Responsibilities | Fees
| Textbooks | Assessment
| Academic Honesty | Congregation
Coolamon College delivers quality education by distance
mode at a variety of levels. The success of the learning process
depends on good collaboration amongst students, the College, and
its accrediting institutions. Established to equip the church for
ministry and mission, Coolamon College supports all those seeking
to enrich and inform their Christian commitment.
Our students include ordained ministers, lay preachers and other
church leaders, as well as others, not all Christians, who want
to know more about the Christian faith, the history of the church,
Biblical and theological studies, or contemporary spirituality.
Coolamon College delivers a range of award
programmes from Certificate to Postgraduate level. Students
may work towards an award or study individual topics in which they
have an interest.
are responsible to: pay the required fees with the enrolment application;
make the necessary time commitment;
use the study materials and the support services to grow;
complete required assignments within the specified time;
complete questionnaires or participate in other forms of evaluation
from time to time.
Student feedback assists the College in improving its service.
Students are required to pay fees as set
by the various institutions for which Coolamon College delivers
its distance mode topics. Because the schedule of fees varies
from year to year, please check that all forms and fees you are
using are up to date, or contact the national office, to ensure
the correct amount is paid at the time of enrolment.
The College provides for students: An A4 book called the Topic Outline and Study Guide, which explain
what the subject is about, what is required to complete it, and
provide the content of the topic;
A book of Readings (for some topics): photocopied material from
books and journals. The Study guide will tell you at what point
to look at each Reading;
Qualified assessors who will mark the assignments you send to
Transcripts of completed studies and all other administrative
Additional student support is available. In the Discover
Stream, support comes from your local group. In the Explore
and Deepen Streams, students
arrange for a local Support Person to talk to. In postgraduate
coursework programmes, students join an email discussion group
with a qualified tutor; and postgraduate research degrees assign
each student two Supervisors.
Students may enrol any time from 1 February to 30 November.
Once you enrol, you have 26 weeks to complete the work for the
topic or topics.
Coolamon College has published a Manual to help students with
study skills. This is entitled Enjoy your studies: study skills
for successful students by Joan McRae-Benson. Completely revised
for 2005, it is available from the national office for $10 plus
$1 postage. This essential resource can help manage the total
Flinders University also has a valuable online resource for
While students in several states are able to purchase resources
through local bookshops run by Uniting Church synods, we are also
negotiating to ensure that required textbooks will be kept in
stock by The Open Book. Students officially enrolled with Coolamon
are eligible for discounts of 20 % through their on-line catalogue
and ordering services at:
From 2005, students in award programmes (Explore and Deepen Streams)
with the Adelaide College of Divinity will be eligible for access
to an extensive on-line database through the
Adelaide Theological Library. Consult the ACD Handbook for details.
Thanks to a generous bequest, Coolamon College has its
own small library including required texts for our topics
and some additional resources. Those having difficulty purchasing
textbooks are encouraged to contact the national office and enquire
about borrowing them. (Victorian students may be able to borrow
textbooks from the Otira College library - phone 03 9853 2000.)
means showing how well you have understood the material.
Student assignments are marked by one of the Coolamon assessors
across Australia, looking for signs of what students have learned
and how well it has been demonstrated. At the heart of any assignment
is this task:
to use both research and original thinking in order to
present and defend,
in your own words, a central idea or set of ideas.
Work for assessment must be mailed with the
(pink) cover sheets provided, and cannot be processed otherwise.
Mailing addresses are indicated on these cover sheets.
Students must keep a copy of assignment work,
as occasionally an assignment is lost in the mail. The College
cannot accept responsibility for assignments lost in transit.
Please do not send assignments in binders, as these needlessly
add to the cost of postage.
In some topics, students may apply to submit their assignments
in languages other than English. This will only be possible where
a suitably qualified person who reads the language is available.
Assignments are not processed between 1 December and
Students should be careful to ensure that their work meets the
standards of academic integrity required by Coolamon College and
our accrediting institutions. Please note the policies on plagiarism
that apply in the ACD, Flinders University, and Coolamon College.
Each assignment must be presented with a signed and dated Declaration:
I have familiarised myself with the University’s
and ACD’s policy on plagiarism. Except where appropriately
acknowledged, this assignment is my own work, has been expressed
in my own words, and has not previously been submitted for assessment.
I understand that this paper may be screened electronically
or otherwise for plagiarism. (signed, with date)
How can a
Congregation use Coolamon resources?
In some places, a congregation or group of congregations has encouraged
a group of people to enrol in College topics as an adult education
program. When this happens, the minister/priest or other theologically
trained person may be the support person. It is important for
the support person to assist the students in the way the students
choose. A range of options is listed in the Student Support Manual
available from the national office.
The materials are not designed to be taught in a face-to-face
class. Distance Education materials have their own integrity with
built-in distance education strategies, which are different from
what happens in a face-to-face teaching situation. Seminars are,
however, extremely useful, provided the students have done their
individual study before hand and the seminar focuses on students’
discoveries, insights and questions, as well as the practical
applications to ministry.
The Discover Stream
is specifically designed for use by small groups in a congregational
setting. There are no additional assessment requirements beyond
the requirements for participation in the group. Uniting Church
congregations especially are encouraged to take advantage of the
topics on Elders and Church Leadership designed to help those
seeking a better understanding of the Church Council and other
leaders. See the resources available at the website of Uniting