AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in the Gold Coast, Australia
Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
Course Descriptions


Bond University course numbers are listed followed by the recommended U.S. credits in parentheses.

This is a Full Curriculum Program meaning that you can choose any course offered by Bond University if prerequisites are met. Bond University uses the “assumed knowledge” system. Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject.

The following academic areas are offered at Bond University:

Bond Business School (AACSB Accredited): accounting, actuarial science, digital business, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, hotel and tourism management, international business, management, marketing and sports management

Health Sciences and Medicine: biomedical science, exercise and sport science, health sciences, medicine, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy and physiotherapy

Law: business law, jurisprudence and law

Society and Design: advertising, architecture, Australian studies, corporate communication, counseling, creative writing, criminology, film & TV, film & photography, international relations, journalism, multimedia design, philosophy, psychology, sustainable development and environmental management, sustainable environments and planning, property, public relations.

The courses (subjects) below are a sample of those offered and reflect some of the most popular courses with study abroad students. Some courses may require prerequisites. For current course listings contact the AIFS Admissions Officer. A subject (course) guide can also be found at

Course Code and Credits: ACSC12-201/Actuarial Science (4) 
Course Title: Financial Mathematics
Course Description:
Offers a foundation in compound interest theory which underpins a number of common financial calculations.
Course Code and Credits: ACSC13-301/Actuarial Science (4) 
Course Title: Contingencies
Course Description:
Designed to develop mathematical techniques which are used to model and value cash flows that are dependent on events such as death, survival, illness and retirement. The breadth of topics covered provides students with the principles and practical skills required for a variety of life insurance applications, including pricing of life insurance, assurance and annuities, reserving, assessment of profitability and defined benefit pensions.
Course Code and Credits: ECON12-200/Economics (4) 
Course Title: Econometrics
Course Description:
Econometrics is a sub-discipline of both statistics and economics and presents one interface between statistical theory and the real world. 
Course Code and Credits: ECON13-301/Business and Commerce (4) 
Course Title: Game Theory and Strategic Decision Making
Course Description:
Game theory is a field of study that helps us understand decision making in strategic situations. In addition to being an important methodology within the economic discipline, it also gives insights into pricing and management strategies used by a business. The study of game theory can provide insights into how decision makers act when there is some important information that they cannot directly observe. 
Course Code and Credits: ECON13-303/Economics (4) 
Course Title: International Trade
Course Description:
Offers a broad understanding of international trade issues and policy. The impact of protectionist instruments and the role of international agreements and organizations in moderating protectionist behavior are examined using economic theory. The history of Australian protectionism will be used as an example to illustrate how attitudes to protectionism can evolve over time. This example will illustrate that a national mindset, as well as self-interest, influences the formation and evolution of policy. The effects of various trade and investment policies on developing countries is also explored.
Course Code and Credits: ENFB12-205/Business and Commerce (4) 
Course Title: Enabling Creativity and Innovation in Business
Course Description:
Any great innovation begins with a new idea, but many organizational systems and structures inhibit the creative process that leads to new ideas. This subject focuses on an organization’s role in promoting, supporting and enabling creativity and innovation for the benefit of the organization. 
Course Code and Credits: ENFB13-300/Entrepreneurship (4) 
Course Title: Entrepreneurial Growth
Course Description:
Most new ventures start small. Although many ventures will remain small, entrepreneurial ventures aim to achieve rapid, sustained growth. Such growth can create problems for owners and managers if the necessary resources, structures and systems are not in place. This subject examines the problems and issues faced by entrepreneurs beyond the initial start-up of a new venture. It takes an applied approach to the management of entrepreneurial growth, providing students the opportunity to learn and apply the principles, theories and frameworks to both business cases and real organizations. 
Course Code and Credits: HRTM11-100/Hotel and Tourism Management (4) 
Course Title: Wine Studies
Course Description:
Wine is a major agricultural export for Australia and an important industry for the country’s economy. At an industry level, students will be introduced to the history and evolution of this exciting industry and the laws, policies and agreements that affect its production and distribution worldwide. At the product level, students will study the winemaking process and learn to distinguish among different types of viticultural sites to identify those best suited to premium wine production. The contribution that wine inventories make to hotel and restaurant profitability is also considered. A major component of this subject is a professional wine tasting program, which provides hands-on experience in evaluating a broad range of grape varieties and explores the relationship between wines with food.
Course Code and Credits: HRTM12-209/Hotel and Tourism Management (4) 
Course Title: Event Management 
Course Description:
Provides an overview of the event management process in a variety of contexts. Specifically, students will learn to plan, organize, implement and evaluate events while managing time, budget, and relevant risk factors. Students will explore project management, human resource management, meeting procedures, report writing, submission preparation, legal considerations and team cohesion to the creation of successful events. Students will work on a live event throughout the semester and meet weekly to discuss issues and progress with the instructor and team members. 
