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Responsibilities | Fees | Textbooks | Assessment | Academic Honesty | Congregation use

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.

Students 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 us;
  • Transcripts of completed studies and all other administrative support.

    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 study process.

    Flinders University also has a valuable online resource for students: http://www.flinders.edu.au/SLC/skills.htm

    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.)

    Assessment 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 31 January.

    Academic Honesty
    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 Education.