Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership

Presbyterian and Reformed Christianity

Frequently Asked Questions

Q 1: How much time should I schedule?
A: If you schedule one working day a week for 18 weeks you will manage comfortably, including the assignments. 

Q 2: I can't work out what to read
A: You don't have to read every document in the reader. Check the weekly email which will usually suggest selected the readings. Discuss it with a friend or with someone else doing the course. 

Q 4: Can I get an extension for my assignment?
A: It is usually possible to get an extension of up to two weeks. Email the Tutor explaining your situation and suggesting a workable finish date.

Q 5: I can't keep up with the reading. Can I drop my weekly discussion emails?
A: Not if you want to complete. They are compulsory for complettion, count towards the grade, and more importantly enable you to engage with the course and your fellow students. It is better to get an extension on an essay than drop out of the weekly discussions.

Q 6: Where can I get some resources for the assignment?
A: You can do a lot with the readings and the internet. You should always find someone to have a conversation with about the question - even if you know more about it than they do (seriously!). If you have access to a theological library pay them a visit. You can  borrow books by post from the Hewitson Library, Presbyterian Research Centre, Knox College, Arden Street, Dunedin 9010.

Q 7: How many references should I have?
A: Always use multiple sources for any question. One reference  per 100 words is a rough guide. So a 1000 word assignment should have at least ten references.

Q 8: What sort of references should I consult for my assignments?
A: Your bibliography should include a good balance of references from the worldwide web, from people you have interviewed, from books and from journals. I check this on every essay.

Q 9: Can I use Wikipedia?
Yes, provided it is not the only source you consult on a topic.

  • Always look up something else as well.
  • List both in the Bibliography.
  • Do not quote from Wikipedia.

Although Wikipedia is not widely accepted as an authority by universities,  it is an indispensable source for mostof us when it comes to getting an overview of a topic and answering questions about people and issues. Do not use it uncritically. It is always a good idea to use multiple sources, especially if one of the sources is a web page.

Q 10: What happens if I get a bit behind?

Things happen in most of our lives and part-time study is difficult for that reason. If you miss a week then get in touch with the tutor and pick up with the current lesson.