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Course Image Pentecostal Theology

TH4022 Pentecostal Theology

This is a study of the origin and development of the Pentecostal Movement. This course examines the factors that led to the rise and spread of the Pentecostal Movement. This study will also examine distinctive elements of the Pentecostal Movement as well as departures from it. This study is designed to enable Pentecostal leaders to reflect on their heritage so as to recover the Pentecostal vision for reaching the lost world through the power of the Holy Spirit. 


Course Image Christology and Soteriology

TH1033 Christology and Soteriology

This course is a thorough study of the Person and Nature of Christ.  Included in it are His birth, life, perfect humanity as well as His true deity as revealed in the scriptures.  Studied along with the doctrine of Christ is the doctrine of salvation through Christ alone.  As a result this course is two part study. This course is designed to establish Christian leaders in their convictions that Jesus Christ is the only Saviour; He sanctifies, Heals, and is the soon coming king.


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TH1013 Doctrinal Survey

TrinityThis is an introductory course to systematic theology. It is designed to provide a study of basic Christian doctrines.  The thrust of this course is to examine the doctrine of God (Theology proper) in detail as well as studying the canon of the scriptures. This course is designed to establish Pentecostal leaders in the doctrines of the Christian faith.


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ED4022 Curriculum Development

The aim of the course is to provide candidates with an opportunity to deepen their conceptual understanding of the educational and curriculum issues and relate the principles to their professional experiences. This ability to relate theory and practice will enhance their analytical capacities. The students will be assisted to appreciate the interrelationships between the theories and actual practices.


Course Image Analytical Geometry & Calculus

MT3113 Analytical Geometry & Calculus

This course will bring out the historical and epistemological development of analytic geometry and vector calculus. It will cover the survey of actual situation and historical background of teaching of analytical geometry and vector calculus.


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EN 2124 Syntax in English Language

This course is aimed at familiarizing learners with the basic goals and assumptions of Generative Grammar, training students in the rudiments of syntactic analysis and syntactic theorizing and argumentation, and acquainting students with the major syntactic structures of English and their relevance to linguistics.

Course Image Semantics of the English Language

EN 3124 Semantics of the English Language

This course addresses the semantics of singular and plural nominals in English language that manifest a binary morphological number distinction within this category. It shall develop an analysis which treats the plural morphemes as semantically relevant. the competition between singular and plural nominal will be grounded in bidirectional optimization form-meaning pairs.

Course Image Integral & Differential Calculus

MT3123 Integral & Differential Calculus

This course is aimed at developing thinking, reasoning, communication and modeling skills through mathematical approach to problem solving. Students will appreciate the value of mathematics in making informed decisions in life. They will acquire vigorous habits of mind through mathematical problem solving, and use of mathematical models


Course Image Constitution & Human Rights: Public Policy & Legal Education Study

CV4113 Constitution & Human Rights: Public Policy & Legal Education Study

This course will focus on the meaning of constitution and constitutional government. It shall discuss the supremacy and legitimacy of the constitution. The course will further discuss the meaning and importance of Human Rights to people in the society. It shall endeavor to discuss the development of human rights, principles of human rights, composition of human rights, characteristic of human rights, categories of human rights. It shall also discuss the various organisations which support human rights.


Course Image African Traditional Religion: Indigenous Religions in Central Africa

RS2013 African Traditional Religion: Indigenous Religions in Central Africa

The course aims at bringing the use of linguistic analysis to uncover early religious history. It will identify stages of Eastern and Western Bantu expansion history. The course shall compare and contrast the European witchcraft with the African witchcraft. It shall also account for the social and political significance of the rain shrines.


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TH702 Apologetics

TRANS-AFRICA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY SYLLABUS

COURSE: APOLOGETICS - MASTERS LEVEL      DATE: JANUARY, 2021

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Richard K. BALL                 LEVEL: MATS

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COURSE DESCRIPTION (SCROLL DOWN TO READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION):

This is a curated, self-study course in Christian apologetics with emphasis on critical issues and practical approaches in the African context. 

