the future of work over the span of your career. You will gain a holistic view of innovation – of self, others, and the task. You will aim to understand how bringing people and project together in innovation ecosystems brings new ideas to life, strategically delivering an innovation’s true value into the hands of adopters.

Unit 1 Legal Institutions and Methods Unit 2 – Principles of Public Law

Unit 1 provides students with an introduction to the legal system in Australia and its core institutions, with a particular emphasis on courts, including the court hierarchy, the doctrine of precedent and reading and analysing cases. The subject will require students to critically assess the differential impact that the legal system has on particular groups in society, including First Nations peoples. It also introduces students to the role of legal professionals and covers legal methods with particular emphasis on the fundamentals of legal research and problem-solving.

Unit 2 introduces students to the history and fundamental principles of public law in Australia and other jurisdictions. ‘Public law’ can be understood as the collection of principles and rules that regulate the mechanisms of power within a state, in particular the institutions of government. The subject will examine the history and contemporary relevance of public law concepts such as representative and responsible government, the separation of powers and the rule of law, and it will explore the ways that these concepts have been and are used to control exercises of power by the legislative, executive and judicial arms of government.

Unit 1 – ENGL10002 Literature and Performance

Unit 2 – ENGL10001 Modern and Contemporary Literature

Unit 1 Drawing on printed texts, archival materials and performance documentation, this subject introduces students to the range of critical skills required for the study of literature and theatre: close reading and an understanding of literary form; the analysis of narrative, theme and character; the interpretation of performance.

Unit 2 This subject explores the thematic and formal innovations of modern and contemporary literature in English. Beginning with Anglophone modernism, it introduces students to key texts from the twentieth and twenty-first century across a number of genres: poetry, drama, the novel, the short story, memoir.

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