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TITLE Dissertation Seminar

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology, including Ecumenism

DESCRIPTION The scope of the Dissertation Seminar is to actively encourage the students and stimulate them in the endeavours concerning the composition of their dissertation. Practical hints will be proposed, and experiences shared of one's ongoing endeavour in his/her particular field of study. The methodology adopted by the Faculty of Theology will be presented and its utility explained. The students will be assisted to avoid certain pitfalls, and to deal in time with difficulties which may crop up in writing a dissertation.

Practical exercises will be held on the organisation of research material. Various skills of theological text writing, compilation of bibliographies, etc. will be proposed. Furthermore, the students will be asked to take an active role in the whole process, even by periodic presentations in the seminar group.

Reading List

BARNES, R., Successful Study for Degrees, London 1992.
BERRY, R., The Research Project: How to write it, London 1994.
BEZZINA, J., Methodology, Gozo 1998.
HENRICI, P., Guida pratica allo studio, Roma 1992.
KIRSZNER, L.G. - S.R. MANDELL, The Holt Handbook, Fort Worth/TX 1986.
RUDESTAM, K.E. - NEWT ON, R.R., Surviving Your Dissertation, Thousand Oaks/CA 2001.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation Yes 30%
Presentation Yes 20%
Presentation Yes 20%
Presentation Yes 30%

LECTURER/S Hector Scerri

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
Measuring Divinity - Inter Faculty Colloquium
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21st Annual Augustinian Lecture 2017
The 21st Annual Augustinian Lecture 2017 will be celebrated on the 5th and 6th December 2017 with two lectures delivered by Rev. Prof. Theodore Dieter.

Closing Date Dissertation Proposals
Deadline to present dissertation proposals for next Faculty Board is Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 1700hrs

Augustinian Institute Academic Year 2017-18

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Dissertation Logbook
The Dissertation Logbook can be found here.


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