This capstone unit provides a range of options for students to integrate their knowledge and skills gained in the studies of their award through practical application in a substantial supervised project that demonstrates the graduate outcomes of the award. The project will be supported by a literature review and a research component. In consultation with their supervisor, the student will develop specific methodology and outcomes for their project which will provide them with a means of demonstrating the graduate attributes of their award.

Unit code: XP9001L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 48.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Capstone

Unit discipline: Capstone Other P

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Design and execute a research project in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner


Demonstrate critical understanding and mastery of scholarship in areas of both theology and the professional/vocational context of the project


demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills in applying theological insights in a process of dialogue with relevant professional/vocational context(s)


Demonstrate advanced research skills in the professional/vocational context


Contribute to the body of knowledge of the professional/theological context

Unit sequence

A capstone unit in postgraduate theology, ministry and education courses

Prerequisites: Only permitted in the final two semesters of the course

Prohibited combinations: XP9004L Capstone Project


As this is a project where the student negotiates a topic which satisfies the learning outcomes, the online content is limited to materials relating to project design and implementation. While these are presented using appropriate online pedagogy; embedded readings, exemplars, and required preparatory tasks, the key teaching role is akin to supervision. The supervisor will arrange a learning agreement with the student which outlines the project, the staging of the task and the supervision sessions. It is anticipated that the student will meet or in some way interact with the supervisor for a minimum average of an hour per week (calculated on the basis of 24 teaching weeks in two semesters)

Indicative Bibliography

  • Cameron, Helen. Theological reflection for human flourishing: pastoral practice and public theology. London: SCM Press, 2012.
  • Fink, A. Conducting research literature reviews: from the internet to the paper. 4th ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2014.
  • McAlpin, Kathleen. Ministry that transforms: a contemplative process of theological reflection. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2009.
  • Thompson, Judith, Stephen Pattison, and Ross Thomson. SCM study guide to theological reflection. London: SCM Press, 2008.
  • Koshy, Valsa. Action research for improving practice: a practical guide. 2nd ed. London: Paul Chapman Publishing, 2010.
  • White, Barry. Mapping your thesis: the comprehensive manual of theory and techniques for masters and doctoral research. Camberwell, VIC: Acer Press, 2011.
  • Whitehead, James D., and Evelyn Easton Whitehead. Method in ministry: theological reflection and Christian ministry. Rev. and updated. Kansas City, MO: Sheed & Ward, 1995.
  • Yaghjian, L. Writing theology well: a rhetoric for theological and biblical writers. 2nd ed. New York: Continuum, 2015.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Project Report or Project Journal

Proposal (including oral) literature review, research component and report

16000 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 16 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000