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  • Objectives
    This course will help you build a bridge between Culture and Academia to bring a variety of opportunities, such as education, employment and training, within reach. You will be immersed in the university environment while you are prepared for mainstream studies. Through this course we will provide you with the skills you need to make the transition into a university undergraduate degree course. You will gain valuable communication skills, and independent learning and study techniques. You will develop a positive sense of Aboriginal identity and self-esteem, achieve a greater sense of empowerment and self-determination in the context of the wider community and enhance your employment potential. This course embraces cultural diversity by exposing you to cultural commonalities, encouraging you to recognise your own cultural background, being aware of different cultural perspectives and engaging with contemporary social and cultural issues. It will provide you with a support service to assist you in areas such as accommodation, child care arrangements and study programs. Academic tutoring is also available if you need assistance with assignment preparation and subjects within the course. On successful completion of this course you will be eligible for entry into a range of Curtin's degree and associate degree programs.
  • Entry requirements
    Available only to applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who have not completed secondary school or, who have completed Year 12 but not to a sufficiently high standard to enter tertiary study. Applicants must be at least 17 years of age to enter the course. Mature-age people are actively encouraged to apply. Applicants must attend an interview and testing at Curtin to assess current level of education, generalities and long term goals.
  • Academic Title
    Aboriginal Bridging Course
  • Course description
     This course is not available to International Onshore Students on Student Visas

    Introduction

    This enabling course will immerse students in the university environment and prepare them for mainstream studies. It will provide the necessary skills to assist in making the transition into university undergraduate degree programs, develop a positive sense of Aboriginal identity, self-esteem and enhance employment potential.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    Available only to applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who have not completed secondary school or, who have completed Year 12 but not to a sufficiently high standard to enter tertiary study. Applicants must be at least 17 years of age to enter the course.

    Specific Requirements

    Applicants must attend an interview and testing at Curtin to assess current level of education, generalities and long term goals. On successful completion of this bridging course graduates are eligible for entry into Curtin degree and associate degree programs.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applicants cannot receive recognition of prior learning for bridging units completed when transferring to award courses.

    Duration and Availability

    The course is one year full-time study.

    Course Organisation

    It is a government directive that students undertaking any enabling/bridging course may only complete the designated enabling/bridging units. Students intending to study mainstream units may only do so in accordance with their conditions of admission and then, only as part of a non-award extension fee-paying program. Students are also expected to undertake a compulsory one week field trip as part of their assessment for Aboriginal terms of reference and Aboriginal studies units.

    Additional Course Expenses

    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

    Special Note

    There is a support service available to students to assist with areas such as accommodation, child care arrangements and study problems. Academic tutoring is also available for students who may need assistance with assignment preparation and subjects within the course. Accommodation is not provided but assistance to find accommodation will be available if required. Available student housing consists of flats for single people on campus or private accommodation nearby, both of which may have to be shared with others. Students with families are assisted with housing via Homeswest (Aboriginal Housing Board) and the aboriginal accommodation service. In all cases there may be a waiting period before obtaining the accommodation desired. If help is needed to find accommodation it is essential that the Centre be notified as soon as possible after selection to the course.

    Course Structure Disclaimer

    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                         Hrs/Wk     Credit
    Year 1 Semester 1

    4441     v.5           Aboriginal Studies 011                              3.0     25.0
    4445     v.9           Introduction to Computing 011                3.0     25.0
    4450     v.7           Communication Studies 011                     3.0     25.0
    4978     v.6           Aboriginal Perspectives 091                     3.0     25.0
                                                                                                          100.0
    Year 1 Semester 2
    13450    v.4           Humanities Foundation 011                    3.0     25.0
          OR
    13451   v.5           Science Foundations 011                         3.0     25.0
    4448     v.7           Introduction to Mathematics 011             3.0     25.0
    4462     v.5           Aboriginal Studies 012                             3.0     25.0
    4463     v.7           Communication Studies 012                     3.0     25.0
                                                                                                          100.0

    Availability
    Year     Location                     Period           All*     Internal     Partially Online Internal^     External    
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1                     Y                 

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

    ^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

    #Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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