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Financial Accounting - Classification and Presentation

This accounting unit presents financial accounting as a set of information that, when understood, adds value to the contribution every individual makes to the world. The topics are presented using a spreadsheet and transaction approach. Financial Reports (Income Statement and Balance Sheet) will be prepared and integrated into the topics during the term. The course contains no debits and credits; it is not a bookkeeping course.

Financial Accounting – The Accounting Records

In this unit financial accounting is presented as a set of information that when understood adds value to the contribution every individual makes to the world. Students are introduced to the bookkeeping elements of accounting. The topics are presented using general journals and T-form of general ledger. Financial Reports (Income Statement and Balance Sheet) will be prepared and integrated into the topics during the term. There is no prerequisite knowledge for this unit.

Management Accounting – Planning and Control

This unit presents management accounting as a set of information that when understood adds value to the contribution every individua makes to the world. Students are introduced to the usefulness of accounting information to managers.



Cell structure and Processes

All living organisms are made up of cells. Cells vary greatly in size, structure and function. Yet, all are microscopic factories, bustling with the activities of life. This unit explores the fascinating and intricate world of the cell. The structure and function of cells are covered first, followed by a look at how cells harness matter and energy, transforming one chemical substance into another.

Reproduction and Genetics

Genetics is the study of heredity – the transmission of characteristics from parents to offspring. In their work geneticists are interested in learning about the similarities and differences, or variations, between parents and offspring. The scientific study of genetics began over a hundred years ago.

Interactions and change

The study of how organisms interact with other organisms and their physical surroundings is called ecology, and is the subject studied in this unit. An understanding of the principles of ecology is essential if one is to have a proper understanding of, and find effective solutions to, the vast array of environmental issues confronting humans in the 21st century – issues such as air and water pollution, global warming, ozone depletion, etc, which are some of the topics also covered in this unit.

This unit also explores the theory of evolution and investigates the mechanisms proposed to account for evolutionary change and the evidence that has been put forward in support of evolution.



Atomic Structure and Bonding

This unit is designed to introduce and reinforce the fundamentals of chemistry. As well as encountering Atomic structure,The Periodic Table, Solutions, The Mole Concept and Stoichiometry, Chemical Reactions and Chemical Bonding, this unit provides practical experience in experimentation.

Physical Chemistry 1

This unit is designed to introduce and reinforce the fundamentals of chemistry. As well as encountering Kinetic Theory, Thermochemistry, Chemical Kinetics and Equilibrium, this unit provides practical experience in experimentation.

Prerequisite: CH1: Atomic Structure and Bonding

Physical Chemistry 2 and Inorganic Chemistry

This unit is designed to introduce and reinforce the fundamentals of Chemistry. As well as encountering Electrochemistry, Oxidation and Reduction Theory and Acids and Bases Theory, this unit provides practical experience in experimentation.

Prerequisite: CH1: Atomic Structure and Bonding.


Computer Science

Business Applications

The main objective of this unit is to expose students to the commonly used business applications programs, including word processors and presentation managers, and the effectiveness of these applications. The software used is Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint. This unit identij es key ergonomics, and occupational health and safety issues in a computing environment.

The Internet and Spreadsheets

The purpose of this unit is to expose students to a commonly used business applications program, namely spreadsheets. The software used is Microsoft Excel. The unit also identij es key features of the Internet which are of importance in a business computing environment.

Networks and Databases

The purpose of this unit is to expose students to commonly used databases. Students will be familiarised with the fundamental terminology, components and uses for computers and computer systems. This will include computer hardware, software and operating systems. After completing this unit, the student will be familiar with the basics of using a computer and how a database operates.



How Markets Work

This unit examines the study of economics including an examination of the problem of relative scarcity, choice and opportunity cost; the production-possibilities curve; and productive efficiency. An examination of alternative economic systems follows.

