Single Units

Test out postgraduate study today by studying a single unit.

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Why choose to study a single unit?

Test the waters with single unit study. The unit you study will be the same as you would study in a full postgraduate degree, and the credit points you attain can contribute towards a future postgraduate qualification.

Being able to choose exactly what you want to study frees you up to follow one of your professional interests, pursue a specific line of enquiry, or formalise and extend your existing knowledge of a specific area.

Test out postgraduate study today by studying a single unit. Harnessing the power and flexibility of online learning, you’ll gain invaluable real-world skills and the opportunity to extend your professional knowledge and expertise.

Single unit structure

You can choose the single units you wish to study, up to a maximum of two in a teaching period.

Single units are offered across a number of disciplines, and it is worth checking each teaching period to see which units are available.

There are four teaching periods in a year, with flexible start times in February, April, July and October.

See the entry criteria for more information on enrolling in a single unit.

Single units by start date

  • Ethics and Professional Relationships (AYQ458)

    Professional careers in financial planning, now more than ever, require ethical competencies to meet professional responsibilities and contribute to the public interest. In this unit you will develop professional, ethical and effective communication skills. Your professional conduct and communication with clients and stakeholders is critical to the success of your financial planning career.

    Price: $3,420

  • Financial Planning Principles and Regulation (AYQ457)

    For financial planners and advisers, as well as those working in conjunction with the financial planning industry, it is vital to possess the foundational knowledge of the regulations that govern financial services in Australia.


    This unit introduces students to the key provisions of the law and regulations relating to corporate securities and financial services – essential knowledge not only for financial planners and advisers, but also accountants, auditors, business analysts and stockbrokers. 

    Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge of the financial planning regulatory environment to real-world financial planning issues and challenges within various contexts, demonstrating advanced problem-solving and decision-making skills.

    A single unit can be completed over ten weeks, and you can study two single units concurrently for a full-time study load.

    Price: $3,420

  • Dynamics of Domestic Violence (JSQ201)

    This unit focuses on the dynamics of domestic violence. Its main objectives include; introducing the different types of abuse that comprise domestic violence, explaining the dynamics, characteristics, distribution and contributing factors of domestic violence, providing skills and tools to critically assess domestic violence research and reviewing contemporary and historical developments in domestic violence policy.

    Price: $2,484

  • Reducing Lethal Risk (JSQ203)

    In this unit, you will learn how to identify and assess domestic violence risks and how to intervene and reduce the risk of domestic homicide and suicide across your professional practice.

    Price: $2,484

  • Project Management Essentials 1 (PMQ501)

    This unit focuses on the aspects of project planning and project development. Building an appreciation of the nature and role of project management as a professional discipline, the unit will describe, clarify, and formalise project management of the front end of projects. This will prepare you for further study or bring new knowledge and skills to your professional work.

    Price: $2,760

  • Health Care Law and Ethics (LWQ164)

    This unit focuses on the critical and often contested relationship between law and ethics. You will develop an advanced understanding of how law and ethics relate to healthcare.

    Price: $2,916

  • Contemporary Health Management (PUQ210)

    This unit focuses on the principles and practice of management in health such as; organisational management; strategic management; resource management including financial and human resource management; information management; project management and change management. Develop analytical, evaluative and political skills for organisations characterised by constant change.

    Price: $2,484

  • Health Systems (PUQ640)

    This unit focuses on the factors that influence the design and functioning of both Australian and International healthcare systems. Using the Australian Health Care System as a case study, you will be introduced to conceptual frameworks fundamental to the organisation of health systems, covering issues such as structure, operations, funding and evaluation.

    Price: $2,760

  • Disaster Management (PUQ451)

    This unit is a foundational subject that introduces the core concepts and frameworks that underpin the effective management of emergencies, whether man-made or climate-related disasters. You will explore the various types, nature and impact of disasters and emergencies on communities in local, national and international contexts. An overview of the roles national and international agencies play in disaster management will also be a focus of enquiry.

    Price: $2,484

  • Disaster Planning and Preparedness (PUQ452)

    Preparation is a fundamental concern for disaster emergency services and agencies. In this unit you will engage in the real-world assessment of disaster risk and the strategies of forming resilient disaster and emergency response processes. You will reflect on the international understanding of disaster risk, locating disaster and emergency response in a global context, based on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    Price: $2,484

  • Think Like a Lawyer in the Digital World (LWQ701)

    This unit is an introduction to legal process within a digital context, in which students will learn skills to analyse the laws, legal principles and regulations that govern data use in light of emerging technologies. If you are entering the course without having previously studied law, this unit will help you build a foundation in understanding common law and the implications of its application with a transitional digital context. If you have studied law or have previous legal experience, this unit will extend your understanding of law into the digital space, with an emphasis on understanding the transnational nature of digital technologies and the implications for both national and international law. You will have the opportunity to research multiple sources in order to identify and respond to legal risk in authentic digital technology scenarios.

