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Terms 2 & 3 Units - MA(CS) & GCCL

Terms 2 & 3 Units - MA(CS) & GCCL

by Lily Arasaratnam-Smith -
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Hello everyone,

The enrolment forms for Terms 2 and 3 2011 will be available very soon. As you are getting ready for enrolment, I am writing to provide you with more information about what's on offer. Though the units are listed in the timetables, some of you had asked for more info, so here's more details on the intensives and extensive. I haven't addressed the online and weekly units, but if you want more details on those, please do email me.

We're offering a wide range of units, having selected specific units in response to your feedback in the survey I recently conducted. I hope the descriptions below will help you as you make your chocies during enrolment. As always, I'm happy to be of further help.

All the best.

Lily Arasaratnam (Director, MACS)

JUNE INTENSIVES (Chester Hill Campus)

14th – 17th      LEA503 Marketing & Stakeholder Engagement (Lecturer: Ms. Jacqueline Mees & guests)

Christians are by definition communicators, ‘strategic marketers’ of ideas, and yet marketing is one of the permanent fixtures of modern life which provides continuing ethical and practical conundrums for Christians in the workplace. This unit offers an introduction to Christian engagement with two key marketing functions - building reputation and engaging target audiences - and their relevance to non-commercial organisations. 

At the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

a.       build a fundraising or donor-engagement strategy;

b.       demonstrate a critical understanding of the challenges involved in building a sustainable and customer focussed organisation without compromising the organisation’s ideals and values;

c.        develop successful applications around the key steps of the engagement process: market understanding, segmentation, positioning, branding, service- and service portfolio design and communication;

d. identify, critically assess and respond to ethical dilemmas in the context of  reputation building and stakeholder engagement Exhibit ability to critically evaluate relevant literature in the field and draw pragmatic applications from it


27th – 30th      LEA402 Complexity & Leadership Competencies (Lecturer: Dr. Ian Jagelman & guests)


This unit is designed to help students to understand the relationship between leadership competencies, the complexity involved in different levels of organizational structures and belief systems.

At the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

a.    Demonstrate a solid understanding of the intellectual processes involved in problem solving at different levels of decision making within an organization.

b.    Demonstrate a solid understanding of the formation processes of a leader’s belief system as they relate to the levels of leadership assumed in stratified systems theory.

c.    Demonstrate an understanding of the application of situational leadership theory.

d.    Demonstrate an understanding of the theories behind emotional intelligence and how they relate to working in leadership teams.

e.    Develop a plan for the identification and development of leaders appropriate to the levels of complexity involved in their organizational roles.


27th – 30th      LEA502 Responsible Leadership   (Lecturers: Ms. Jacqueline Mees & Dr. Ian Jagelman)

This unit places contemporary approaches to governance and risk management in the context of Biblical and theological principles, providing students with practical skills for effective and responsible leadership in values-driven contexts.

Student should be able to: 

a)      Demonstrate thorough awareness of the laws and practices that rule organisational governance

b)      Demonstrate extensive understanding of the nature of risk and risk management (operational and financial) as it relates to the long term effectiveness and sustainability of an organisation and its responsibility to all stakeholders

c)      Build and sustain a learning organisation

d)      Minimize the organisation’s impact on the natural environment

e)      Maximise organisational efficiency through process management and design.


JULY INTENSIVES (Chester Hill Campus)


25th – 29th      RES401 Critical & Creative Thinking  (Lecturer: Dr. Jacqui Grey & guests)


This unit introduces students to the challenges of observation, analysis and deduction, as they relate to the academic endeavour. It introduces the fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative research and the ontological and epistemological implications of these two approaches. 

At the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

a)     Demonstrate ability to engage in critical and creative thinking in academic writing, specifically in relation to the student’s discipline area of specialisation

b)     Demonstrate broad understanding of academic writing as a genre

c)     Demonstrate understanding of referencing styles and writing expectations of the defining discipline(s) indicated by the student’s program of enrolment.

d)       Exhibit ability to engage major thinkers’ writings in chosen discipline


25th – 28th      THE401 Theological Horizons of Worldview (Lecturer: To be announced)

This unit introduces students to the central doctrines of Christian faith, and considers the way in which these inform the development of personal worldview and frame the life and mission of the church. 

At the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

a.    demonstrate understanding of alternative approaches to the theological task and the ability approach theological questions using a consistent method;

b.    demonstrate an understanding of the principal loci of Christian theology, and show how these inform the development of a worldview;

c.    generously analyse and critique alternate perspectives, assumptions and conclusions

d.    exhibit an ability to relate theological concepts to the development of worldview and to issues of everyday life, vocation and ministry.




26th – 29th      CON505 Culture Cognition Communication      (Lecturer: Dr. Lily Arasaratnam & guests)

This unit is designed to equip students with knowledge and understanding of intercultural communication practices and social cognition, particularly in the context of leadership. 

At the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to: 

a.    apply theoretical principals to practical contexts with proficiency;

b.    articulate complex understanding of how culture influences communication and the processes involved in pragmatically developing intercultural communication competence;

c.    analyse, synthesise, and critique relevant literature in intercultural communication;

d.    demonstrate in-depth knowledge of relevant intercultural communication theories and their application to personal context.


OCTOBER INTENSIVE (Parramatta Campus)


4th – 7th         MIN503 Contemporary Preaching (Lecturers: Ps. Stephen Fogarty, Dr. Lily Arasaratnam, & guests)

This unit addresses the challenges posed to contemporary preaching by our postmodern cultural context, and the dynamics of mediating renewal of the mind through preaching.

At the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a sensitivity both to the contours of the biblical text and the needs of the

      congregations in sermon delivery;

  1. demonstrate an ability to exegete both text and culture;

  2. assess different principles of communication and sermon construction;

  3. analyse and show a knowledge of contemporary tools of communication available to today’s preacher;

  4. understand the significance of the place of preaching both within the Australian Christian Churches and the wider church.


TERM 3 EXTENSIVE (Parramatta Campus)


22nd & 23rd Sept;  20th & 21st Oct; 17th & 18th Nov         BIB551 New Testament Letters    (Lecturer: Dr. David Parker)


The unit examines the rhetorical function of the New Testament letters, with special focus on Pauline literature. It the moves from generality of Pauline theology to the particularity of Romans, and the constraints posed by the epistolary mode itself.

At the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

a.    demonstrate a well-rounded understanding of the principal literary forms, uses and major themes of Epistles in the New Testament;

b.    identify the historical, geographical, social background and the literary nature of the New Testament letters;

c.    analyse the use of rhetorical devices in the New Testament Epistles;

d.    demonstrate critical engagement with both primary and secondary texts;

e.    evaluate the narrative worldview implicit within Pauline theology;

f.     critically analyse selected texts from Romans.