Reading Courses/Tutorials

 

Graduate Reading Course Requirements

Undergraduate Reading Course Requirements

Academic Integrity

Academic Grievances

Convocation


 

Reading Courses/Tutorials

Reading courses are an exceptional means of obtaining credit and are offered only when it is impossible for a student to complete a required course in the normal manner. A successful request for a reading course depends on the availability of an instructor. Reading courses shall not constitute more than fifteen percent (15%) of the course requirements of any academic program. A specific course will not be offered as a reading course if it is available in a regular semester immediately preceding or during that in which the request is made. Students (full and part-time) are not permitted to take a reading course until they have completed at least one half of their academic program. Reading courses in philosophy may be taken by students who are not registered in a program at Newman Theological College. The policy that students must have finished at least one half of their program to take reading courses does not apply to courses in philosophy.

Graduate Reading Course Requirements:

Graduate reading course requirements are:

A.  1000-1200 pages of reading material;
B.  a minimum of four (4) meetings between the instructor and student;
C.  AND one of the following:
i.  four written synopses of the material read, each of seven to eight pages in length, presented at a meeting between the instructor and student.
a)  each synopses should show the integration of thought from various works, and demonstrate the student’s synthesizing abilities.
b)  no final exam.
c)  evaluation on the presentation of written material, and on the oral discussion with the instructor.
ii.  twenty pages of written work – book reports, article summaries, reflection papers, short essays:
a)  a take home exam on the content of the required reading (the responses to the questions should be approximately twenty pages in length).
b)  evaluation on the written material, oral discussion, and the final exam.

Undergraduate Reading Course Requirements:

Undergraduate reading course requirements are:
 

A.  700-900 pages of reading material;
B.  a minimum of four (4) meetings of the instructor and the student;
C.  AND one of the following:
i.  four written synopses of the material read, each of five pages in length, presented at meetings between the student and the instructor:
a)  no final exam; and
b)  evaluation is on the presentation of written material and on the oral discussion with the instructor.
ii.  fifteen pages of written work – book reports, article summaries, reflection papers, short essays:
a)  a take home exam on the content of the required reading (the responses to the questions should be approximately fifteen pages in length); and
b)  evaluation is on the written material, the oral discussions, and the final exam.


The following procedures apply to all requests for reading courses:

  • The student establishes her or his eligibility with the Registrar in conjunction with the Faculty Advisor.
  • The Registrar will arrange for an instructor and then inform the student of the instructor.
  • The student then contracts with the instructor according to the above reading course requirements.


Tutorials may be arranged for Greek, Hebrew, and Latin courses through the Office of the Registrar.

 



Academic Integrity

Acts of academic dishonesty (plagiarism, cheating, etc.) are subject to an appropriate penalty. The grade “F” may be assigned to a student guilty of such acts by the professor of the course in which the infraction occurred. A second offense against academic integrity makes the student liable to automatic dismissal from NTC. Further details are available in the Student Handbook.



Academic Grievances

Students may appeal grades received; the procedure is outlined in the Student Handbook. For other academic grievances, students will refer to the academic grievance procedure also outlined in the Student Handbook.

Once a student has completed all the degree requirements for their program, a grade point average (GPA) is computed by dividing the total grade points accumulated by the total credits earned.

NOTE: The GPA is computed on the basis of cumulative grade point (letter) values, not percentage values. All courses are included in this calculation except those exceeding degree requirements and/or received as transfer credits from other recognized institutions.



Convocation

Convocation is held annually the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. Potential graduates must submit an Application to Graduate Form and the appropriate graduation fees (see Tuition and Fees page) to the Registrar’s Office by March 1st of the graduation year. In order to graduate, a student must have completed all course requirements and have passed an examination in all the prescribed subjects. All program requirements must be completed by August 31st of the expected graduation year in order to be eligible to convocate in the Fall Convocation Ceremony.