ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
This section outlines the primary academic policies of Logos International Leadership College. Students should familiarise themselves with these policies, as it is important for their study success. Please feel free to ask the Registrar, Director or Dean at any time about any queries that you may have about the policies. If you are an enrolled student you are bound by the obligations presented in these policies, and you also bear the privileges and benefits therein.
In order to verify your work in cases of unanticipated loss of records or failure of electronic transfer of material, the student is required to retain a copy of the subject assessments that you have completed. When you have completed all the required module assessments to complete a Logos Course, simply email us and we will process and send your formal Award to you. Or, you may prefer to attend a formal Logos College Graduation Ceremony at a desgnated Logos Training centre. Please contact the Registrar on this matter. Ensure that any outstanding fees or charges are paid, if there are any, so as not to hold up the delivery or presentation of your Student Transript and Award Certificate (with the respective signatures and seals).
In short, all course Diplomas and Certificates will be conferred upon the student on completion of the relevant subjects. The student who will be receiving an award may be invited to join other students of the College at an upcoming Graduation Ceremony if the student can travel for the occasion. For those students who are unable to attend a graduation award ceremony, or insufficient physical numbers do not warrant a ceremony, awards will be posted to the student with the relevant Seal and Signatures of the college officers.
REQUIREMENTS TO RECEIVE AWARDS
A student is eligible to receive an award when he/she has satisfied the following conditions:
Satisfactorily completed all necessary subjects to receive the relevant award. The completion of subjects necessary to obtain an award is listed in the sections on Course Streams and Courses Available.
Satisfactorily completed the assessments associated with each module that make up the relevant award.
Satisfactorily completed and passed all Field Practicum requirements for the level at which he/she was studying.
4. The College has received a formal reference from the student's Senior Pastor or Training Centre Supervisor vouching for his/her Christian character (given that Logos aims at helping to train leaders for a wide variety of leadingship or ministry expressions). Sometimes, in rare cases, a period of a few months or more is allowed following completion of Logos studies, if a referee's report is negative, in order for the Referee to confirm that he/she is satisfied with the student's development in Christian character). Please also note that an award from most Christian colleges and universities does not necessarily mean that the student is qualified for 'ministry.' It is normally a local church, or a credentialing body, which approves a person's application for ministry based on certain selection criteria.
When an individual assignment is sent to the College it is assessed and an electronic notice sent to the student stating the grade achieved or that the assessment needs re-doing. A written explanation will accompany any work returned for revision. Students may re-submit assignments as many times as necessary in order to achieve successful completion, unless there is insufficient evidence of continuing work on the assignment within a 12 month period. Extensions may be granted in cases of work commitments, family commitments, and the like, upon written request to the Registrar. The assessments, though comprehensive, are very do-able and user-friendly.
All student assignments are kept on file and are not returned to the student (unless it needs to be redone) for record purposes. We recommend copying assignments for a personal record prior to forwarding them for assessment.
When all of the modules in a Course are completed, the student will receive a “Statement of Attainment,” listing the subjects they have achieved, in addition to the Award granted.
PREREQUISITES ACADEMIC AND GENERAL
The section on Courses Available outlines what prerequisites are required (if any) in order to do an award. For instance, an Associate Certificate in Ministry must be preceded by a Christian Education Certificate (unless a student is only aiming to do individual subjects for personal interest). Recognition of Prior Learning for a subject may be granted in instances where the student can prove that he/she has already gained the necessary subject skills (see the section on Recognition of Prior learning). Study Techniques may be exempted, upon request, in most cases where a student feels he/she already possesses the necessary skills in which to do the Course.
MODULE REPORTS AND AWARDS
Awards (Certificate, Diplomas, etc.) are provided if a pass or higher is achieved for all subjects relevant to those awards.
A pass is the minimum level required in all relevant pieces of assessment in order to qualify for an award.
All students will receive an official Statement of Attainment, recording subjects passed, when an award is given or when a student requests one upon exiting his/her studies with Rhema.
An official College Seal and relevant signatures are applied to all awards successfully completed.
Assessment methods may include:
- Written and oral assessments
- Research assignments
- In-the-field exercises
- Role-play/simulated workplace exercises
- Case studies
- Content Assignments
- Written assessments
- Seminar presentations
- Class participation
Qualified trainers/assessors will undertake the assessment role, and the timing and method of assessment will be at the discretion of individual trainers/assessors in consultation with the Academic Dean. The College is committed to flexible learning and meaningful and relevant assessment procedures.
A student is considered to have passed a subject when he/she has achieved a “pass” or higher for each form of assessment within that subject.
Client/student support is accessible, particular from lecturers in charge of subjects. In some cases, e-mail addresses are provided for lecturers specifically overseeing a subject. If this is not possible, contact may be made with the College Registrar or Dean, who will endeavour to have your questions answered.
PRESENTATION OF ASSESSMENTS
All assessments must be neatly written and legible in either black or blue pen as a minimum standard, if submitted in paper form, as presentation may be included in the overall marking of the assessment. It is preferable that answers be typed in cases of Postal delivery. Electronic reply is preferable if the student has suitable computer and email access.
Students will receive a mark on the assessment and the assessment will be retained by the college for record purposes. Students should retain a photocopy for their own records.
The general guidelines for written assessment are prescribed in some cases, such as word count, in order to explain and articulate your answer sufficiently. Specialised subjects may require a larger word count.
If a student is unsure as to whether his/her approach to, or the content of, the assessment is satisfactory in terms of the set requirements, the student may contact the relevant lecturer for guidance and comment.
Marking of Assessments, and Award Prizes
The lecturer in a subject has the responsibility to return an assessment to a student for improvement if it is thought that certain sections of the assessment fail to meet the crucial Performance Criteria or Marking Guide required for that assessment.
