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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2020-2021 (archived)

Module TMMC1267: Introduction to Preaching

Department: Theology, Ministry and Mission

TMMC1267: Introduction to Preaching

Type Open Level 1 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2020/21 Module Cap None. Location Durham


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Excluded Combination of Modules

  • TMMC1081- Introduction to Preaching in the Contemporary World


  • To give students an introduction to the theology, theory and practice of preaching.
  • To enable students to apply their knowledge and understanding of Scripture, exegesis and hermeneutics to the art of preaching.
  • To equip students with skills and knowledge to begin to develop them as reflective practitioners and as skilled preachers.


  • This module provides opportunities to engage with key aspects of preaching and is likely to include:
  • the theology and theory of preaching,
  • different models of preaching,
  • approaches to engaging with Scripture,
  • rhetorical strategies,
  • practical skills of delivery.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • [SSK 3]
  • Explore and discuss knowledgeably different approaches to preaching.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • [SSS 1, 2, 3]
  • Use hermeneutical skills and biblical knowledge to draw out key ideas and questions from scriptural texts to shape preaching.
  • Demonstrate basic preaching skills and the ability to reflect on their own practice and that of others.
Key Skills:
  • [KS 1, 2, 3, 4]
  • Identify, gather and evaluate source materials for a specific purpose.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to a given context, communicating their findings sensitively and respectfully.
  • Carry out a guided task that involves: independent inquiry; management of time and resources; using IT; meeting deadlines; evaluating the task and learning from it.
  • Recognise key issues in their own personal and professional development.

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

  • Lectures and personal study
  • Practical skill assessment and Written Theological Reflection

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 8 1.75 hours 16
Personal Study 84
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Practical Skill Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Practical Skill 15 minutes 100%
Component: Written Theological Reflection Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Theological Reflection 1500 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