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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 27/03/2020 19:25:25

Title of Module: WBL & Christian Leadership

Code: THEO09020 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Graham  Meiklejohn

Summary of Module

Work Based Learning is a crucial element in formative and academic training. This module allows the student to reflect on their own learning and training so far, and enables them to identify key areas for further development. It is a block placement normally ten weeks in duration, and is undertaken within the overall guidelines and policies of the SBC relating to WBL. (See WBL Pack available to enrolled students.) 

A Learning Agreement is negotiated between student, Module Co-ordinator and the College-approved WBL Supervisor. Through discussion the student is encouraged to identify their own learning and training requirements, looking to previous learning and WBL experience. Aims and objectives of the WBL experience are then formulated, and assessment content agreed and approved at the outset of the placement.

Through the submission of weekly theologically reflective journal entries, students will receive formative feedback encouraging them to develop their learning through reflection and allowing entries to be developed prior to submission for summative assessment.

Students on WBL have the opportunity to apply previous learning in a vocational context, to reflect theologically on their own and others’ experience, to accompany and interact with a practicing supervisor, and through the WBL experience, begin to understand the practice, dynamics and key issues of leadership in a localised context.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Show diligence and professional commitment in negotiating a learning agreement and fulfilling its terms in a WBL environment and in developing leadership qualities.

L2. Demonstrate an enhanced working knowledge of a variety of key competences in their chosen field of ministry or practice related to the WBL placement environment.

L3. Evidence ability to apply theological learning to personal work experience, and consistently reflect theologically through applying weekly formative feedback on the vocational realities of that experience with specific reference to leadership issues.

L4. Discuss and critically evaluate a specified area of theology and practice and associated issues related to the WBL environment.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

A broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of the WBL environment

Theological reflection on the nature of leadership within a faith community.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Discerning and formulating appropriate models and approaches to Christian leadership.

Utilising a number of core competencies associated with ministry and vocational responses to human need.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Reflective practice on a number of both routine and situational tasks as these arise in the context of ministry.

Confidence in reflecting upon and responding to issues of leadership and community as these are encountered in the life of a faith community.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Interpersonal relationships requiring negotiated positions, such as arise in organizing and resourcing a faith community.

Use of ICT and other resources to research and write about aspects of the WBL experience requiring further reflection or action.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Understanding the significance of accountability as an aspect of leadership and and relational integrity in a religious community.

Time management, self motivation and personal initiative in pursuing independent learning.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery6
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity6
Asynchronous Class Activity10
Work Based Learning/Placement 60
Independent Study118
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Jones, L. G., Resurrecting Excellence. Shaping Faithful Christian Ministry (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006).

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEducation
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelDivinity
ModeratorDr. Lina Toth
External ExaminerA Jack
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assignment: Portfolio 80%
Practical: Presentation 20%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of written workcheck markcheck markcheck mark 800

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 1 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using Moodle, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries). The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:

As a Christian theological college, students should be aware that teaching, discussion and the college's ethos is from a confessional viewpoint. The college actively encourages an environment of openness and religious tolerance, but the main function of the college is the training of ministerial candidates and the learning environment will be supportive of this.
Where students need additional support, this is provided by the college team with reference if appropriate to other UWS colleagues, when they are referred to Student Support Services for further assistance. In consultation with the student, the needs of individual students are met, wherever practicable, and every effort made to ensure individual students are not disadvantaged.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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