Bachelor of Business /Bachelor of Theology
The Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Theology (BBus/BTh) innovatively combines the best of Business and Theology to meet the vital need of developing and supporting Christian leaders for 21st century ministry.
The Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Theology (BBus/BTh) is a double degree that innovatively unites the best of both our Business and Theology programs. The first double-degree of its kind in Australia, graduates of this course will have forward thinking and analytical skills that will allow you to analyse your future business endeavours, providing you with a competitive advantage. We offer a range of majors in both Theology and Business allowing you to structure your learning to best suit your calling. The Business Specialisation offers majors in Leadership & Management and Accounting. The Theology Specialisation offers majors in Christian Studies and Languages.
Program Director, Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Theology
Bachelor of Business CRICOS Course Code: 080053B
Bachelor of Theology CRICOS Course Code: 080051D
Complete an online Higher Education Application for Admission Form
On filling the application, please be prepared to upload the following digital documentation (PDF, jpeg):1) An Identity Photo - passport style photograph for use on a student ID 2) Proof of Identity - A Certified copy of your birth certificate OR Australian Passport OR Australian Citizenship Certificate 3) Credentials for entrance into the Degree - Certified copy of your relevant Certificate, Diploma, Academic transcripts OR CV * (If you wish to apply for Recognition of Cross Credit RCC, transcript evidence subjects completed)
NB: International Applicants - consult https://www.ac.edu.au/international-students/ for information and application details
Full-Time: 4 Years (4 subjects per semester, 40 credit points)
Part-Time: Up to 12 Years (1 - 2 subjects per semester)
Domestic Student Fees 2018: $AU1750 per subject
International Student Fees 2018: $AU2300 per subject
The Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Theology qualifies for FEE Help Loan Funding. Consult http://study assist.gov.au/ for eligibility details.
Global Online Campus
Face-to-Face (weekly 3 hour lectures)
Intensive (5 days of lectures delivered within a one week period)
Extensive (5 days lectures delivered across a term period)
Online Delivery (weekly video/audio lectures provided to be viewed at own convenience)
Austudy, Abstudy and Youth Allowance are available for this course. To check your eligibility and to find out more information, please visit the Study Assist website.
The Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Theology is a double-degree that consists of:
- 16 core subjects from the two separate Awards
- 8 of the 32 subjects are in an area of specialisation in Theology
- 8 of the 32 subjects are in an area of specialisation in Business
To be eligible to graduate with the Bachelor of Business and Theology degree, you shall accrue at least 320 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the rules noted below.
- Minimum of 6 subjects (60 credit points) at 300 level
- Minimum of 2 subjects (20 credit points) of Professional Practice
The following are areas of specialisations offered in the Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Theology. You are to select one area of specialisation in Business and Theology, and you must complete the area of specialisation requirements.
· Christian Studies
· Language Studies
· Leadership and Management
Students must enrol into RES101 Introduction to Academic Writing and Research in their first semester of study and it is strongly recommended to complete the Core subjects first.
(MIN101 OR MAN101) LEA201 Leadership Principles
(MIN101 OR MAN101) THE201 Christian Ethics
200 or 300 level BIB subject
200 or 300 level THE subject
Pleae refer to the Enrolment Guide for further elective information.
International Students will be required to show proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall, reading 6.0; writing 6.0; speaking 6.0; listening 6.0 (or equivalent).
Academic Entry Requirements
Applicants must meet one of the following academic entry requirements:
Completion of NSW Higher School Certificate with an ATAR of 65 or higher, or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result.
Completion of an Australian Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.
Completion of an Australian Level 7 Bachelor degree awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas qualification).
Completion of an Australian Level 8+ postgraduate qualification awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas qualification).
Applicants aged 21+ may be eligible for entry into this course on the basis of mature age (provisional entry). These students will need to successfully complete their first 4 subjects to be permitted to continue without the Provisional Entry restrictions.
Complete Fee Schedules and FEE-HELP information (where appropriate) for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Documents section, under the Fees and FEE-HELP Information link.
Rev. Dr Damon Adams (faculty profile)
Damon originally trained as a Presbyterian minister and was later ordained as a Pentecostal minister. Damon has lectured in Historical Theology, John Knox Theological College, Sydney; Theology, Biblical Studies and Church History, Tabor College, Tasmania; and is currently Senior Lecturer in Theology, Biblical Studies and Church History at Alphacrucis College, Hobart Campus, Tasmania. Additionally, Damon is presently the History Subject Coordinator at Alphacrucis. Damon holds a PhD in Theology.
Dr Caroline Batchelder (faculty profile)
Caroline was born in Scotland, and grew up mainly in Malaysia and Australia, as well as time spent in England and the Philippines. After finishing school in Canberra, she undertook a BMus at the NSW State Conservatorium. After years primarily involved with family and church, and four years living in Shropshire, England, Caroline enrolled in an MDiv at Morling Theological College, going on to complete her ThD in Biblical Studies at the end of 2015. This was a literary-theological investigation of the figure of the Servant in the ‘Servant Songs’ of Isaiah 40‒55, with particular interests in ‘justice’ (Hebrew mishpat) and the image of God. Caroline is married to Bob, a geotechnical engineer, and they have 6 children: five daughters and a son. She is part of the housechurch movement, Ruach Church. Her interests include hiking, biking, poetry, reading and growing vegetables.
Mr Simon Benson (faculty profile)
Mrs Michelle Blicavs (faculty profile)
Michelle Blicavs joins Alphacrucis bringing 25 + years of management experience in business, church, government and not-for-profit sectors. Currently providing management consultancy services to small-medium enterprises, including churches, Michelle focusses on improving governance, strategic planning, financial management, marketing and operations.
In 2005, Michelle and her family relocated to Wollongong where she became the Business Manager for Lighthouse Church until 2010. During that time she was appointed as a Director to Australian Christian Super and served until 2013. Michelle was then appointed to the Board of Local Government Super where she serves as Chair of the Member Services Committee, Chair of the Risk Committee and Member of the Audit and Compliance Committee. Michelle has also been the Chair of the Top Blokes Foundation since 2009.
Michelle was elected a Councillor to Wollongong City Council and served from 2011 to 2017. During this time she also became the Founder of the Unique Leaders Network, showcasing amazing women in regional areas, and encouraging female entrepreneurship and involvement in politics.
With a Diploma of Theology and a Masters of Management, Michelle has held other Senior Positions including General Manager in the transport industry and CEO in the Association Sector. Michelle is a Fellow of AuSAE and AIST, and Graduate of AICD and AIST (Adv).
With her husband Martin and their two teenage children they attend and are actively involved in helping build Hillsong Wollongong.
Ps Grant Buchanan (faculty profile)
Grant came to Australia to take a position in an ACC church in Melbourne’s SE suburbs primarily as Creative Ministries and Small Groups Pastor. Since 2010, he has been covering a number of part time roles apart from his teaching including chaplaincy and counselling. He has begun his doctoral research at University of Divinity in Melbourne looking at a pneumatological reading of Galatians and how this impacts on identity.
As a chaplain and counsellor, Grant continues to engage in pastoral care and counselling helping encourage and equip people for life and ministry is active as an itinerant speaker, and though not on staff, is a part of the leadership team of a missional church in Pakenham.
When not drinking coffee, Grant spends time reading, at the gym and time with his wife Trudy, his two boys, Joel and Zac and friends. Both he and Trudy love exploring the various eating precincts of Melbourne. He loves NZ Rugby, AFL and action movies. As a musician for many years his taste varies from Blues through Rock to some forms of Jazz. He loves flying and previously worked as a flying instructor. Travel for love and ministry is high on the agenda, so he and Trudy are looking forward to holidaying and ministering more abroad within Australia and beyond.
Christopher Cat (faculty profile)
Kenelm Chan (faculty profile)
Amy Choi (faculty profile)
Rev. Yung Hun Choi (faculty profile)
Yung Hun has been teaching the Korean students in Alphacrucis College since 2008. He migrated to Sydney from Auckland in 2006. Now he is living in Parramatta with his wife, Sylvia, and two children, Sharon and James.
