Course summary

The Bachelor of Contemporary Studies is a three-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) degree which is a qualification in its own right or it can provide a pathway to other disciplines. After the first session, students select a study area, choosing from disciplines including arts, science, allied health, engineering, business and tourism.

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. 

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 results.

This course is offered through SCU College which provides students with extra support through College Connect while undertaking this degree.

The Bachelor of Contemporary Studies is a three-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) degree which is a qualification in its own right or it can provide a pathway to other disciplines. After the first session, students select a study area, choosing from disciplines including arts, science, allied health, engineering, business and tourism.

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. 

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 results.

This course is offered through SCU College which provides students with extra support through College Connect while undertaking this degree.

After completing the core units, students can select a study area, choosing from disciplines including:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Tourism
  • Health*
  • Engineering*
  • Science* 

*Not available for Session 2 entry

Please note: Not all study areas are available at each campus or online. Please look carefully at the Course progressions to see where each study area is offered.

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 N/A N/A
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 (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. 16 units (192 credit points) from the Contemporary Studies stream comprising:
      1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; and
      2. two (2) units listed in Part B; and
      3. twelve (12) units selected from Part C
      OR
    2. 16 units (192 credit points) 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 16 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

One of the following:
Associate Degree of Health
Associate Degree of Arts
Associate Degree of Business
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 in total from the following five (5)
only one (1) of the following two (2) can be selected:
SCI10001 - Nature of Science Introductory
HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions Introductory
only one (1) of the following two (2) can be selected:
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
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 - Arts and Social Science Units, Tourism units, Science units or Business 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 unit 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 Arts and Social Science Units, Science Units, Business Units, OR Tourism Units

Year 2, Session 2

4 units from Arts and Social Science Units, Science Units, Business Units, OR Tourism 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 Arts and Social Science Units, Science Units, Business Units, OR Tourism 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 Arts and Social Science Units, Science Units, Business Units, OR Tourism Units

Year 3, Session 1

4 units from Arts and Social Science Units, Science Units, Business Units, OR Tourism 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 Arts and Social Science Units, Science Units, Business Units, OR Tourism 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
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 1, Session 1

EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions Introductory
HLT10598 - Introduction to Complementary Medicine Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate Note 1

Year 1, Session 2

EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate
HEA10200 - Trans- and Intergenerational Trauma Introductory
CUL00409 - The Mental Health of Australian Indigenous Peoples Introductory
Any unit from Part B of the Associate Degree of Health 2207273

Year 2, Session 1

BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
Any two (2) units from Part B of the Associate Degree of Health 2207273

Year 2, Session 2

BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
HLT10584 - Mobility and Personal Care Occupations Introductory
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory

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

Notes

Note 1: Available by Distance Education only

Unit groups