Elective Subjects | Trinity College - The University of Melbourne

Elective Subjects

Accounting | Biology | Chemistry | Economics | Environment & Development | Mathematics 1 | Mathematics 2

Media & Communications | Music | Physics | Psychology | Fine Arts

Accounting

Introduces students to fundamental accounting tools to provide a basis for analysing and interpreting financial statements and internal management documents throughout their careers.

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Subject leader

Ms Mary Zafirakis
BEc, PostGradDip(Acc) Monash

Biology

Aims to foster in students an understanding of major biological concepts, an awareness of how such concepts are connected within the biological sciences, and an appreciation and interest in biological science as an integral part of society and everyday life.

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Subject leader

Dr Kerry Higgins
BSc(Hons), PhD Melb

Chemistry

Provides a foundation for further study in chemistry and related disciplines. The focus is on understanding chemical concepts and calculations, development of laboratory and reporting skills, awareness of safety protocols, fluency in terminology, and an appreciation of the role of chemistry in our world.

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Subject leader

Dr Kerry Higgins
BSc(Hons), PhD Melb

Economics

Develops a capacity to consider issues from an economics perspective and understand the major aspects of the Australian economic environment. Includes microeconomics (supply and demand, markets, competition) and macroeconomics (national accounting, employment, budgetary policy, monetary policy.

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Subject leader

Ms Vandana Wadhwa
BA(Eco) (Hons), MA(Eco) DSE
GradDipSecEd Monash, 
Med(EdLeadership&Mgmt) Melb 

Environment and Development

Familiarises students with the concept of sustainable development and its global application, including ecological history of humanity, climate change and renewable energy and globalisation. Develops critical thinking, research and discussion skills to evaluate the world and become positive global citizens.

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Subject leaders

Ms Jane Sykes
BA, DipEd, GradDipEd(Policy and Admin), MEd Monash

Mathematics 1

Develops mathematical knowledge and skills in pre-calculus, calculus, matrices, statistics and probability, as preparation for a wide variety of university courses.

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Subject leader

Dr Raymond Broeksteeg
BSc(Hons) Otago, PhD Monash

Mathematics 2

Provides students with the skills to succeed in university courses requiring a high level of analytical and logical thought such as required in science, engineering or actuarial studies, and how to effectively communicate mathematical ideas.

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Subject leader

Dr Sasha Cyganowski
BSc(Hons), PhD Deakin

Media and Communications

Gives students a practical understanding of how media industries work by exploring brand and media audiences, preparing journalistic articles, developing an advertising campaign, and analysing films and new media.

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Subject leader

Ms Loretta Duffy
BA Deakin, GradDipArts (Journalism) RMIT, MA(Comn&MediaSt) Monash, MA(AppLing) Melb 

Music (Practical)

Audition-approved musicians who have already reached Grade 6 practical equivalent in the Royal Schools of Music (or Grade 5 for singers in the Australian Music examinations Board) undertake intense practical study of a particular musical instrument to reach an advanced level of musical skill and musicianship and develop a broad understanding of musical performance practices.

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Taught by staff at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Music.

Physics

Provides a foundation for further studies in physics and related disciplines including developing and testing models, applying quantitative measurement techniques in areas including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, wave technologies and quantum and nuclear physics.

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Subject leader

Dr Fun Lai
BSc, MSc RMIT, PhD Melb 

Psychology

Introduces students to a broad range of psychological theories and principles that attempt to explain human behaviour and the diversity of human experience. The course helps students develop a greater understanding of themselves and others.

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Subject leader

Dr Maureen Vincent
BA Monash, BSW Melb, GradDipEd(Sec) ACU, GradDipPsy Monash, MClinPsy, PhD Deakin, MAPS, MACPA, MCCP

Fine Arts

Five electives are offered to permit the admission and development of Foundation Studies students who are seeking Bachelor of Fine Arts studies in the relevant major at the Victoria College of of the Arts. They are:

  • Acting Studio

  • Contemporary Music

  • Film and Television Practice

  • Production (Design, stage Management and Technical)

  • Visual Art

The subjects are designed to enable students to progress with their skills in the relevant Fine Arts subjects, which allow students to achieve a level of mastery at a level for tertiary entrance.

Students intending to take this subject must provide a portfolio of work.

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Taught by staff at the Victoria College of the Arts & Music.