Dissertation

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 390

UNIT DESCRIPTION

This unit provides an opportunity for extended independent study.  Following a dissertation study day, students submit a formal proposal.  The topic and approach must be approved by the teaching staff.  A supervisor will be allocated according to the subject of the work.  Dissertations will be submitted in accordance with the requirements in the College’s Dissertation Handbook.

Aims

To enable students to explore a subject of their own choice and to introduce basic research techniques.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Category of outcome

By the end of this unit students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

·      Demonstrate mature knowledge of the subject studied

Intellectual skills

·      Demonstrate research skills on a specific project

·      Exercise initiative in gathering appropriate data

·      Classify, analyse and evaluate the material they have collected

·      Integrate the topic of their research with broader theological issues

·      If dealing with an applied topic, integrate practical and theoretical aspects of theology

·      Exercise creative and independent thinking in the organisation and presentation of the dissertation

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·      Communicate clearly and at the appropriate level the results of their research

·      Present a coherent, extended piece of work

Assessment:

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

Formative:

·         Draft text

 

n/a

 

n/a

Summative:

·         A dissertation

 

Not more than 12000 words including footnotes, but excluding bibliographies and appendices

 

100%

FURTHER INFORMATION

Semester

 

Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology

Content

n/a

Teaching method

A study day followed by independent study

Additional eLearning content

A dissertation handbook is available at Spurgeon’s Online to support student learning

Feedback

Written feedback within 15 working days from submission

Date of approval (for office use)

 

Information updated on

December 2015

Indicative reading

n/a

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Dissertation

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 390

Credits:

40

Level:

4

Hours of Learning:

400

Tutor:

Director of Studies

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