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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.

Units are available in the following modes:

  • On-Campus: units in this mode are delivered face-to-face in the classroom only.
  • Off-Campus: units in this mode are delivered live online only.
  • Hybrid: units in this mode are delivered both on-campus and off-campus concurrently.

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**In ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the Higher Education relief package, the Australian federal government is continuing its exemption for undergraduate courses from FEE-HELP's 20% loan fee till 31 December 2022 (there is no loan fee for units of study in Postgraduate courses.). The loan fee exemption will reduce the total debt of students accessing FEE-HELP by 20% for units with a census date in 2022.**


Announcement: Vaccination requirement in place for on-campus attendance in Semester 1, 2022.  

In 2022 our lecturers will be continuing, as we have over the last couple of years, to offer off-campus study (live online classes) to ensure all people who want to study with us, can do so, and continue to do so.

Because of our context, being a residential and community-based college with numerous identified vulnerable to COVID people living onsite (infants, immunocompromised and older people), and to reduce the possibility of a widespread outbreak, the College Board has implemented a temporary requirement for people to be double COVID vaccinated (unless a person has an approved medical exemption) for our on-campus study option in Semester 1, 2022. Further details of SMBC's COVID-19 response can be found here


Daytime Units

Jesus and the Gospels

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2022
Monday Daytime Unit

​NT001-512/612/812

Being a Christian involves ‘following’ the Lord Jesus, not around Galilee and Judea, but in the course of our daily lives. The four Gospels provide four different records of what Jesus said and did. They are the foundation for knowing and understanding what he has done for us, as well as what he said about God and his will. If we really want to ‘follow’ Jesus, if we really want to be salt and light in our world, then the Gospels need to be our regular reading matter.

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The Church and its Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid, Corequisites: 6cps TH/CH/PE + 24cps OT/NT/BB

SEMESTER 1 2022
Monday Daytime Unit

TH104-612/712/812 + TH205-912(Capstone) + TH206-912(Specialised Studies)

For Christians, church is a central part of life. But what, according to the Bible, is the church? What is it we are seeking to do when we gather? What is the church’s nature and essential marks?..

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New Testament Greek A

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/8 on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2022
Monday + Thursday Daytime Unit

LA005-612/812

Learning to read the New Testament in its original language opens up a richness of understanding of the text, providing fresh insights and nuances that can deepen your love of God's Word, and enhance the faithfulness of your teaching and preaching...

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Pauline Theology and Romans (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2022
Tuesday Daytime Unit

NT018-612/712/812 + NT206-912 (Specialised Studies)

The apostle Paul was one of the most zealous evangelists and clearest thinkers in the early church. What we know about him comes from the Acts of the Apostles and from the letters that make up a large part of our New Testament. Our world is fast becoming as pagan as it was in Paul’s time. With individual Christians and churches exhibiting many of the problems that he addressed, his letters are of crucial importance to the modern church. They enable us to respond to those issues in a godly and courageous way, and remain faithful to Christ and his gospel in our own age...

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Pauline Theology and Romans (Greek)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2022
Tuesday Daytime Unit

NT019-612/712/812 + NT206-912 (Specialised Studies)

The apostle Paul was one of the most zealous evangelists and clearest thinkers in the early church. What we know about him comes from the Acts of the Apostles and from the letters that make up a large part of our New Testament. Our world is fast becoming as pagan as it was in Paul’s time. With individual Christians and churches exhibiting many of the problems that he addressed, his letters are of crucial importance to the modern church. They enable us to respond to those issues in a godly and courageous way, and remain faithful to Christ and his gospel in our own age...

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Foundational Christian Beliefs

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/8 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2022
Tuesday Daytime Unit

TH005-512/812

‘Everyone is a theologian...they just don't know it!’ If that's so, then the real question is whether you're doing good or bad theology. Theology absolutely matters. That's because what lies at the heart of life, love and the universe is the reality of the Triune God and his plan to create, redeem and perfect the world he has made for his glory...

