Monash University Foundation Year
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MUFY Unit Descriptions

Accounting

Unit 1

Accounting is the process of recording and reporting financial data. This data is then analysed and interpreted before being communicated to interested parties both internal and external to a business. It plays an integral role in the successful operation and management of any business, regardless of size or ownership structure.

The preparation and presentation of financial statements is governed by Australian.

Accounting Standards and guided by the Framework for the Preparation and Presentation of Financial Statements (AASB Framework).This unit of Accounting will focus on the role played by the Conceptual Framework in guiding the recording, reporting of financial information and decisionmaking processes of small trading businesses operating as a soletrader. Students will study both theoretical and practical aspects of Accounting. Financial data and information will be collected, recorded and reported using both manual methods and information and communication technology (ICT). The study of Accounting will enable students to develop their financial knowledge and skills, which may then be taken further through additional study or put to a practical application in an employment setting.

Internal assessment : 50% ; Final Exam : 50%

Unit 2

This Unit will focus on the next phase of an accounting system - the preparation of financial records in order to prepare financial reports, an analysis of those financial reports and decision-making by small trading businesses studied in Unit 1. Students will study both theoretical and practical aspects of accounting. Reporting for profit and planning for the future utilising the budgeting process will be introduced. Financial data and information will be collected, recorded and reported using both manual methods and information and communication technology (ICT). This unit will further enable students to develop their financial knowledge and skills, which may then be taken further through additional study or put to a practical application in an employment setting.

Internal assessment : 50% ; Final Exam : 50%


Biology

Unit 1

This Unit provides students with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the structure and function of cells as the basic functioning units of life. It also covers the ways in which mammals coordinate and regulate their internal environment in response to ever-changing external environmental conditions. Finally, this Unit deals with the immune system of humans and how this system enables humans to detect and respond to challenges by diseasecausing entities in their environments.

Internal assessment : 50% ; Final Exam : 50%

Unit 2

This Unit provides students with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the nature of inheritance. It covers the advantages and disadvantages of both asexual and sexual reproduction in regards to how they contribute to variation within species. Students will learn about the structure and associated nature of nucleic acids and their role in both heredity and the determination of phenotype. Students will gain a full understanding of Mendelian genetics. In addition, this Unit provides students with the opportunity to investigate an emerging and dynamic area of genetic engineering. Students will also study the theory of evolution, evidence for evolution, the process of natural selection and finally both the cultural and biological evolution of humans.

Internal assessment : 50% ; Final Exam : 50%


Chemistry

Unit 1

This unit explores the development of knowledge of atomic structure and how the modern Periodic Table evolved through the experimental work of scientists. The trends in the properties of elements of the Periodic Table are investigated and numerous fundamental chemical concepts are reviewed. The study of organic chemistry is extended by analysis of a range of homologous series and organic chemical reactions, including reaction pathways. Several significant biomolecules are also studied. A range of standard analytical techniques is investigated through the analysis of products in the laboratory. Instrumental analytical techniques of spectroscopy and chromatography are also introduced. Throughout the unit, the use of the language and symbols of chemistry is practised and the application of formulae and equations to explain observations and data collected from experiments is reinforced.

Internal assessment : 50% ; Final Exam : 50%

Unit 2

This unit explores the features that affect chemical reactions and how knowledge of these features is used in industry for the efficient production of sulfuric acid. The application of green chemistry principles to the industrial production of chemicals is also considered. The rate and yield of chemical reactions are studied and the equilibrium law is investigated. Energy profiles, the effect of the factors which influence the position of equilibrium and the application of Le Chatelier’s principle are also introduced. A range of energy resources used in modern society and their benefits and limitations are analysed. Calorimetry and the measurement of the energy of chemical reactions are examined to extend this analysis. The relationship between chemical and electrical energy is explored through the study of galvanic and electrolytic cells. Study of the electrochemical series, industrial applications of electrolysis and Faraday’s laws completes the unit.

Throughout the unit, the use of the language and symbols of chemistry is practised and the application of formulae and equations to explain observations and data collected from experiments is reinforced.

Internal assessment : 50% ; Final Exam : 50%


Information & Computer Technology

Unit 1

This Unit familiarises students with the fundamental terminology, components and uses for computers and computer systems. This will include computer hardware, software, operating systems, specific business applications such as spreadsheets and the design, development and testing steps associated with problem- solving techniques used for programming.

Internal assessment : 65% ; Final Exam : 35%

Unit 2

This Unit familiarises students with the concepts of data management, including data science and database management systems. Students also explore the design, development and testing steps associated with problem solving techniques used for programming and applications of Information and Communication Technology in real world scenarios.

Internal assessment : 60% ; Final Exam : 40%


Economics

Unit 1

The aim of this Unit is to provide students with an introduction to the major concepts, principles, models and theories associated with the study of Microeconomics. Students will consider the role of demand and supply in determining prices in markets characterised by varying degrees of competition and the role governments may play in economic decision making. Students will be encouraged to develop and utilise the fundamental tools of economic reasoning leading to critical analysis of how markets operate to allocate scarce resources to satisfy unlimited needs and wants. The Unit focuses on some of the most important tools used in the study of Economics, such as demand and supply analysis, and applies them to clearly explain real-world economic issues.

Internal assessment : 50% ; Final Exam : 50%

Unit 2

This Unit concentrates mainly on Macroeconomic principles and issues. Students are introduced to a range of theories and models including Keynesian economic theory. Key domestic economic goals related to economic growth, low inflation and full employment, along with external relationships are considered. These topics are followed by an examination of the two major areas of government Macroeconomic policy: budgetary/ fiscal and monetary policy. Finally students will explore a range of Macroeconomic policy dilemmas and challenges.

