Units (Subjects)

See below for the individual units (subjects) currently available. Please go to Courses for information on our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

We encourage you to contact our registrars to start a conversation about what units might best suit your needs.


Opportunity – Lower Student Loan Fee:
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the Higher Education relief package, the Australian federal government has proposed a six month exemption from FEE-HELP's 25% loan fee (census dates 1 April to 30 September 2020). If the legislation is passed, there is nothing that students or colleges need to do, and it will reflect a lower overall debt to undergraduate students than their Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) suggests. This is encouraging news if you're thinking about studying towards a diploma or degree at SMBC starting in July 2020 (Semester 2). Please chat with our registrar team for details.

Note: Due to COVID-19, Semester 2 2020 will be offered in 'off-campus mode', that is, a mix of online lectures, videos, activities and interaction with lecturers and fellow students.


AQF levels (Australian Qualifications Framework) specify the standards for educational qualifications:
AQF 5 = Foundational undergraduate level
AQF 6 = Advanced undergraduate level
AQF 7 = Advanced undergraduate level + Foundational postgraduate level
AQF 8 = Advanced postgraduate level
AQF 9 = Advanced postgraduate level
AQF 10 = Doctorate postgraduate level
Here's a helpful chart with more AQF levels information

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Daytime Units

Isaiah (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8, Corequisite: OT002-512/712

SEMESTER 2 2020
Monday Daytime Unit

OT022-612/712/812

One morning, Hezekiah looked over the wall of Jerusalem to see that the Assyrian soldiers who were going to destroy the city had dropped dead. Isaiah is a book full of surprises: nations will turn their weapons into farming tools, a virgin will be with child, one day Egypt will be called God’s people, an exalted conqueror can be despised for looking weak and barely human...

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Isaiah (Hebrew)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8, Prerequisite: LA004-612, Corequisite: OT002-512/712

SEMESTER 2 2020
Monday Daytime Unit

OT023-612/712/812

One morning, Hezekiah looked over the wall of Jerusalem to see that the Assyrian soldiers who were going to destroy the city had dropped dead. Isaiah is a book full of surprises: nations will turn their weapons into farming tools, a virgin will be with child, one day Egypt will be called God’s people, an exalted conqueror can be despised for looking weak and barely human...

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Teaching in Intercultural Settings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8

SEMESTER 2 2020
Monday Daytime Unit

EM014-612/712/812

Are you teaching, training, or discipling anyone from a different cultural background than your own? Or do you think you might be in the next few years? If so, this unit is designed to equip you to do this well...

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Biblical Hebrew B

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6, Prerequisite: Biblical Hebrew A

SEMESTER 2 2020
Monday Daytime Unit

LA004-612

This unit continues building a solid framework for engaging with Biblical Hebrew texts in their original language. By completing both Biblical Hebrew A (Semester 1) and B, students will be in a position to work directly with the Hebrew scriptures, and to continue translation and exegesis of Old Testament texts. After these units, students will be able to take Old Testament exegesis units in the Hebrew stream...

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Old Testament Prophets and Writings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7

SEMESTER 2 2020
Monday Daytime Unit

OT002-512/712

'Get Wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.’ (Proverbs 4:7). Would you like to grow in your understanding of the Old Testament’s wisdom and prophecy books? Would you like to deepen your knowledge of God, as well as be equipped with tools for doing your own study and teaching of some of the least read books of the Bible?

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Mission Perspectives

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate level

SEMESTER 2 2020
Tuesday Daytime Unit

CM07

God has a global mission! And that means that we, as God’s people, also have a mission. But to know how we fit in, we need to understand what God has done, is doing and will do...

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Other Writings (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8

SEMESTER 2 2020
Tuesday Daytime Unit

NT024-612/712/812

Want to explore in more depth the thorny issues raised in Paul's letter to the Corinthians and the theological depth of Hebrews? How did the values in 1st century Corinth impact the Corinthian church and their view of the Christian life and spiritual gifts? Why did the writer to the Hebrews warn them about falling away?..

