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Elective units are what turn a degree into your degree. They are units that you choose to tailor your course to suit your strengths, interests and career goals.

When should you choose your electives?

It’s a good idea to plan your electives at the start of your degree – this way you get a clear idea of what you’ll have completed at the end of your studies. However, if you’re unsure what to choose, or need more time, you do have the option to select them as you go.

How do electives work?

Electives can be chosen from a wide selection of Swinburne Online courses. And there are two ways that students select them:

You can broaden your knowledge by selecting units from a variety of focus areas

Here’s an example of how a student studying a Bachelor of Communications (Media Studies) might choose to broaden their knowledge by choosing a mix of electives from courses such as Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology) and Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood).

Design Studio: Concepts and Narratives Introduction to Business Information Systems
Design Studio: Typography Fundamentals of Marketing
Sociological Foundations Introduction to Management
Understanding Language and Literacy Introduction to Business Law

You can further complement your core studies by choosing electives from a similar discipline

Here’s an example of how a student studying a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) might choose to further specialise by selecting electives from similar disciplines, in this instance Management and Sports Management.

Introduction to Management Introduction to Sports Business Management
Critical Thinking in Management Sports Marketing
Business and Society Business and Society
Organisational Behaviour Sports Clubs and Facilities Management

If you’d like to start thinking about the electives that you will build into your degree, visit the list of Swinburne Online Courses.

EDU10024 Academic Skills for Success is an elective unit aimed at students who have entered their course based on work experience or have not studied recently. Learn more about EDU10024.