UNITS FOR BACHELOR OF BUSINESS / BACHELOR OF MINISTRY DEGREE
The Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Ministry (BBus/BMin) innovatively combines the best of Business and Ministry to meet the vital need of developing and supporting Christian leaders for 21st century ministry.
Units offered as part of this Award:
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, analyzing 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Describe the overall content, storyline and significance of Israel’s Scriptures (Old Testament);
- Outline how Israel’s Scriptures came into existence and their canonical structure;
- Define the overall historical, cultural and social context of Israel’s Scriptures;
- Examine the contents of Israel’s Scriptures.
- Summarise the key themes, structure and developments of a book of Israel’s Scriptures;
- Discuss principles and insights derived from study of Israel’s Scriptures for contemporary life and ministry;
- Define key elements of the historical, cultural, and literary backgrounds of the NT, with particular emphasis on Israel’s prior narrative which tradition provides their primary and authoritative interpretative framework;
- Outline the content of the canonical documents, Mark, Matthew and Luke-Acts, with particular emphasis on their main arguments/theses, key theological emphases, and relevant historical and cultural background;
- Outline the content of the canonical documents, John, & Romans to Revelation, with particular emphasis on their main arguments/theses, key theological emphases, and relevant historical and cultural background;
- Identify and discuss the various critical issues covered in class, such as provenance, unity, authorship, date, arising from the study of a given NT book.
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.
- Describe the role of statistics in contemporary business. This includes consideration of the ethical responsibilities of the researcher;
- Explain key statistical concepts, methods of data collection and data analysis techniques;
- Critically analyse, summarise and present data using appropriate data analysis techniques. This includes drawing conclusions at appropriate reliability levels from statistical reports;
- Identify the specific needs for data analysis and its role in NGOs and NFP organisations;
- Demonstrate skills in analyzing data, such as estimation, comparison of frequencies, variance, regression and correlation, time series analysis and forecasting.
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.
- Awareness of the main financial integrity risks, especially in NFPs and Churches.
- Sound understanding of the main strategies for mitigating financial integrity risks, especially in NFPs and Churches.
- Experience in designing a financial integrity system for a church NFP organisation.
Description: Australian corporate law is an essential element to be understood for the operation and management of companies, which is the basis of BUS250 Corporations Law. The subject covers business structures, the effect of incorporation, Director’s and Officer’s duties, internal governance of corporations and good corporate governance. These skills and knowledge can be applied into the For-Profit and Not-For-Profit sectors equally. Students will look carefully into the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and into the operation and role of the corporate watchdog (ASIC).
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.
- Sound knowledge of the regulatory and taxation arrangements for NFPs and churches in Australia, and the principles underlying them.
- Ability to apply knowledge of regulatory and taxation arrangements for NFPs and churches to specific situations.
- Awareness and ability to critically engage with current Australian policy debates about regulation and taxation
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Describe the legislative environment of employment. This includes analysis of the role and operation of the Fair Work Act 2009, the Industrial Relations Act and general WHS requirements;
- Demonstrate understanding of the knowledge and processes required for hiring and terminating employment for an organisation. This includes the ability to investigate and apply appropriate compensation and benefits;
- Outline current issues in workplace health and safety and analyse current requirements, including the responsibility of employers and workplaces;
- Describe challenges in providing an environment for work/life balance. This includes consideration of a biblical approach to work/life balance, including the place of sabbath and rest;
- Explain the factors that lead to conflict in the workplace, and the role of the HR manager in addressing them;
- Analyse issues of equity and diversity in the workplace. Particular focus will be given to the issues of discrimination; Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO); and gender equity. Consideration will also be given to this issues in the light of NFP and Christian organisations;
- Describe historically and sociologically the role of volunteers in Australian and international communities. This includes volunteerism in Christian and NFP organizations;
- Analyse various theories and approaches to understanding volunteer motivation;
- Describe key approaches and theories to volunteer management;
- Discuss the effective use of volunteers, including the value, costs and benefits of utilizing a volunteer workforce;
- Identify key issues in the volunteer management and critically assess theoretically-based solutions. This includes issues such as: recruitment, training, induction/orientation and PD of volunteers; supervision of volunteers; retaining volunteers; aligning expectations of volunteers and organisations; use of volunteer boards of management within the community NFP sector; responsibilities and obligations of an employer of volunteers; and legal requirements (such as WHS).
