Complementary units explained

What are complementary units?

Some undergraduate degree-specific majors require you to study complementary units. These units provide important additional knowledge and expertise in particular areas or allow you to fill gaps in your knowledge that will be required to successfully complete the major.

Complementary units are compulsory when the major is taken as a degree specific major.

Complementary units are not normally required when the major is taken as a second major.

Up to four complementary units may be specified, though many degree-specific majors have fewer and some prescribe none.

For example:

  • Students taking the Bachelor of Commerce course with a degree-specific major in Accounting must complete four complementary units:
  1. MGMT1135 Organisational Behaviour
  2. ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets
  3. MKTG1203 Marketing Management
  4. STAT1520 Economics and Business Statistics
  • Students taking the Bachelor of Science course with a degree-specific major in Anatomy and Human Biology must complete one complementary unit (if they don't have the equivalent of WACE Maths 2C/2D or higher):
  1. MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
  • Students taking the Bachelor of Arts course, with a degree-specific major in History, do not complete any complementary units.

For full details on units and majors, visit the online UWA Handbook.

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