Program Description 1. Completion of selected course. Each course consists of in-depth study, required reading, outside reading, completion of one quiz, and completion of one essay. 2. Completion of a Thesis. You are expected to study each course topic, to include a thorough study of each course document and all required readings . You are encouraged to explore and study other related readings (online resources, hard-copy texts, journals, the Bible, and similar) to gain as great of depth and breadth of understanding and appreciation of the relevant concepts as possible.
The writing of Essays only concerns the students for Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Bachelor’s Degrees
The degree major and the direction of their thesis. For DMT, DBS, ADMT, ADBS, BMT, BM, BCGE, BBS students, this will be a traditional thesis. The thesis for D.Min, AD.Min, B.Min. students is a detailed and well-researched proposal for a ministry initiative that is, a description and proposal for a ministry that the student would (a) hope/plan to develop and start, or (b) a ministry that the student may already be involved in and would like to expand the same. The thesis tends to take on the form of a proposal; much like a new business develops a business plan or proposal. While it is best for the student to declare their preferred major at the time of application, and to complete their coursework (quizzes, essays, and thesis) in the corresponding degree area; we do allow students to change over. If you are part way in one of the majors and decide you would like to change over, simply send your instructor an email requesting the change. Before starting any of the course Thesis, the student must submit a proposal for the project of their choice. The thesis proposal must be approved by your assigned instructor before beginning work on the same. A thesis will not be accepted without a previously approved proposal. Quizzes You are required to complete the online quiz for each course. The quiz is multiple-choice. It is not open book and must be completed from memory. Your refrain from using references while completing the quizzes is on the honor system. However, keep in mind that you are engaged in Christian Bible studies. You know, then, who is looking over your shoulder while you are taking each quiz.
All quizzes are automatically marked, and you may know the mark you achieve immediately upon completing each quiz. You must obtain a mark of 80% or higher to pass each quiz. If you should not pass the quiz, re-read the material again before attempting the quiz again. The quiz may be attempted every 24 hours until you pass.
On Essays, You are required to write an essay for each of the courses. The essay must be at least 2000 words in length, and must include at least 5 quality references. Quality references are defined as books (hard copy, e-books, or online), professional journals, and well-researched online documents. Reading of similar articles should comprise no more than 5% of the total references. Essays are to be double-spaced. Essays are to be written on the main theme or a specific theme within each course. For example, if the course is called “Religions of the World”, an essay could be written on the world religions touched on in the course. Or, the essay could more specifically be written on a particular religion touched on within the course, such as “Judaism”. The essay is NOT to be a summary of the course. The essay is meant to show you understand the material, and that you are able to do additional research on the topic to produce an essay explaining that topic as you understand it. Include outside r course content and concepts. You are always welcome to include more than the five minimum references; just be sure that your references directly relate to and support the points expressed in your essay. Students must score at least
70% /100% is the Minimal grade.willdents with the scores below 70% will be encouraged to rework their essay until they achieve a passing grade.
Finally, you are required to submit a thesis. The thesis is to be no less than 7,000 words (approximately 18 pages, double-spaced, and not including the Works Cited section), and must contain at least 10 quality references (as described earlier). There are two options for meeting the thesis requirement: (1) submit a traditional style thesis written on one of the topics in the program and according to the guidelines below; or (2) create one course for possible future use at CMTI. Please see separate section of this Prospectus for details concerning this second option. The thesis (or course creation in lieu of thesis) is to be an original written work by the student (see statement on plagiarism below). The thesis (and thesis proposal) is to be double-spaced.
The thesis is marked on a pass/fail basis. Students who do not achieve a passing mark will be encouraged to rework their thesis to comply with the request of the examiner and thereby receive a passing mark. Thesis Proposal Before beginning work on your final, you must submit a thesis proposal to your assigned instructor. The thesis proposal is an opportunity for you and your instructor to ensure that you have identified an appropriate topic and that you have conducted sufficient preliminary research (in the relevant literature) which will serve as the foundation for the thesis itself.
s importantly, the thesis proposal helps you and your professor confirm that you have the necessary research and writing skills required for successfully completing the thesis. The thesis proposal outline should generally adopt the following guidelines but can be modified to suite your specific project. Clearly, the outline will vary depending on your declared major i.e. the BBS Thesis and B.Min. Ministry Proposal will share some common components, and each will vary to a certain degree as well.
1. Table of Contents.
2. Introduction Title and a bit about you and your academic background.
3. Outline of the proposal/Purpose of the research/Specific reason for the thesis.
4. Overview of the research direction/Specific question or Hypothesis/Foreseeable Problems.
5. Theoretical/Conceptual Framework/Research Philosophy/Research Methodology.
6. A preliminary list of the outside reference you plan to use in your thesis. This preliminary list should include at least 5 of the minimal 10 quality references that will be required in the actual thesis.
7. Timeframe for completion of the thesis. Note to B.Min. majors: In addition to including most or each of the above points in your thesis proposal, you should also include at least a preliminary discussion of factors such as:
1. Explain the financial resources needed for your proposed ministry project (long- and short-term).
2. Identify likely or possible sources of funding for the project.
3. Explain the human resources needed for your proposed project.
4. Explain the other physical resources needed for your proposed project e.g. buildings, vehicles, equipment, others?
5. Clearly, be certain to explain your specific role in the proposed project. To encompass and integrate all the necessary information and detail, it is expected that the thesis proposal will be between 1,000 to 2,000 words, excluding references. The submitted thesis proposal must only be in one of the following formats: .rtf, .doc, .docx, or .wpd. The proposal structure should be in ‘report format’ and must include a clear table of contents with each section defined and numbered. The format should be: size 12 Arial or Times New Roman font, double spaced and have no spelling or grammatical errors. To ensure that you have sufficient command of the MLA writing, formatting, and reference style, your proposal must include at least one each,
(a) paraphrased references with correct in-text citation;
(b) in-text direct quote with correct citation; and (c) in-text direct block quote with correct citation. Then, each of these three in-text citations must be listed in a properly formatted Works Cited section at the end of your proposal. Formatting and Reference Style Standards for Essays and the Thesis Please refer to the separate section of the Prospectus for an explanation of writing standards required for all essays and the Thesis. The CMTI online discussion forums also include a thread where students may find sources of quality references and resources for inclusion in essays and the Thesis. Plagiarism will not be tolerated: Copying and pasting from the Internet or any other sources without proper reference citation is not acceptable. All sources used must be referenced according to CMTI standard.