The interactions of j rms and households are discussed in this unit with a view to introducing the concepts of demand and supply. Both of these concepts are examined in some depth with emphasis on the laws of demand and supply, with movements along each of the curves distinguished from shifts of the curves.

The price mechanism is discussed in terms of how market equilibrium is achieved and resources are consequently allocated. Shortages and surpluses are identij ed as well as the impacts on markets of maximum and minimum prices; sales taxes and subsidies.

Organisation of Markets

This unit introduces students to the theory of the j rm and decision-making by the j rm. It distinguishes between the economist's concept of proj t and the accountant's concept of proj t. It examines the product curves and cost curves and their derivation from the product curves.

This unit focuses on structure, conduct and performance under:
Perfect competition
Monopolistic competition

This unit also examines a few types of anti-competitive behaviour and the impact on efj ciency in the market. It examines the reasons for government intervention on the grounds of efj ciency where public goods and externalities exist.

Macroeconomics in a Global Economy

The goal of the study of macroeconomics is to explain and ink uence the pace of economic growth, k uctuations in economic activity, unemployment and ink ation. We examine how government can take advantage of the multiplier process to design countercyclical policies to stabilise economic activity. Finally, international trade theories based on absolute and comparative advantage will be examined.



Oz: The Land and Its People

Students will study the history and current issues faced by indigenous Australians and explore elements of the broader Australian culture. They will engage with a variety of texts in order to enhance their English language proj ciency and academic literacy skills. Through this study, students will gain an understanding of their people who have historically inhabited Australia and its present inhabitants.

Theme: Conñ ict and Power

Participants will complete a thematic study over a 10 week period where they address abstract concepts and gain experience in reading, writing, discussing and critical thinking regarding ideas, texts, symbols and illustrations. This study ensures a departure from a purely functional approach to language and brings a very strong conceptual and contextual focus to their study and use of English language.

Teachers choose one theme for the unit to study from the four currently offered. The themes are: courage and endurance; multiculturalism and diversity; change and development; conk ict and power.

Prerequisite: EL1: Oz: The Land and Its People.

Information and Cultural Literacy

Students will study various communication models and critically analyse their application in today's ever changing technological world. Through extensive research students will develop an understanding of cross cultural and intercultural theories.

Standard UWAFP Prerequisite: EL2 Theme: Conk ict and Power

Intensive UWAFP Corequisite: EL2 Theme: Conk ict and Power

Information Literacy

Students will complete a research project over a ten week period. The specij c subject for the project will be developed by the participant, based on the topic set by the teacher.

Participants will have the opportunity to receive guidance in the early part of the project by submitting a research proposal, an annotated bibliography and a draft report for teacher and peer evaluation. Participants will also have the opportunity to present the scope and content of their research to the entire class in the form of an oral presentation. Finally, participants will participate in a presentation and discussion series during the course, related to the course research topic.

Prerequisite: EL3: Information and Cultural literacy

University Project

In this unit, participants will conduct a 5-week research assignment on their proposed course of study at university, to build subject specific knowledge and language, and to ensure correct university course choice. This will focus on the university course content, reading lists, texts and journals, subject specific language and a comparative study of the same course at a different university. Participants will also develop higher-level academic skills, including strategic decision making skills, question analysis, critical analysis and creative thinking skills, and understanding and describing information in data, statistics, graphs and charts. Finally, there will be a focus on argumentative or expository essay writing.




This unit studies the form and structure of Perth and the processes shaping the city, and investigates planning strategies/issues for Perth and one other capital city. This unit also studies the distribution of the world's population; how populations vary in different parts of the world; how and why the world's population is changing in number; how and why governments are trying to ink uence these changes and to investigate aspects of population migration.

This unit also includes:
Map interpretation skills
Urban planning
Population characteristics
One day field trip.

Economic Systems

This unit will analyse how either agriculture or industry choose locations, and how this is changing; how and why how economic activity is becoming ever more global in scale; how agricultural or industrial activity affects the environment and the importance of sustainability. Students will also study how economic development varies in different parts of the world, and within countries; how the process of development changes over time; how globalisation impacts upon development in different parts of the world and upon the environment. This unit also includes:

Map interpretation skills
Location of mining/farming industry
Economic development and globalisation
One day field trip..


