Bachelor of Security Studies - 2017

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

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Course summary - 2017

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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Please note: All Macquarie units are now available in Semesters. Please refer to the Key Dates page for further information.

The program focuses on security, risks and policy responses in today’s society. It includes risk analysis, strategic planning, intelligence, emergency response and national resilience. The curriculum has been designed in consultation with major industry stakeholders from the public and private sectors. It combines academic conceptual skills with vocational skills in security analysis. Core units focus on security concepts and issues and applying analytical tools to contemporary policy challenges.

The Bachelor of Security Studies is structured around three key themes: the contemporary security environment, the range of options available to governments and businesses to manage and respond to security challenges, and emerging and ongoing challenges to security. The program emphasises both analytical skills and creativity in responding to new and complex challenges.

Being a Macquarie student means you aren’t restricted to picking units from just one field. You’re encouraged to extend your educational scope. Students are required to complete a People and Planet unit to meet the requirement of their Macquarie degree. This holistic approach to education encourages you to take units out of interest and curiosity. In some cases these areas of study digress from your career path, but doing these units make things interesting. We provide a list of People and Planet units as a guide, which makes it easy for every student to choose outside of their required study plan. People units are specifically designed to focus on the social world and develop socio-cultural literacy. While Planet units are more focused on developing scientific literacy and an understanding of the physical world.

In 2016 the Macquarie unit codes have changed. All units previously studied under the old unit code will be recognized as equivalent.

By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

Knowledge:

Identify contemporary and emerging security threats.

Apply critical thinking skills in evaluating risk and threat assessment pertinent to the field of Security Studies.

Explore a range of theoretical principles that are necessary to contextualise traditional and non-traditional security threats.

Skills:

Present informed, considered and logical judgements within a framework relevant to a dynamic security environment. Demonstrate ethical principles that manifest a global outlook through engagement with interdisciplinary and international issues; evidenced through balanced and clearly considered written and oral communication.

Communicate acquired knowledge and skills effectively to a range of professional audiences. Present informed, considered and logical judgements within a framework relevant to a dynamic security environment.

Application:

Evidence creative and innovative solutions to contemporary security challenges through means of case based assessment and unit participation.

Analyse theoretical, thematic and practical positions pertinent to professional practice in the field of security studies, in preparation for graduate employment and career based professional development.

Select and integrate source based knowledge from a diverse range of positions relevant to the field of security studies, which demonstrate social responsibility and appreciate of diversity in the application of relevant policy and professional positions

The Bachelor of Security Studies has been designed to meet the needs of public and private sector employers in the security field. It is ideal for prospective students who want to enter the workforce as a security analyst in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors.

The core content of the program is designed to give graduates a strong knowledge and skill base to make them attractive candidates for government graduate programs, entry into commercial enterprises with large operations, private consultancies, non-governmental organisations, statute authorities or any organisation which regularly deals with actors in the security field.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study

You must also meet the following requirements:

  • 4 OUA Undergraduate units at pass level from any OUA provider; OR
  • 2 OUA Undergraduate units at credit level from any OUA provider; OR
  • an ATAR of 75 or equivalent OP of 12
  • IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places. Once you are registered in the CSP B Security Studies degree with Macquarie you will be contacted by the university with instructions on how to defer or make payment of fees upfront to the university.

Please note: If you are not eligible for registration in a CSP degree you may be able to still register as a fee paying student. Further information can be obtained from Student Connect http://www.students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/student_connect/.

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University and OUA offer a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others.

 All unit materials are delivered fully online. Students with special needs can apply for alternative assessment arrangements. Contact us at http://www.students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/student_connect/

Complete level 1 core units

Complete people and planet units

Complete level 2 core units and electives

Complete level 3 units and electives

Complete Capstone in final study period

Students must complete 24 units of study, comprised of

  • 12 core units
  • 3 specified electives
  • 1 People and 1 Planet unit (from two different faculties)
  • 7 open electives from any OUA provider (including Macquarie). 4 of these 7 open elective units must come from Levels 2 or 3 units. The other 3 electives can come from any level

With:

  • No more than 10 units at level 1
  • A minimum of 14 units at level 2 or above
  • A minimum of 6 units at level 3

The degree will normally be of three years duration for full-time students, but part-time students may take up to 10 years of continuous study to complete units towards the degree.

Electives

Four of these seven open elective units must come from levels 2 or 3 units. The other three electives can come from any level.
 

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Security Studies
PICX110 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -
Security in an Age of Risk
PICX111 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -
Strategy and Security in the Indo-Pacific Region
PICX112 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -
Terrorism in the 21st Century
PICX113 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -

Students must complete one People unit and one Planet unit. Those units must be taken in two different faculties. See list of people and planet units below.

