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 

Accounting 

This subject introduces students to fundamental accounting tools to provide a basis for analysing and interpreting financial statements and internal management documents throughout their careers. The educational philosophy used is based on the 'building blocks' approach as described in sequence (The Accounting Cycle) to reach the ultimate objective of financial reports. 

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Subject leader

Ms Mary Zafirakis
BEc, PostGradDip(Acc) Monash

Biology

This subject 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. The subject provides a strong foundation for further study of the biological sciences and related disciplines. 

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Subject leader

Dr Kerry Higgins
BSc(Hons), PhD Melb

Chemistry

This subject 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

This subject aims to help students:

  • gain an understanding of economics as a field of study, consider issues from an economic perspective

  • obtain an understanding of basic concepts and principles of economics

  • obtain knowledge of major aspects of the Australian economic system

  • develop a capacity to think analytically, to discuss and write effectively about economics. 

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Subject leader

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

Environment, Development and Design

The concept of sustainable development is at the heart of this subject, and is increasingly becoming the focus of government policy, progressive business and educational institutions. Students who study this subject will become familiar with sustainable development and its application globally, and understand the way different environments and societies interact. 

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Subject leaders

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

Mathematics 1

This subject 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. Hamed Moradi
BCom/BSc, BSc(Hon), PhD Monash

Mathematics 2

This subject provides students with the skills to succeed in university courses that require a high level of analytical and logical thought, such as science, engineering or actuarial studies. This subject also ensures that students have the language skills to enable them to ask mathematical questions necessary for them to undertake further studies in mathematics in English. 

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Subject leader

Dr Sasha Cyganowski
BSc(Hons), PhD Deakin

Media and Communications

In this subject, students are introduced to the dynamic world of the media and associated industries, and their influence on society and the individual. Through a combination of theory, application and practice, students emerge with a greater understanding of how the media works and an ability to design and produce a range of media products. 

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Subject leader

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

Music (Practical)

This subject is available to students who wish to prepare for university study in either the Bachelor of Music degree or the Diploma in Music. It is designed to enable students to reach an advanced level of skill and mastery of a particular musical instrument, and to give a broad understanding of music performance. The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) at the University of Melbourne allocates the teachers for this subject.

Applicants are required to have a minimum of Grade 6 practical in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), or Trinity College London exams, or Grade 6 (Grade 5 for singers) in the exams of the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB).

Students intending to take this subject must pass an audition before enrolling in TCFS. Students attend 24 individual practical lessons with their teacher across the course of one year. Lessons include a study of selected repertoire on the student’s instrument, principles of interpretation, style and technical work. In addition to the lessons, students are required to undertake extensive individual practice. 

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

Physics

This subject provides a foundation for further studies in physics and related disciplines. In particular, students learn to develop quantitative physical models and become aware of the assumptions upon which these models are based. Students develop physical problem-solving strategies, learn to apply electronic, mechanical and optical techniques of measurement in the laboratory, and record quantitative data with associated uncertainties. The laboratory measurement techniques also include computer-interfaced experiments for collecting and analysing data. 

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Subject leader

Dr Fun Lai
BSc, MSc RMIT, PhD Melb 

Psychology

This subject examines the biological, psychological and social factors that contribute to individual and group behaviour using both theoretical and practical teaching methods. It introduces students to a broad range of psychological theories and principles that explain human behaviour, as well as the diversity of human experience. Practical demonstrations and experiments, both in and out of the classroom, are designed to help students understand the theoretical concepts underlying human cognitions and behaviour. 

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Subject leader

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