Course summary

The Bachelor of Contemporary Studies is a qualification in its own right which also provides a pathway to other disciplines. After first session, students can select a study stream, choosing from disciplines such as arts, science, allied health, engineering, business and tourism, reflecting the diverse contemporary curricula available at Southern Cross University.

This degree is particularly suitable for VET graduates, mature aged students, or school leavers who may have achieved lower than anticipated results in Year 11 and 12. All SCU College students are offered extra support through College Connect while undertaking this degree.

Students can progress through this degree, exit early with a diploma or associate degree, or seek to transfer to another SCU degree upon achieving the required grades, and having determined their preferred discipline of interest.

This course is offered through SCU College.

The Bachelor of Contemporary Studies is a qualification in its own right which also provides a pathway to other disciplines. After first session, students can select a study stream, choosing from disciplines such as arts, science, allied health, engineering, business and tourism, reflecting the diverse contemporary curricula available at Southern Cross University.

This degree is particularly suitable for VET graduates, mature aged students, or school leavers who may have achieved lower than anticipated results in Year 11 and 12. All SCU College students are offered extra support through College Connect while undertaking this degree.

Students can progress through this degree, exit early with a diploma or associate degree, or seek to transfer to another SCU degree upon achieving the required grades, and having determined their preferred discipline of interest.

This course is offered through SCU College.

After first session, students can select a study stream, choosing from disciplines such as:

  • Allied Health* (units in this major are only available at the Gold Coast campus)
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Tourism.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Exercise critical judgement and creative thinking to identify, analyse and solve problems in a range of contemporary areas of study

Creativity

Exercise critical judgement and creative thinking to identify, analyse and solve problems in a range of contemporary areas of study

Ethical practice

Apply scholarly, ethical and sustainable values and practices within a coherent, contemporary studies context.

Knowledge of a discipline

Apply broad knowledge and skills within a range of contemporary studies contexts

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and work in broad contemporary studies contexts

Communication and social skills

Coherently communicate information, concepts and solutions, individually and/or in a team, with competence with diverse cultural perspectives within a range of contemporary studies contexts

Cultural competence

Communicate information, concepts and solutions, individually and/or in a team, with an awareness of diverse cultural perspectives within a range of contemporary studies contexts


Course overview

Course code

3007311

Course abbreviation

BContempSt

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Lismore Session 1 330100 050011
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Contemporary Studies a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units comprising:
    1. 16 units from the Contemporary Studies stream comprising:
      1. All units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units;
      2. Two (2) units listed in Part B of the Schedule of Units
      3. Twelve (12) units selected from Part C of the Schedule of Units;
      OR
    2. 16 units from one of the following streams:
      1. Health following the awards rules and schedule of units listed in the Associate Degree of Health or
      2. Arts following the awards rules and schedule of units listed in the Associate Degree of Arts or
      3. Business/Tourism following the awards rules and schedule of units listed in the Associate Degree of Business or
      4. Science following the awards rules and schedule of units listed in the Associate Degree of Science.
      AND
    3. Eight (8) undergraduate elective units selected, in consultation with the Course Coordinator, from Part D of the Schedule of Units which will include at least six (6) Advanced units.
  2. A candidate who while enrolled in the Bachelor of Contemporary Studies has completed the equivalent of eight (8) units (or 96 credit points) or 16 (192 credit points) from Part A and/or Part B and/or C may elect to be awarded a Diploma of Contemporary Studies or Associate Degree of Contemporary Studies respectively following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor of Contemporary Studies.
  3. A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Contemporary Studies has completed the award requirements for the Diploma or Associate Degree of Health may elect to be awarded the relevant award following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor of Contemporary Studies.
  4. A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Contemporary Studies has completed the award requirements for the Diploma or Associate Degree of Arts may elect to be awarded the relevant award following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor of Contemporary Studies.
  5. A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Contemporary Studies has completed the award requirements for the Diploma or Associate Degree of Business may elect to be awarded the relevant award following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor of Contemporary Studies.
  6. A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Contemporary Studies has completed the award requirements for the Diploma or Associate Degree of Science may elect to be awarded the relevant award following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor of Contemporary Studies.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note
Students must choose a stream of study from either the Associate Degree stream or the Contemporary Studies stream.

Associate Degree Stream

Associate Degree of Health

OR

Associate Degree of Arts

OR

Associate Degree of Business

OR

Associate Degree of Science

Contemporary Studies Stream

Part A

All of the following units:
EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate

Part B

Two (2) units from the following
SCI10001 - Nature of Science Introductory
OR
HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions Introductory
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
OR
MAT10706 - Quantitative Methods with Economics Introductory
COM61001 - Pop: Encounters with the Arts and Humanities Introductory

Part C

Select twelve (12) units offered from the four (4) lists - SASS units, STHM units, ES&S units or SCBS units:
All students, from both Streams, must complete Part D:

Part D

Select eight (8) units from all undergraduate units offered by SCU subject to prerequisites and in consultation with the Course Coordinator
Six (6) of these eight (8) units must be at the Advanced level.

Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Level of learning Note

Year 1, Session 1

EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
2 units from Part B
1 unit from Part C

Year 1, Session 2

EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate
3 units from Part C

Year 2, Session 1

4 units from SASS Units, STHM Units, ES&E Units

Year 2, Session 2

4 units from SASS Units, STHM Units, ES&E Units

Year 3, Session 1

Students should consult with the Course Coordinator before selecting units from Part D. Units must be at the Advanced level
2 units from SASS Units, STHM Units, ES&E Units
2 units from Part D

Year 3, Session 2

Students should consult with the Course Coordinator before selecting units from Part D. Units must be at the Advanced level
4 units from Part D

Title Level of learning Note

Year 1, Session 2

EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
2 units from Part B
1 unit from Part C

Year 2, Session 1

2 units from Part B
EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate
1 unit from Part C

Year 2, Session 2

4 units from SASS Units, STHM Units or ES&E Units

Year 3, Session 1

4 units from SASS Units, STHM Units or ES&E Units

Year 3, Session 2

Students should consult with the Course Coordinator before selecting units from Part D. Units must be at the Advanced level
2 units from SASS Units, STHM Units or ES&E Units
2 units from Part D

Year 4, Session 1

Students should consult with the Course Coordinator. Units must be at the Advanced level
4 units from Part D

Title Level of learning Note

Year 1 & Year 2

Follow the Associate Degree of Health course progressions for Year 1 and Year 2. Note the Year 2 must be from the same progression selected for Year 1. Note session 2 entry is not available for this stream.

To access the 2016 Associate Degree of Health course progressions go to the Search Courses button at the top of this page, change the default year to 2016, search and select the Associate Degree of Health, then go to the course progressions at the bottom of the Course Structure page.
Students must enrol in the core College units in the first session of study: EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline AND HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions

Year 3, Session 1

Students should consult with the Course Coordinator before selecting units from Part D. Units must be at the Advanced level.
4 units from Part D

Year 3, Session 2

Students should consult with the Course Coordinator before selecting units from Part D. Units must be at the Advanced level.
4 units from Part D

Title Level of learning Note

Year 1 & Year 2

Please follow the Associate Degree of Science course progressions for Year 1 and Year 2. Please note the Year 2 must be from the same progression selected for Year 1. Note session 2 entry is not available for this stream.
To access the 2016 Associate Degree of Science course progressions go to the Search Courses button at the top of this page, change the default year to 2016, search and select the Associate Degree of Science, then go to the course progressions at the bottom of the Course Structure page.
Students must enrol in the core College units in the first session of study – EDU10010, MAT10001, SCI10001

Year 3, Session 1

Students should consult with the Course Coordinator before selecting units from Part D. Units must be at the Advanced level.
4 units from Part D

Year 3, Session 2

Students should consult with the Course Coordinator before selecting units from Part D. Units must be at the Advanced level.
4 units from Part D

Title Level of learning Note

Year 1 & Year 2

Please follow the Associate Degree of Arts course progressions for Year 1 and Year 2. Please note the Year 2 must be from the same progression selected for Year 1.
To access the 2016 Associate Degree of Arts course progressions go to the Search Courses button at the top of this page, change the default year to 2016, search and select the Associate Degree of Arts, then go to the course progressions at the bottom of the Course Structure page.
Students must enrol in the core College units in the first session of study – EDU10010, COM61001

Year 3, Session 1

Students should consult with the Course Coordinator before selecting units from Part D. Units must be at the Advanced level.
4 units from Part D

Year 3, Session 2

Students should consult with the Course Coordinator before selecting units from Part D. Units must be at the Advanced level.
4 units from Part D

Title Level of learning Note

Year 1 & Year 2

Please follow the Associate Degree of Business course progressions for Year 1 and Year 2. Please note the Year 2 must be from the same progression selected for Year 1.
To access the 2016 Associate Degree of Business course progressions go to the Search Courses button at the top of this page, change the default year to 2016, search and select the Associate Degree of Business, then go to the course progressions at the bottom of the Course Structure page.
Students must enrol in the core College units in the first session of study – EDU10010, MAT10706

Year 3, Session 1

Students should consult with the Course Coordinator before selecting units from Part D. Units must be at the Advanced level.
4 units from Part D

Year 3, Session 2

Students should consult with the Course Coordinator before selecting units from Part D. Units must be at the Advanced level.
4 units from Part D

Unit groups