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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 03/06/2021 10:27:56

Title of Module: Directed Learning 10 Theology

Code: THEO10005 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Dr Ian  Birch

Summary of Module

This module is only available as an option within the BD Programme if certain criteria are met and requires the approval of the Programme Leader.

This module provides an opportunity for students to choose an area of theological study relevant to their vocational or academic interests. A learning agreement will be formulated indicating the parameters of the subject to be studied, the approach to be taken, and the specific supervision and requirements in order to utilize the guidance of the module co-ordinator.

An agreed Portfolio of assessments may include several elements as indicated in section 10 of the Descriptor. The precise area for study will be the focus of a substantial written assessment of a size appropriate to Module level and the UWS Assessment Handbook (approx 5,000 words)

As this is a directed learning module, students are expected at Level 10 to demonstrate creativity and initiative, a commitment to independent learning and self-motivation in research, a conscientious fulfilling of the learning agreement, and work characterized by critical, evaluative and analytic thinking.

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 ability to conduct personal research and to select and organise information relevant to the chosen subject area, so as to evidence an integrated knowledge and understanding of the subject, and ability to think creatively and critically in interaction with secondary sources.

L2. Negotiate and compile a learning agreement indicating the subject area to be studied, the methodological approach to be taken, the form of assessment to be submitted, and the bibliographic base to be consulted.

L3. Compile a portfolio of researched material which gives evidence of critical and creative thinking, good knowledge management, independent learning and effective exploitation of academic guidance.


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 10.

Researching, selecting, organizing material in constructing sound argumentation thereby demonstrating analytic skills and cognitive control of the knowledge appropriate to the subject area.

Integrative and analytic knowledge in some of the various fields of theological discipline including biblical, pastoral, historical and theological studies.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Theological reflection and the application of theological learning to specific issues as indicated in the learning agreement which underpins the module.

Initial research procedures including bibliographic compilation of relevant resources, negotiating a practicable and appropriate learning agreement.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Identifying an area of personal interest and demonstrate ability in formulating and defending a research proposal.

Consolidation and integration of knowledge to enable prior learning to be exploited in the pursuit of new learning.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Search for and identify items of bibliographic support for a proposed research project.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Holding oneself accountable for one’s own learning, supported as appropriate by the module co-ordinator, and such learning demonstrated in substantial written form.

Management of time to ensure a learning agreement with fixed deadlines is fulfilled.

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)
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Independent Study188
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:

As part of the Learning Agreement, several books and/or other written resources will be chosen to underpin the written project. These must be used and referenced in the submitted work.

(**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
ModeratorL Toth
External ExaminerA Jack
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assignment: Portfolio of Written Work 100%
(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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Combined Total For All Components100% 12 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
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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