Course Code and Credits: HRTM12-214/Hotel and Tourism Management (4) 
Course Title: Adventure Tourism
Course Description:
Introduces students to adventure and activity tourism as a significant sector of the leisure and tourism industries. Key issues relating to the historical development of tourism, the rise of adventure tourism, communication, motivation, adventure destinations and environments and ethical issues are examined to develop a contextual understanding of the adventure tourism industry. Throughout the subject, there is a focus on the leadership and group dynamics involved in adventure activities. Experiential learning opportunities are offered during this subject, including several field trips where students apply theories in a practical situation.
Course Code and Credits: HRTM12-220/Hotel and Tourism Management (4) 
Course Title: Sustainable Tourism and Indigenous Culture
Course Description:
This subject is designed to introduce students to the concepts associated with sustainability, stakeholder involvements and indigenous culture interpretation in a tourism context. Key issues relating to environmental, cultural and ethical issues involved in tourism development, the packaging of tourism products, the use of tourism resources and changing consumer preferences are explored in the context of the overall tourism system. This will involve case studies, guest speakers and experiential activities. 
Course Code and Credits: INTR12-203/International Business (4)
Course Title: The United Nations
Course Description:
This subject provides an introduction to the history, structure, development and world view of the United Nations. It analyses the UN as the center of world diplomacy as well as a supranational human rights and welfare agency. It also looks at the paradoxical Security Council, the agency responsible for peace-keeping and peace-making deployments whose members are, at the same time, the manufacturers and distributors of weapons fueling most international conflicts.
Course Code and Credits: MGMMT13-325/Management (4)
Course Title: Doing Business in Australia
Course Description:
Doing Business in Australia discusses the forces that shape the Australian business environment. Students conduct an examination of historical, social, cultural, economic, and institutional contexts within which Australian business operates. The subject has been designed specifically for students from abroad. Includes industry visits and seminars with guest speakers.
Course Code and Credits: MKTG13-301/Marketing (4) 
Course Title: International Marketing
Course Description:
Examines the impact of multicultural consumer and buyer behavior on product and services development for international markets. Students will apply principles of marketing in formulating international marketing strategies in the global business environment. Special emphasis will be placed on the challenges facing multinational enterprise as well as smaller firms in formulating marketing strategies for Asia and the Pacific.
Course Code and Credits: SPMT12-121/Sport Management (4) 
Course Title: Sport Development
Course Description:
Provides the fundamental concepts related to athlete development and organizational development from an Australian and global perspective. It is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the physiological (training, recovery, nutrition, etc.), psycho-social (motivation, health and welfare) and related factors that affect an athlete’s development. From an organizational perspective, students will examine the strategic processes and systems implemented to attract, develop and nurture talented athletes through industry examples and global case studies. Students will also be introduced to the concept of sport as a tool to create social change.
Course Code and Credits: SPMT12-124/Sport Management (4) 
Course Title: Global Sport Industry
Course Description:
Focuses on the interaction between sport and industry. Students will examine the role of sport and the sport industry as a product and a service provider in international contexts. The factors contributing to the sport industry such as globalization, mega-sporting events, sponsorships, endorsements, player contracts and trading all contribute to sport industry and are explored in depth. Students will gain a solid understanding of current affairs, sport operations and the influence of the global sport industry on culture, society and the world market. Finally, this subject will focus on the role and impact of key stakeholder (e.g. corporations, government) and other environmental factors (e.g. changing technologies) on the development and provision of sport at both the elite and mass participation levels. Includes industry visits and seminars with guest speakers. 

Course Code and Credits: BMED11-101/Health Sciences (4)
Course Title: Introduction to Chemistry/Health Sciences
Course Description:
Introduces students to the fundamentals of chemistry as they apply it to the health and biomedical sciences. 
Course Code and Credits: BMED11-109/Medicine (4)
Course Title: Principles of Human Structure and Function
Course Description:
An introduction to the disciplines of human anatomy and physiology. The organization of the human body, from cells to tissues and organs, and the relationships between anatomy and physiology are emphasized. 
Course Code and Credits: BMED11-203/Medicine (4)
Course Title: Cell Biology
Course Description:
Introduction to the role of cell communication, cell division, the extracellular matrix and the arrangement of cells in organs systems and cellular differentiation. 
Course Code and Credits: NUTR11-101/Health Sciences (4)
Course Title: Food, Nutrition and Health
Course Description:
Examines the relationship between food, nutrition and health. Provides an introduction to nutrients, nutrient food sources, nutrient functions and deficiency states and the role of nutrition in human health and development. 
Course Code and Credits: SPEX12-102/Health Sciences and Sport (4)
Course Title: Sport, Health and Exercise Psychology
Course Description:
Introduces students to the main psychosocial theories that influence sport, health and exercise in the community. 
Course Code and Credits: SPMT11-115/Business, Health Sciences and Sport (4)
Course Title: Sport Organization, Governance and Policy
Course Description:
Introduction to the organizational structure and governance models typically found in sport and sports services in Australia and overseas. Specific topics include effective decision making, leadership, ethical behavior, transparency and accountability in sport, contrasted in domestic and international sport contexts.

