Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleDHES
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Sunway)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course Management Office, School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS), Sunway Campus

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Helen Nesadurai


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This course provides intensive learning opportunities in problem-solving, analytical, and research skills that will prepare students for the rigours of tertiary level academic study. In addition, students gain credit towards their undergraduate degrees by successfully completing (subject to individual faculty specifications) six first year subjects in their chosen streams and two additional core units.

This course offers an alternate pathway to Monash undergraduate degrees offered at the Sunway Campus through the Faculties of Arts, Business and Economics, Information Technology and Science for applicants even if the students pre-university/Year 12 or equivalent scores fall below the entry scores for these degrees.


Graduates are expected to:

  • display proficiency in the analytical, problem-solving, verbal and writing skills necessary to support university-level learning
  • gain confidence in their abilities to pursue university level studies and for the learning process more generally
  • attain first-year equivalence in a major area or stream of study that they intend to pursue at undergraduate level at Monash University (Sunway Campus).


This course consists of:

  • 12 points of core units
  • 36 points completed from one of the streams.


Students must complete:

(a.) two core units (12 points):

(b.) six first-year units from one of the following streams (36 points):

Arts stream

Business stream

  • AFW1000 Principles of accounting and finance
  • BTW1042 Malaysian business law
  • ECW1101 Introductory microeconomics
  • ETW1000 Economics and business statistics or ETW1102 Business statistics
  • MGW1010 Introduction to management
  • MKW1120 Marketing theory and practice

Information technology stream

  • FIT1002 Computer programming
  • FIT1004 Data management
  • FIT1029 Algorithmic problem solving
  • FIT1031 Computers and networks
  • two level one electives

Science stream

  • BIO1011 Biology 1
  • BIO1022 Biology 2
  • CHM1051 Chemistry 1 advanced
  • CHM1052 Chemistry 2 advanced
  • SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning or STA1010 Statistical methods for science
  • one level one science elective


Diploma of Higher Education Studies