Academic Standards

Course evaluation and development

In order to maintain the highest academic standards, the University is committed to the ongoing evaluation and development of all its courses. Academic staff are expected to keep abreast of developments in their areas of competence to ensure that courses are appropriately updated from time to time either by revision or by developing new courses.

Students are also asked to provide an evaluation at the end of each course. The information from these evaluations is collated and a summary is provided to the lecturer concerned and to the Head of the relevant Department, who are expected to take the evaluation into account in the further development of the course.

To ensure that the needs of church ministries as well as academic standards are met, course development is reviewed by a Course Development Committee. This consists of academic staff together with pastors or other church workers with postgraduate theological education and at least five years ministry experience.

In addition, specialists in the various areas covered by the B.Th. programme, who constitute an external Course Assessment Panel, act as assessors to review and report on the adequacy of the academic standards of the courses being offered in the degree programme.

Monitoring student assessment

To ensure that appropriate and consistent standards are maintained in course assessment, the Deputy Principal for Academic Affairs regularly reviews grades in all courses. Where there is uncertainty about the appropriateness or consistency of the grades awarded in any course, a representative selection of student papers is marked by a second examiner. If this confirms that the initial grading is unsatisfactory, steps are taken to remedy the situation.

In addition to this internal monitoring, an external examiner monitors all student assessment, as well as other aspects of academic standards in the University. This includes an annual on-site inspection.

Assessment and Grading

The continuous assessment tasks count for at least 60% and not more than 70% of the course grade in any course. Continuous assessment tasks may include tests or short examinations, written papers, oral presentations, brief research assignments or investigative reports or other tasks for testing student learning set throughout the course.

A major end of course examination, or comparable major assessment task, accounts for the remainder of the course grade. Grades are awarded in accordance with the following scale:

Grading Scale

GradePercentagePointsAchievement Level
A 92-100 4 Excellent
A- 88-91 3.7
B+ 84-87 3.3 Good
B 80-83 3  
B- 76-79 2.7  
C+ 72-75 2.3 Satisfactory
C 68-71 2  
C- 64-67 1.7  
D+ 60-63 1.3 Passing
D 55-59 1  
D- 50-54 0.7  
F Below 50 0 Failure
I 92-100 0 Incomplete
W 92-100   Withdrew

Field education learning is assessed using the following comparable, but simplified grading scale:

 
 
 
 

A” indicating exceptional achievement in meeting the specified learning objectives.
B” indicating substantial progress in achieving the objectives.
C” indicating that while progress has been made more work is needed.
F” indicating a failure to make any significant progress.

Admission Procedures

Persons wishing to apply for admission to study in the Bachelor of Theology degree programme are expected to provide the University Admissions Officer with evidence that he or she meets the academic qualifications for admission, together with the specified application fee... See More

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