Guidelines for the Capstone Experience in the Master of Arts Program

The purpose of a capstone is to help students reflect on their learning and development over their entire degree, integrating the various disciplines, noting how they have developed personally, and how their learning will apply in their professional contexts.

A capstone unit is an existing unit which has a specially adapted assessment designed to meet these learning outcomes. Students must undertake the key learning activities for the unit, such as pre-reading and attendance, but are not required to complete its standard essays and assignments. Instead they complete one major assessment of 8,000 words (standard pathway) or 7,000 words (accelerated pathway). This capstone assessment will take the form of a question or topic devised by the lecturer to encompass these outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of a Capstone Experience students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate integration of the key features of learning from all three departments undertaken in their study;
  2. Critically examine learning from Old and New Testaments, theology, history and Ministry and Practice units undertaken;
  3. Synthesise the application of knowledge, learning and practice into their specific assessment;
  4. Demonstrate the capacity to reflect upon personal maturity and self-development;
  5. Synthesise MA learning experiences with your professional context.

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