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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)

Module TMMC1171: Independent Learning Project (Long)

Department: Theology, Ministry and Mission

TMMC1171: Independent Learning Project (Long)

Type Tied Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2017/18 Module Cap None. Location Durham


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  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To offer an opportunity for students to engage in independent learning related to a topic, issue, or ministerial area, not available elsewhere in the programme and suitable to this level.


  • Participants will, in consultation and negotiation with the tutor, identify a topic, issue, or ministerial area relevant to the study of the theory and practice of ministry and in which there is academic expertise in the institution.
  • An independent learning project will be developed which may include both library and practical research.
  • The area chosen may enhance and integrate study from the taught module programme providing the independent study is clearly distinguished from the content of such taught modules

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Investigate intelligently and discuss knowledgeably one or more themes in theology, ministry and mission, interacting with the questions to which the theme(s) give rise, and, where appropriate, with other relevant theological and non-theological disciplines.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Engage in relevant practices of Christian discipleship, mission and ministry in the light of theological, and where appropriate, other disciplines.
  • Draw on appropriate methodologies and various relevant disciplines with guidance from a tutor, to reflect on the chosen subject area in the context of discipleship, mission and ministry, communicating accurately and reliably in writing.
Key Skills:
  • Identify, gather and evaluate source materials for a specific purpose.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches, communicating their findings sensitively and accurately, showing self-awareness about their own beliefs, commitments and prejudices.
  • Carry out a guided project that involves: independent inquiry; management of time and resources; using IT; meeting deadlines; evaluating the project and learning from it.

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

  • The module will engage the student in the tutorials, negotiation of individual learning, and self-managed study.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Supervision 4 1 hour 4
Personal study 196
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Special Study 5,000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

To develop a plan for the independent learning project including topic, stages and deadlines

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