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Pentateuch (Hebrew)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid, Prerequisite: LA004 Corequisite: OT001 or OT003

SEMESTER 1 2022
Tuesday + Wednesday Daytime Unit

OT009-612/712/812

The Pentateuch is the foundation of all biblical revelation, and indeed, of the entire biblical worldview. How was this part of Scripture designed to impact the lives of ancient Israelites? And how does knowing this help us discern God’s enduring message for today?..

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Old Testament Foundations

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2022
Wednesday Daytime Unit

OT001-512/612/812

As Christians, we want to affirm that the Old Testament is indeed the word of God and that it holds value for the contemporary church. Yet at times we struggle to know what to do with it. While some parts are familiar, there is much here that seems odd or strange. In fact, it can sometimes feel like we are travellers lost in a foreign country – and without a guidebook...

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Pentateuch (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid, Corequisite: OT001 or OT003

SEMESTER 1 2022
Wednesday Daytime Unit

OT008-612/712/812

The Pentateuch is the foundation of all biblical revelation, and indeed, of the entire biblical worldview. How was this part of Scripture designed to impact the lives of ancient Israelites? And how does knowing this help us discern God’s enduring message for today?..

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Personal and Spiritual Formation for Christian Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2022
Wednesday Daytime Unit

PC076-612/712/812 + PC206-912(Specialised Studies)
Note: this unit is being offered in place of PC008 Spiritual Formation for Professional Ministries

Powerful cultural forces seek to form our desires and choices. A pivotal biblical text insists, “Do not be conformed … be transformed” How are we formed? Counter-formed? Transformed … for faithful living, godly ministry, wise leadership?...

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Spiritual Formation for Cross-Cultural Settings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2022
Wednesday Daytime Unit

EM017-612/712/812 + EM205-912(Capstone)

Cross-cultural ministry can shape us to be more like our Lord Jesus. Unfortunately, it can also be a difficult and discouraging journey. This is often due to the extra challenges of living and serving away from our normal supports of family, friends and church; being out of our comfort zone in unfamiliar cultures where we struggle as linguistic toddlers; and confronting entrenched spiritual forces that are dogged in opposing the discipling of the nations...

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Biblical Hebrew A

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/8, on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2022
Thursday Daytime Unit

LA003-612/812

This unit is the first step in building a solid framework for engaging with Biblical Hebrew texts in their original language. By completing both Biblical Hebrew A and B (Semester 2), 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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Cross-Cultural Communication

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2022
Thursday Daytime Unit

EM008-612/712/812 + EM205-912 (Capstone)

Would you like to get to know people from another culture, but are afraid of ‘treading on their cultural toes’? Do you want to learn how to share the gospel with people who are very different to you, in a way that resonates with their hearts?..

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Applied Evangelism

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2022
Thursday Daytime Unit

EM025-6/7/812 +  + EM205-912(Capstone)

Jesus commissioned his disciples to ‘go and make disciples’ (Matthew 28:19); Peter exhorted, ‘Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have’ (1 Peter 3:15); and Paul lamented, ‘How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?’ (Romans 10:14). As Christians, we have a commission, exhortation and passion to evangelise, but do you ever get the feeling that our culture has changed, and methods of evangelism which once worked very well last century, no longer seem as effective?..

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The Knowledge of God

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 on-campus, Corequisites: 6cps TH/CH/PE + 24cps OT/NT/BB

SEMESTER 1 2022
Friday Daytime Unit

​TH001-612/712/812

Can we know God? And if so, then how? Who wrote the Bible? Is it a divine book? Or a human book? How reliable and trustworthy is the Bible? Can we rely on it to tell us the truth about all things, or just some things? Does God foreknow the future? All of it, or just some of it? If everything happens according to God's will, why is there still suffering and evil in the world? What exactly does it mean to be created in God's image?..

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Introduction to Research Methods

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 hybrid, Prerequisites: 48 credit points at AQF level 8

SEMESTER 1 2022
Friday Seminars

AS001-912

The purpose of the unit is to assist you to plan and design a research project. You will be introduced to the discipline of research, become familiar with the research methods that you are likely to use in your research, analyse some examples of the research of others, and develop your own research proposal...