    Price: $2,916

  • Introductory Educational Counselling (EUQ640)

    The aim of effective counselling is to give your clients the tools they need to attain their individual goals. This unit equips you with the core counselling techniques and communication skills that underpin best-practice counselling. With a foundational understanding of the development of counselling psychology, and the practical skills to form and maintain a productive counselling relationship, you will be able to help students and clients chart complex career pathways at a time when the pathways from school to a career are increasingly fractured.

    Price: $2,484

  • Career Development and Professional Practice (EUQ642)

    In this unit you will consider lifelong learning in the context of career and career counselling best practice. Acquire the knowledge and skills you need to lead the delivery of career development programs to a wide-ranging clientele. Develop your ability to create innovative and flexible programs that have a solid theoretical foundation and are capable of meeting individual needs.

    Price: $2,484

  • Designing for Learning (EUQ648)

    In this unit you will explore the existing field of contemporary learning theory and gain an understanding of how this theory informs the design and development of innovative learning materials. You will review the scope of strategies and technologies that are used to engage learners, and discover new ways to evaluate varied learning design frameworks, assessing their applicability in particular settings. With an emphasis on instructional design principles and reflective practice, you will collaborate with peers and facilitators to examine, reflect upon and design appropriate learning environments.

    Price: $2,484

  • Authentic Learning and Assessment (EUQ649)

    Examine the theory and practice behind assessment and feedback, as well as the underlying principles that govern quality assessment and evaluation. In this unit you will determine how assessment design supports learning, and how this translates to an online environment. You will use industry-relevant tools, media and technology to produce authentic assessments based on stakeholder requirements – all grounded in the principles of authentic assessment design.

    Price: $2,484

  • Future Trends in Learning Design (EUQ650)

    In this unit you will reinforce your understanding of contemporary learning theory and how technology can be leveraged to enhance and transform learning. By considering emerging trends, you will explore the future of learning, including the interplay between learning and new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and robotics; and new models of learning such as open education and learning within online environments.

    Price: $2,484

  • Participating in Digital Cultures (EUQ644)

    Technological innovation in the digital domain is transforming how we understand knowledge, learning and communication. This technological revolution is having a tremendous effect on education, particularly as we see teachers increasingly adopt sophisticated technologies in the classroom.

    Education must be understood as an evolving environment of change, challenge and opportunity.

    In this unit you will investigate a range of key themes underpinning digital learning, thereby extending your capacity to participate critically, creatively and ethically within the emerging digital cultures.

    Through an exploration of the digital self you will reflect upon the intentional and unintentional traces and identities created through widespread participation in online contexts.

  • Learning Through Knowledge Networks (EUQ646)

    Contemporary learners are immersed in rapidly changing, highly networked environments that encourage knowledge construction through participation and collaboration, using an array of digital technologies.

    By studying this unit you will augment your online personal learning network (PLN) while you maintain and interact with stakeholders in both formal and informal contexts.

    You will also extend your engagement with knowledge networks for professional learning and the promotion of innovative learning opportunities.

  • Policy, Governance and Justice (JSN165)

    All government agencies require public officials with high-level writing, communication and consultation skills, all of which are integral for developing effective policy and conducting policy research.

    This unit will help you develop and hone your verbal and written communication skills while you cultivate a foundational understanding of the government policy cycle and the wider policy issues associated with government work, particularly within social justice environments.

    Similarly, you will have the opportunity to build knowledge of theories and types of corruption, the psychology and sociology of ethical judgement, and the ethics of public sector work.

  • Public Sector Research Skills and Methods (JSN167)

    Applied research skills are an increasingly in-demand skill for those seeking to engage with professional research and policy. This is true for those not only wishing to work in government, but also in non-government and academic contexts.

    By studying this unit you will hone your applied research skills, and the ability to evaluate policies in order to support the rigorous development of public policy.

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Hone your skill set

Studying a postgraduate short course is a great way to upskill and develop as a professional. Studying a micro unit or single unit is convenient and equips you with an immediately useful skill. Choosing to study what’s precisely relevant to you and your career – perhaps addressing a gap in your skill set or formalising your knowledge – is an excellent way to stand out and take a positive step forward in your professional development.

In your own time and on your own terms

Life is full of commitments, in particular for working professionals who at times have to juggle full-time work with family and other responsibilities. Studying a short course with QUT Online makes postgraduate study possible, with flexible online short course study options to suit any schedule.