Dr Narelle Coetzee (faculty profile)
Graduating with a BNurs(hons) in 2000, Narelle moved from Canberra to work in Orange Base Hospital, primarily on the male surgical ward. In 2003 she moved to Sydney to study midwifery and worked at Nepean Hospital. Once graduating with her GradDip of Midwifery, she continued at Nepean Hospital in the postnatal ward part-time, and commenced her studies at Southern Cross College, completing a MDiv in 2009. During this time Narelle started to tutor and lecture in Old Testament studies at SCC. In 2010, she enrolled in a PhD through University of Birmingham, UK, graduating in December 2016. Currently Narelle is an Lecturer in Old Testament studies and the Director of Academic Administration. She is also active in her local church, Rivers Edge Church, a church plant in the Newington area, where her faith can be outworked in the community.
Professional Experience Co-Ordinator (faculty profile)
Mr Joshua Dowton (faculty profile)
Kylie Dragan (faculty profile)
Ms Stephanie Dunk (faculty profile)
Stephanie Dunk is a sessional lecturer at Alphacrucis College.
Stephanie is also currently a PhD student at the University of Sydney. Her thesis draws on her interests in the ethics of consumption and the food industry.
Stephanie’s undergraduate study was at the University of Sydney in English literature, in which she earnt a BA (Advanced) (Honours). Spurred by an interest in business strategy and social entrepreneurship, she went on to study a Master of Commerce, majoring in strategy and entrepreneurship. She completed a Dissertation and a Special Project within the coursework degree.
Stephanie has also worked in accreditation and quality control for higher education institutions.
Katrina Dunn (faculty profile)
Pratima Durga (faculty profile)
Dr Sean du Toit (faculty profile)
Mr Stephen Enemark (faculty profile)
Mr Simon Farrer (faculty profile)
Linsey Fitzgibbins (faculty profile)
Mr David Graieg (faculty profile)
David Graieg studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Western Australia and Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is currently undertaking a PhD through Murdoch University. David has previously taught apologetics in Singapore and worked at City Bible Forum. He runs a Reasonable Faith chapter in Perth. David is married to Grace, and they have three young children.
Rev. Associate Professor Jacqueline Grey (faculty profile)
Jacqui is associate professor of Biblical Studies, specialising in hermenutics and Old Testament studies. Her publications include Them, Us and Me: How the Old Testament Speaks to People Today, Raising Women Leaders, and Three's A Crowd: Pentecostalism, Hermeneutics and the Old Testament as well as various articles and book chapters. Jacqui speaks regularly at local and international events and has appeared on various national TV and radio programs in Australia, including the ABC TV's Q&A program. Jacqui is committed to ensuring quality education within the theological sector, and provides teaching and assistance to Pentecostal colleges in developing contexts to further their institutional goals. She is a member of and past president (2017) of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and is co-chair of Biblical Ethics section (2018-2020) of the Society of Biblical Literature. Jacqui is also a Research Fellow in the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, University of South Africa. Her research interests include pentecostal hermeneutics, prophetic literature and feminist readings of Scripture. Jacqui loves travelling, Turkish food, photography and coffee with friends.
Mr Micheal Hennock (faculty profile)
Rev. Dr Kevin Hovey (faculty profile)
Kevin's current role, Head of Department: Pastoral and Cross Cultural Ministry, is an interesting convergence of many experiences and roles covering more than 45 years as an ordained minister of the Australian Christian Churches.
Starting with 31 years as a missionary in Papua New Guinea, ministry was focused on developing and training local leaders. This ranged from informal mentoring in remote villages to developing Bible college structures and curriculum. Serving as consultant to the National Executive Council of Assemblies of God of Papua New Guinea provided opportunities for input – and for growth. In 2017, this service was recognized by the Papua New Guinea government with the Member of Logohu award that was announced in the Independence Day Honours list.
While still on field, the need for missionary training became evident, so the internationally recognized World Harvest Institute “missionary finishing program”, as some have termed it. Post Papua New Guinea, missionary leadership, missionary strategy and missionary training roles have continued to keep a focus on task of mission, but with a greater focus on seeing that outworked through local churches.
Kevin’s PhD thesis, completed in 2017, is entitled Guiding Light: Contributions of Alan R. Tippett Toward the Development and Dissemination of Twentieth Century Missiology.
He also serves as the Oceania representative on the Pentecostal World Fellowship’s World Missions Commission, rubbing shoulders with key mission leaders from around the world.
Dr Ian Jagelman (faculty profile)
Ian spent fifteen years in public accounting with Price Waterhouse Coopers including stints in Papua New Guinea and Fiji where he set up their tax consulting division.
For 20 years he served as the Senior Pastor of Christian City Church, Lane Cove, an evangelical/Pentecostal church in the northern region of Sydney. A church plant in 1984, it grew to in excess of 1100 active members by December 2002 when the church was restructured to create three autonomous churches at Lane Cove, Ryde and Carlingford.
In the Christian world he is also recognised as having a teaching gift expressed through Truth for Life Ministries, a division of The Jagelman Institute.
Dr Lyn Kidson (faculty profile)
On staff with Campus crusade for Christ (Student Life) from 1994 until 2001. Children and family pastor at Wentworthville Baptist church 2009-2010. Mastor of Divinity from Sydney Missionary and Bible College and Master of Arts in Early Christianity at Macquarie University. PhD from Macquarie University (2018).
Ps Donna Kipps (faculty profile)
Johnny Kumar (faculty profile)
Rev. Dr Oh-Young Kwon (faculty profile)
Mrs Alison Lau (faculty profile)
Associate Professor Philip Lee (faculty profile)
Dr U-Wen Low (faculty profile)
U-Wen began theological studies at the University of Divinity in 2007, progressing through to an Honours year in 2013 and subsequently beginning his PhD in 2014, completing it in 2017 and graduating in 2018. He has previously worked as a youth pastor at Melbourne's CityLife Church. He is passionate about seeing students develop and grow in their faith and wisdom through studying the Bible and theology. He is married to Danielle, and enjoys a variety of hobbies including woodturning, cycling, bagpipe playing and reading.
Keith McPherson (faculty profile)
Keith McPherson is currently Director of VET Business Programs at Alphacrusis College, and also teaches Greek at the Hillsong campus. He has several years’ experience working in Defence, particularly training establishments. Most recently Keith worked as Assistant Minister for St Clair & Erskine Park Anglican Church.
Ms Jennifer Mundt (faculty profile)
Dr Jon Newton (faculty profile)
I came to my role at Alphacrucis College after serving for nine years at Harvest Bible College, most recently as Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research. My PhD was gained at Deakin University (conferred 2007) with a thesis entitled "Postmodernism, Christianity and the Book of Revelation." I am the author of two books: Revelation Reclaimed: The Use and Misuse of the Apocalypse (Paternoster 2009) and The Revelation Worldview (Wipf and Stock 2015). I also edited New Frontiers: Redefining Christian Ministry for 21st Century Contexts (Mosaic 2013). I have also had a number of articles published in peer-reviewed journals such as Australian Biblical Review, Colloquium and Journal of Pentecostal Theology. I am the editor of the Journal of Contemporary Ministry. Currently I am working on a commentary on Revelation for a new Pentecostal commentary series. My other main research interest is Australian Pentecostalism.
In other areas of life, I am married to Judy (since 1977) and we serve as senior ministers of Oasis Church in Hampton, a bayside suburb of Melbourne. I have five married chidlren and three grandchildren. In my spare time, I am passionate about coffee, rugby, classical music, traveling and walking.
Rev Dr Dean O'Keefe (faculty profile)
Dean is a devout Queenslander, the son of a preacher man, the husband of one wife (Lisa) and father of four children. In 1998 he taught Mathematics and Science for two and a half years before moving to Sydney in 2001 to commence a Bachelor of Theology. Dean was a youth pastor for two years before joining the team at AC. He has served as children's pastor for several years, was the State Chaplain for Rangers Australia NSW, and completed a Doctor of Ministry with AGTS, Evangel University in 2018.
Professor Paul Oslington (faculty profile)
Paul Oslington joined Alphacrucis in January 2013. He held a Chair jointly in the School of Business and School of Theology at Australian Catholic University from 2008-2013, and continues there as an Adjunct Professor. Before that he was Associate Professor of Economics at University of New South Wales, and held visiting positions at University of Oxford in 1999, University of British Columbia and Regent College Vancouver in 2003, and Princeton Theological Seminary and University in 2006/7. His PhD in Economics and Master of Economics/Econometrics with Honours were completed at the University of Sydney, and Bachelor of Divinity through Melbourne College of Divinity.