This unit studies how the earth's atmosphere is heated, and how the unequal heating leads to pressure differences, movement of the air and different weather systems; how people ink uence weather and climate, and how weather hazards ink uence people the dynamics of ecosystems at different scales; how different ecosystems can offer opportunities and challenges for people and the biosphere; managing impacts. This unit also includes:

Map interpretation skills
Atmospheric systems and the water cycle
Ecosystems as dynamic systems in the biosphere
One day field trip.


Global Literature

Creative Images of the World

This course is for participants with a special interest in literature and literary criticism. It is designed to engage participants in the careful reading and analysis of imaginative literature. Participants can deepen their understanding of the ways in which language is used to provide both meaning and pleasure, through the close reading of literary texts from a global perspective. Participants will analyse a range of forms and stylistic elements of these texts and respond personally, critically and creatively to them. The course aims to equip participants with some of the fundamental tools of literary analysis as well as provide background knowledge for the further study of literature, or other areas in the disciplines of Humanities, Communication and Business at university level.

Analysing the World through Words

This course is for participants with a special interest in literature and literary criticism.Whilst the course will generally cover themes, genres, time period, and social contexts from a global perspective, it will focus deeply on analysing human thought (perception, motivation, relation), and social issues (racism, feminism, economics). Participants will analyse a range of forms and stylistic elements of literary texts and respond personally, critically, and creatively to them. Tvhe course aims to equip participants with not only tools for literary analysis, but also the ability to extract meaning from sophisticated syntax, and to learn to infer information about audience and purpose. In this way, participants will be prepared to interpret complex messages that are encountered in areas of Law, Business, Humanities and the Media disciplines at University level.



History – The Cold War

This unit is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills which would be considered appropriate for articulation into undergraduate courses in History at The University of Western Australia. This unit will focus on issues of world conk ict and conflict resolution within the context of the Cold War.

Immigration History of Australia

This unit is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills which would be considered appropriate for articulation into undergraduate courses in History at The University of Western Australia. This unit will focus on the social, economic and political shaping of the Australian nation through its history of immigration.


Human Biology

Control and Coordination

This unit explores the operation of these two systems and how both systems cooperate to provide the body's internal communication. Also covered in this unit is the structure and function of the specialised receptors for vision, hearing and balance, smell and taste.

Regulation and Defence

In this unit you'll learn how humans adjust to changing environmental conditions thus maintaining relatively constant chemical and physical conditions around the cells (homeostasis). For the cells to operate properly the body also has to resist many organisms and chemicals that could damage tissues. This ability is called immunity, and is also covered in this unit.



Marketing Management

This unit is an introductory unit in the study of Marketing. Students are introduced to marketing and the significance of marketing to sales. Included in the unit are components of consumer behaviour. Students use marketing tools such as SWOT analysis and marketing plans.

Marketing Research

This unit is an introductory unit in the study of Marketing. Students examine the importance of informed marketing research. This includes the process of segmenting markets prior to sampling and collecting market data.

Developing Products
and Promotions Strategy

Developing products and promotion strategy is a unit in which students will learn about the important role of promotion in business. Students will be introduced to new product and service development in business, and they will learn to identify and use different promotional strategies and tools.



Mathematical Techniques

This unit introduces areas of study in geometry, sequences and series, probability and trigonometry. It is suitable for students who only wish to study a variety of mathematical techniques at a less complex level. However it may also form the basis for more advanced work through the additional selection of other Units. Capable students of mathematics may elect to bypass this unit in pursuit of more advanced studies in mathematics.