Course Code and Credits: LAWS10-102/Law (4)
Course Title: Foundations of United States Law
Course Description:
Foundations of United States Law is an undergraduate elective subject for non-law students offered by the Faculty of Law. The subject will introduce students to the essential elements of a U.S. legal education, in terms of both content and course delivery. Students will learn about the foundations of U.S. law (such as the history and structure of the U.S. legal system, and the processes of U.S. legal research and analysis) and the key concepts and principles underpinning principal areas of U.S. law (such as U.S. contract law, tort law, criminal law, constitutional law, and property law). 
Course Code and Credits: LAWS13–524/Law (4) 
Course Title: Australian Government and Politics
Course Description:
A practical examination of the legal and constitutional framework within which Australia is governed and offers an overview of the operation of the Commonwealth, State and local governments. 
Course Code and Credits: LAWS13–555/Law (4)
Course Title: International Criminal Law
Course Description:
Students will examine a range of contemporary issues ranging from the use of criminal law to sanction breaches of internationally recognized human rights and of international standards to the initiation and conduct of war; domestic and international prosecutions and the development of international criminal tribunals (from the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials to the ad hoc International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia). 

Course Code and Credits: ADVT13-101/Advertising (4)
Course Title: Advertising, Brand Image and Cultural Space
Course Description:
A close look at the role of advertising in the marketing communications environment of the 21st century is presented. This subject examines the growing emphasis on brand image and attempts to reach to identified market segments by way of non-conventional media. It examines the increasing exploitation of cultural space by advertisers, with agencies now achieving customer bonding with brands and their image.
Course Code and Credits: ARCH11-111/Architecture and the Built Environment (4)
Course Title: Architecture Design Studio 1
Course Description:
Introduction to the discourse and practice of architectural design. 
Course Code and Credits: AUST11-100/International Relations and Humanities (4)
Course Title: Major Australian Writing
Course Description:
Examines a wide range of 19th and 20th century Australian writing. Emphasis is placed on texts which promote discussion of Australian history and society. Through the eyes of creative artists and story-tellers, the subject examines key issues and questions in the development of a distinctive Australian culture. This subject will introduce students to the richness and variety of Australian literature, with emphasis on prose fiction. It will explore Australian cultural traditions and includes discussion of social and historical developments in Australia and the rest of the world as seen through the eyes of our creative writers. Some relationships between visual art, film and literature will be explored.
Course Code and Credits: AUST11-101/International Relations and Humanities (4)
Course Title: Australia: From Dreamtime to Dust
Course Description:
Outlines Australia’s natural and human development, continental origins; the oldest life forms yet found on earth; the origin and adaptation of marsupial fauna; the drying of the continent and the story of the oldest continuous human culture in the world - the Australian aborigines. It examines Aboriginal art, social and belief systems and survival of Aboriginal culture after colonization. Geography, environmental and natural sciences, anthropology, archaeology, palaeontology, and social and cultural studies. 
Course Code and Credits: AUST11-105/International Relations and Humanities (4)
Course Title: Australian Popular Culture
Course Description:
Provides a broad outline of Australia’s political, economic, and social formations. It begins with the question of who discovered Australia, the formative stages of white settlement, pastoral expansion and the impact on Australia’s indigenous population. 
Course Code and Credits: COMN12-204/Communication and Creative Arts (4)
Course Title: Intercultural Communication
Course Description:
This course is concerned with the issue of communication across linguistic and ethnic boundaries. The principal areas covered are: cultural differences in verbal and non-verbal communication; communication problems and ethnocentrism; communication techniques in intercultural situations. This will be of particular benefit to students seeking to enter the field of business, teaching, social services and tourism.
Course Code and Credits: COUN13-301/Counseling (4)
Course Title: Foundations of Counseling
Course Description:
Provides an introduction and basic training in the verbal and non-verbal skills which have been shown to enhance effective counseling outcomes, a professional behavioral plan for effective data-gathering, and an examination of several of the major therapy approaches.
Course Code and Credits: CRIM11-100/Criminology (4)
Course Title: Crime and Deviance in Australia
Course Description:
Adopts a critical perspective on contemporary issues (pornography, stalking, prostitution, illicit drug use, capital punishment), examines the role of the justice system and some more recent alternatives (sentencing circles and family group conferencing), and explores profiles of offenders and offending (domestic violence, cults, white collar crime, Aboriginal violence).