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The Early New Testament Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2022
Monday Daytime Unit

NT002-812

The church is far from perfect; whether we have in mind the early church or the church today. How did the church get started? What issues did those first Christians struggle with? How did God use his people to spread the light of the gospel from its beginnings in Judea and Jerusalem to the very heart of the Roman Empire?..

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The Psalter (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Monday Daytime Unit

OT020-612/712/812 + OT205-912 (Capstone) + OT206-912 (Specialised Studies)

We live in beautiful but broken world, a world full of blessing and loss. In every circumstance, we are called to trust in a God who is sovereign and good, a God who has promised to save and protect his people. How do we respond when our prayers to God go unanswered? How do we live faithfully before God in times of blessing and in times of loss?..

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The Psalter (Hebrew)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Monday Daytime Unit

OT021-612/712/812 + OT205-912 (Capstone) + OT206-912 (Specialised Studies)

We live in beautiful but broken world, a world full of blessing and loss. In every circumstance, we are called to trust in a God who is sovereign and good, a God who has promised to save and protect his people. How do we respond when our prayers to God go unanswered? How do we live faithfully before God in times of blessing and in times of loss?..

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Pastoral Skills and Methods

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Tuesday 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 a crisis such as relationship breakdown, death, mental illness or domestic violence...

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The Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ

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

SEMESTER 2 2022
Tuesday 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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New Testament Greek B

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/8, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Tuesday + Thursday Daytime Unit

LA006-612/812

In this unit we continue our introduction and experience in reading the language in which the New Testament was written. This prepares you to read straightforward parts of the Greek New Testament for yourself, be equipped for consulting New Testament commentaries based on the Greek text and reading books which discuss or refer to Greek words and expressions. New Testament Greek is a prerequisite for the study of degree New Testament units with Greek exegesis in the Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity...

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Teaching in Intercultural Settings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Tuesday Daytime Unit

EM014-612/712/812 + EM205-912 (Capstone) + EM206-912 (Specialised Studies)

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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Living Faiths

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Wednesday Daytime Unit

EM021-612/712/812 + EM205-912 (Capstone)

Over 4 billion people in the world follow traditional religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, or Islam. Perhaps God has given you an interest in helping people in these religions find Jesus? This unit will help you do that. In it, we explore the basic beliefs, practices, and some deeply held assumptions of Animists, Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims...

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Old Testament Prophets and Writings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2022
Wednesday Daytime Unit

OT002-512/612/812

'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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Other Writings (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2022
Wednesday Daytime Unit

NT024-612/712/812  + NT205-912 (Capstone) + NT206-912 (Specialised Studies)

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: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2022
Thursday Daytime Unit

NT025-612/712/812  + NT205-912 (Capstone) + NT206-912 (Specialised Studies)

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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Church Planting (Cross-Cultural)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2022
Thursday Daytime Unit

EM026-612/712/812 + NT205-912 (Capstone)

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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Preaching II

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2022
Thursday Daytime Unit

PC048-612/712/812 + PC206-912 (Specialised Studies)

In our churches every week there are people wrestling with life’s difficulties. The problems of death, disease, political unrest and terrorism create considerable angst and fear. In today’s church how do we address God’s people dealing with such turmoil? How do we communicate the timeless truths of the gospel and connect them with our broken world? How does Christ make a difference? In what ways do people best hear and understand these truths? How does the Bible speak to our deepest longings?..

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The Early New Testament Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2022
Friday Daytime Unit

NT002-512/612

The church is far from perfect; whether we have in mind the early church or the church today. How did the church get started? What issues did those first Christians struggle with? How did God use his people to spread the light of the gospel from its beginnings in Judea and Jerusalem to the very heart of the Roman Empire?..

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The Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Friday Daytime Unit

TH103-612/712/812 + TH205-912 (Capstone) + TH206-912 (Specialised Studies)

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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Biblical Hebrew B

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/8, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Friday Daytime Unit

LA004-612/812

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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