Rev Dr David Parker (faculty profile)
After experiencing almost every church function including Church Planting, Worship Leader and Youth Pastoring, Ruth and I attended Commonwealth Bible College (now Alphacrucis) from 1979-1981 and upon graduation served as assistants to Bryn Barrett in Toowoomba Assembly of God, Queensland. After three years as Senior Pastor of Mornington Assembly of God in Victoria we accepted a teaching position at the College where we have been ever since. I’ve never lost the passion for Pastors, having been one myself, and love to itinerate and encourage, particularly the rural Pastor who doesn’t often entertain visiting ministry. Of recent times I’ve also ministered in other countries which has helped me enormously in grappling with the cultural/transcultural nature of Scripture. Ruth and I were married in 1971, we have three married children and six grandchildren who are a joy and keep us very busy.
Rev Dr Nigel Pegram (faculty profile)
Dr Daryl Potts (faculty profile)
Daryl J Potts is a recent addition to the team at Alphacrucis College, and is the Program Director for the Bachelor of Ministry Program. Daryl’s particular area of expertise is in pastoral praxis and managing the spill-over of ministry work and responsibilities into the relational areas of the minister’s marriage and family. Daryl's Doctoral Thesis investigated the impact that being involved in ministry has upon the family life of the minister. Daryl lectures in ministry based courses such as Church and Society, Foundations of Pastoral Ministry, Pastoral Administration and Management, Communicating the Christian Faith,Preaching, and Healing Ministry.
Prior to joining us at Alphacrucis College Daryl has been involved in pastoral ministry for over thirty years, starting out as a Youth Pastor upon his graduation from Bible College, and then being involved in pioneer, mid-size, large and Mega churches in Associate and Senior pastoral roles in churches across our nation. He has served the AOG/ACC in various roles such as Youth Alive, District and Regional Leadership, State Executive membership and was Vice President on the State Executive in South Australia until he relocated to take up his role at Alphacrucis. He brings the wealth of these experiences as a pastor and leader to the ministry stream of our college.
Dr Jacqueline Service (faculty profile)
Dr Van Shore (faculty profile)
Van is married to Heazle and they have two adult children, Ben married to Lani and Amy married to Seng. Van loves to laugh and celebrate with others their uniqueness in God and enjoys walking, bird watching, tennis and good food. He has almost 20 years of pastoral ministry and teaching experience.
In 2009, Van was selected along with a number of New Testament scholars throughout Australia to write a chapter in The Content and Setting of the Gospel Tradition (Eerdmans, 2010). Dr Mark Harding and Dr Alana Nobbs co-edited the work. Van's chapter was called "The Titles of Jesus".
In 2011, Van also authored two books: The Art of Not Disappearing (River Publishing, UK), and in 2011-2012, while living in Bangkok, he wrote his second book, The Art of Not Getting Lost on the Way Home. This was prior to joining the staff at the Alphacrucis College.
Deborah Stengert (faculty profile)
Samuel Stewart (faculty profile)
Sam spends the majority of his week as part of the Future Students Team at Alphacrucis College - assisting future candidates to research, prepare and apply for the course of their choosing. He also spends some time assisting the school of Leadership and occassionally teaches in the area of Theology.
Contact him for information on courses at Alphacrucis - firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Tokaji (faculty profile)
Having legal experience in policy legislation for Australia’s Government, as a Mediator and Business Consultant, Andrea has business experience in Procurement, in Management, setting up and running an anti-trafficking NFP and Human Rigths Consultancy.
Andrea has management experience in Churches, in international and local missions, in the social services sector as a therapist, in government as a lawyer, in politics as a lobbyist advocate and in humanitarian work for the UN.
Combining skills as a qualified therapist, a human rights lawyer, a political strategist and an academic researcher, Andrea is a thought leader.
Andrea founded the NFP anti-trafficking organisation Fighting for Justice Foundation and had has been a key legal lobbyist in Australia's formation of anti-trafficking/slavery laws since 2012.
Andrea is passionate about restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence and runs a Business and Human Rights Consultancy.
In her spare time, Andrea speaks on human rights matters, takes her dog Milo for long runs, loves to cook and sing and splash around in the ocean as much as possible.
Mr. Jeff Tually (faculty profile)
Vici Tunney (faculty profile)
Vici has had a background in Education both in NSW and Qld, serving as Deputy Principal in several schools in both states. Together with her husband she pioneered a Christian school in Gladstone, planted a campus of Springfield Christian Family in Brisbane and pastored the campus fulltime for 10 years.
Outside College life, Vici is actively involved in preaching, pastoral work, teaching and missions. Vici is one of five Church Elders with oversight of the 4 campuses of Springfield Christian Family and an ordained minister with Australian Christian Churches. Her interests include reading for a purpose, mentoring the next generation and lively theological & philosophical discussions. Her personal values include being a committed follower of Jesus, an encourager of others and a life-long learner,
Vici has ministered in churches and to missionaries in Ukraine, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam. She travels regularly with her husband who is involved in monitoring development projects in South-east Asia. Vici is married to Craig and have twin boys and a daughter, all married with 6 grandchildren.
Mr Francois van der Walt (faculty profile)
Francois is a recognized authority on Performance Measurement Business Intelligence Systems, Statistical Data Analysis and Reporting for Businesses. He is a regular conference speaker with wide experience conducting facilitated sessions for groups. He brings a wealth of experience, gained in three different continents, to every assignment he conducts.
During his 10 years with Ernst & Young (South Africa) he was National Director of a new service line (Data Engineering Services). This service line was later introduced world-wide when he became the head of an international team of professionals focusing on Continuous Audit and Audit Analytics as part of Ernst & Young’s Audit Innovation Project in the USA.
Throughout his consulting career his work has encompassed a wide range of industries in both public and private sectors. As part of his consulting he uses his training and experience to facilitate the discovery and clarification of needs. A unique feature of his facilitation is the use of storytelling to convey concepts and gather information.
Ps Jeremy Weetman (faculty profile)
Jeremy has served in pastoral ministry for over twenty-six years following his graduation from Commonwealth Bible College in 1991. He has been involved in most aspects of church life including senior leadership and also been involved at a state and regional level with the ACC. Jeremy has been teaching Bible and ministry subjects since 2011.
Jeremy began his MA (Min) with Harvest Bible College in 2011, and on completion progressed to doctoral studies with a particular interest in sacred space and contemporary spirituality. His interests involve cycling, cooking, reading, and is a self-confessed cricket tragic.
Jeremy is married to Vicki, who is completing a PhD with Griffith University in cultural theory (meaning exciting study dates…), and is dad to four adult children who are amongst his favourite humans to spend time with.
Hannah Weickhardt (faculty profile)
Hannah has both worked and studied in the field of Economics, gaining experience in both think tanks and the private sector.
Ms Greta Wells (faculty profile)
Greta Wells is a Lecturer in Pastoral Ministry (Higher Education). She has worked in the pastoral ministry department since March 2009, first as a tutor, then as a lecturer. Greta's MTh thesis research focused on attitudes regarding mental health amongst Pentecostal pastors - specifically regarding anxiety disorders. Her published research includes a book chapter on the relationship between Pentecostal theology and mental illness in the Australian context, as well as a journal article exploring the possibilities and limitations of Pentecostal spirituality for ageing Baby Boomers. Greta's interest in mental health and Pentecostalism has also led her to contribute to the ABC's Religion and Ethics website. She lives on the southern beaches of Sydney, is married, and has one child - with whom she was on maternity leave with in 2016.
Rev. Dr Adam White (faculty profile)
Adam began his working career as a spraypainter and from there moved into ministry as a youth pastor then an associate pastor at Riverlands Christian Church in Penrith. Then at the age of 25 he felt called to study theology at Southern Cross College (now AC); this continued through an honours degree up to a Doctorate of Ancient History at Macquarie University. He is married to Rachel and has a daughter named Sophia and two sons, Alexander, and Sebastian.
