NN1000Y: Introduction to Tertiary Studies in Theology

Non-credit unit                                                                        (Min. No. 6)

1st semester and 2nd semester:
Monday afternoon, nine classes 1:30pm-3:00pm

Fee options: Free if studied alongside unit(s) for credit or $375 if a standalone unit


This unit is recommended for students who have not previously done tertiary study in Australia, or who have not undertaken tertiary studies in a number of years.


This unit will focus on an understanding of the University of Divinity as a collegiate and specialist university, degree paths, study methods, utilising the library and the library HUB for research, theological language, academic style for footnotes and bibliography, reading skills, note-taking, electronic research resources, skill development in essay writing, time management, plagiarism and paraphrasing, the use of the software program turnitin and a range of academic skills for tertiary study in theology.


Two 500word papers to demonstrate academic skills. These are not for Credit but for student learning.


Clanchy John, and Brigid Ballard. Essay Writing for Students. 3rd ed. Melbourne:  Longman Cheshire, 1997.
Evans, David, and Paula Gruba. How to Write a Better Thesis. 2nd ed. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2002.
Kelly, Gabrielle. English for Theology. Hindmarsh, SA: ATF Press, 2004.
Marshall, Lorraine. A Learning Companion: Your Guide to Practising Independent Learning.  Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Education Australia, 2006.
Marshall, Lorraine, and Francis. Rowland. A Guide to Learning Independently. Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Education Australia, 2006.
University of Divinity, Library HUB resources for citation.
Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 7th ed. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 2007.
Turner, Kathy, and Brenda Krenus, Lynette Ireland and Leigh Pointon. Essential Academic Skills. 2nd ed. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2011.