Internal assessment : 40% ; Final Exam : 60%


English

Unit 1

This unit is intended to prepare students for tertiary level study by developing language skills (writing, speaking, listening, academic argument and analysis), research skills, organisational and study skills. The unit aims to provide students with opportunities to develop the skills necessary to function as confident and competent listeners, speakers, readers and writers of Standard Australian English. This unit is designed to introduce students to concepts of academic writing and practices which enable students to participate effectively in a tertiary educational setting.

Internal assessment : 70% ; Final Exam : 30%

Unit 2

This unit is intended to build on the skills developed in MUF0011 English Unit 1: Academic Skills and Composition. Students will further develop language skills (writing, speaking, listening, and argument), research skills, organisational and study skills. In addition, they will explore a range of concepts through reading and responding to texts and develop their understanding of academic writing conventions. Students will build their research and reflection skills through a major research project. This unit aims to provide students with opportunities to develop the skills necessary to function as confident and competent listeners, speakers, readers and writers of English, building upon the skills developed in Unit 1, consolidating knowledge of academic practices and language and preparing students for a tertiary educational setting.

Internal assessment : 70% ; Final Exam : 30%


Globalisation

Unit 1

In this unit, students examine some of the recent history and key aspects of globalisation. They explore how and to what extent the apparent globalisation of the world is affecting governance, economics and peoples, with a particular emphasis on current political and economic issues including migration, health, and the environment. The course is designed to introduce students to the skills of analysis, research and presentation of ideas within an Arts/Humanities framework.

Internal assessment : 60% ; Final Exam : 40%

Unit 2

In this unit, students continue the examination of some of the recent history and key aspects of globalisation. They explore how and to what extent the apparent globalisation of the world is affecting governance, economics and peoples, with a particular emphasis on how it shapes cultures across the world and how it informs and is informed by a discourse of human rights. Students also examine how different nations, governing bodies, societies and cultures respond to globalisation. The course is designed to consolidate students’ skills of analysis, research and presentation of ideas within an Arts/Humanities framework.

Internal assessment : 60% ; Final Exam : 40%


Mathematics

Unit 1

Monash University Foundation Year Mathematics has been designed to cater for a wide variety of student needs. It provides a range of knowledge, essential skills and methods to equip students for tertiary study.

This unit explores the properties of a wide range of functions and their graphs, as well as the calculus processes of differentiation and antidifferentiation. Applications of these properties and processes are an integral part of this unit. Unit 1 consists of the following Study Areas:

  • Functions and their Graphs and Inverse Functions
  • Exponential, Logarithmic and Circular Functions
  • Techniques and Applications of Calculus

Internal assessment : 35% ; Final Exam : 65%

Unit 2

The Number Patterns, Probability and Statistics unit explores the concepts and relationships within the study of Sequences and Series, Probability Theory, Probability Distributions and Statistics. Applications of these concepts and processes are an integral part of this unit. This Unit consists of the following Study Areas:

  • Sequences and Series
  • Probability and Probability Distributions
  • Statistics

Internal assessment : 35% ; Final Exam : 65%


Advanced Mathematics

Unit 1

Monash University Foundation Year Advanced Mathematics has been designed to prepare students who intend to undertake tertiary courses with a high mathematical content, or which use a considerable amount of mathematical reasoning. The syllabus caters for mathematically able students, giving them a chance to explore a wide range of mathematical concepts, knowledge and skills. This unit consists of the following Study Areas:

  • Vectors and Matrices
  • Trigonometry and Complex Numbers
  • Techniques and Applications of Differentiation

Internal assessment : 35% ; Final Exam : 65%

Unit 2

Calculus with Applications consists of the following Study Areas:

  • Techniques and Applications of Integration
  • Derivatives and Differential Equations
  • Kinematics and Vector Calculus

Internal assessment : 35% ; Final Exam : 65%


Fundamental Mathematics

Unit 1

Monash University Foundation Year Fundamental Mathematics has been designed to cater for students who plan to develop strong numeracy skills across areas of mathematics that have links to tertiary studies with a business focus or to studies in other areas where strength in numeracy opens up a range of opportunities. Unit 1 includes development of algebra skills and explores the properties of a range of functions and their graphs. It also focuses attention on the different properties of number, patterns in number sequences and their applications in business contexts. Unit 1 consists of the following Study Areas:

  • Linear and Non-Linear Algebra and Applications
  • Sequences and Series
  • Business Mathematics

Internal assessment : 35% ; Final Exam : 65%

Unit 2

Contexts for Mathematics allows students to apply the skills learnt in the first unit and extend them into the study of statistics and mathematical solution of optimisation problems. This Unit consists of the following Study Areas:

  • Univariate Statistics
  • Bivariate Statistics and Time Series
  • Linear Programming

Internal assessment : 35% ; Final Exam : 65%


Physics

Unit 1

The Mechanics unit of MUFY Physics is an algebra-based course which introduces students to classical mechanics. Students use Newton’s Laws and the concepts of work/energy, and impulse/momentum to solve problems of moving and static systems in one and two dimensions. Theory is supplemented by the development of experimental skills.

Internal assessment : 40% ; Final Exam : 60%

Unit 2

The aim of this Unit is to provide students with an introduction to the major concepts, principles and models used in the areas of Electromagnetism and Quantum Physics. This Unit introduces students to the fundamentals of the classical theory of Waves, Electricity and Magnetism, and shows how this theory can be applied to a wide variety of realistic and everyday situations. The Unit also introduces some aspects of Modern Quantum Physics that indicate the limits of applicability of the classical theory. The study of this course will be especially useful to students who intend to major in Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, Computing, Mathematics or The Sciences.

Internal assessment : 40% ; Final Exam : 60%