UniSA launches 100 per cent online study

Student studying online INSIDE UNISA

For more than 25 years, UniSA students have been able to earn a degree without having to step on to a campus. The launch of UniSA Online in September, builds on the University’s history and experience to bring a suite of new career-focused 100 per cent online degrees, designed specifically for online learning.

UniSA Online opens up more opportunities for people who are looking to earn a degree to advance their career, or reinvent themselves in the workplace.

UniSA Online Executive Director Tom Steer is leading a talented team of learning experts, academics and support staff to develop the degrees and online learning experiences to help graduates achieve their career goals.

“We’ve been offering online education for decades,” Steer says. “At UniSA Online, we’re looking to deliver a new and enhanced online study experience, tailored to student needs.

“We have a team of expert academic developers and online educational designers who have worked closely with our experienced academics who teach on campus to design and present course content specifically for online learners.

“Each of our students will have a high quality online university experience where they’ll interact with media-rich materials and specialist teaching staff, while building the skills in demand by their profession.

“UniSA Online degrees will give students full control and ultimate flexibility over their study. They aren’t required to be online at a specific time and there’s no need to visit a campus because all assessments are 100 per cent online, which is perfect for students combining work and study.”

Students will also have access to support services seven days a week so they can get help when they need it.

Eleven UniSA Online undergraduate degrees (see breakout story) will start from 8 January next year. There will be starting dates spread through the year in January, April, June and September to allow students with busy lives to gain the skills and knowledge they need to, when it suits them, to make their mark in a chosen profession.

Courses will be offered in bite-sized 10-week blocks so students can absorb new information and remain engaged and motivated throughout the degree. A 24/7 interactive online environment provides continuous access to tutoring, technical support and learning resources.

Associate Dean of Online Education for the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, Associate Professor Jodie George, is looking after the Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology, Bachelor of Digital Media and Bachelor of Communication programs and says all three degrees have been designed to significantly expand students’ skill sets and industry connections and propel them forward in their careers.

Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology

“The Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology is a perfect example of a degree that supports a range of people to access and progress in the social services and health services sector which is one of the most significant sectors for employment growth,” Assoc Prof George says.

“With an ageing population and the NDIS rolling out there are enormous opportunities in this sector. For people who may be working in the field and looking to move forward in their careers, or maybe for someone in another sector who’s had a ‘how am I going to make a difference?’ moment, this degree is ideal.

“Even if people don’t work in health or social services but have always wanted to study psychology or sociology, this program is perfect because the flexible structure where all course content is available from enrolment gives full control for study timetables to our students.”

The degree will combine understanding of the behaviour of the individual – psychological science - with an understanding of behaviours in society – sociology; all informed by research.

“Students will also have many options when it comes to choosing specialised areas of study,” Assoc Prof George says.

“A lot of students who take psychology degrees do sociology as their sub major or minor – we have put it into the program and then allowed students to select a specialist sequence of courses focusing on Ageing and Disability or Criminology.

“These minors combine both psychological and sociological understandings that can be applied in areas of contemporary workforce demand while building on the broad-based understandings students gain from the whole program.”

She says the Bachelor of Communication and the Bachelor of Digital Media also have similar industry-focused specialities that make them unique degrees for people who are focusing on career progression or reinventing themselves in the workplace.

“The Bachelor of Communication offers students a combination of communication, writing and marketing courses underpinned by a journalism minor and a specialised focus on social media,” Assoc Prof George says.

“The Bachelor of Digital Media is also exciting. Through our wider work with industry partners including Rising Sun Pictures, Kojo and Frame Creative, students will be well prepared join one of the largest projected employment growth sectors – Multi and Social Media and Technology and Telecommunications Professionals.”

Degrees offered through UniSA Online:

  • Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

  • Bachelor of Business (Management)

  • Bachelor of Business (Marketing)

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

  • Bachelor of Communication

  • Bachelor of Community Health

  • Bachelor of Construction Management

  • Bachelor of Digital Media

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Exercise)

  • Bachelor of Information Technology and Data Analytics

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology

Applications open September 2017 via unisaonline.edu.au