This capstone unit contains specific research practice materials designed to support students with project proposals, ethics considerations and writing a literature review. However, this is not a ‘taught’ unit as such, but an opportunity for the student to draw together in some way and demonstrate what they have learned throughout their award. The key content of any individual project will generally be the result of negotiation between the student and their supervisor. It is likely to draw from and build upon specific content from the student’s previous units as well as individual reading and research undertaken as part of the project process.

Unit Code: XP9104L

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Capstone

Unit Discipline: Capstone Other P

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Design and implement a project which demonstrates advanced skills in research principles and methods appropriate to the focus of the project and the award


Demonstrate critical understanding of relevant scholarship in theology and, where applicable, the professional/vocational context of the project


Demonstrate the cognitive, technical, reflective and creative skills to investigate, analyse, synthesise and communicate complex information and theories in an interdisciplinary environment


Apply new insights to professional or academic contexts in order to contribute to professional practice or scholarship

Unit sequence

Prerequisites: The core unit(s) and at least 50% of the electives for the award Prohibited combinations: XP9001L Masters Capstone: Supervised Project – 30 points XP9900L Masters Capstone: Supervised Project Research essay – 12,000 words


As this is a project where the student negotiates a topic which satisfies the learning outcomes, the online content is limited to materials relating to project design and implementation. While these are presented using appropriate online pedagogy; embedded readings, exemplars, and required preparatory tasks, the key teaching role is akin to supervision. The supervisor will arrange a learning agreement with the student which outlines the project, the staging of the task and the supervision sessions. It is anticipated that the student will meet or in some way interact with the supervisor for a minimum—average of an hour per week (calculated on the basis of 12 teaching weeks)


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Project Report or Project Journal

6000 word project which includes an oral proposal defence, review of the literature and a research component The oral will be a 15 minute presentation to a cross field/discipline panel followed by not more than 20 minutes of questions and discussion.

6000 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 14:59:59 +1100