Course Code and Credits: CRIM11-205/Social Sciences, Psychology and Counseling (4)
Course Title: Media and Crime
Course Description:
Assesses the way journalists and media organizations report and construct news about crime and justice. It covers the relationship between police and journalists, media coverage of the courts, laws relating to contempt and defamation; representations of prisons and prisoners; investigative reporting; and the psychological and sociological issues relating to the effects of high-profile crime reporting. 
Course Code and Credits: CRIM12-205/Social Sciences, Psychology and Counseling (4)
Course Title: Alcohol, Drugs and Crime
Course Description:
Examines what is currently known about the link between illicit and licit drugs and specific offence categories. It also addresses recent criminal justice innovations like supervised orders from drug courts and rehabilitation programs available in corrections settings along with matters of law reform with respect to drug usage. 
Course Code and Credits: ENGL12-106/Communication and Creative Arts (4)
Course Title: Great Narrative Literature
Course Description:
Many famous stories might contend with the title of “the greatest story ever told”. Certain stories in the Western tradition seem to get told time and time again, in a variety of formats. Many would argue that the Bible is probably the most influential literature in Western culture, with its plots, literary forms and characters still speaking to us some two and half thousand years later. While Biblical narratives in both narrative prose and poetic forms were an obvious source material for ancient, medieval and modern writes in the West, they have also been a source of literary inspiration for many 19th and 20th century Western writers. 
Course Code and Credits: FITV11-201 Communication and Creative Arts (4)
Course Title: Screen Production I
Course Description:
Explores fundamental camera coverage techniques that build towards a comprehension of the grammar of film language. Through lectures, tutorials, assignments and in-class film exercises students learn classical and modern camera coverage principals across a wide range of essential dramatic situations, such as individual and multi-player scenarios, as well as suspense, chase, sex and violence scenes. The course will culminate in the production of a 3-minute film.
Course Code and Credits: FITV12-202/Communication and Creative Arts (4)
Course Title: Cinematography and Lighting
Course Description:
Examines the theories and practices of digital cinematography. Students analyze cinematic composition and lighting design across a range of genres. Students will also explore the technical aspects of camera use and operation. Each week students will be taught theoretical foundations and how to apply these to improve their own cinematographic practice. Students will undertake various assignments that develop and integrate the principles, elements and skills essential for creatively producing cinematic images.
Course Code and Credits: INTR11-100/International Relations and Humanities (4)
Course Title: Introduction to International Relations
Course Description:
Seeks to familiarize students with the basic concepts and theoretical approaches to the subject and to offer a framework for the analysis and understanding of contemporary international affairs. 
Course Code and Credits: JOUR11-100/Communication and Creative Arts (4)
Course Title: Writing for News Media
Course Description:
Deals with the fundamental practices of news gathering and writing for the news media. Students are introduced to news writing conventions through both simulated and real-life reporting and person reporting duties for a campus publication and community radio program. 
Course Code and Credits: PSYC12-225/Social Science, Psychology and Counseling (4)
Course Title: Cross Cultural Psychology
Course Description:
Aims to help students understand how cultural factors shape and affect human behavior. This course covers broad spectrum cross-cultural issues. Topics include sex and the culture; who am I in this world; aggression and warfare; health, stress and coping across a culture. 
Course Code and Credits: PSYC13-316/Social Science, Psychology and Counseling (4)
Course Title: Motivation and Emotion
Course Description:
Focuses on internal and generic mechanisms underlying behavior patterns including drives and instincts, consciousness, and volitional behavior, self-control and self-regulation, the structure and function of emotions, relationships, between emotion and cognition, and the regulation of emotions. 
Course Code and Credits: SDES11-109/Architecture and the Built Environment (4)
Course Title: Marine and Coastal Environments
Course Description:
The patterns and processes in marine and coastal environments are described. Past, present and future environmental risks to the marine and coastal zones are articulated. 
Course Code and Credits: SSUD11-102/Architecture and the Built Environment (4)
Course Title: Sustainable Development and Society
Course Description:
Introduces students to the principles, theory and practice of sustainable development and its role in society. It provides an insight into the key underpinning fundamentals of ecology, natural environment and the built environment before illustrating how they can be put into practice in areas such as the environment, cities and urban development, construction, architecture, property and urban planning.