Dr Robyn Wrigley-Carr (faculty profile)
Robyn's love for theology and spirituality began when she was working in the Religious Books Department of Hodder & Stoughton Publishers in London. She subsequently went to Vancouver, Canada, to study her Masters in Spiritual Theology at Regent College. As part of her Regent degree, Robyn studied theology for a term at Oxford University, on a student exchange program. Robyn met her Kiwi husband at Regent, then they both returned to Sydney to live. Robyn worked as a lecturer in Spirituality for 8 years at the Australian College of Ministries (ACOM), and has lectured at MCSI (Macquarie University), Christian Heritage College, and tutored at the Broken Bay Institute. Robyn received an ORS scholarship and additional funding from the University of St Andrews to pursue her PhD full-time at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and also tutored in Theology at the University. She has received ARTFinc Grants in both 2016 and 2018 and an ADM Summer Research Fellowship in 2018. Robyn started as a permanent faculty member at AC in 2015. She has three gorgeous children.
Dr Yong-Sun Yang (faculty profile)
Yong-Sun Yang has an academic training in Mathematics, Economics, Philosophy, and Theology. He was born in South Korea and came to Australia in 1993 after 2 years of study in Japan. He lives in Sydney with his wife, Mi-Hea, three daughters, So-Ra, So-Ri, and Ha-Neul, and one son, Jeong-Hun.
David Yates (faculty profile)
Andrew Youd (faculty profile)
Andrew Youd is married to Nicola, they have a two and a half year old son, named Jesse, and they live in Newcastle NSW with their two dogs and four Chickens. Andrew graduated with a BTh from Southern Cross College in 2009, and completed his MaCS with Alphacrucis in 2014. Andrew is an active member of C3 Victory, in Newcastle. Andrew has worked in the Faculty of Theology for seven and a half years as Associate Lecturer of Theology, teaching systematic theology and Christian ethics. Andrew also works with the Faculty of Education as Coordinator of Higher Education in Schools. As part of this role, Andrew is joint regional director of the St Philip's Christian College Teaching School education Hub. Andrew has a passion for applied theology, whether it be theology for the Church, or Ethics for the individual, and now more recently, Christian Education.
Units offered as part of this Award:
- ACC101 - Accounting for Decision Making
Description: This subject introduces students to the concepts of Accounting and an understanding of how it can be used in decision making. Topics include financial accountability and sustainability, business structures and transactions, an introduction to financial recording and statements, analysing financial/business ratios, budgeting, costing and capital investment. The course is designed as an introduction and therefore will entail a blend of theory and application so that the students can understand the practicalities of accounting. Throughout the course, consideration of business ethics and practices within a Christian worldview is taken in relation to accounting for businesses, churches and not-for-profit organisations. Unit detail page >>
- ACC201 - Accounting and Financial Management
Description: This subject develops the student’s comprehension of accounting from the foundation level (of information users) into an understanding of accounting processes and practices (from the view of accounting report preparers). This includes the key concepts and theories of financial reporting, transaction recording, preparation of financial reports, and consideration of their implications. Students will become proficient in basic double entry accounting, and demonstrate the practical skills of accounting and in the use of accounting software packages. The skills to critically evaluate financial reports are developed, while management skills related to financial management and performance are both imparted and applied. Unit detail page >>
- ACC202 - Financial Reporting
Description: This subject develops the knowledge and skills required to produce basic financial reporting to the level required by Australian Accounting Standards. The financial reporting environment and various regulatory requirements (professional and statutory) governing financial reporting are introduced. This is combined with a theoretical framework that allows critical evaluation of the accounting and reporting practices of reporting entities, and the comparison of alternative accounting methods. Individual topics cover issues such as measuring assets (including intangibles, revaluation and impairment), leases, employee benefits, tax effect accounting, biological assets, cash flow reporting and earnings per share measurement. Extended disclosure (such as corporate social responsibility accounting) and simplified / concise reporting is also considered in the Australian environment. Unit detail page >>
- ACC210 - Management Accounting
Description: This course introduces student to the concepts of management accounting and how the management accounting is used in an organisation especially in decision making. Topics include cost accounting concepts, management control systems, budgeting, product and service costing. Students will become proficient in the evaluation the performance of an oganisation and the use of costing information for business planning. Unit detail page >>
- ACC212 - Accounting Information Systems
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- ACC301 - Accounting for Groups
Description: This subject presents the methods used to account for corporate groups. Corporate groups may be structured through investments in other entities, which will lead to a number of accounting techniques that may be appropriate in certain circumstances. Depending on the level of control that is exerted by the investor, the investment might be classified as either a subsidiary of the parent, an associate or a joint venture/arrangement. The financial reporting required by Australian Accounting Standards varies with these types of arrangements. The preparation of consolidated financial statements for corporate groups, including the treatment of goodwill, intra-group transactions and non-controlling interests are considered in depth, as are equity accounting and proportional consolidation. Other advanced topics investigated include segment disclosures, related party disclosures, and foreign currency translation. The subject also critically evaluates group accounting, the quality of information produced for users, current issues in accounting regulation and practice on related topics and the politics of the standard-setting process. Unit detail page >>
- ACC302 - Financial Statement Analysis
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- ACC305 - Accountability, Social Responsibility and Sustainability
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- ACC310 - Advanced Management Accounting
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- ACC311 - Accounting Theory and Current Issues
Description: This subject requires students to develop a deep understanding of various accounting theories and to apply that to specific financial reporting issues and the conceptual framework used by the Australian Accounting Standard Board (AASB). Students will critically evaluate both the accounting standard setting process and the theoretical or logical basis of specific accounting standards; and then apply this to topics such as fair value accounting, capital market contracting, earnings management, environmental and sustainability accounting, and the international harmonization of accounting standards. Unit detail page >>
- ACC320 - Audit and Assurance
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- ANL101 - Old Testament Hebrew 1
Description: Have you ever wanted to read the bible in its original language? Have you ever wondered about the context, culture and worldview of the Old Testament and how its language contributes to this? Have you wanted to see how a great story telling language works? The study of Old Testament (OT) Hebrew will provide you with these insights. OT Hebrew 1 presents you with the foundational tools, vocabulary and grammar to not only understand OT Hebrew, but also enable you to translate simple OT Hebrew texts into English. Further, by having these tools, you will gain foundational knowledge of the richness, light and shade, and wonder of the story-telling nature of the Hebrew language (which can be hidden in our English translations). Unit detail page >>
- ANL151 - New Testament Greek 1
Description: While it may come as a shock to some, Jesus did not speak Shakespearean English! Indeed, our New Testament was written in a language different to our own, in a time far removed from our own. The fact is that, while they can be very good, translations of the Bible can only do so much. Inevitably, translation teams have to make interpretive decisions regarding how to bring out the meaning of the Biblical text into the target language, and this can sometimes reflect theological bias or simply miss some of the richness and subtlety present in the original languages. Here at Alphacrucis, we will help to equip you with all the necessary tools to negotiate the sometimes difficult terrain of understanding the NT text on its own terms; not just to be able to bring out simple English (or other) transliterations, but to interact with and grasp the meaning of the original texts. Using innovative linguistic research, we will help you to grasp hold of this extraordinary language so that you can go deeper into the word of God; not just for yourself, but also for all those you minister to. Unit detail page >>
- ANL201 - Old Testament Hebrew 2
Description: Old Testament Hebrew 2 builds upon the previous OT Hebrew 1 unit. It will extend your vocabulary and grammar (yes, there are more paradigms to learn!) but this will enable you to read OT Hebrew more easily. Together we will translate many OT Hebrew texts into English – which will bring the text truly alive and make all your effort worth it! So come experience the new revelations that are available when you read the OT in its original language. Unit detail page >>
- ANL251 - New Testament Greek 2
Description: New Testament Greek 2 builds on from Greek 1 to give you a solid foundation for your knowledge of Biblical Greek. This unit rounds out a full year of Greek study and will equip you with a good working knowledge of Greek grammar, and it is from this basis that you can launch into more advanced syntactical and exegetical study of the New Testament texts. Greek 2, in a way, puts ‘wheels’ on your study of Greek, as we come to see more fully the beauty of the Greek verbal system and its significance for understanding the original texts. Unit detail page >>
- BIB102 - Introduction to Israel's Scriptures (Old Testament)
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- BIB103 - Introduction to the New Testament
Description: This course seeks to introduce the content of the books of the NT with a view to providing a basis for further reading and study. The primary focus will be on the message of each book within its particular historical-cultural setting, with some attention being given to its contribution to the theology of the NT as a whole. Selected critical issues will be dealt with on occasion. Unit detail page >>
