Assessments are designed to allow students to demonstrate their achievement of the stated learning outcomes of every module they study. Given the constant relationship between practice and theory, students will encounter a range of assessment demands including:
- Oral examination
- Formal research papers
- Case studies
- Role plays
- Reflective papers
- Seminar presentations
- Practical demonstrations
- Public performance
- Presentations supported by appropriate media
- Planning and facilitating workshops for others
- Short tests
- Written examinations
Formative assessment in the form of pre-assessment, peer appraisal and self-appraisal is widely employed at Regents Theological College. Students are encouraged to work together on many projects collaborating on the most effective study methods for each individual in the group.
Reflection and critical contextual commentary on the student’s own practice will be encouraged through ongoing discussion, especially in the Communication Classes. Reflective writing will also be used to further develop students’ autonomy as both learners and practitioners.
Formal essay skills will be developed across the whole programme. Many modules provide Mock examination or research papers mid-way through the module.
Patterns of Assessments
Modules in the BA (Hons) Applied Theology and Masters programmes are assessed in line with general academic wisdom which seeks that progressive development for the student should occur between successive levels within the overall programme. The weighting of assessed components within modules places greater emphasis on critical analysis and evaluation of practice as informed by increasing theoretical understanding as the undergraduate student progresses from level 4 to level 6. Components of assessment in individual modules generally follow the pattern of requiring students to interrogate theoretical concepts against practice, either existing or proposed, together with a credible implementation strategy for the latter. The emphasis is continually on the requirement for the student to demonstrate the applied nature of any principles enunciated.