Predictive Mathematics

This unit introduces statistics, matrix algebra and linear programming models. Students will study: the calculation and analysis of statistics in one and two variables; the properties and applications of matrix algebra; linear inequations and their application to solving optimisation problems; the calculation and analysis of statistics within the context of time series data. Students requiring basic to medium level Foundation mathematics would be expected to undertake this unit.

Mathematical Modelling

This unit introduces work on: functions and their graphs; index and logarithmic laws; solving equations involving indices and logarithms; modelling probability distributions using random variables. Students will study: various polynomial functions, exponential, logarithmic and reciprocal functions with an emphasis on the transformation of functions and the resulting graphs; the basic index and logarithmic laws and how to apply these laws when solving indicial equations; discrete and continuous random variables and their application to various probability models.

Prerequisite: MA2: Predictive Mathematics


This unit introduces trigonometrical ratios in the unit circle; trigonometrical equations and graphs with associated transformations; first principles differentiation and integration and the basic rules of differentiation and integration; the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus; simple applications of differentiation and integration. It provides a vital basic introduction to advanced trigonometry and calculus and is essential for all students wishing to pursue further studies with a mathematical or scientific background.

Prerequisite: MA3: Mathematical Modelling

Applied Mathematics

This Unit introduces advanced techniques of integration and further calculus applications including rectilinear motion; the algebraic representation and manipulation of complex numbers; the geometrical representation of complex numbers; vector geometry and its applications. Students seriously considering career paths with major mathematical and scientific backgrounds should select this Unit.

Prerequisite: MA3: Mathematical Modelling


Media Studies and Communication

Print Media and Advertising

This unit focuses on publishing books and magazines – technology, industry and genres; newspapers – technology, industry and content; technology, industry and genres; media literacy – magazines, newspapers and advertising and media ethics, particularly in journalism; media literacy, and skills using Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium.

TV, Film and Radio

This unit focuses on feature films – technology, industry and genre; movie economics, distribution and ownership – vertical and horizontal integration; television – technology, industry and genre; genre, codes and conventions; censorship and film ratings; children and TV; media impact theories; the media and pro-social and anti-social behaviour; media literacy; and image capture and movie editing skills using AdobeDesign Premium.

Online and Global Media

This unit focuses on the Internet – technology, industry and content; communications infrastructure – technology and industry; global media – news, advertising, music, film, television and the Internet, international regulation; media literacy; and basic website design and construction using Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium.

Prior Knowledge: There are no specific prerequisite subjects for this unit. In order to succeed, students are expected to have a broad knowledge of and interest in contemporary media genres across print, visual, audio and online media. Higher than average competence in English at Year 11 is beneificial as range and accuracy in English is essential in media professions.



Everyday Philosophy

This unit is designed to provide students with an understanding of various movements in philosophy throughout history. The course is arranged thematically and is designed to engage students interest and to encourage success by studying what various philosophers have had to say about "everyday" aspects of life.

Moral, Social and Political Philosophy

This unit is designed to provide students with an understanding of the different conceptions of moral, social and political philosophy. In particular, students will examine; theories of moral philosophy, utilitarianism, and the notions of right and wrong; identity, finitude and alienation; positive and negative notions of freedom.




This Unit introduces the mechanics of Waves and their application to Sound and Light. Reflection, refraction, diffraction and interference are all covered. The aim is to ensure a significant understanding of the concepts involved and to provide basic quantitative exploration of fundamental formulae.


This unit introduces the mathematics of linear motion, the cause and effect of motion, work and energy, circular motion and gravitation.

This includes:
The concepts of momentum, energy, work and power
The study of the fundamental force of gravity.

Electricity and Magnetism

This unit introduces the concepts underlying the electrical technology which has had an immense effect on everyday life since its introduction in the nineteenth century. It covers the fundamental concepts of electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism and introduces the quantitative formulae which transform the concepts into everyday applications. The treatment of material in this unit is such that significant understanding of the underlying concepts is expected. Where applicable quantitative analysis will complement the understandings gained. Assessments will reflect an equal balance of conceptual understanding and mathematical application.

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