Study at VU

Single units of study

If you are interested in studying but aren’t ready to start a full course, you should consider enrolling in one or more single units of study.

Studying an individual unit is a great way to try out student life (or a subject you’re interested in) without committing to completing an entire course – then finding out it’s not right for you.

Single units are undertaken outside of a formal qualification framework, which means they are not counted towards completion of a qualification.

If you decide to apply for a course after you’ve completed a single unit, you can seek credit for that study when you apply for your new course.

In 'Single units of study':

Reasons for taking single units of study

There are a number of reasons to study single units. You can try out university life or units that are part of the course you may be considering.

Single units of study are an ideal opportunity to:

  • quickly update your skills and knowledge in a specific area, or explore a new area (if you are considering a career change or seeking a promotion at work)
  • learn more about something that's always fascinated you (such as learning a new language)
  • save money, compared with studying a whole course.

Individual units may also be a stepping stone or pathway into further study. 

Services available after you enrol

When you enrol into single units of study, you'll become a VU student in every sense. You'll have access to:

Units available

We have a broad range of units that you can choose from covering areas of arts, business, engineering and IT, health, sport and recreation.

Units may be delivered across several campuses, so you have flexibility to attend classes at a location, day and time that best suits you. Check our 2017 timetable planner to get an idea of when classes may run for your chosen unit.

Arts single units of study available

Code Title Unit fees

ASS1051

Sociology 1A

$1,980

ASA1023

Community Development from the Local to the Global

$1,980

ACW1020

Sex and Gender

$1,980

AEK1105

Aboriginal Traditions and Policy

$1,980

ASL1003  

Criminal Justice Systems

$1,980

ACU1001  

Discourse, Inquiry and Engagement - (academic foundation)

$1,980

ACI1000  

The Creative Process

$1,980

ACI1002  

Creative Industries

$1,980

ASN1001  

Online Screen Media

$1,980

ASN1002  

Introduction to Screen Media

$1,980

ASN1003  

Motion Graphics

$1,980

ACM1006  

Digital Sound and Video

$1,980

ACM1010  

Introduction to Web Technologies

$1,980

ACY1002  

Public Speaking and Communication

$2,880

ACP1055

Story: Transforming the Blank Page

$1,980

ACP1002  

Editing

$1,980

ACF1003  

Life Drawing

$1,980

ACF1004  

Drawing and Painting

$1,980

ACL1001  

Reading Contemporary Fiction

$1,980

ACL1002  

Studying Poetry and Poetics

$1,980

ASH1001  

World History 1

$1,980

ACV1001  

Basic Vietnamese A

$1,980

ACV1002  

Basic Vietnamese B

$1,980

Business single units of study available

Code Title Unit fees

BAO1101

Accounting for Decision Making

$2,880

BCO1102

Information Systems for Business

$2,190

BEO1106

Business Statistics

$2,190

BHO1171

Introduction to Marketing

$2,880

BLO1105

Business Law

$1,980

BMO1102

Management and Organisation Behaviour

$2,880

Engineering & science individual units available

Code Title Unit fees

RBF1150

Global environmental issues

$2,190

RBF1310

Biology 1

$2,190

RCM1711

Mathematical Foundations 1

$2,190

RCS1601

Chemistry 1A

$2,190

NIT1101

Web Development and CMS

$2,190

NIT1102

Introduction to Programming

$2,190

NIT1103

Communication and Information Management

$2,880

NIT1104

Computer Networks

$2,190

NSC1210

Skills for the Scientist

$2,190

RBF1320

Biology 2

$2,190

RCM1613

Applied Statistics 1

$2,190

RCS1602

Chemistry 1B

$2,190

NIT1201

Introduction to Database Systems

$2,190

NIT1202

Operating Systems

$2,190

NIT1203

Introduction to Project Management

$2,880

NIT1204

Web Application And Server Management

$2,190

NEF1101

Engineering Mathematics 1

$2,190

NEF1102

Engineering Physics 1

$2,190

NEF1103

Engineering and the Community

$2,190

NEF1104

Problem Solving for Engineers

$2,190

NEF1204

 Introduction to Engineering Design

$2,190

Health single units of study available

Sport single units of study available

Apply for single units of study

If you would like to study single units, please register your interest before the end of the second week of semester.

  • For Semester 1, the last day to register your interest is 13 March 2017 (Semester 1 starts Monday 27 February).
  • For Semester 2, the last day to register your interest is 7 August 2017 (Semester 2 starts Monday 24 July).

Once you’ve registered your interest we'll get back to you with all the details on how to apply & enrol.

Register your interest in studying single units

Eligibility

All Australian residents can register interest to study single units. You should check the unit details to see if there are any prerequisite studies or pre-reading needed.  

International students

International students are not eligible to enrol in single units of study. If you are interested in studying at VU  as part of another course we encourage you to apply through our study abroad or exchange program.

Cross institutional study

If you are not a current VU student and are enrolled in a course at another institution in Australia, you can apply to study a unit at VU that will be counted towards completion of your course at your home institution.

You are considered an ‘inbound’ student, and should apply using the cross-institutional inbound application form.

Assessment

Depending on the unit you choose, typical assessments may include exams, essays, portfolios and presentations.

Check the unit details for more information about the assessments you'll need to submit in order to pass the unit.

Fees

All single unit studies are charged at full-fee rates (the amount is shown in the lists of available units).

Note that Government funding (e.g. HECS-HELP) is not available for these units.

An invoice will be created at the time of enrolment and then made available via MYVU Portal, which is the gateway to student systems. 

You will need to pay your fees by the date indicated on your invoice.

Your employer or other sponsor (such as a job agency) may agree to cover the cost of your study. If so, complete the External Sponsor Agreement Form - make sure it is signed by your employer/sponsor.

Once signed email it to the Sponsorship team via sponsorships@vu.edu.au (or hand it in at a Student Service Centre).