Diploma of Higher Education Studies - 2018

Undergraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Arts.

Other commencement years for this course: 2017 and 2016

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

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title


Managing faculty


Contact details

Tel: +603-5514-6000 or visit the Malaysia websiteMalaysia website (http://www.monash.edu.my)

Admission and fees


Course type


Standard duration

1 year FT

You have a maximum of 3 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Malaysia)


Diploma of Higher Education Studies


The Diploma of Higher Education Studies is a pathway course to university study. If you have the drive and desire to study at Monash University but you don't quite meet the requirements for entry into your desired course, are returning to study after some time away, or would benefit from additional learning support, this course can help you achieve your academic goals.

The course provides intensive learning opportunities in problem-solving, analytical, and research skills that will prepare you for the rigours of tertiary level academic study and to be an independent learner. In addition, you can gain credit towards your undergraduate degree by successfully completing (subject to individual faculty specifications) six first year units in your chosen streams and two additional core units.

Thus this course offers an alternate pathway to undergraduate degrees for applicants, offered at Monash University Malaysia through the faculties of Arts, Business and Economics, Information Technology, and Science, even if the your pre-university/Year 12 or equivalent scores fall below the entry scores for these courses.



In arts you will be introduced to a range of arts and social science disciplines that develop the basic skills relating to understanding human thought and relations, as well as the analysis of societies, social institutions, and the relationships of individuals within those societies.


In business you will be introduced to a range of core business disciplines and the impact they have on multi-discipline decision making in organisations spanning the business, professional and public policy communities.

Computer science

In computer science you will be complete foundational studies for understanding the role and theoretical basis of computer science and computational methods.


In science you will be introduced to a broad range of science fields by completing a two-unit sequence of study in each of biology and chemistry, a mathematics unit and an elective. This will allow you to gain a foundation in key scientific principles while preparing you for the widest choice of future major science area or course of study.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 5 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 5 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. display proficiency in the analytical, problem-solving, verbal and writing skills necessary to support university-level learning
  2. gain confidence in your abilities to pursue university level studies and in the higher education learning process more generally
  3. attain first-year equivalence in a major area or stream of study that you intend to pursue at undergraduate level at Monash University Malaysia.


This course consists of two foundation units and discipline units within the stream corresponding to your chosen area of study.

Part A. Foundation knowledge

These units will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to be an independent learner who can succeed at university studies. You will develop enhanced writing and critical reading skills and learn how to produce essays and reports that present a critical argument and adhere to the conventions of academic presentation. You will also learn how to get the most out of lectures, tutorials and other learning materials and understand the expectations of university studies.

Part B. Specialist discipline knowledge

This component of your study will be dedicated to first year units in the course you are aiming for. These units will introduce you to the fundamentals of your chosen stream from arts, business, computer science or science and will ensure you have the knowledge and skills necessary to take the next step in your higher education studies.


The course requires 48 points comprising 12 points of foundation knowledge (Part A) for successful tertiary study and 36 points of discipline knowledge (Part B) in your chosen stream.

The units required for each stream are detailed below.

The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/maps/map-a0503.pdf) will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are six credit points unless stated otherwise.

Part A. Foundation knowledge (12 points)

You must complete:

Part B. Specialist discipline knowledge (36 points)

You complete the units listed in their chosen destination area of study.


You must complete:

  • AMU1277 Media studies
  • AMU1278 Communication technologies and practices
  • AMU1325 Introduction to world politics and history
  • AMU1326 Transformation from above: Globalisation and the state

and one of the following pairs of units:

  • AMU1304 Television studies: Forms and approaches and AMU1305 Film studies: Forms and approaches
  • AMU1328 Introduction to journalism and AMU1329 Broadcast journalism
  • AMU1310 Introduction to gender studies and AMU1309 Introduction to sexuality studies
  • PSY1011 Psychology 1A and PSY1022 Psychology 1B


You must complete:

  • ACW1200 Accounting for managers or ACW1100 Introduction to financial accounting
  • BTW1042 Malaysian business law
  • ECW1101 Introductory microeconomics
  • ETW1000 Business and economic statistics or ETW1102 Business statistics
  • MGW1010 Introduction to management
  • MKW1120 Marketing theory and practice

Computer science

You must complete:

  • FIT1008 Introduction to computer science
  • FIT1045 Algorithms and programming fundamentals in python
  • FIT1047 Introduction to computer systems, networks and security
  • FIT1049 IT professional practice
  • MAT1830 Discrete mathematics for computer science
  • MAT1841 Continuous mathematics for computer science


You must complete:

  • 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*

* You should choose an elective appropriate to your destination degree: S2000 Bachelor of Science, S2009 Bachelor of Food Science and Technology or S2008 Bachelor of Medical Bioscience.

Progression to further studies

Students must complete the course within the standard course duration. Also, students are required to meet a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) score of 50 to qualify for progression to the following courses:


  • Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies


  • Bachelor of Business and Commerce


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Food Science and Technology
  • Bachelor of Medical Bioscience

Students must complete the course within the standard course duration. Students are required to meet a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) score of 60 to qualify for progression to the following courses:

Computer Science

  • Bachelor of Computer Science