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TITLE Dissertation

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law

DESCRIPTION The purpose of the dissertation for the attainment of Master of Arts in Family Ministry is to develop students’ understanding of, and capacity to critically appraise, develop and apply research skills and methods in one’s reflection on an aspect of family ministry. The study-unit seeks to furnish students with the skills to read critically, reflect on and interpret texts using paper based and electronic resources. It will eventually provide students with the strong foundation necessary to proceed on to conducting their own academic research.

Study-Unit Aims:

The overall aim of the dissertation is to allow students to extend their understanding of family ministry by pursuing an independent research project on a chosen topic.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

i. read and understand research papers
ii. sustain an in-depth critical analysis

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

i. write critically on particular family and family ministry related issues
ii. articulate systematic and critical analysis
iii. continue their own competence in research, specialization and personal formation

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Bezzina, J. , Methodology: A Style Manual for the Writing of Term Papers, Dissertations and Theses, Victoria/Gozo: Gaulitana, 2005

Booth, W.C., Williams, J.M. & Colomb, G.G. ,The craft of research. (2nd. ed.). Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2003

Heiman, G. W. Basic statistics for the behavioral sciences. (3rd ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, 2000

Johnson R. A., & Wichern D., Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis, 4th edition, Prentice-Hall. 1998

The Chicago Style Manual, (15th ed.) Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite qualifications
Post-Graduate Diploma in Family Ministry

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Dissertation

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Dissertation & Oral Examination Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Joe Galea Curmi

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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
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