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Subjects offered

A typical three year university degree requires you to complete 24 units of study. These units are usually comprised of core units and elective units. Through Head-Start you will have the choice to study one of four units. These units have been selected as they can be used as core units or elective units within a large number of courses offered by Southern Cross University. The options for study in 2017 are: Biology, Communication in Organisations, Processes and Philosophy of Engineering and Visual Design and Communication.

Biology

SCU Head-Start students studying biology and using microscopes

Offered during Session 1 (27 February - 26 May, 2017) at our Gold Coast, Lismore and National Marine Science Centre (Coffs Harbour) campuses.

This unit is ideal for those interested in developing their scientific knowledge and skills. With a focus on cell structure, physio-chemical cellular responses, plant and animal physiology, structure and diversity, elementary genetics, population concepts, natural selection and evolution, Biology provides students with the necessary practical techniques required to demonstrate biological processes in living organisms. Biology initiates the development of competence in practical skills and scientific report writing.

The study program for this unit will include face-to-face lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions.

Which SCU courses will this get you in to?

Communication in Organisations

SCU Head-Start students presenting in front of a class

Offered during Session 1 (27 February - 26 May, 2017) at our Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast and Lismore campuses.

Good communication skills are essential in most professional settings. This unit aims to provide you with communication skills necessary for employment and academic study. Topics covered include public speaking and verbal reporting, intercultural communication, academic integrity and skill development in negotiation and persuasion. You will also be introduced to a range of communication theories and concepts designed to increase your understanding of the role interpersonal communication has within our day-to-day lives.

The study program for the Communication in Organisations unit will include tutorials and lectures.

Which SCU courses will this get you in to?

Processes and Philosophy of Engineering

SCU Head-Start students studying engineering

Offered during Session 1 (27 February - 26 May, 2017) at our Lismore campus only.

This unit introduces students to the fundamental concepts of engineering process and philosophy. A supported problem-based learning strategy is used to develop skills in problem identification, concept formulation, critical and contextual thinking, project evaluation, process development and clear communication. Engaging in the aforementioned aspects, students will work in teams on a robotics project which will develop their underlying engineering and communication skills.

Which SCU courses will this get you in to?

Visual Communication and Design

SCU Head-Start student

Offered during Session 1 (27 February - 26 May, 2017) at our Lismore campus only.

This unit is designed to give students the digital literacy skills that are central to today's media world, and it does this through the visual language of design. The unit introduces students to the principles of visual communication and design through the analysis and production of a range of digital media forms. Students acquire skills in image capture, creation and manipulation, and in layout and typography, and apply them using industry standard software in response to design briefs.

Which SCU courses will this get you in to?

Registrations for Head-Start 2017 are open from 1 May, 2016 until 9 October, 2016

If you require further details please contact our Head-Start Project Officer via email using headstart@scu.edu.au.

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