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Other Writings (Greek)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8

SEMESTER 2 2020
Tuesday Daytime Unit

NT025-612/712/812

Want to explore in more depth the thorny issues raised in Paul's letter to the Corinthians and the theological depth of Hebrews? How did the values in 1st century Corinth impact the Corinthian church and their view of the Christian life and spiritual gifts? Why did the writer to the Hebrews warn them about falling away?..

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Christianity in History from 1550

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7

SEMESTER 2 2020
Tuesday Unit

CH002-512/712

We can only properly make sense of our present if we understand our past. Our numerous Protestant denominations only make sense if we understand the Reformation of the 16th Century. Whether we identify ourselves as modern or post-modern, we are indebted to the Enlightenment of the 18th Century. Our ability to understand the American Presidential race depends in part on how we well we have grasped the rise of fundamentalism in the 19th Century...

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New Testament Greek B (Class 1)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6, Prerequisite: New Testament Greek A

SEMESTER 2 2020
Tuesday + Thursday Daytime Unit

LA006-612

Learning to read the New Testament in its original language opens up a richness of understanding of the text. There are fresh insights and nuances that can deepen your love of God's word...

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New Testament Greek B (Class 2)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6, Prerequisite: New Testament Greek A

SEMESTER 2 2020
Tuesday + Thursday Daytime Unit

LA006-612

Learning to read the New Testament in its original language opens up a richness of understanding of the text. There are fresh insights and nuances that can deepen your love of God's word...

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The Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8, Prerequisites: 2x foundational NT/OT units + 1 x CH/TH/PE unit

SEMESTER 2 2020
Wednesday Daytime Unit

TH002-612/712/812

Theology affects all of life. It is intensely practical. It answers the meaning of life questions such as, “Who am I? What is my purpose? How can I live well?” – by stepping back to see the centrality of God himself to our lives and the universe. As Augustine said, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”...

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The Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8, Prerequisites: 2x foundational NT/OT units + 1 x CH/TH/PE unit

SEMESTER 2 2020
Wednesday Daytime Unit

TH003-612/712/812

There is no more important question in life than, “What must I do to be saved?” The doctrines of grace are concerned with God’s plan of salvation from election through to glorification, through which he brings about his eternal purposes for his creation, and in particular, for those he has chosen by grace to be his people. They also describe how the finished work of Jesus Christ is applied by the regenerating and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit to the believer, who by virtue of their union with Christ, is justified, adopted and perfected to share in his glory...

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Pastoral Theology B

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate level - Prerequisite: Pastoral Theology A

SEMESTER 2 2020
Wednesday Daytime Unit

CT02B

Pastoral Theology seeks to provide students with an overview of the structure and content of Christian theology. In doing so, the focus of the subject is upon the personal impact of the knowledge of God upon the student's mind, heart and life. It is a thought provoking unit seeking to help a student understand the implications of theology for the way they live, with the spiritual formation of the student as its primary goal.

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Church Planting (Cross-Cultural)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8

SEMESTER 2 2020
Thursday Daytime Unit

EM026-612/712/812

Are you interested in helping a church, or cluster of churches, come into being where they don’t yet exist, and especially where Christ is not known? This unit will help you develop a biblical framework for church planting. We’ll wrestle with the whys, whats, and hows of starting churches from scratch...

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Pastoral Skills and Methods

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8

SEMESTER 2 2020
Thursday Daytime Unit

PC003-612/712/812

Christian ministry is grounded in God’s love for people in the gospel of Jesus Christ. That means Christian ministry is necessarily about loving and caring for people, so that they love, trust and look to Christ. Ministry to people can be challenging at the best of times, and especially when people are faced with crisis such as relationship breakdown, death, mental illness or domestic violence...

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Living Faiths

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8

SEMESTER 2 2020
Friday Unit

EM021-612/712/812

2.5 billion people in the world follow Islam or Buddhism. Perhaps God has given you an interest in helping Muslims or Buddhists find Jesus?..

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God’s Mission and the Local Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8

SEMESTER 2 2020
Friday Unit

EM060-612/712/812

Our God is a God of mission. The gospel is for people of every nation, tribe and tongue, in Australia and to the ends of the earth. We all affirm it but how should it impact our lives and our churches here? Should we just focus on our own neighbourhood and let others work out the rest? What does it look like to faithfully serve God’s global mission at home? What is our role locally and further afield?..

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