- BIB201 - Biblical Hermeneutics
Description: Many people think that the way they understand the Bible is the way anyone would: its meaning is always unambiguous to us all, isn’t it? But in reality, we cannot avoid interpreting the bible as we read it, for the way you read the bible may not be the way I read it or even how your ancestors did. So how can we effectively read and interpret the Bible? This is the key question of this unit. To explore this question we will consider a whole range of interpretive issues, including the different genres of biblical literature and the process(es) by which come to apply the biblical message to our current context. This subject will therefore provide you with the necessary foundation from which you will be able to interpret and apply the message of the Bible more thoughtfully. Unit detail page >>
- BIB210 - The Pentateuch
Description: At the beginning of the bible, we find the Pentateuch. From Genesis to Deuteronomy, these books are essential for understanding our faith today. For ancient Israel it described their origins, creation stories, ancestors, exodus from Egypt, covenant with Yahweh, the journey to the Promised Land and their worship of Yahweh. Similarly for us as Christians, our salvation-story is framed by the people, images and stories found in the Pentateuch. Together in this unit we will explore these foundational themes of creation, faith, salvation, covenant, worship, land and journeying present in the Pentateuch. We will particularly discover the wonder of the Pentateuch’s literary structure and techniques as well as the world it constructs. It will also survey how the Pentateuch sets the stage for what follows in the rest of the biblical canon. Unit detail page >>
- BIB211 - Wisdom Literature
Description: What is wisdom? How does a wise person live? What is the biblical foundation to wisdom? This unit will explore the Wisdom Literature of the OT through these lenses. It specifically will study the proverbial tradition as highlighted within the book of Proverbs but also the speculative wisdom tradition found within the books of Ecclesiastes and Job. Other examples of wisdom found in the Psalms, Song of Songs and the Apocryphal books will also be discussed. All in all, it will be discovered that for ancient Israel wisdom has many different facets – but it all begins with the Fear of the LORD. Unit detail page >>
- BIB212 - Minor Prophets
Description: Towards the back of the Old Testament there are a collection of twelve dusty and usually overlooked prophetic books, known as the Minor Prophets. This unit will blow the dust from the Minor Prophets, to get a glimpse into the ancient history of Israel, the prophets and their God-given message. We will specifically study the Minor Prophets as a collage, to highlight its literary nature, themes, rhetoric as well as its portrayal of Yahweh. Further, you will be encouraged to harness your own ‘prophetic imagination’ so that you can be a messenger of God to your own generation. Unit detail page >>
- BIB213 - Historical Books of the Old Testament
Description: Many of the OT books are dedicated to the history of Israel fron the time of conquest through to exile. This subject will examine the books of Joshua, Juges, 1& 2 Samuel, 1& 2 Kings, Ezra & Nehemiah - a vast array of books and times! But it will specifically investigate what are the major events and people in OT history, plus discuss how do we read OT history today? Unit detail page >>
- BIB251 - Johannines
Description: The Gospel and Letters of John are dearly loved by Christians today. Rich in theology and symbolism, these texts draw heavily on the Jewish tradition fulfilled in Jesus the Messiah. This unit will equip you to interpret and apply these extraordinary texts, as well as helping you to see the ways in which the story of Jesus fulfils the testimony of Israel. Unit detail page >>
- BIB252 - The Prison Epistles
Description: The letters of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon were written from prison and yet deal with some of the most liberating concepts imaginable. We know Ephesians from its famous spiritual warfare passage, but what exactly did Paul picture as the greatest of all battles? Philippians is a letter of instruction, providing models to follow. In it we will find Paul, Jesus, Timothy and Epaphroditus offered as those whom we should seek to copy. Colossians is an enigma one needs to play detectives trying to recover from the clues what Paul was likely confronting. Finally, Philemon is gigantic in its implications contrary to its miniature word length. Time spent with these letters will be richly rewarded and equip us for life in multiple dimensions; spiritual, relational, personal and corporate. Specifically, these four letters from captivity will release any of us from unconscious imprisoning ideas. Unit detail page >>
- BIB253 - The Pastoral Epistles
Description: The Pastoral Epistles show us that intrigue and controversy are not new to the church! The letters of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus and are located towards the end of Paul’s life and ministry career. The letters give insight into the need for stabilisation and structure within the emerging Christian communities in Ephesus and Crete, for firm Christian leadership, and error free teaching. Many of these questions arise today and this unit is sure to generate some good discussion on contemporary Christian leadership. Unit detail page >>
- BIB254 - The World of the New Testament
Description: Why would Paul, A Hebrew speaking Jew, writing to Latin speaking Romans, use Greek? Why was the liberating message of the crucified messiah considered "foolish?" What did the first Christians look like to outsiders? Did Paul really endorse slavery and male headship? So many aspects and difficult issues of the NT are overlooked or misunderstood in the 21st century for the very simple reason that we don't know much about the world of the text. This course takes a look at the culture, customs, and values of the first century, especially as they relate to the NT. It asks the question "What was that world like?" and "How does the NT challenge it?" It shows how radical this minority group were in the face of the Roman Empire and invites the student to be challenged in their own convictions and values as 21st century Christians. Unit detail page >>
- BIB257 - Mark’s Gospel
Description: Recent scholarship has come to appreciate the power and rich subtlety of Mark’s deceptively straightforward and oft-neglected account of Jesus. The rehabilitation of Jesus’ long-ignored Jewishness has contributed to this renaissance, paving the way for a new understanding of Mark’s themes, structure, coherence, and remarkably high Christology. Deepen your understanding of Mark’s gospel and its relevance today through this careful exegetical study. Unit detail page >>
- BIB311 - Psalter
Description: The Psalms are infused with the diverse richness of the human experience. No matter what you are feeling, whether joy or thankfulness, grief or despair, you can always find a psalm that resonates with these emotions. This is why the Psalter continues to remain a favourite book for many of us. Together in this unit, we will explore the wonder and technique of Hebrew poetry, plus the many expressions of prayer and worship within ancient Israel. We will be challenged to utilise these psalms in our own life to bring expression to all our experiences, whether the heights of praise or cries of doubt. But wait, there’s more! In this unit, we will also explore the sexually infused lyrical poetry of the Song of Songs. So all in all, settle back as we explore the poetry of the Psalms and Song of Songs. Unit detail page >>
- BIB312 - Isaiah
Description: Many readers have been captivated by the vision of Isaiah. Isaiah was a prophet consumed with the vision of God as the sovereign Lord over the nations. The NT authors knew the wonder of Isaiah, for even within their gospels and letters there are multiple quotes and allusions back to this book. This is why some scholars have named it the “fifth gospel”. Yet, within its context, the Book of Isaiah speaks to a crucial time in the history of ancient Israel both prior to the exile as well as re-building after the devastation. It speaks to a community about how to live faithfully as the people of God in a hostile environment, and presents a vision of a holy people who mirror this quality of the God they serve. Unit detail page >>
- BIB313 - Esther
Description: Esther is a female character in the Old Testament who outwits her enemies in a deadly game of palace politics. In a thoughtful examination of Esther, we discover that it is a book rich in wonder, mystery, and artistic literary expression. The excellent Hebrew narrative of Esther, with its twists and turns, continues to make it a favourite book for many of us today. This unit will take you into the Persian world of Esther, and its post-exilic context. We will particularly explore with Esther ‘where is God?’ - for this narrative is crafted in such a way that the name of the LORD is never mentioned, yet God is present in every situation. Unit detail page >>
- BIB349 - Old Testament Field Study
Description: Do you want the places of the bible to come alive? Well join us for this Field Study Trip subject to Israel and its surrounding lands. We will walk through significant places where the biblical people lived and link the geography of the land to message of the biblical stories. Your reading of the bible will never be the same again! Unit detail page >>
- BIB350 - Biblical Theology
Description: The Bible is not just a random collection of books yet sometimes we struggle to ‘see the forest from the trees.’ This unit will whisk you to the top of the mountain for a bird’s eye view of the big picture. It is designed to reflect on the relationship between the Old and New Testaments and the many theological themes, ideas and concepts that make the Bible a unified whole. From the progressive revelation of God’s identity, to creation, to covenant, to the temple and worship, each class will offer a fresh topic for discussion that will pull together the threads that tie the variety of biblical literature together. This unit will not only give you a comprehensive understanding of the unity of the Bible, but will without doubt demonstrate how relevant its themes and wisdom are for our own generation. Unit detail page >>
- BIB351 - Luke-Acts
Description: Luke-Acts is the two-volume work which tracks the movement from the ministry of Jesus through to the early church (and beyond!). Obviously this text is therefore of great significance in the New Testament (even if just in regards to the size of the combined volumes), and has been used by Pentecostals for over a century in our quest for recovering a truly biblical faith. This unit examines the narrative of Luke-Acts in a way that holds together the historical and theological foci, and seeks to equip you with a solid reading strategy for approaching these remarkable texts. Unit detail page >>