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.
- Discuss and evaluate: (a). theoretical framework of IR perspectives- namely ‘pluralism’, ‘unitarism’ and radicalism; and (b).Critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to the study of employment relationship.
- Discuss the changing nature of Industrial Relations in Australia.
- Critically assess: (i). the role of state and the federal tribunal in Australia in the context of current business environment; .(ii). The factors affecting IR strategies of management (including non-union representation of employees) and suggest how it can promote harmonious relationships with IR partners; (iii). the role of trade unions in IR and how unions can continue to play crucial roles in representing employees’ interest.
- Analyse the emerging trends of enterprise bargaining as an alternative method of dispute settlement.
- Discuss the role of Award making- conciliation, arbitration and awards in Australia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Evaluate complex interpersonal and cultural challenges that arise when managers operate in a cross-cultural context;
- Demonstrate and examine the operational issues that arise when managing in a cross-cultural context;
- Interpret and appraise the strengths and weaknesses of national culture assessment tools;
- Summarize and argue the importance and role of culture when managing in a cross-cultural context;
- Explain and assess the application of key management concepts and theories across a global context.
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.
- Describe the role and importance of sales for business organisations;
- Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of key theories related to: (a) Making customers; (b) Customer relationship management (CRM); (c) Legal and ethical considerations in sales;
- Demonstrate knowledge of practical sales-skills including: (a) working with CRM systems; (b) communication/ persuasion/ presentation skills; (c) analytical skills for sales planning (customer analysis, competitor analysis; market analysis etc.);
- Develop a sales strategy. This should include: Communication plan; Prospective buyer profile; Creating value for the customer; Competitor analysis; Analysis of required resources;analysis of sales channels (incl. on-line);
- Demonstrate communication, persuasion, presentation and negotiation skills to present and defend a sales proposal;
- Demonstrate the skills to negotiate a price with a customer.
- Examine the key theories, frameworks and concepts of consumer behavior, and describe the implications of these for marketing;
- Discuss and analyse the behaviour of individual consumers. This includes: psychological factors; social factors & cultural factors.
- Apply consumer behaviour theories, frameworks and concepts to managerial marketing decision contexts.
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.
- Analyse all facets of the marketing communication process and demonstrate an ability to apply this understanding to real life solution;
- Examine key marketing communication theories and strategies;
- Discuss the challenges and dilemmas of marketing communication. This includes: mass communication;working with creative agencies;media planning and strategy; public relations and publicity; measuring effectiveness; the digital revolution and social media;
- Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of different communication vehicles;
- Demonstrate an ability to design messages in such as way that they maximise the strength of the medium;
- Design a suitable media mix and strategy for a specific message to a defined target audience
- Assess different kinds of research, design and application of research relevant to marketing;
- Demonstrate competency in data analysis and how to transform data into relevant market insight;
- Understand the difference between qualitative and quantitative market research and when to use what;
- Understand the role of market research, its benefits and limitations for management and managerial decision making. This includes understanding research as part of the innovative process;
- Describe the challenges and ethical boundaries of market research both for corporations and for the church;
- Demonstrate an ability to design a market research program, evaluate a research proposal and interpret research findings.
- Describe the international context of marketing. This includes consideration of the social and ethical responsibilities of international operations;
- Develop an understanding of cultural differences: how to analyse them and how to design cross-cultural marketing strategies;
- Analyse international marketing theories and strategies and evaluate their effectiveness, particularly market entry strategies;
- Discuss solutions to complex issues and challenges in international marketing, particularly for the NFP sector;
- Demonstrate communication skills to clearly articulate and present a product or service to customers in a cross-cultural setting;
- Design a marketing plan for an international operation. This includes: Appropriate marketing research; Positioning Strategy; Considered pricing; Communication plan; Global logistics and distribution (as appropriate); Consideration of government policies.
Description: New to university 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Description: This course unit enables a bachelor level student to research in greater depth a particular topic relating to material in the subject area.
Description: This course subject enables students to engage in reflection and research relating to a particular topic, chosen from the various disciplines undergraduate awards.