Complete 1 unit from the following 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Requirements Analysis and Modelling (Previously INF10006 Information Systems Fundamentals)
INF20003 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Law, Government and Policy
CCJ13 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Organisational Behaviour
PSYX130 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -
Outbreak: The Detection and Control of Infectious Disease
SCB160 RMIT SP1 - SP3 -
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Intelligence and Counter Intelligence
PICX210 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -
National Security: Policy and Strategy
PICX211 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -
Modern Warfare
PICX212 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -
National Resilience: Crisis Response and Emergency Management
PICX213 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -

Students must complete one People unit and one Planet unit. Those units must be taken in two different faculties. See list of people and planet units below.

Complete 1 unit from the following 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Situational Crime Prevention and Security Management
CCJ28 Griffith Coming in 2018
Military Force and Counterterrorism
POL2321 Murdoch - - SP3 SP4
Business Information Systems Analysis (Previously INF20002 Business Analysis and Modelling)
INF30003 Swinburne SP1 - - -
Australian Governments and Public Policy
POIX207 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -

1 If you have completed Murdoch University's POL224 International Relations Theory and Practice as optional unit for this course, it will be counted towards your degree.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Insecurity and Development
PICX310 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -
Cyber Security in Practice
PICX311 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -
Strategies of Political Violence
PICX313 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -
Ethics and Security
PICX3201 Macquarie - Sem2 -

1 Students must complete the capstone unit (PICX320) as the last level 3 unit of their degree.

Complete 1 unit from the following 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Management Strategy and Decision Making
IBA312 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Crime Analysis and Investigation
CCJ38 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Policing, Intelligence and Counterterrorism
POL3351 Murdoch - SP2 - SP4
Cyberlaw
LAW30006 Swinburne SP1 - - -

1 If you have completed Murdoch University's POL344 Australian Foreign & Security Policy as optional unit for this course, it will be counted towards your degree.

  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Myth in the Ancient World
AHIX140 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -
Human Evolution and Diversity
ANTX151 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -
Illness and Healing
ANTX202 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -
Literature and the Political
ENGX108 Macquarie - Sem2 -
Foundations in Gender Studies
GENX110 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -
An Introduction to Big History
MHIX115 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 Sem3
ANZAC: Australians at War
MHIX205 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 Sem3
War and Peace in World History
MHIX211 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -
Happiness, Goodness and Justice
PHIX132 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -
Critical Thinking
PHIX137 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 Sem3
Thinking Politically
POIX107 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -
Introduction to Global Politics
POIX108 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 Sem3
Creating New States
POIX304 Macquarie Sem1 - -
Australian Society
SOCX175 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -
Love, Sex and Friendship
SOCX315 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -

Students must complete one People unit and one Planet unit. Those units must be taken in two different faculties.

  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Delusions and Disorders of the Mind and Brain
COGX101 Macquarie - Sem2 -
Language, Culture and Communication
LINX109 Macquarie Coming in 2018

Students must complete one People unit and one Planet unit. Those units must be taken in two different faculties.

  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Drugs Across Cultures
ANTX106 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 -

Students must complete one People unit and one Planet unit. Those units must be taken in two different faculties.

  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Biological Basis of Behaviour
BIOX122 Macquarie Sem1 - -
Science of Sex
BIOX260 Macquarie Coming in 2018

Students must complete one People unit and one Planet unit. Those units must be taken in two different faculties.

     Macquarie University recognises formal, informal and non-formal learning to support an individual's lifelong learning goals. An application for RPL will need the following support:

Evidence for formal learning

1. Official Academic transcript including all grades, on an institution letterhead. If your supporting documents are in a language other than English, this must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

2. Unit/Subject outlines 

You need to supply a copy of the unit outline to support your request for exemption of units at Macquarie University.

Evidence for informal and non-formal learning

Suitable portfolio items e.g. Certificates from accredited courses, results from other non-credited courses, certificates and statements from employer courses or professional bodies, employment history and position descriptions, employers verifying your knowledge, skill and experience, details of community activities involving significant responsibilities, on-the-job assessment record, performance management reports etc.

You will need to complete an application for credit form and send to the OUA Program Manager at Macquarie University. There is no charge for students. 

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Students are eligible to register for this degree after successfully completing at least 2 units from the course with a credit average; or passing four units from the course. Registration is free for all students. Please see the Application tab for details on how to apply for CSP. If you are not eligible for CSP, please complete the non-CSP registration form (Application Form for Undergraduate Studies: Non-CSP and International Applicants).

Once registered you will receive the degree structure that you must follow to achieve the qualification.

Please contact us at http://www.students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/student_connect/ for further enquiries.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

Find out more about
HECS-HELP
Unit loan
(FEE-HELP)
  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

A major change has been made to the degree structure to introduce 2 new Macquarie core units, PICX214 History of War and Conflict in Asia to replace PICX213 National Resilience: Crisis Response and Emergency Management and PICX320 Ethics and Security to replace PICX312 Dynamic Simulation and Strategic Planning (Capstone).

All students registering in the Bachelor of Security Studies must complete the structure at the time of registration. Retired units that have been completed will be counted towards the degree. Please contact Macquarie University for further assistance at http://www.students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/student_connect/ .

In 2016 the Macquarie unit codes have changed. All units previously studied under the old unit code will be recognized as equivalent.

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