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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)

Module TMMC2161: Independent Learning Project (Long)

Department: Theology, Ministry and Mission

TMMC2161: Independent Learning Project (Long)

Type Tied Level 2 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/or 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:
  • Give a detailed account and analysis of one or more themes in theology, ministry and mission, questioning how appropriate connections may be made with the practices of Christian discipleship, ministry and mission in and beyond the church.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Develop existing skills and acquire new competencies and modes of inquiry in relevant practices of Christian discipleship, mission and ministry in the light of theological, and where appropriate, other disciplines in new contexts.
  • Apply critical theological reflection methodologies knowledgeably and appropriately to reflect on the chosen subject area in the context of discipleship, mission and ministry, communicating with relevance and sensitivity in writing.
Key Skills:
  • Identify, gather, analyse and evaluate textual source materials for a specific purpose.
  • Undertake a critical analysis of information and arguments, communicating these effectively, showing critical awareness of their own beliefs, commitments and prejudices.
  • Take responsibility for a project that involves independent inquiry; the management of time, resources and use of 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 6000 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