Foundation Studies Program

Program Structure

A Curriculum for Success

The curriculum develops the broad attributes required by students entering university in Australia. Students choose from either the Business & Arts stream or Science, Health & Engineering. Within the 2 streams, students must undertake 2 compulsory unites and 3 electives.  

2 Compulsory Units             +                              

3 Electives                                                                        

English for Tertiary Studies  

Ideas & Critical Thinking

Maths, Business, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Psychology,
Information Management/ Creative Thinking, Legal Studies

Compulsory Units 

English for Tertiary Studies

Equips you with the necessary knowledge and skills to improve your academic performance at university. These include skills in reading academic texts; researching and referencing; note taking, summarising and paraphrasing; academic writing and participation in presentations and formal discussions. You will also be taught useful study techniques and time management methods to help maximise your academic success.

Ideas and Critical Thinking

Develops critical thinking skills within the context of the evolution of ideas which have shaped and impacted humans throughout  history. Integrating multiple disciplines, this core unit focuses on specific academic skills required across all UTAS faculties, including layered consideration of complex issues, reasoned construction, testing of claims and argument, communication of ideas and critical analysis of scientific and historical texts.

Electives

Biology 

There are tow main themes studied in the Biology unit. Firstly, Evolution of Life prepares you for a wide range of courses including Zoology, Marine Studies, Plant Science, Geography, Environmental Studies, Agricultural Studies, Nursing and Pharmacy. Environmental Studies then gives you the opportunity to focus on ecosystem ecology, biodiversity and conservation in a uniquely Tasmanian environment. 

Business

Business Management investigates the nature of management, including the roles and skills of managers, the responsibility of stakeholders and the importance of effective management to an organisation. In the International Marketing unit, you will explore the roles of markets and marketing in a globalised environment.

Chemistry 

Chemistry provides you with a thorough understanding of the subject matter covered in Year 12 schooling in Australia. The course consists of two components. There are lecture/tutorial style classes, in which theoretical foundations are established; and laboratory classes, in which practical skills are developed.

Information Management / Creative Thinking

Information Management & Creative Thinking introduces you to the essential use of computers and fundamental applications as tools for undertaking study at University. Applied use of software & developing creative output through technology is a key feature of this unit. 

Mathematics

Students undertake Maths of Science, Health & Engineering or Maths for Business & Art, depending on the chosen course of study. Business-focused Maths is a prerequisite for most degrees within the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics; while Maths for Science, Health & Engineering is required for entry into all science and engineering degrees. 

Physics

Our Physics program is particularly useful if you are contemplating taking a degree in Medical Research, Pharmacy, Engineering of Science at UTAS. It will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to proceed with confidence to undergraduate degrees requiring physics as a prerequisite. 

Psychology

Our Psychology subject introduces you to key theories and concepts in psychology, develops skills in writing in a scientific discipline and raises awareness of the role of scientific method of enquiry. Lectures will cover topics such as research methods; the brain; memory; intelligence; stress and coping; and social psychology. 

Legal Studies 

Legal Studies investigates the doctrine of precedent, how a legal issue determines factual relevance and how to develop problem solving methods for legal problems. Students acquire relevant legal jargon, engage in common law discussions as well as statutory interpretation and creative use of language in making legal arguments. Finally, students learn to make legal arguments on behalf of a client. 

Please note that you will need to purchase textbooks and workbooks for use during the course. A booklist will be made available at the beginning of the program.

Also note that a subject may not be run if there are insufficient numbers to form a class.

Your work will be continually assessed through assignments, group activities, presentations and tests. Your marks are converted to a Grade Point Average (GPA), which is a score out of 7.

MarkGradeCode
80% >High DistinctionHD
70% >DistinctionDN
60% >CreditCR
50% >PassPP
< 50%FailNN

To enter your degree you need the GPA required by your faculty and GPA 4.2 or above in English for Tertiary Studies.