- BIB352 - Romans and Galatians
Description: Have you ever wondered why Christians don’t follow the full Mosaic law? Have you ever asked what sets Christianity apart from Judaism? Paul’s letters to the Romans and Galatians answer these questions and more, and in many ways these letters reveal the heart of his theology. This unit will also synthesise Paul’s thought into a storyline of history that informs his pastoral and theological reflections. If you are interested in understanding the core gospel message and its relevance in our contemporary culture then this unit will scratch where you itch! Unit detail page >>
- BIB353 - I & II Corinthians
Description: The Corinthian Correspondence is a fascinating exchange between the Apostle Paul and the troubled church in Corinth, and is a worthwhile study for those who are interested in Paul’s role as pastor and apostle. Addressing a variety of ethical and theological issues, such as sexual sin, drunkenness, Christians taking each other to court, dissatisfaction with style of leadership and much more. If you wish to understand more about the practical ministry of the church and its leadership in the first century, then this unit is for you! Unit detail page >>
- BIB354 - The General Epistles
Description: Hebrews and 1 and 2 Peter provide some of the richest teaching on the nature of Christ, faith, and practical Christian living of any of the NT epistles. In fact, Hebrews was seen to be so valuable that it was given a place in the NT even though they didn't know who wrote it! In 1 and 2 Peter we have insights to life as a Christian from one of Jesus' own disciples. Put together, these 3 epistles offer a treasure chest of wisdom, theology, and practical teaching for the Christian in the 21st Century. Unit detail page >>
- BIB355 - Revelation
Description: The Revelation (or the Apocalypse as it is often called, from its opening word in Greek) is by common consent one of the most difficult of all the books of the Christian Bible. Nevertheless, attention to its historical context, social and religious milieu, and literary genre will bring considerable light on its form, content, and function. Unit detail page >>
- BIB356 - Studying the Synoptic Gospels
Description: This subject examines the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) and their (inter)relationship. Unit detail page >>
- BIB359 - New Testament Field Study
Description: This unit provides students with a first-hand introduction to the relevant cultural, geographical, historical, and archaeological issues for the New Testament. This unit features an on-site field study program in the location of modern day Turkey and Greece, formative for the biblical text. Unit detail page >>
- BUS101 - Business Law
Description: This subject introduces students to the legal environment in which corporations, not-for-profit organisations and churches operate. It covers legal principles, Australia’s legal system, criminal law, tort law, contract law, corporations law, church and not-for-profit law, and workplace law. Unit detail page >>
- BUS102 - Economics
Description: This subject introduces students to the approach and theoretical tools of contemporary mainstream economics. It sets economics in its historical, ethical and theological contexts. There will be a special study of the economics of religious behaviour and institutions. Unit detail page >>
- BUS120 - Business Information Systems
Description: This subject introduces students to the concepts of business and accounting information systems and aims to instil an appreciation of how technology can be used to assist business, without the technology becoming an end in itself. In particular, it aims to generate an awareness of the importance of information to decision making, how to provide such information and ensure its usefulness to the decision makers, and organisational risk and governance Unit detail page >>
- BUS201 - Business Statistics
Description: This subject lays a foundation for business studies, introducing students to mathematical and statistical methods used in business. Unit detail page >>
- BUS202 - Financial Decision Making
Description: Financial Decision Making provides an introduction to some of the key skills required for good financial management within a Christian worldview. It provides the techniques and skills that facilitate objective analysis and evaluation of alternatives that enable both strategic decision making and day-to-day management decisions. The course takes a practical approach using examples taken from both Australian and international organisations Unit detail page >>
- BUS203 - Financial Integrity System
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- BUS260 - Business Finance
Description: This course develops the student’s ability to apply practical financial decision making to personal and business decisions. Gain an understanding of how the global financial system operates, the risks associated with capital markets, financing major works, valuing a business and distributing profit. Students will know how to raise capital and finance debt with a socially responsible strategic approach. Understanding Business Finance is critical to the long term success of any organisation and the material in this course will give students the understanding to make wise financial decisions. Unit detail page >>
- BUS303 - Not-for-Profit Governance, Law and Taxation
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- BUS350 - Taxation Law
Description: Taxation is a very important area of government activity. It impacts upon the directions and efficiency of the economy and ultimately affects the distribution of income in society and provides parameters within which government spending programs can be maintained. In addition, we as individuals have an obvious need to understand the taxation laws and their implications for our personal decisions. This is also true for businesses. Given that taxation is an area with one of the largest amounts of legislation and legislative change, and a large number of reported decisions and administrative rulings, the unit is required to provide a high level of understanding which also has to be achieved in the short space of one semester’s study. Nevertheless, because the law changes so frequently, the key aim is not to give a static picture of the legal provisions in the semester in which you are studying this area, but rather to use that material to develop dynamic skills that will allow you to find, understand and utilise the provisions that are operative whenever you have a particular taxation issue to consider. Unit detail page >>
- EXP201 - Professional Practice
Description: Itching to connect the realm of the classroom with some real-life experience? Professional Practice is designed with just this aim in mind. Students will have the have the chance to engage academically with issues pertaining to their Major Specialisation (whether ministry or business) plus experience a hands-on placement. Working with an experienced supervisory mentor (no family members or close friends!), students will complete a 100 hour placement over the course of semester, with a variety of formats to choose from. For instance, do you have a heart for pastoral ministry? You could complete 8 hours a week at your local church, working with a department pastor. Or perhaps you have visions of becoming the next CEO of World Vision? A block placement at a Christian organisation, working with a field specialist, could be the kick start needed. Alternatively, have you been wanting to make a difference while experiencing cross cultural ministry overseas? Your 100 hours could be served with an overseas mentor in a concentrated three or so weeks of professional practice. The sky is the limit! Want to know more specifics? Go to 'Professional Practice' on moodle (login: Profexp1 ) Unit detail page >>
- EXP301 - Advanced Professional Practice
Description: Advanced Professional Practice builds on Professional Practice. It provides a chance for students to continue the challenging but rewarding combination of academic reflection upon contemporary ministerial issues and hands-on experience. Like Professional Practice, you will work with an experienced supervisory mentor (no family members or close friends!), complete a 100 hour placement over the course of semester, with a variety of formats to choose from. Want to know more specifics? Go to 'Professional Practice' on moodle (login: Profexp1 ) Unit detail page >>
- HIS101 - History of Christianity
Description: This subject is an introduction to the rich and inspiring heritage of Christian tradition, examined within social and cultural contexts. It explores early church formation, the challenges of the medieval era, the repercussions of the renaissance and the reasons for the reformation. Major revivals are analysed as well as the effectiveness of modern missionary movements. The struggles and strengths of the 20th century are also revealed, as well as various issues facing the 21st century church. By exploring such historical shifts in spirituality and society, students will gain understanding of both contingency and continuity in Christian history, in order to deepen their understanding of gospel ministry today. Unit detail page >>
- HIS208 - History of Christian Expansion
Description: Acknowledging the central role of missions in the theology and practice of Christianity, this unit provides students with an overview of Christian missionary motivation and historical endeavour both from the perspective of institutions, and in terms of the cultural/globalising impulse of Christianity. It explores scriptural foundations, as well as the historical expansion of the Christian church and its impact on church and society over the centuries, including political and cultural challenges, as well as new technological opportunities. This study enables students to critically explore the nature of missions, integrating it within their own contexts. Unit detail page >>
- HIS210 - Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity
Description: This unit examines the history of spiritual renewals, revivals and awakenings, as well as their influence on church life and growth. It is recognised that ‘revivalism’ is one of the most distinctive modes of proclaiming the gospel. It explores the sociological and spiritual milieu out of which these movements arise and what impact they have on society. It seeks to discover the theological and biblical principles of these movements and explores their potential applications to the contemporary church. This unit provides a basis for students to integrate their experience of church (in the charismatic/Pentecostal movements of Christianity) with their broader studies. Unit detail page >>
- HIS301 - Australian Church History
Description: This unit provides a detailed analysis of the major global trends which led to the foundation and then settlement of Australia. The pattern of settlement and national development is traced, including issues of inculturation, colonialism, denominationalism and racism. Australian Christianity in rural and urban regions is explored, as well as the challenges and opportunities of multiculturalism. Understanding the Christian history of this nation helps to equip students for effective ministry in a wide variety of contexts and allows for a deeper understanding of Australian national identity. Unit detail page >>
