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.

Unit code: AR1009T (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Religious Studies

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


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 summarize and paraphrase


Analyse the structure of written texts in order to identify key points


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


Online lessons, quizzes, tutorials, short video lectures

Indicative Bibliography

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.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay (1000 words)

0 25.0
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Quizzes x 3 (equivalent 1000 words)

0 25.0

Short written assessments (x4) (equivalent to 2000 words)

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-05 10:07:44 +1100