Distance Education

Distance Education was established in 2011 as an outreach intended for students who do not reside within the Sydney metropolitan area and who cannot relocate to Sydney for the purpose of theological education.

All prospective students residing within Sydney are strongly urged to consider attending the weekly lectures during the semester on campus in Redfern as the preferred means of undertaking their theological studies by face-to-face interaction with their lecturer and fellow students.

 

Study by distance education (online) mode alone will enable a student to complete the following accredited Sydney College of Divinity awards:
 
Diploma of Christian Studies (undergraduate - 8 units, equivalent to 1 year of the Bachelor of Theology)
 Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice (undergraduate - 16 units, equivalent to 2 years of the Bachelor of Theology)
⇒ Bachelor of Theology (undergraduate - 24 units)
⇒ Master of Theology (postgraduate - 12 units, requires a prior Bachelor of Theology or equivalent degree)

Applicants who hold a bachelor degree from a recognised university or tertiary college in any field other than theology, ministry or divinity studies, may commence theological studies at a graduate level by means of the following courses:

 Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies (8 units)
⇒ Master of Theological Studies (8 units, requires completion of the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies or a prior equivalent qualification)

 

St Andrew's Distance Education program also encourages:

Units Offered in 2020:

See timetable for details

Participation:

Regular internet access is a compulsory requirement of distance education. All study resources are delivered electronically for students to download, usually as word and pdf documents, slide presentations, and/or audio files. In addition, regular participation in any prescribed online discussion forums is compulsory.

The definition of ‘regular’ participation is defined by each lecturer within their respective course unit outline but normally refers to either weekly or fortnightly participation.

Study Options:

A full-time study option, normally defined as enrolment in 4 units per semester, is available for all of the courses listed above, with the exception of the Master of Theological Studies.

A part-time study option, normally defined as enrolment in 2 units per semester, is available for all of the courses listed above.

Technology & Computer Requirements

MoodleTM is the learning management system used by St Andrew’s for its distance education (online) units.

Click here to visit our Moodle System Requirements page.

Students can use a PC, MAC or Linux based computer. There are no minimum hardware requirements, as long as the computer is capable of running Microsoft Office 2003 (or newer) or Open Office (open-source; available for free download). Internet Explorer 6 or newer, Safari (version 3 and later) and Firefox (version 2 and later) are recommended. Also Adobe Acrobat Viewer 7 or newer (or a similar program) is required to view PDF files for online units (available for free download). Adobe Acrobat Standard (or equivalent) is recommended to convert word documents to pdf for greater content security before emailing or posting although MS Word (or equivalent) is acceptable.

Students are reminded that computer hardware and software are often available for purchase from various vendors at academic or student prices that are well below the standard retail price.

Broadband internet (e.g. ADSL, cable, wireless) is essential; not dial-up.

Students must have an active email address which is checked regularly.

TROUBLESHOOT MOODLE

 

Orientation and Residential School Program (28 February to 1 March 2020)

ORIENTATION AND RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL PROGRAM (PDF) (pending)

The rationale of an orientation and residential school is to build rapport between lecturers and students, and amongst students, from the earliest stage of the educational journey. The program will take place at the beginning of the academic year for the purposes of acquaintance with the campus, communal prayer, library sessions, field excursions (where applicable), lecturer and peer interaction, advice for study and learning, and face-to-face discussion sessions.

Attendance is COMPULSORY for all students.

Exemption to the aforementioned rule may only be granted on the following grounds: (a) medical illness (certified by medical certificate); (b) extreme hardship, (c) compassionate grounds; and/or (d) off-shore status (residency outside of Australia). Except when a student has off-shore status, the Registrar must be notified in writing before the beginning of the academic year for such exemption to be considered by the Faculty.

The program is conducted on campus at Redfern NSW, normally between 9:00am and 9:00pm on the prescribed days.

The cost of travelling to attend the program is not included in the tuition fees. Students are required to make their own travel arrangements.

Light refreshments are provided on campus at no additional cost and in keeping with the feasting and fasting periods of the Church.

St Andrew’s is not able to provide accommodation during the residential school period. Students are advised of nearby accommodation options which include:

For more accommodation options, visit http://www.hotel.com.au/sagotc.htm

 


To discuss the prospect of studying at St Andrew's, please contact the Registrar; Mr Anastasios Kalogerakis, during weekday office hours.

Tel: +61 2 9549 3100

Email: registrar@sagotc.edu.au