- HIS302 - Early and Medieval Christian History
Description: This subject examines the context, origins and development of early Christianity and its impact on the surrounding communities. It explores how the rapid expansion of the church brought various social, cultural and theological challenges and examines how these were addressed. The contextualisation of medieval Christian thoughts and actions are discussed, as well as its formative influences in contemporary contexts. An analysis of major reform movements will also reveal how they have shaped the history of Christianity. Unit detail page >>
- HRM201 - Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
Description: Human Resources are the key to any organisation, and the efficient and ethical management of these resources will impact an organisation’s success. In this subject students will be introduced to the modern Strategic Human Resource Management framework. Topics covered include work design, human resource planning, recruitment & employee retention, managing performance, staff training and development, and workplace negotiation. After completing this subject, students will have a fir understanding of HRM procedures and be prepared for further studies in the HRM. Unit detail page >>
- HRM202 - Human Resource Planning and Development
Description: This unit examines two main areas of Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM): Human Resource Planning (HRP) and Human Resource Development (HRD). HRP is important for management to understand the current and future HR needs in order to align with the strategic objectives of the organisation and to deal with changes in the external environment. In this unit, students will learn the processes involved in conducting HR planning: examining the factors influencing the demand and supply of labour, analysing the organisation's goals, strategies and policies in order to determine workforce requirements. HRD covers the theories and principles governing the design, implementation and evaluation of HR initiatives. Unit detail page >>
- HRM203 - Management of Workplace Health & Safety
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- HRM216 - Volunteer Management
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- HRM302 - Performance Management
Description: This course examines a vital component of Human Resources: performance management. It outlines the importance of an effective performance management system and analyses the processes involved in the development of a performance management plan in order to help the organisation reach its short and long term goals. It covers the common pitfalls of modern performance management systems and the strategic techniques to avoid them. This unit also draws frameworks for the preparation of performance appraisal programs and the use of assessment tools (competency profiling and Key Performance Indicators). In addition, students will learn the contemporary approaches to measuring performance and the relationship between remuneration philosophy and performance. Unit detail page >>
- HRM351 - Industrial Relations
Description: This subject develops students understanding of the broad legislative, economic, political and social influences on industrial relations systems and on employment relationships. It explores Australia’s industrial relations roots and the changing nature of the industrial relations environment including the influence s of de(re)regulation, trade unions, governments and institutions and how these have effected industrial relations managerial strategies. Students will also demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of contemporary employee relations and how the Australian industrial relations systems may progress into the future. Unit detail page >>
- LEA201 - Leadership Principles
Description: Why do we need leaders? What do they do? Are they born or made? This unit will help students to find answers to these questions in the light of contemporary leadership theory and a Christian worldview. We will explore theory on leadership skills, traits and behaviours and consider the important question of what makes a leader great or...what would make you a great leader. Unit detail page >>
- LEA220 - Developing Women Leaders
Description: The church-at-large is still divided about the question whether women should lead. Despite the ongoing debate, many female leaders have made significant contributions to the church and to their communities. This unit explores the background of the debate as well as the journeys of these women leaders–some in the midst of controversy. How did they become leaders, what was their leadership style and how did they contribute to their context? Learning from the past we will then explore how to raise and develop women leaders for the future. Unit detail page >>
- LEA301 - Advanced Leadership and Decision Making
Description: Organisations are groups of people working together for a purpose. Despite the pervasiveness of organisations in our modern society, effective group behaviour does not always come naturally. In fact, many goals are never achieved due to poor group dynamics rather than a lack of skills, vision or strategy. This unit will help students to develop an understanding of how an organisation can encourage effective, efficient, social and ethical behaviour; how leadership styles, organisational structure and value systems influence behaviour and how ultimately the group dynamics impact the effectiveness of the organisation in its pursuit of its purpose. Unit detail page >>
- LEA302 - Strategic Thinking and Planning
Description: A few years ago Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek church, confronted his church team with the question: “Are we making a difference?” Hybels leads a mega-church, has written multiple best-selling books and is a sought after speaker…yet he asks himself and his team this question: “Are we making a difference?” Hybels is a strategic thinker. Strategic thinkers constantly remind themselves and their team of the purpose of their organisation and ask in the light of this purpose: Where are we now (are we making a difference), where do we want to be and how are we going to get there? In ‘Strategic Thinking and Planning’ we unpack these questions and look at what the Bible as well as contemporary management texts offer to help us in our quest to turn our visions into reality and make a difference. Unit detail page >>
- LEA303 - Strategic Challenges, Innovation and Change
Description: Just when organisations think they have found the formula for success, they start to fall behind. In today’s constantly changing environment standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards. This unit will address the need for change, the challenges of change and introduces students to theories and processes for innovation. This unit also looks at how innovative and entrepreneurial thinking can be used to expand God’s kingdom. Unit detail page >>
- LEA311 - Creativity and Entrepreneurship
Description: This unit is a study of Creativity and Entrepreneurship, incorporating an introduction to Entrepreneurship theories and issues related to the development and formation of creative skills in leaders. Unit detail page >>
- MAN101 - Introduction to Management
Description: Most people like a job that is motivating and rewarding; a job that allows them to make a meaningful contribution; a job that allows them to learn and grow and to earn a fair salary. Not many people know how to design such jobs. Certainly as Christians we should ask ourselves the question: How can we create jobs and work environments that treat people as ‘made in the image of God’? This unit introduces the student to the key skills of management which includes the design of jobs, recruiting the right person for the job, team training, structuring the organisation, and designing fair compensation schemes, in order to equip them to create better jobs and job environments. Unit detail page >>
- MAN201 - Organisational Behaviour
Description: This unit explores the concept of organisational behaviour (OB) from its beginnings to the current day approach and behaviour of organisations in the Australian context. The course covers a number of operational and organisational dimensions including the history and evolution of OB. We then cover the constructs of leadership, teams, change, conflict, communication, culture, strategy and politics all within the working organisation environment. We will blend theory and commercial application to provide a rounded coverage of the course. Unit detail page >>
- MAN311 - Strategic Management
Description: This unit aims to develop the student’s strategic management capability, focusing on the role of leaders as strategic thinkers and planners. On a quest to achieve their mission, organisations need to grab opportunities, avoid pitfalls, respond to changes in their environment, and stay on course. Good leaders do not only have a clear vision and set of values to guide them, they are also well aware of their current position - their starting point - of the challenges they are facing and of the competencies they will need to develop to achieve the mission. Strategy management will teach students how to lead teams and organisations to fulfil their mission. Unit detail page >>
- MAN351 - International Management
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- MIN101 - Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
Description: In this introductory subject, students will explore a broad variety of topics that form the very basis of pastoral ministry. Primarily, students will consider contemporary pastoral models that connect academic reflection with the real world. Topics discussed will range from defining ministry, calling and ordination to conflict resolution, and being effective in caring for others. Students will also be provided with ample opportunity to engage creatively with these topics to make connections with their own contexts. Unit detail page >>
- MIN102 - Christian Spirituality
Description: Ever wondered if there were other ways to express faith, apart from lifting your hands during worship? Would you like to deepen the spirituality of your local Christian community, but find yourself hesitating, uncertain of the appropriate boundaries? Students with these questions and more will find themselves challenged as they partake in this foundational unit, designed specifically to introduce charismatic and Pentecostal Christians to the broader history of Christian spiritual approaches. In doing so, students will have a chance to connect with their heritage and participate in a broad range of spiritual exercises practiced by the wider body of Christ throughout history. Unit detail page >>
- MIN202 - Communicating the Christian Faith
