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 course.


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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Pastoral Theology A

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate level

SEMESTER 1 2020
Monday Daytime Unit

CT02A

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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Pauline Theology and Romans (Greek)

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Monday Daytime Unit

NT019-612/712/812

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 (English)

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Monday Daytime Unit

NT018-612/712/812

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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New Testament Greek A (Class 1)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6

SEMESTER 1 2020
Monday + Thursday Daytime Unit

LA005-612

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 A (Class 2)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6

SEMESTER 1 2020
Monday + Wednesday Daytime Unit

LA005-612

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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Ethics

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate level

SEMESTER 1 2020
Tuesday Daytime Unit

CT04

Sex, guns and babies – what is Christian ethics in a postmodern, post-Christian, culturally relativist, morally subjectivist world where "everything is OK as long as you are true to yourself". Can you give a Christian viewpoint on the mini-Pill, euthanasia, IVF, divorce and remarriage, same-sex attraction, war, gambling, or which political party to vote for? Can you explain what makes something right or wrong? Would you go to the funeral of an Asian friend where there will be ancestor worship involved? Why are Christians vocal about some ethical issues (e.g., euthanasia and abortion) but not others (health, welfare, immigration)?..

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Wisdom Literature (Hebrew)

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Tuesday Daytime Unit

​OT017-612/712/812

There's something intriguing and appealing about books like Job, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs. But then they disorient us. The book of Job is sad, Ecclesiastes is sceptical and Proverbs is self-interested. And they don't seem to be about the gospel.

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Wisdom Literature (English)

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Tuesday Daytime Unit

OT016-612/712/812

There's something intriguing and appealing about books like Job, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs. But then they disorient us. The book of Job is sad, Ecclesiastes is sceptical and Proverbs is self-interested. And they don't seem to be about the gospel...

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Christianity in History to 1550

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 7

SEMESTER 1 2020
Tuesday Daytime Unit

CH001-712

Who we are is very much a product of our personal history and experiences. The same can be said of families, people groups, even whole countries. As Christians, we have a shared collective history of thought and experiences that make up who the church is today. Christian History not only helps us to understand ourselves, but it also reminds us how God has sovereignly worked throughout the centuries...

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Holy Spirit, Grace and Hope

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5

SEMESTER 1 2020
Tuesday Daytime Unit

TH009-512

As Christians we're convinced that the Bible is a book about salvation. And yet the grammar of salvation is complex in Scripture. If we ask 'Have I been saved?', or 'Am I being saved?' or 'Will I be saved?', the Bible's answer is 'Yes!' In this subject we'll explore how this is the case; how our redemption has been accomplished and applied by God's grace alone, through faith in Christ alone...

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Church, Sacraments and Ministry

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Wednesday Daytime Unit

TH004-612/712/812

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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Critical Thinking

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate level

SEMESTER 1 2020
Wednesday Daytime Unit

CT05

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Biblical Theology

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate level

SEMESTER 1 2020
Wednesday Daytime Unit

CT01

One of the joys of being a Christian is reading God's word and growing in our understanding of what it means to know the Lord Jesus and serve him. One of the challenges that soon becomes apparent and one that many Christians of all stages face is how to apply the various parts of the Bible to the Christian life. Wouldn't it have been great to walk with Jesus along that Emmaus road and hear him explain 'what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself' (Luke 24:27)?..

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Applied Evangelism

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Wednesday Daytime Unit

EM025-612/712/812

Jesus commissioned his disciples to ‘go and make disciples’ (Mt 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 Pt 3:15); and Paul lamented, ‘How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?’ (Rm 10:14)...

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Spiritual Formation for Cross-Cultural Settings

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Wednesday Daytime Unit

EM017-612/712/812

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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Spiritual Formation for Professional Ministries

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Thursday Daytime Unit

PC008-612/712/812

Competence and charisma often outstrip character in Christian leaders. However, what God primarily requires of Christian leaders in Scripture is character. That’s because leadership in God’s church is to be exercised by those who are first and foremost, followers of Jesus Christ. We can only serve as leaders if we are disciples of THE leader, Jesus Christ...

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Cross-Cultural Communication

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Thursday Daytime Unit
EM008-612/712/812

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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Pentateuch (Hebrew)

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Thursday 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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Pentateuch (English)

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Thursday 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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Biblical Hebrew A

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6

SEMESTER 1 2020
Thursday Daytime Unit

LA003-612

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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Old Testament Foundations

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5

SEMESTER 1 2020
Thursday Daytime Unit

OT001-512

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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Old Testament Foundations

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 7

SEMESTER 1 2020
Friday Daytime Unit

OT001-712

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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Knowledge of God

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
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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Christianity in History to 1550

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5

SEMESTER 1 2020
Friday Daytime Unit

CH001-512

Who we are is very much a product of our personal history and experiences. The same can be said of families, people groups, even whole countries. As Christians, we have a shared collective history of thought and experiences that make up who the church is today. Christian History not only helps us to understand ourselves, but it also reminds us how God has sovereignly worked throughout the centuries.

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