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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)

Module THEO42230: Supervised Independent Study of Practical Theology

Department: Theology and Religion

THEO42230: Supervised Independent Study of Practical Theology

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap None.
Tied to DThM (new code required)


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To enable students to research a small-scale topic or issue of professional interest or relevance through the use of appropriate research strategies and to deepen understanding.


  • The focus of this module will be decided in consultation between the student, module convenor and supervisor. The title of the project must be agreed on registration of the module. In this module, students develop and demonstrate research skills in a chosen aspect of research in which they are interested.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • A critical understanding of key issues associated with the selected topic.
  • In-depth knowledge of the literature on the selected topic.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • The ability to analyse and evaluate data presented in a variety of different forms.
  • The ability to formulate justifiable conclusions and to present them appropriately.
Key Skills:
  • The ability to work effectively independently
  • The ability to communicate effectively using written methods.
  • Effective time management skills, working to timetables and agreed deadlines

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Tutorials, focusing on discussion and feedback between tutors and students, usually on a one-to-one basis, and in a relatively informal learning environment, supported by a written record of the key points covered. Tutorials enable learners to develop, discuss, question and receive feedback on the full range of their subject-specific knowledge and critical understanding, and to gain experience and competence in key skills pertaining to teamwork, communication and taking responsibility for personal development.
  • Self-guided learning, comprising personal and group-based study, research, revision, problem-solving and evaluation associated with classes and assignments. Self-guided learning enables students to increase their knowledge and critical understanding of the full range of subject-specific knowledge, and to gain experience and competence in the full range of subject-specific skills and key skills.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Tutorials 3 1 per term 1 hour 3
Preparation and Reading 297
Total 300

Summative Assessment

Component: Summative essay Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 5,000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University