Graduate Attributes

Bachelor of Applied Social Science (BASS)

Bachelor of Applied Social Science

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science is designed and developed to ensure that all graduates obtain a set of key skills and attributes to assist them in their professional and academic careers as well as their personal lives.

Graduate attributes that are taught, practiced, and assessed throughout the course include:

  • effective oral and written communication skills
  • interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a group environment
  • creativity and innovative thinking
  • problem solving skills
  • critical analysis and evaluation
  • ethical conduct and professionalism


Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)

The Counselling Specialisation orients students towards an integrationist approach in their development as a counsellor. The goal is to assist students to understand and apply counselling techniques and strategies effectively. The student remains open and responsive to various ways of integrating diverse theories and techniques into their professional endeavours and their developing identity as a practitioner.

Graduates of this course will acquire knowledge and skills to engage in counselling interactions. They will possess knowledge of the normal processes of human development to enable them to recognise major transitional points in development and some of the crises which may arise around these points. They will be able to recognise some forms of pathological behaviour and know when and how to appropriately refer. They will have more than an introductory understanding of the major theories of counselling and be capable of applying the micro skills of counselling.


Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Management)

The Management Specialisation has been designed to provide a range of subjects that contribute to developing high levels of conceptual, relational and technical competency. Conceptual skills involve the student’s ability to grasp complex theories and processes, to think critically, analytically and laterally, to process information from a range of sources and to plan. Relational skills involve the ability to work with and in relationship to other people as a member of a group or team. It involves the ability to motivate, facilitate, coordinate, lead, communicate, and resolve conflicts. Technical skills include the mastery of the methods, techniques and equipment involved in specific organisational functions. Technical competency requires specialised knowledge, analytical ability, and the competent use of tools and techniques to solve problems in a specific discipline.

Graduates of this course will be capable of demonstrating conceptual, relational and technical competencies depending on their areas of interest and their innate personal abilities. They will be prepared for various levels of management as effective communicators who are capable of analysing and solving problems, who are socially aware and possess a global perspective, and who are responsible citizens and professional practitioners


Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Sport and Performance)

The Sport and Performance Specialisation has been designed to provide students with a psychological framework for improving performance in a multiplicity of environments. This course builds upon essential psychological concepts and skills needed for top level performance as an athlete, a business executive, a fitness participant, a performing artist or any other performance endeavour. In the most pervasive sense of the word performance refers to functional effectiveness. The student who undertakes this specialisation is able to integrate mental, physical, and emotional skills leading to optimal or peak performance in sporting as well as non-sporting environments.

Graduates of this course will be capable of integrating both theory and practice of psychological preparation for high-level performance in a variety of professions.