Apologetics is the defense of the Christian faith. Broadly speaking there are two streams of apologetics instruction, reflecting the two dominant ways of viewing Christian apologetics. The first is philosophical/academic. This covers such topics as the history of apologetics, natural theology, philosophical proofs for the existence of God, the rules of Logic, and the issue of theodicy — the justice of God.

The second view apologetics as an on-the-ground defense against competing religions and ideologies as well as Christian heresies, cults, and unbalanced teachings, e.g., the prosperity gospel.

This course will focus on the second view while covering the first depending upon student interest.

COURSE OBJECTIVES and OUTCOMES:

At the end of this course the student should be able to:

  • Identify and discuss major areas of Christian apologetics: e.g., faith vs. reason; the Bible vs. science; theodicy; the existence of God; the person of Christ; world-views; other religions/cults. 
  • Identify and use available internet resources for engaging in practical apologetics.
  • Identify and address threats within -- cults, heresies; and threats from without -- other religions and ideologies, including, e.g., scientism which is the belief that science is the basis of all knowledge.
  • Apply to an African context. 

COURSE FORMAT AND ASSETS:

This is a curated, self-study, online course with an emphasis on group participation and mutual support. The course will make use of TACU online teaching resources (e.g., Moodle) and the Trans-Africa public Facebook apologetics site. A copy of the instructor's Keynote slides will be made available.

COURSE OUTLINE and SCHEDULE: 


COURSE  ASSESSMENT:

ASSESSMENT

DUE DATE

%

CLASS ASSIGNMENTS - WEEKLY JAN-FEB

January-Feb

60%

Research Paper/Assignment

April 1

20%

Overall Contribution to the Class, including participation in discussions led by others


20%







TOTAL


100%


TEXTS and RESOURCES:

Internet-accessible, and/or files made available via Moodle and as assigned by the instructor.

Apologetics videos, e.g., William Lane Craig

Apologetics e-books, e.g., Mere Christianity

Apologetics websites, e.g., Apologetics315

Apologetics courses, e.g., C.S. Lewis Institute

Apologetics ministries, e.g., AC/FAR

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION:

Students will engage with the course material via a variety of methods: reading, both books, articles and websties; locating and viewing internet videos from e.g., Youtube; participation in discussion over the readings and viewings; participating in presentations by both the instructor and other students; conducting independent research, and developing a plan that synthesizes and applies the course content.

GRADING EXPECTATIONS:

  • Academic integrity including timely submission of assignments and avoidance of illegitimate appropriation and use of others’ work, but rather, demonstrating appropriate and gracious acknowledgment of sources used
  • Lively participation and contributions to public class assignments (e.g, posting to the TACU Apologetics website).

  • Critical thinking and personal conclusions
  • Structuring and presentation of clear arguments with supporting data and rationale
  • Depth and accuracy of research
  • Creativity in written and verbal presentations
  • Graduate-level research and writing skills

OVERALL GRADE “10”. Work exceeds expectations. Student demonstrates excellent and exceptional knowledge of the subject. Able to synthesise, critically assess and apply the complex concepts. Student is prepared to elaborate on/discuss subtle and deeper aspects of the topic. He/she demonstrates insights, originality and creativity. There is evidence of independent reading beyond the core texts. This student has excellent preparation for further studies.

OVERALL GRADE “9”. Student demonstrates high standards of knowledge. Work meets all expectations. Good comprehension of the material. Student is able to analyse and critically evaluate the material and is able to transfer knowledge to other areas. He/she has very good preparation for further studies.

OVERALL GRADE ‘8’. Student demonstrates good knowledge of the subject and ability to summarise well. Shows good and sound comprehension of concepts and ability to evaluate and use them. Work meets all expectations but has insignificant weaknesses. Good preparation for further studies.