Description: The ‘E’ word: Evangelism – is a concept that can equally incite ‘excitement’ and ‘excruciation’. In this unit, extroverts and introverts alike will find themselves engaging with the historical, biblical and theological roots for communicating the Gospel and gaining the skills (along with the empowering of the Spirit) to communicate effectively. In doing so, students will explore ways to engage with a world where the acceptance of the Christian story is counter-cultural, as well as ways to connect the good news of the kingdom to contemporary social concerns. Unit detail page >>
- MKT101 - Foundations of Marketing
Description: This unit explores the proposition that marketing is based on an understanding of consumer value. The unit looks at the evolution of marketing thought from a production orientation to its current state. The unit covers gathering information on consumer needs and the marketing environment. It then looks at the building blocks and tools that the marketer uses to satisfy those needs – the marketing mix. The unit includes the latest developments in marketing theory, illustrated with examples of best practice from Australia and major economies overseas. Unit detail page >>
- MKT201 - Sales Management
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- MKT202 - Consumer Behaviour
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- MKT216 - Strategic Marketing for Non-Profit Organisations
Description: Non Profit Organisations (NPO’s) are not designed to create economic value (to make profit) but to create social and/or spiritual value. In this context, the marketing of the organisation becomes more complex because the organisation needs to satisfy the needs of its key clients; but also needs to attract donors, volunteers, advocates, government support etc. This unit introduces students to this so-called multi-stakeholder marketing, focussing on issues such as how to create a movement, how to turn supporters into advocates, how to engage major sponsors and social investors, as well as how to identify and attract grants. Unit detail page >>
- MKT251 - Marketing Communication
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- MKT301 - Market Research
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- MKT351 - International Marketing
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- RES101 - Introduction to Academic Writing and Research
Description: New to higher education studies & it all seems too hard? Worried about writing essay papers? Or where to begin researching? Or you feel confident in writing, but want to learn the skills of evaluating the masses of information we are bombarded with? This unit is for you! It will give you the tools of how to succeed in your undergraduate academic studies. It will examine how you learn, plus challenge you to think deeper, wider and more creatively. It will also encourage you in how to critically evaluate and reflect on information. Plus develop your skills in how to put it all together in an essay paper or oral presentation. Unit detail page >>
- SOC201 - Theology of Social Justice
Description: This unit provides a biblical theology of holistic mission that takes seriously the responsibility of the church to address issues of justice and poverty. It argues that the good news of the Kingdom of God has vital implications for social and cultural values. Too often in our western society we see political ideology claiming these values. As Christians we need to reclaim them as expressions of our faith, not our politics, and as the reflection of God’s Kingdom on earth. Unit detail page >>
- SOC202 - Global Poverty
Description: Poverty is more than living on less than a dollar a day. Why does the national health and prosperity of some nations continue to decline whilst neighbouring countries grow? Why does the gap between the rich and the poor countries continue to widen? This unit examines the concept of globalization and the nature and causes of global poverty. The unit involves practical exercises that invite students to reflect on what it means to live in poverty, and explores real world strategies for empowering the poor. Unit detail page >>
- SOC301 - Public Theology and Political Engagement
Description: The relationship between the church and state is fraught with challenges. This unit explores the history of church and state. It describes and analyses strategies used by Christians to engage civic leaders at all levels in order to bring about social change consistent with God’s character and mission in the world. Unit detail page >>
- SOC302 - Social Entrepreneurship
Description: This unit offers an introduction to the emerging field of social entrepreneurship in a Christian context. It explores how entrepreneurial enterprises can exert influence for systemic and sustainable social change. Students will be challenged to identify a real opportunity and to design a business plan for a potential social enterprise. Practical skills will be developed to build creative and profitable business models for positive change and the basic skills needed to run such an enterprise. Unit detail page >>
- THE101 - Christian Worldview
Description: Do you have questions about God that you have been unable to answer? Do you sometimes wonder whether Christian beliefs about things like the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus make any sense? This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore those beliefs that are foundational to Christianity. It argues that what we believe about God (our theology) has a practical impact upon our life and ethics and, therefore, provides an overview of Christian faith, and reflects on the ways in which this faith informs our everyday life and calling. The topics addressed range from the doctrine of God, creation and sin, to discussion on the person and work of Christ, and the nature of the coming kingdom of God. Unit detail page >>
- THE201 - Christian Ethics
Description: In an era of moral relativism, Christians should stand out as moral beacons. In fact, however, it is increasingly the case that Church is seen not as a community of love but, rather, as a legalistic, dogmatic, mean-spirited and hypocritical institution. This unit helps students to think through how they go about making ethical decisions. It argues against legalism, and sets up a theological method of approaching ethics that prioritises grace and the power of the Spirit. It also facilitates guided reflection on personal morality and societal ethical issues. Unit detail page >>
- THE202 - Christ and Salvation
Description: Is it an oxymoron (contradiction) to claim that Jesus is both human and divine? How do we make sense of Jesus’ death on the cross? Is the resurrection something that can be believed in this modern scientific era? These are the sort of questions addressed in this unit, which intends to provide students with the opportunity to explore central elements of Christian faith. It explores what has traditionally been labelled the “person” and “work” of Jesus, i.e. who is he and what did he do for us? In answering these questions, students are encouraged to reflect on both the ancient traditions of the bible and early church and, further, to discuss the significance of Jesus Christ for contemporary Christian life and thought. Unit detail page >>
- THE203 - Trinity and Creation
Description: Do you think that the doctrine of the Trinity is just too hard to understand, even though you know that this doctrine is foundational to Christian faith? This unit provides students with an opportunity to reflect deeply on the doctrine of the Trinity – both its historical development and its relevance for the contemporary church. It also explores God’s providential work in the creation and addresses controversial issues such as the creation / evolution debate. Unit detail page >>
- THE204 - Pneumatology
Description: This unit explores central elements of Pentecostal spirituality and theology. It engages critically with the experience and doctrine of baptism in the Holy Spirit, and considers the importance of the Spirit for our understanding of the nature and mission of the church. Unit detail page >>
- THE310 - Apologetics
Description: Is it possible to make sense of Christian faith in the 21st century? This course explores traditional "proofs" of the existence of God, and analyses their contemporary relevance. It considers the relationship between theology and science, and provides students with tools to defend central elements of the gospel. Students are also challenged to put theory into practice by engaging in discussions about faith with non-Christians. Unit detail page >>
- THE311 - Ecclesiology
Description: Ecclesiology is the study of the church. Contemporary churches are often focused on "doing church", but this unit reflects critically on the nature and mission of the church. It puts in place biblical and theological foundations for understanding the church, and then reflects theologically upon contemporary developments. These include discussion of Church leadership structures and contemporary trends, such as the so-called emerging church and multi-centred mega-churches. It also considers the relationship between Church Mission and evangelistic and social work activities, as well as engaging with the contemporary ecumenical movement. Unit detail page >>
- THE315 - Theology and Popular Culture
Description: Conservative Christian communities have long been suspicious of popular culture, encouraging people to be wary of the “sinema.” It is increasingly apparent, however, that if the church is going be relevant in the modern world, it needs to find ways to engage with the mediums of popular culture; film, television, music and the internet. This unit teaches students tools for interpreting pop culture texts, and encourages critical analysis. It focuses particularly on film, but provides students the option of exploring other mediums. Teaching strategies include listening to podcast lectures and gathering together to watch and discuss films. The unit will feel a little like a series of “nights-out” although beneath all the fun is some serious reflection on the culture within which we live and minister. Unit detail page >>
- THE320 - Theology and Psychology
Description: Who am I? What is the soul? How should Christian faith interact with the psychological sciences? This unit considers the theological concepts of grace sin and freedom as found within traditional Christian theologies of the human person. It also seeks to interact with the discipline of psychology and contemporary insights into the study of the mind. The unit should be of particular interest for all people interested providing pastoral advice and counselling from a Christian perspective. Unit detail page >>
- XXX390 - Independent Guided Study
Description: This course unit enables students with initiative and creativity to pursue ideas and areas of interest in the subject area. It affords the student an opportunity to develop independent research and study skills. Unit detail page >>
- XXX391 - Research Project
Description: This course unit enables a bachelor level student to research in greater depth a particular topic relating to material in the subject area. Unit detail page >>
- XXX392 - Advanced Seminar
Description: This course subject enables students to engage in reflection and research relating to a particular topic, chosen from the various disciplines undergraduate awards. Unit detail page >>