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. 

RMIT University

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Unit 1 Foundations of AI for STEM

Unit 2 – Cyber-Physical-Biological systems: Technology for a Digital World

Unit 1 will provide you with foundations and applications of AI as applied in contemporary health, science, technology, engineering, and math workplaces and future trends in applications from an inter-disciplinary perspective. This course will also challenge you to consider the impact and ethics of AI on your future profession and society.

Unit 2 is designed to introduce you to cyber-physical- biological systems (CPBS). CPBS consists of the computation, physical, and biological components of cyber-physical-biological systems to build a better world. You’ll examine how cyber-physical-biological systems are developed and applied across different industries and co-design conceptual innovative cyber-physical-biological systems that are efficient, adaptive, and reliable. You’ll also examine the moral, social, legal, and ethical considerations related to the cyber-physical-biological systems.

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.

The University of Melbourne

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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.

Unit 1 – MAST10018 Linear Algebra Extension Studies Unit 2 – MAST10019 Calculus Extension Studies

Unit 1 gives a solid grounding in one of the key areas of modern mathematics needed in science and technology. It develops the concepts of vectors, matrices and the methods of linear algebra. Students should develop the ability to use the methods of linear algebra and will develop a capacity to write mathematical proofs.

Unit 2 extends knowledge of calculus beyond the standard school curriculum. Students are introduced to hyperbolic functions and their inverses, the complex exponential and functions of two variables. Techniques of differentiation and integration will be extended to these cases.

Unit 1 – MECM10003 Media and Society

Unit 2 MECM10006 Introduction to Media Writing

Unit 1 This subject provides students with a thematic overview of the study of media and communications. The subject addresses the production and distribution of media and the work of media audiences in historical and contemporary contexts. It engages students in debates over the relative analytical power of such approaches as the economics of the media industry and the relations between media, politics and public life.

Unit 2 This subject aims to enhance students’ writing in general by introducing them to the fundamental skills used by professional writers within the Media and Communications industries. Through a workshop format, students will work on their own news stories in order to enhance their mastery of written communication.

Unit 1 – PHIL10002 Philosophy: The Big Questions Unit 2 – PHIL10003 Philosophy: The Great Thinkers

Unit 1 Philosophical questions tend to be foundational and abstract in nature. In this course, we’ll aim to connect those questions to practical issues. One theme will be skepticism, about knowledge and about science. What is knowledge, and do we actually know what we take ourselves to know? Other themes include ethics, and identity. In Big Questions, we’ll examine (mostly) 20th and 21st century works of philosophy with an eye towards understanding how such philosophical questions connect to our lives today.

Unit 2 This course introduces students to fundamental debates in philosophy by revisiting the texts of great thinkers across history and cultures. The course begins by considering classical Greek thinkers from Plato to Aristotle before turning to the metaphysical issues raised in the medieval tradition. The second half of the course looks at three pillars of modern philosophy, Descartes, Hume and Kant, and more recent thinkers such as Rawls, Wittgenstein and Kripke. We will consider such issues as the nature of the self, the notion of beauty, the place – or not – of divinity in nature, justice, and the nature of thought and representation.

Unit 1 – PHYC10003 Physics 1

Unit 2 – PHYC10004 Physics 2: Physical Science and Technology

Unit 1 is designed for students with a sound background in physics and aims to provide a strong understanding of a broad range of physics principles.

Unit 2 is designed for students with a sound background in physics, whose interests lie mainly in applications of physics to systems in the physical sciences, technology or engineering. Physics 2: Physical Science and Technology introduces calculus techniques to the study of the range of principles and applications presented.

Unit 1 – PSYC10003 Mind, Brain and Behaviour 1 Unit 2 – PSYC10004 Mind, Brain and Behaviour 2

Unit 1 Mind, Brain & Behaviour 1 provides an introduction to how we uniquely sense and perceive our world to construct our own internal psychological experience. The subject explores how we learn, think, remember, and operate within our constructed worlds; and explains the neural mechanisms that underpin psychological processes and experiences.

Unit 2 The subject comprises five core topic areas: Human Development; Social Psychology; Personality Psychology; Clinical Psychology; and Quantitative Psychological Research Methods. In presenting these topics, the subject aims to provide students with knowledge of major theories, historical trends and empirical findings.

Unit 1 – MAST10018 Linear Algebra Extension Studies Unit 2 – MAST10019 Calculus Extension Studies

Unit 1 gives a solid grounding in one of the key areas of modern mathematics needed in science and technology. It develops the concepts of vectors, matrices and the methods of linear algebra. Students should develop the ability to use the methods of linear algebra and will develop a capacity to write mathematical proofs.

Unit 2 extends knowledge of calculus beyond the standard school curriculum. Students are introduced to hyperbolic functions and their inverses, the complex exponential and functions of two variables. Techniques of differentiation and integration will be extended to these cases.

Unit 1 – MECM10003 Media and Society

Unit 2 MECM10006 Introduction to Media Writing

Unit 1 This subject provides students with a thematic overview of the study of media and communications. The subject addresses the production and distribution of media and the work of media audiences in historical and contemporary contexts. It engages students in debates over the relative analytical power of such approaches as the economics of the media industry and the relations between media, politics and public life.

Unit 2 This subject aims to enhance students’ writing in general by introducing them to the fundamental skills used by professional writers within the Media and Communications industries. Through a workshop format, students will work on their own news stories in order to enhance their mastery of written communication.

Unit 1 – PHIL10002 Philosophy: The Big Questions Unit 2 – PHIL10003 Philosophy: The Great Thinkers

Unit 1 Philosophical questions tend to be foundational and abstract in nature. In this course, we’ll aim to connect those questions to practical issues. One theme will be skepticism, about knowledge and about science. What is knowledge, and do we actually know what we take ourselves to know? Other themes include ethics, and identity. In Big Questions, we’ll examine (mostly) 20th and 21st century works of philosophy with an eye towards understanding how such philosophical questions connect to our lives today.

Unit 2 This course introduces students to fundamental debates in philosophy by revisiting the texts of great thinkers across history and cultures. The course begins by considering classical Greek thinkers from Plato to Aristotle before turning to the metaphysical issues raised in the medieval tradition. The second half of the course looks at three pillars of modern philosophy, Descartes, Hume and Kant, and more recent thinkers such as Rawls, Wittgenstein and Kripke. We will consider such issues as the nature of the self, the notion of beauty, the place – or not – of divinity in nature, justice, and the nature of thought and representation.

Unit 1 – PHYC10003 Physics 1

Unit 2 – PHYC10004 Physics 2: Physical Science and Technology

Unit 1 is designed for students with a sound background in physics and aims to provide a strong understanding of a broad range of physics principles.

Unit 2 is designed for students with a sound background in physics, whose interests lie mainly in applications of physics to systems in the physical sciences, technology or engineering. Physics 2: Physical Science and Technology introduces calculus techniques to the study of the range of principles and applications presented.

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.

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