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Bachelor of Contemporary Studies

2015 | 2016 | 2017

About this course

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.

Career opportunities

Depending on the areas of study completed in this degree, graduates may be suited to a range of positions in the public and private sectors, including in business (in general business, marketing, management, retail, and tourism); health (in public and private hospitals, medical rehabilitation units, community and home health settings, residential aged care facilities (high and low care), sports and health

administration, health promotion and research); science (as field assistants, laboratory assistants, revegetation officers

and environmental monitoring officers); and the arts and social sciences (in community relations, cultural policy, management and administration, education, publishing, public service, multimedia design, creative and cultural industries, politics, social justice and human rights).

Major areas of study

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.

Assessment methods

Assessment tasks vary from unit to unit and can include essays, reports, audio or video presentations, class participation, individual and group work, online quizzes, case analyses, and examinations. Assessment items are in accordance with learning outcomes and designed to ensure that all the graduate attributes are assessed throughout the course. The performance criteria, grading standards and due dates for assessment tasks are included in each Unit Information Guide. Students receive timely feedback on their assessment submissions.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based program Blackboard Collaborate delivers advanced on-line learning environments for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces and classrooms. They can share files, presentations, and applications. If the session is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and books of readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed textbooks.

College Connect offers extra support for all students undertaking a SCU College Bachelor degree, Associate degree, or Diploma.

The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.

The academic skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

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

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Course requirements

  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

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'