TH7601 - Study and Research Methods

TH7601

Study and Research Methods

7

20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning; King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus

None

10 hours of recorded lectures 10 hours
190 hours of generated study time. 190 hours

200 hours total study time: 10 hours of recorded lectures and study presentation material; remainder generated study time. Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 190

Core course material is noted as required in student courseware and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.

  • Principles of research and academic writing.
  • Understanding the nature of academic, published materials. Recognising intellectual property and copyright law and ethics.
  • Research exercises to demonstrate competence in utilising the resources of the Kings Evangelical Divinity School eResources and University Library facilities.
  • Use of the Internet/Web-based technologies for scholarly, academic research.
  • Understanding quantitative and qualitative approaches to research.
  • The preparation of footnotes, endnotes and bibliography. Different citation styles.
  • The preparation of a research proposal: outlining and structuring research papers; writing research proposals; publishing in academic journals
  • Reading and summarising academic material; undertaking book reviews of scholarly material.
  • Critiquing skills, discussing issues relating to research design, methodology and techniques, data analysis, instrument design.Principles of research and academic writing.
  • Understanding the nature of academic, published materials. Recognising intellectual property and copyright law and ethics.
  • Research exercises to demonstrate competence in utilising the resources of the Kings Evangelical Divinity School eResources and University Library facilities.
  • Use of the Internet/Web-based technologies for scholarly, academic research.
  • Understanding quantitative and qualitative approaches to research.
  • The preparation of footnotes, endnotes and bibliography. Different citation styles.
  • The preparation of a research proposal: outlining and structuring research papers; writing research proposals; publishing in academic journals
  • Reading and summarising academic material; undertaking book reviews of scholarly material.
  • Critiquing skills, discussing issues relating to research design, methodology and techniques, data analysis, instrument design.

  • To enhance postgraduate students' understanding of the philosophy, techniques and tools of advanced scholarly-level research, with special reference to the areas of Biblical and Theological Studies.
  • To offer in-depth and focused teaching on research methodology pertaining to critical scholarship at postgraduate level.
  • To enable students to understand, utilise and assess quantitative and qualitative approaches to research
  • To provide methodological skills and specialist knowledge in the field that may be useful for subsequent advanced study or research.
  • To lay academic foundations upon which students may build in pursuing further academic research.

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

  1. a thorough understanding of how, where and why academic knowledge is published.
  2. an ability to use and explain critical research methods in order to obtain knowledge from suitable sources.
  3. a critical awareness of the ethical issues in research.
  4. an ability to critically evaluate and review scholarly theological material in publication or scheduled for publication.
  5. an ability to identify appropriate research methods and techniques for specific purposes.
  6. the capacity to create and justify a research method or proposal appropriate to a field of interest in theology.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
15000 word assignment 100%1-6Coursework


As assessment

Alexander, P. H., & Society of Biblical, L. (1999). The SBL handbook of style : for ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and early Christian studies. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers.

Creswell, J. W. (2009). Research design : qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (3rd ed.). Los Angeles ; London: SAGE.

Denscombe, M., (2007). The good research guide : for small-scale social research projects (3rd ed.). Maidenhead, England: Open University Press.

Jackson, H. (2005). Good grammar for students. London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE.

Mann, T., & MyiLibrary. (2005). The Oxford guide to library research (3rd ed.). New York ; Oxford: Oxford University Press.

McCormack, J. (2009). English for academic study : extended writing & research skills (Rev. ed.): Reading:Garnet Publishing.

Tucker, D. C. (2000). Research techniques for scholars and students in religion and theology. Medford, N.J.: Information Today.

Vyhmeister, N. J. (2014). Quality Research Papers for Students of Religion and Theology (3rd ed.). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan.

Stephen Vantassel

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