This unit is a hurdle requirement which must be completed successfully by the middle of the first semester of commencing a course. Students learn academic skills preparing them for Theological study in a tertiary environment. These skills include how to write essays (argumentative and reflective), summary writing, referencing, exam preparation and critical thinking.
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to complete the following tasks:
- articulate the nature of academic culture and the expectations of being a student
- demonstrate appropriate awareness of academic attribution and an ability to reference correctly according to the University’s style guide
- demonstrate effective note taking skills for both reading and lectures including the ability to summarise and paraphrase
- analyse the structure of written texts in order to identify key points and evidence
- exhibit the use of correct vocabulary including basic theological terminology to discuss sources, facts, evidence and data
- construct a reflective essay using appropriate style and language
- prepare an outline for an argumentative essay, including the use of counterargument and citing appropriate evidence.
*set texts recommended for purchase
Note: All required resources will be available online.
Ackroyd, Ruth & David Major. Shaping the Tools: Study Skills in Theology. London: Darton, 1999.
Argent, Sue & Olwyn Alexander. Access EAP. Reading: Garnet Publishing Ltd, 2010.
Cox, Kathy, & David Hill. English for Academic Purposes. Frenchs Forest: Pearson Longman, 2004.
Jordan, R.R. Academic Writing Course. Essex: Pearson Education Limited, 2007.
McCarthy, Michael. Academic Vocabulary in Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Smith, Mike & Glenda Smith. A Study Skills Handbook. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1988.