Study Skills for Theology

Field: Religious Studies
Unit Code(s): AR1009T (online)
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (Level 1)
Delivery mode: Online only
Prerequisites: None

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.

Learning Outcomes:

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.
  • Three short quizzes, equivalent to 1,000 words (25%)
  • Four short written assessments, equivalent to 2,000 words (50%)
  • 1,000-word essay (25%) 
Recommended Reading:

*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.