Any assessment receiving a passing grade (Pass, Credit, or Distinction) will not be returned for improvement and the student will be notified of his/her results. Note that the college is required to keep and store all pieces of assessment for quality managment purposes and transfer credit standards.
Special Commendatory Awards or Prizes will be awarded to all students upon completion of a full COURSE in the following cases:
- Academic Award
for those students obtaining a grade of “Distinction” in at least 80% of their subjects for their respective Course (for full Certificate in Ministry and full Diploma of Ministry only).
RECORDING OF RESULTS
Integrity of the various Courses requires that the College maintain student records in an accurate and secure way:
- It is the responsibility of the College to file all the results awarded to the student for an indefinite period. This includes every grade earned as well as every piece of assessment. Both electronic and paper records will be kept.
- It is the responsibility of the student to file and maintain all relevant materials and grades and transcripts forwarded to him or her. The College, however, may be contacted for a Copy in the event of grades or awards being lost.
FLEXIBILITY OF STUDIES
At the discretion of the Academic Dean, a student may vary his/her studies by altering subject choices relating to a particular award. In most cases, subjects undertaken at other Colleges of the same standard may be submitted for credit (see the section; Recognition of Prior Learning).
Philosophy of Assessment:
Assessment is the process of forming a judgment about the quality and extent of student achievement or performance and, therefore, by inference, a judgment about the learning itself. Assessment inevitably shapes the learning that takes place, i.e., what students learn and how they learn it, and should reflect closely the purposes and aims of the course of study. Our assessments focus primarily on Content as opposed to vague and generic outcomes.
The aims of assessment include:
- improving the quality of the curriculum (subjects and courses);
- Giving the student the relevant grade and recognition according to the quality of work submitted;
- evaluating the effectiveness of the teaching process and facilitating continuing improvement;
- improving and promoting subsequent learning through feedback that is clear, informative, timely and relevant;
- formally certifying achievements for external audiences; and
- accountability to relevant accrediting bodies, transfer colleges, employers and the wider community.
Assessment methods may take a variety of forms: the key criterion among methods should be appropriateness to the performance criteria contained within the curriculum. The requirements for learner success should be to develop in students the ability to evaluate the quality of their own work in order to equip them to function as professionals with a commitment to life-long learning.
Assessment tasks are designed to indicate progress towards the desired objectives and outcomes, and the assessment is a measure of the extent to which the evaluative and performance criteria have been achieved. The standard of performance which is required for the assignment of grades (e.g., “Pass,” “Credit,” “Distinction”) is a judgment based on the professional expertise of the various staff who contribute to the assessment process and who are informed by experience in accepted standards, including, where appropriate, standards in other institutions.
Pass with Distinction (D)
This means that the performance criteria relevant to the assessment have been satisfactorily met according to the appropriate assessment guide. In addition, the assessor recognizes a high calibre of effort, quality, integrity, depth and mastery.
Excellent performance indicating a very high level of understanding of the subject matter; development of relevant skills to a very high level; demonstration of a very high level of interpretive and analytical ability and intellectual initiative; and achievement of all major and minor objectives of the subject.
Pass with Credit (C)
A very good performance indicating a high level of understanding of the subject matter; development of relevant skills to a high level; demonstration of a high level of interpretive and analytical ability, and intellectual engagement; and achievement of most major and minor objectives of the subject.
Satisfactory performance indicating an adequate understanding of the basic subject matter; development of relevant skills, adequate interpretive and analytical ability and achievement of all major objectives of the subject. A pass recognizes the presence of the necessary skills and competencies required by accrediting bodies and requirements of the Assessment Guides are met.
Not Yet Passed (NYP)
Unsatisfactory performance indicating an inadequate understanding of the basic subject matter; failure to develop relevant skills; insufficient evidence of interpretive and analytical ability; and failure to achieve major and minor objectives of the subject. The various skills and competencies required of the subject are not attained and requirements of the Assessment Guides are not met.
The Assessment Program for a Subject
Student learning is gradual and cumulative, with qualitative changes taking place throughout the process. For this reason, the assessment program for a subject should enable the teaching staff to engage in both formative and summative assessment. The academic staff responsible for a subject exercises their professional judgment in using a variety of assessment methods, which are relevant, valid, fair and appropriate to the aims and objectives of the subject. Assessment Guides, available to the assessors, will direct the marking process. The College has an efficient and comprehensive administrative system backing its programs of study.
Approval of Assessment Program
The assessment program for each subject is attached to each subject downloaded or mailed by Post. In designing the assessment for a particular subject, the assessor shall have regard to the relationship between the assessment methods and the learning outcomes expected for the subject. Where there is a choice of assessment methods, the Subject Outline shall include the necessary range of assessment tasks in order to achieve the relevant learning outcomes.
Advice to Students
In some cases, depending on the subject, students will be provided with a Subject Outline or Introductory material at the beginning of the note material. It states the assessment program for the subject including, where relevant, the due dates of assessment items, word lengths and student examples.
Change of Assessment Requirements during a Semester
In exceptional cases, the Academic Dean may approve a variation in the detail, scope and composition of the assessment program in a subject, providing any such variation maintains the relationship between the assessment methods and the outcomes expected for the subject. In giving approval for the change, the Dean must be satisfied that the change or the timing of the change does not disadvantage students.
An underpinning philosophy of the College courses is to emphasize Content. This approach to training reflects some of the latest research and scholarly opinion that pure outcomes-based education and generic competencies sometimes fail to imbue the necessary substance, subject matter and detail in which to adequately skill and equip learners. College materials and assessments, therefore, strongly focus on content in achieving the various aims and outcomes.