OVERALL GRADE “7”. Student demonstrates core knowledge of the subject but does not show complete understanding. Shows good comprehension of core texts, principles and concepts, but has limited ability to critically evaluate and use them. Shows adequate ability to develop arguments and present them. Satisfactory preparation for further studies. 

OVERALL GRADE “6”. Student demonstrates reasonable core knowledge of the subject. Shows limited comprehension of core texts and principles but very little ability to critique or evaluate them. Shows evidence of having read core material but work lacks depth of analysis.

The instructor reserves the right to adjust the final course grade of any student by up to one letter grade, higher or lower, to better reflect the student’s performance, improvement, learning differences, and effort/participation in this course.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY and PLAGIARISM:

In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a person presents or turns in work that includes someone else’s ideas, language, or other (not common knowledge) material without giving appropriate credit to the source.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated, will result in a failed grade on an assignment, and may result in failing this course.

Academic dishonesty constitutes a serious violation of academic integrity and scholarship standards that can result in substantial penalties, at the sole discretion of the University, including but not limited to, denial of credit in a course as well as dismissal from the University. In short, a student violates academic integrity when he or she claims credit for any work not his or her own (words, ideas, answers, data, etc.) or when a student misrepresents any academic performance.

PROFESSOR CONTACTS:

Dr. Rick Ball

Email: rkballtyndale@gmail.com


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ODL PP Phonetics and Phonology

Phonetics and Phonology is a theoretical subject which consists of theories on articulatory phonetics and phonological rules which covers the features of speech sounds and the organization. After finishing this course, students are expected to be able to:

·         Recognize and describe the specific linguistic terms found in phonetics and phonology

·         Describe the organs of speech and their mechanism to produce the speech sounds

·         Clarify the distinctive features of the speech sounds

·         Describe the role of phonology in language learning

·         Describe basic phonological rules in English

 


Course Image Inroduction to Language and Lingustics

ILL Inroduction to Language and Lingustics

Why do we have language? And what do we “have” when we have it? Linguistics studies the structure of human languages with the goal of developing a general theory of how language works. Linguists closely examine the material, accessible properties of language (the sounds, the words, the phrases...) to get an understanding of its non-material, abstract ones. Given that language is intimately connected to our cognitive, psychological, and social experience, an understanding of linguistic structure can help illuminate aspects of these domains as well. In this course, you will learn about the various subfields of the discipline —phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics— and get a feel for the various techniques of linguistic analysis through problem solving experience. The tools and the knowledge that you acquire through this course should give you a new perspective on language and a new sense of respect for the species that can manipulate it so easily.


Course Image Phonetics and Phonology

PP Phonetics and Phonology

Phonetics and Phonology is a theoretical subject which consists of theories on articulatory phonetics and phonological rules which covers the features of speech sounds and the organization. After finishing this course, students are expected to be able to:

·         Recognize and describe the specific linguistic terms found in phonetics and phonology

·         Describe the organs of speech and their mechanism to produce the speech sounds

·         Clarify the distinctive features of the speech sounds

·         Describe the role of phonology in language learning

·         Describe basic phonological rules in English

 


Course Image Introduction to Language and Linguistics

ILLFT Introduction to Language and Linguistics

Why do we have language? And what do we “have” when we have it? Linguistics studies the structure of human languages with the goal of developing a general theory of how language works. Linguists closely examine the material, accessible properties of language (the sounds, the words, the phrases...) to get an understanding of its non-material, abstract ones. Given that language is intimately connected to our cognitive, psychological, and social experience, an understanding of linguistic structure can help illuminate aspects of these domains as well. In this course, you will learn about the various subfields of the discipline —phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics— and get a feel for the various techniques of linguistic analysis through problem solving experience. The tools and the knowledge that you acquire through this course should give you a new perspective on language and a new sense of respect for the species that can manipulate it so easily.



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