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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 01/06/2021 16:45:25

Title of Module: Practice of Preaching L8

Code: THEO08017 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Dr Lina  Toth

Summary of Module

Communicating the Message: Practice of Preaching L8

This module will introduce participants to the history, theology, and practice of Christian preaching as a particular genre of Christian communication related to the core compentencies of Christian ministry.

The primary focus will be upon preaching as a 'live event' which takes place in the context of a congregation gathered in worship. Participants will be introduced to the terms exegesis, hermeutics, and homiletics and the way in which these activities are brought together in moving from Scriptural text to sermon. In this regard participants will have the opportunity to work with a number of texts and will consider preaching from these texts in relation to matters of: communication, content, context, clarity, creativity, and character. In relation to these heading participants will consider issues of listening to their listeners, sermon form, illustration, use of technology, and embodied oral delivery.

By the end of the module students should be able to work from a text to a written and then delivered sermon according to a number of the principles and practices which are associated with good preaching.  As part of this process students will receive formative peer and tutor feedback on a sermon delivered in class.

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. Demonstrate critical understanding of some of the defining biblical and theological principles that undergird the practice of preaching as a core competence of Christian ministry

L2. Demonstrate knowledge and discerning understanding of the basic components that constitute the sermon as a genre of communication

L3. Employ discipline specific techniques to read and interpret with some critical analysis the Christian Scriptures with cultural sensitivity in preparation for preaching to a congregation gathered in worship

L4. Apply a range of routine and professional skills to the preparation and delivery of a short sermon based upon a set Scriptural text

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 8.

Broad knowledge of the significant features of the history, theology, and practice of preaching as a core vocational competence in Christian ministry.

Broad grasp of the core disciplines, including some discussed in current literature, required to preach a sermon effectively in the context of worship including hermeneutics, exegesis and homiletics.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Use a range of routine skills and techniques required for oral presentation in relation to preaching in the context of a faith community.

Applying principles and dynamics, including some of which are advanced, that underlie the effective delivery of a sermon in a faith community.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

A confident grasp of a arnge of the disciplines and approaches to communication that undergird good public presentations.

Selecting, evaluating, organizing and preparing for oral presentation, material that is relevant and appropriate to specific contexts.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Preparing material, including some which is complex, in a structured and coherent way to be delivered in oral form, using a range of IT, verbal facility and good basic research skills.

Use a range of IT and oral communication skills including some which are complex to enhance and develop material for presentation in class.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Take responsibility for being self-critical and for offering suportive critically contructive peer feedback to others in the delivery of oral presentations.

Identifying and addressing areas for ongoing personal development in areas of communication in keeping with recognised good practice.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* 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 Delivery12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity10
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop12
Asynchronous Class Activity24
Independent Study142
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:

Long, Thomas G., The Witness of Preaching 2nd ed. (Louisville: WJK Press, 2006).

Quicke, M. J. Q., 360 Degree Preaching: Hearing, Speaking, and Living the Word (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic; Carlisle: paternoster Press, 2003).

(**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

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance 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 Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement and attendance procedure
For the purposes of this module, academic engagement equates to the following:
All fulltime students (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries) are required to attend all scheduled classes and participate with all delivered elements of the module as part of their engagement with their programme of study. Consideration will be given to students who have protection under the appropriate equality law. Please refer to UWS Regulations, Chapter 1, 1.64 – 1.67, available at the following link:

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEducation
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelDivinity
ModeratorDr. Ian Birch
External ExaminerDr Alison Jack
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Practical: Performance 60%
Assignment: Portfolio 40%
(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
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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.

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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