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

  • 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 Theory and Policy (EUQ641)

    Career development is a broad and constantly evolving field relevant to all individuals. Recent developments in education highlight the importance for educators and career practitioners within education fields to better prepare people for the rapidly changing world of work. This unit provides an opportunity to examine career development theory, practice, policy and research, and apply this to career counselling practice. With a focus on lifelong learning and professional development, become a counsellor with the background knowledge and expertise to guide students and clients through the process of proactively developing and redefining their career.

    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

  • 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

  • Investments Management (EFQ429)

    A key component of providing financial planning advice is understanding how to manage client investments.

    Become well-versed in the foundational knowledge that underpins best practice client investment management. Form an understanding of the financial concepts and issues that feed into investment management, allowing financial planners to help clients set strategic investment goals and establish comprehensive risk profiles.

    Students will learn to analyse financial data and apply investment management strategies in a financial planning context.  This is achieved by developing critical thinking and broad information literacy, then applying investment management strategies to real-world financial planning cases.

    Studying a single unit is an excellent way to upskill and update your knowledge in an area of professional interest, with direct relevance to your career.

    Price: $3,420

  • Business and Corporations Law (AYQ456)

    This unit introduces students to the Australian legal environment. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of business law and company law. You will also develop your research and analysis skills in contemporary business and corporate practice.

    Price: $3,420

     

  • Children and Family Violence (JSQ202)

    Family violence and child abuse are often viewed as separate issues, but in many domestic violence situations there exists an overlap between the two. This unit synthesises research across multiple disciplines, with the aim of informing professional practice in the area.

    This unit explores the complex overlap between family violence and child abuse, in particular the relationship between domestic violence and child maltreatment. This includes topics such as the abuse of pregnant women, child trauma in domestic violence situations, and risks to children in homes where there is abuse of a parent.

    Students will also investigate child protection law and policy, particularly criminal and family law as it relates to children and domestic violence, and the court process itself. Topics covered include: mandatory reporting requirements, child abduction and the Hague convention, failure to protect laws, with a focus on intersectional impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

    Studying a single unit is an excellent way to upskill and update your knowledge in an area of professional interest, with direct relevance to your career.

    Price: $2,484

     

  • Working with Domestic Violence Victims (JSQ204)

    Professionals who work with domestic violence victims need to develop an understanding of the diverse needs within a variety of community contexts. There are also aspects of intersectionality at play in communities that are culturally, linguistically diverse.

    In this unit students will learn about what tools and services are available to assist victims of domestic violence, as well as those whom domestic violence affects vicariously within family units and wider communities. There is an explicit focus on equipping students with a well-rounded understanding of the landscape of services and resources available, including the relevant referral pathways.

    Studying a single unit is an excellent way to upskill and update your knowledge in an area of professional interest, with direct relevance to your career.

    Price: $2,484

  • Systems in Project Management (PMQ503)

    The successful management and delivery of projects requires a firm understanding of project management systems – not only in isolation, but also the interactions between systems. Students will engage with this unit using a systems thinking and integration approach, learning to assess projects in regards to scope, schedule, quality and risk management.

    You will learn conceptually about project management techniques such as the interface between organisational systems and innovation. In addition these systems are studied in the context of specific environments such as in health, safety and environmental management.

    Studying a single unit is an excellent way to upskill and update your knowledge in an area of professional interest, with direct relevance to your career.

    Price: $2,760

     

  • People and Projects (PMQ504)

    Successfully completing any professional project requires the engagement of individual employee. Project managers at all levels require an appreciation of human resources. Leadership skills are essential to ensure employees in an organisation are well-organised and driven to deliver project-related outcomes on time and within budget.

    In this unit you will study the theory behind managing individuals within project teams, learning best-practice strategies to lead and motivate teams comprised of people with individual and cultural differences.

    There is an emphasis on equipping students with practical skills in mediation and conflict resolution, communication and negotiation, accompanied by a specific focus on human resources legislation and ethics.

    Studying a single unit is an excellent way to upskill and update your knowledge in an area of professional interest, with direct relevance to your career.

    Price: $2,760

     

  • Population Health (PUQ106)

    Public health is one of the key concerns for a society, and a recurring issue for governments, legislators and health industry organisations and professionals.

    Students will examine future national and international challenges within a social deterministic framework that emphasises pragmatic changes that can be made to institutions in order to improve public health.

    Public health challenges specific to certain populations are also a core focus of the unit.

    Studying a single unit is an excellent way to upskill and update your knowledge in an area of professional interest, with direct relevance to your career.

    Price: $2,484

  • Disaster Response and Recovery (PUQ453)

    This unit highlights inclusive disaster response and recovery in a variety of contexts. It is imperative in the wake of a disaster or emergency situation that affected individuals and communities have access to needed relief within an enabling environment that allows them to recover and build sustainable resilience to the physical, social, environmental and economic impacts of future emergency and disaster events. Upon completion of this unit you will have a greater understanding of how to implement an inclusive disaster response and develop funding proposals.

    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

  • Career Counselling (EUQ643)

    Career counselling adopts personal counselling methods to help individuals explore career development issues, and is increasingly conceptualised as a learning process, with the career counsellor acting as facilitator. This unit will delve into traditional and emerging career counselling processes, and challenge you to evaluate a range of counselling perspectives. With an emphasis on the relationship between career counselling and personal counselling, you will learn to understand your role in a new way, exploring professional and ethical issues on the road to becoming an effective and judicious career counsellor.

    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

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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.