Bible, Ministry & Theology FAQs

Bible, Ministry & Theology FAQs

Do you have questions about studying Bible, Ministry & Theology at Morling?

See below answers to some of our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you can’t find the answer to your question below, please send an enquiry, and a member of our team will get back to you shortly.

Please refer to our Key Dates page for semester commencement dates.

Distance Education students are those who do not attend on-campus lectures.

Students may combine Distance Education and on-campus study within a single course, but not within a single unit. Students wanting to combine Distance and on-campus study should make contact with the relevant course advisor.

FEE-HELP is available for certain ACT courses.

Please refer to our Fees section for further details and other fee options such as an installment plan.

Morling Library catalogue is available online. Refer to the library page for further information.

Normally each unit will have one or two recommended textbooks. Students should note that some theological textbooks are quite expensive. Some bookstores include:

  • Morling Press
  • Koorong
  • Book Depository
  • Booktopia
  • Mosaic Resources

The College will not charge late enrolment penalties for new students; however, after Week 2 of semester, new enrolments will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.

Journal articles or chapters of books may be scanned and sent to students who are studying by distance by email upon request. This may be a quicker and cheaper option than postage in some cases and is also available for students living overseas. Copyright guidelines will apply (see below) and limits on the number of requests at any particular time may apply if demand is too great.

Limited photocopying from books and journals is also available from the College Library so long as the request falls within the parameters of the Copyright Act.

Compliance with the Copyright Act means that:

  • Only one ‘copy’ of an item may be sent (‘copy’ here includes a hardcopy, that is, a published book, and a soft or digital copy).
  • Copies can only be provided for private research or study connected with the unit in which you are enrolled with Morling College.
  • A maximum of 10% or one chapter of a book may be copied.
  • One article per journal issue only may be copied. More articles may be copied if they deal with the same, narrow, subject area (definition of same subject area is discretionary, and will be decided by Library staff).

Photocopying and scanning of up to 5 pages are free. After that, a fee of 10c per page will be charged. Postage will be paid by the College. The Librarian retains the right to refuse requests for unreasonable amounts of photocopying.

Photocopies which are faxed on request will accrue additional charges. These charges must be paid for in advance at the following rates:

Within Australia First page $A2.00

Other pages $A0.50

Overseas First page $A3.00

Other pages $A0.75

Please contact the library staff for further information or help.

You will find the Morling Moodle site here.

Please contact Morling if you are unsure what your username is.

Interlibrary loans are available for students, however for undergraduates and non-ACT students there is a charge which is currently $16.50. Please contact the library to request further information.

Postgraduate students are also eligible for reciprocal borrowing rights at Macquarie University. Please contact the library to request further information.

Penalties and fines apply for overdue books. Refer to the library page for further information.

Students doing both on-campus and distance units in the same semester are considered on-campus students, and are thus expected to borrow books and conduct their own research for both on-campus and distance units whilst at the campus. Books or journal articles will not be posted to them.

Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of others and presenting them as your own. Plagiarism is a type of intellectual theft. It can take many forms, from deliberate cheating to accidentally copying from a source without acknowledgement. Whenever you use the words or ideas of another person in your work, you must acknowledge where they came from. One of the contradictions of academic writing is that while you are expected to read, research and refer to experts and authorities, you are also expected to produce ‘original’ work. However, it is important to recognise that all scholarship involves understanding, researching and expanding on the work of others to some degree. So, it is important to learn how to reference properly — that is, how to specify clearly and precisely what your sources are and how to acknowledge them. Then your own contribution can be clearly identified and appreciated.

To avoid plagarism:

  • Be aware of what constitutes plagiarism
  • Learn how to acknowledge your sources of information
  • Plan your work
  • Learn how to incorporate the work of others
  • Acknowledge ALL your sources

Students at Morling are expected to use non-discriminatory language when writing essays. This includes, for example, reference to race, sex, colour, class, age or disability. Extensive illustrations of alternative language and writing strategies to avoid discriminatory language are available. The NRSV provides an example of a Bible that attempts to use non-discriminatory language (e.g. humanity, humankind, people, women and men).

When it is essential to use a quotation which includes discriminatory language, the word [sic], enclosed in square brackets, can be inserted immediately after the discriminatory expression.

The majority of essays will require you to cite Scripture:

  • ‘Bible’ and ‘Scripture’ are normally capitalised when used in essays.
  • The names of individual biblical books are capitalised. For example: ‘in the book of Genesis …’, or ‘in Romans 8 …’.
  • Where chapter and verse are supplied use the approved abbreviation for biblical books. ‘In Eph 5:21 Paul makes the point …’

Where you are supporting your argument with biblical references, include them in parenthesis at the end of your sentence. For example: ‘When comparing the synoptic reports on the calling of Jesus’ first disciples, a number of fascinating differences can be identified (Matt 4:18–22; Mark 1:16–20; Luke 5:1–11)’.

An abstract is a condensed version of a longer piece of writing that highlights the major points covered, concisely describes the content and scope of the writing, and reviews the writing’s contents in abbreviated form.

For examples of abstracts go to the Study Skills section on Moodle and go to the Writing Skills section.

Referencing is a way to provide evidence to support the assertions and claims in your own assignments. By citing experts in your field, you are demonstrating the extent of your reading and research. Referencing is also a way to give credit to the writers from whom you have borrowed words and ideas.

References must be accurate, allowing your readers to trace the sources of information you have used. The best way to make sure you reference accurately is to keep a record of all the sources you used when reading and researching for an assignment.

Assignments at Morling should contain referencing using the Chicago Manual of Style documentation system, for written work of 1000 words or more, unless a lecturer indicates otherwise.

EndNote® software is available for ACT students, MCD Univertisty of Divinity students, and academic staff.

The EndNote® software enables you to automatically format citations, footnotes and bibliographies to a chosen standard. It is one of the industry standard software tools for publishing and managing bibliographies on both Windows and Macintosh® computers.

Please refer to the Study Skills page in Moodle for further details.

Results will initially be available online through the ACT website. The ACT will inform you how to access your results (you will need to know your ACT number).
Transcripts of your results will be sent to you by the ACT. First semester results will usually be posted in the 2nd or 3rd week of second semester. Second semester results should be sent out before Christmas (please allow normal postage times from Sydney when calculating when you should receive these results).
Please note: as your transcript of results will be sent to you by the ACT you must ensure that the address they have is current. When notifying Morling College of a change of address please ask the Registrar to change your address with the ACT also.

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