Southern Cross University has announced a range of new degrees on offer in 2024, including an expanded suite of business degrees and a new Bachelor of Counselling, Bachelor of Innovation with Honours, Master of Computing and Master of Nursing.
Offered at all three campuses and online, the Bachelor of Counselling will provide a foundation in psychology, assessment and interventions, counselling theory and practice and building relationships. Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Counselling, Professor Ebi Cocodia, said students will have access to the latest research and approaches, ready to hit the ground running with a practical experience component of 200 hours.
“There have been tremendous advances in the counselling field over the last 10 years. The new degree integrates mental health and wellness/strength-based models, encouraging and equipping counsellors to work with the whole person. The course aims to produce self-reflexive counsellors,” Professor Cocodia said.
A new one-year online Bachelor of Innovation with Honours will enhance students’ skills in research, creativity and problem-solving. With an embedded industry research project, the honours degree will fast track research and project management skills as well as communication, digital engagement, initiative and teamwork.
Associate Dean (Education) at SCU College, Associate Professor Suzi Syme, said innovative thinkers are in high demand. “The degree meets the demand from employers for graduates who not only have academic grounding in design-led innovation but also real-life application. They understand how to apply innovative solutions to complex problems with global implications,” she said.
New postgraduate courses in computing will also be introduced in 2024. The Graduate Certificate in Computing, Graduate Diploma of Computing and Master of Computing will advance students’ careers in Information Communication Technology, according to Course Coordinator for the Master of Information Technology Management, Dr Vinh Bui.
“We created the Master of Computing and the associated degrees to allow professionals from other fields to learn about information technologies and develop sufficient knowledge and skills to apply information technology to solve problems in their domain,” Dr Bui said.
“The knowledge of computing is critical to effectively operate in the future.”
Additionally, a new Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) will enable students to become a Registered Nurse (RN) in just two years. Offered at all three campuses, the course is ideal for graduates of health degrees who wish to transition into nursing or graduates from other disciplines who wish to pursue a healthcare career with robust employment prospects.
Course Coordinator, Associate Professor Sam Lapkin, said the degree is designed to equip aspiring nurses with the essential professional knowledge, skills, and clinical experiences needed for a successful career in nursing and health.
“Theoretical knowledge is solidified through hands-on clinical laboratory learning experiences and clinical placements under close supervision. These clinical experiences are thoughtfully offered in diverse healthcare settings, including local, regional, and remote facilities. This approach ensures that students gain invaluable learning experiences that prepare them for the challenges and rewards of real-world nursing practice,” Associate Professor Lapkin said.
A suite of new business double degrees will offer diverse career options with students able to study the Bachelor of Business and Enterprisein conjunction with the Bachelor of Engineering Systems (Honours), Bachelor of Information Technology or Bachelor of Psychological Science.
The new courses complement Southern Cross University’s existing suite of degrees with over 100 undergraduate and postgraduate courses available in 2024.
To find out more about Southern Cross University’s 2024 course offerings, download the Southern Cross University Quick Course Guide 2024.