The Bachelor of Business (Community Services Management) course provides you with strong foundation skills and knowledge required to successfully enter the community services sector, including at a management level. Upon graduation, you will be able to work in areas that make a real difference in people’s lives.
A rewarding career – professionally and financially – awaits you upon completion of your Bachelor of Business at Stott’s College.
This course provides you with a community services management specialisation in a broader business context, ensuring you can work in a number of roles in different organisations in the community services sector. You will able to develop the necessary skills, knowledge and professional awareness to work in the sector, including at a management level. The course is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) and it is a pathway course for post-graduate courses in Australia accredited by ACWA.
You will gain a comprehensive knowledge in a broad range of areas including in business, management, law, marketing, and specialised areas in community services management, client and case management, cultural diversity as well as welfare law and ethics. You will also be given the opportunity to integrate your learning and apply knowledge of community services in an ethical manner in a work environment by undertaking two work integrated learning units.
The course is a fully accredited Australian higher education course completed over a three-year period. The course will be delivered through teacher-led classroom delivery in the form of lectures and tutorials. Most units require students to attend a two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial.
The five bands of core knowledge in this degree, in addition to community services management, are:
Accounting and Finance
The accounting unit in this course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role that accounting plays in various aspects of financial decision-making. Students will discover how profit and wealth are measured in a business context. In addition, students will learn how financial statements provide information regarding business performance and they will develop the ability to analyse such statements in order to identify financial problems and generate solutions. Students will also be exposed to accounting concepts such as cash management, the analysis of the principles and practices of corporate finance as well as contemporary finance issues and challenges.
The management units are designed to give students a thorough understanding of the role of management in the operation of a business. Topics which will be covered include the four functions of management, strategic management and planning tools and techniques, change management and leadership theories. Students will be able to further develop their understanding of strategic management by analysing the context of strategy, internal and external environmental scanning, strategy formulation and issues relating to the implementation of strategy.
The marketing units expose students to broad theories of marketing as well as practical knowledge about the design and implementation of marketing strategies. They cover in detail topics such as the functions of marketing within a business, elements of marketing mix and ethics and social responsibility factors relevant to marketing practices. Ultimately, students will be able to develop an awareness of the strategic planning role of marketing in creating sustainable competitive advantage.
The law units provide students with the knowledge of the legal environment in which community services organisations and business operate. Welfare law and ethics further adds to knowledge of the legal environment in which community services operates.
Human Resource Management (HRM)
Students will learn the different HRM concepts and practices and the mechanism for translating business strategies into the operational aspects of HRM. Students will also gain knowledge on relevant legal frameworks, including Occupational Health and Safety, the changing industrial relations system in Australia, as well as strategic HRM and the role of training and evaluation of performance as a function in the growth of a business.
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Business (Community Services Management), a student must acquire 24 units (360 credit points consisting of 14 core units, 8 major units and 2 elective units) as prescribed below:
ACC103 Accounting and Business Decisions 1
ACC302 Corporate Finance
BIS101 Business Information Systems
COM201 Business Communication
ECO101 Foundations of Economics
HRM101 Introduction to Human Resource Management
LAW101 Fundamentals of Law
LAW202 Company Law
MAN101 Introduction to Management
MAN204 Organisational Behaviour
MAN301 Strategic Management
MAN302 Preparation of the Business Plan
MRK101 Introduction to Marketing
MRK201 Marketing Mix
STU101 Study Skills (non-credit)
and a major stream of 8 units (120 credit points) and 2 elective units (90 Credit points)
CSM211 Manage the Quality of Direct Client Work
CSM212 Manage Cultural Diversity
CSM301 Manage Reflection & Professional Development Practices
CSM302 Provide Supervision & Debriefing to Staff
CSM303 Welfare Law and Ethics
CSM304 Community Services Management
WIL301 Work Integrated Learning (double load)
and 2 elective units (30 credit points)
The course has been carefully designed to allow you to incrementally develop knowledge and skills. More introductory features are covered in earlier stages of the course and there is an appropriate sequence of units which lead towards achievement of more advanced features in later stages.The following table indicates the suggested sequence of units studied as well as relevant pre-requisites.
The course consists of 14 Core Units, 8 Major Units stream and 2 Elective Units.
Accounting for Business Decisions 1
Manage the Quality of Direct Client Work
Manage Reflective & Professional Development Practices
Preparation of a Business Plan
Pre-requisite: MAN101 Introduction to Management
Business Information Systems
Fundamentals of Law
HRM and the Law
Pre-requisite: LAW101 Fundamentals of Law
Provide Supervision & Debriefing to Staff
Introduction to Management
Foundations of Economics
Pre-requisite: MAN101 Introduction to Management
Manage Cultural Diversity
Pre-requisite: MAN101 Introduction to Management
Work Integrated Learning
Pre-requisite: CSM303 Welfare Law and Ethics
Introduction to Marketing
Introduction to HRM
Welfare Law and Ethics
Community Services Management
FOR ENTRY INTO FIRST YEAR
Evidence of successful completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education to Year 12 or equivalent. This includes all Commonwealth State and Territory final year secondary school certificates of education, or international equivalent.
A clearly-in ATAR of 68.00 or its equivalent and/or satisfactory completion of one year of full-time study at an approved institute of tertiary education.
Mature Age Entry:
Mature Age students who demonstrate a capacity for successful study at a tertiary level through employment or educational experience, as judged by the Academic Board, may be admitted to the Bachelor courses.
Applying for Credit Transfer:
If you have completed prior tertiary studies, you may be eligible for some credit exemptions. For further information, please refer to our Awarding of Credit Policy.
Course Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate broad knowledge of a range of community services theories and frameworks.
2. Develop and apply an understanding of human diversity, including culture, gender, age, ability, class, religion, and sexuality.
3. Integrate and apply knowledge of community services professional practice and competencies within appropriate ethical and professional standards.
4. Apply critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems in practice.
5. Systematically review and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources in order to make informed judgement on options for innovatively solving a range of problems that arise in business contexts.
6. Exhibit professional judgment in the selection and use of common business tools to support decision-making and project management in a general business context.
7. Develop an appreciation for the legal framework in which organisations and communities operate.
8. Integrate feedback from clinical supervision and cultivates the capacity for reflective practice, professional responsibility, and accountability.
9. Communicate a range of business arguments by evaluating and implementing alternative communication strategies as appropriate to the audience.
10. Work collaboratively in diverse groups.
11. Build on and continuously develop the ability to be critical and reflective learners, cognisant of new technologies.
Upon graduation from this course, you can seek the Australian Community Workers’ Association (ACWA) full membership as a Welfare Centre Manager upon graduation.
For more information, please visit the ACWA website.
Some of the career opportunities for graduates may include:
Welfare Centre Manager
Program Development Manager
Welfare Project Manager
In addition, you should also be able to seek employment in a wide range of fields such as accounting, business analysis, commercial law, communications, entrepreneurship, event management, finance, human resources, international business, management, marketing, public relations or tourism.
Full fee for 2018 – $14,000 per year
Click here to view 2017-18 subject fee schedule.
FEE-HELP is a loan scheme available to eligible full fee paying higher education students, which assists with the payment of part or all of their student contribution. Repayment of the loan is through the Australian taxation system once their income goes above the designated threshold. Voluntary repayments may be made at any time, regardless of income. There is a loan fee of 25% for FEE-HELP loans for undergraduate courses. For further information refer to: http://studyassist.gov.au.
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