Assessment in the programme is done on the basis of written assignments. (Glossary) .pdf files.
Introductory talk to Diploma Students 14 September 2013.
The 14th September, Feast of the Exhaltation of the Cross, is the Feast of the Irish Province of the Dominican Order. We are given the habit on this day, and make profession a year later.
With you, and all the people who are associated with Dominicans, we are part of an enterprise that has 800 years of history within the Christian tradition. We will mark those celebrations in 2016. We are aware of the crises, but also of the ongoing support of the people and the grace of God that keeps us going. We arrived in Limerick in 1227, only a few years after Dominic’s death. Through those centuries, we have tried to give service to the people of this region of Ireland, and the DBI is a part of our ongoing engagement with this region and openness to new ways of being of service to the people, and to the Word of God.
This is a time of many changes, and we are grateful for your patience
Last summer: you filled out forms telling us what you liked about the course and where you thought we should improve. These have been professionally collated by a volunteer, Janet Moody, formerly ofthe University of Limerick.
We are grateful to all of you for the positive comments, but it is our business to take particular note of the negatives and act up on them.
So: This is our response to negative elements in the feedbacks:
1) Teaching space for first years was poor, badly lit, inappropriately ventilated and over heated. Respose: Yes to all of that. The new teaching space seems better from every point of view. The heat will be easier to regulate.
2) Administration of essays submissions and results seemed poor.In part this was the result of the change of system to that accredited by Maynooth. Changed demands on administrative support. Maynooth also calls for transparency and accountability. Systems now streamlined. This year we have one group, not four (or more), and we think we have put better systems in place. Students should be aware that they also play a part in the process by submitting their essays to deadline and in the manner indicated.
3) Timetable of day made it seem longer than it needed to be. Yes. We have improved it,we think.
4) Students would like the possibility of a quick tea/Coffee on arrival. Gratitude as ever to Tom.
5) Lunch: mixed mixed feedback from students to the previous system. Sandwiches, serving, and seating were all matters of concern.Our present situation does not give us former fine marble dining hall and kitchen facilities. We saw a general openness to new arrangements, so we decided to go with it. Space, tea and coffee are available, and students may bring their own sandwiches, etc. A question of prioritisation of issues. We we also pleased to see that the revised arrangement made a reduction of fees possible. From October box available for donations for tea/coffee. Do with it what you wish.
6) ‘Core text’ borrowing system is being introduced. An honour system. If it doesn’t work we will seek an alternative system / withdraw this innovation.
7) Access to the library and relevant course books was perceived as difficult. We respond tht the new teaching space should make the library seem more inviting.
The library is always accessible, but we do not guarantee permanent reception presence. Better to text/phone in advance. Bring sandwiches, and be prepared to be left alone to work in the space. Library security a minor issue for us, given the maturity of our students in this common enterprise.
8) Prayer time, possible retreat, sense of being a learning community. See prayer room, retreat, more religious symbols being introduced.
9) (Visit the changes in the rooms on ground floor: for the benefit of our prospective leasor.... but, who knows?)
10) Session on general introduction needed. This is provided now, and will be repeated for those who cannot make the course on the relevant days.
a) Handbook elements. The format. Expanded guidance on essay writing. It will be presumed that those of you who are writing essays on the Maynooth programme have read this material in the handbook. While on the one hand the material seems to make essay writing easier for the student, on the other hand it makes it difficult for the examiner to make allowances on the grounds of lack of information. Be warned!
b) The glossary.
c) Newsletter. Teething problems, of various origins, now seem to be resolved [??] Perhaps those without email could arrange for a study buddy to pass on the text.
d) Handouts given by tutors will be available with the core texts multiple copy library. If they run out I will ask the tutor to provide futher copies.
e) Revived website. Changed image. Accessibility.
f) We are considering a discussion space on website, where between study days students could raise matters to do with essays, etc. This might also build up our academic community. We will first have to see how secure such an arrangement can be.
g) With the permission of the students concerned, photographs will be taken today for insertion to the website. It seems important that he photographs there be of real people, rooms, features, etc. Of the DBI. Otherwise it is just a PR exercise.
h) A quiet room is now designated. Students may wish to pray briefly there or simply to take time out. A prayer intention book is to be found on the table, which will also present some material for view, in a display that will change periodically.
i) A room for tutors has been designated (Peig’s old office). Here tutors will have space and privacy if needed to organise class notes, gather thoughts, etc.
j) An Academic Board has been constituted. Although primarily this is a feature of our accreditation by Maynooth, it has concern for all our students whether enrolled for the Diploma or not.
k) Today, all the essay results, and the tutors’ comments on the essays are returned to each diploma student with the copy of the handbook. This is a matter of transparency, and of ensuring that students have the most comprehensive feedback possible for their work.
l) Although as yet unconfirmed, it is probable that we will move to a situation where the first year essays are together considered as pass/fail/profiling, while the marks from second and third year provide the results profile from Maynooth. This recognises progression over the three year diploma, and allows for first year mistakes, etc.
m) Attention is drawn to the broadened evening lecture series. Invitation to the students on the Saturday and Wednesday courses to attend them, broadening interests and pastoral contacts with the Limerick Church and region.
Ongoing feedback. We will be very grateful for all comments that can improve the service we give you, the students of the DBI. We are together serving the God we believe in, and dependent on his grace as we constitute a community of learning.
Student Assessment: the Writing of Essays
Assessment in the programme is done on the basis of written assignments.
- .pdf document
Based on a glossary prepared by Angela Hanley of the Priory Institute, Tallaght, and compiled from and for students of the Priory Institute in their use of the module textbooks. Adapted and used with permission. In subsequent editions of this handbook, we hope to include more entries of specific interest to students of the DBI.
Corrections and suggestions can be made to Gerard.Norton(at)dbil.ie