BRETHREN BIBLE INSTITUTE

FOR

POST-GRADUATE THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

P.O. BOX 46, PATHANAMTHITTA, KERALA, INDIA- 689 645


A Post-Graduate Institution Offering Distance Education

In Bible And Theology


 

STUDENT HAND BOOK

 

Dear Student,

We welcome you to BBI on behalf of the Trustees and the Faculty. We all are confident that your involvement with BBI would prove to be greatly beneficial to your spiritual life and ministry.

This Handbook gives detailed information about our expectations, the rules that you have to follow, and also the way in which you have to conduct yourself during your studentship. Since the approach of BBI is radically different from that of other theological institutions, We urge you to read every item carefully so that you can get maximum benefit out of what we have to offer.

Please notice that BBI reserves the right to discontinue the studentship of any person if he repeatedly refuses to abide by the rules stipulated by us.

Also please notice that many seminaries in India are run to satisfy "donors" from outside, and thus they tolerate any kind of behaviour from students lest they flee and the project be closed down. BBI is not like that. We will, therefore, continue to have only those students who adhere to the highest disciplinary standards. Please do not try to take liberties with the rules and regulations stipulated by us.

Please read this handbook carefully! May God Bless You,

Dr. O.M. Samuel
Principal

Dr. K.C. Johnson
Academic Dean

Mr. Binu Samuel
Dean of Distance Education Programme:



1. INTRODUCTION TO THE INSTITUTE

Brethren Bible Institute for Post-GraduateTheological Studies is the Distance Education Department of Brethren Bible Institute, Pathanamthitta.

It has been the long cherished desire of the brethren who were responsible for the starting of the Gospel Hall in Pathanamthitta to start a Bible teaching centre in the town. Late Mr.T.M. George put his heart and soul in the matter, and the result was the inauguration of B.B.I. on 11.06.1989 by late Mr.M.E. Cherian. B.B.I. now offers different Master's degree programmes to meet the need of the believers in India to have higher theological education.

2. PROGRAMMES

2.1 Master of Biblical Studies (M.B.S.)

2.1.1  Goals of the Programme

a. To prepare the believers, who are having only a secular degree, to pursue higher theological education.

b. To train the student in the sound hermeneutical, and theological skills necessary for accurate interpretation and application of the Scriptures in preparation for effective Christian ministry.

c. To impart basic biblical and theological foundation to the believers who wish to be more effective in their involvement in the local churches.

d. To train the student in the methodology of research and in the written presentation of his research.

2.1.2  Requirements for Admission

a. Experience of conversion to Christ.

b. A secular degree in any field.

                             OR

   Mature candidates (25 years and above) without a secular degree can be admitted after passing an entrance examination in the following areas.

           i. Bible Knowledge

          ii. Christian Experience

         iii. Proficiency in English Language

2.1.3  Medium of Study

M.B.S. is offered only in English medium.

2.1.4  Duration of the Programme

The minimum duration of the course will be two years and maximum will be five years from registration.

2.1.5  Graduation Requirements

a. Successful completion of 60 credits of course  work. BBI follows the Credit system for its programmes. In distance education each credit amounts to 30 hours of study including all learning activities. Thus, a three-credit course involves 90 hours of study. This helps the student to understand the academic efforts one has to put in, in order to successfully complete a course.

b. An assessment of Field education involvement.

c. An assessment of character, spiritual development and ministry commitment.

d. Successful completion of an approved thesis of not less than 15,000 words.

2.1.6 Subjects Required for M.B.S. Programme

MBS-01                            O.T. Survey-3

MBS-02                            N.T. Survey-3                                 

MBS-03                            Bible Study Methods-3              

MBS-04                            Research Methodology-3         

MBS-05                            Hermeneutics-3

MBS-06                            Evangelism and Missions-3

MBS-07                            Church History-3

MBS-08                            Systematic Theology-6

MBS-09                            Homiletics-3

MBS-10                            Christian Ethics-3

MBS-11                            Thesis-3

8 more subjects from the following

MBS-12                   Pastoral Care and Counselling-3

MBS-13                   Christian Education-3

MBS-14                   Christian Leadership-3

MBS-15                   Principles of Church Growth-3

MBS-16                   Christian Discipleship-3

MBS-17                   Basic Spirituality-3

MBS-18                   Brethren Distinctives-3

MBS-19                   Biblical Archaeology-3

MBS-20                   Christian Apologetics-3
MBS-21                   False Cults-3 

MBS-22                   Manners & Customs of Bible Lands-3

MBS-23                   Major Religions-3

MBS-24                   Contemporary Indian movements-3

MBS-25                   Life of Christ-3

MBS-26                   Acts of the Apostles-3

MBS-27                   Life of Paul-3


2.2  Master of Divinity (M.Div.)


2.2.1  Goals of the Programme

a. To help the student to apply a consistent, dispensational approach when interpreting the Scriptures and applying them to his own life and the lives of others.

b. To train the student to make appropriate use of available linguistic tools to secure most accurate understanding of scriptures possible.

c. To help the student to possess a store of biblical and theological facts as a foundation for  personal development, teaching and further study.

d. To train the student in the methodology of research and in the written presentation of his  research.

2.2.2  Admission Requirements

a. Experience of Conversion to Christ.

b. A Bachelor degree in Theology, or a secular  Bachelor degree with theological background.

2.2.3   Medium of Study

M.Div. is offered only in English medium.

2.2.4  Duration of the Programme

The minimum duration of the course will be two years for theological Bachelor degree holders and three years for non-theological Bachelor degree holders. Maximum duration will be six years from registration.

2.2.5  Graduation Requirements

a. Successful completion of 70 credits of course  work for theological graduates and 100 credits of course  work for non-theological Bachelor degree holders (secular graguates). BBI follows the Credit system for its programmes. Each credit amounts to 30 hours of study comprising all learning activities. Thus, a three-credit course involves 90 hours of study. This helps the student to understand the academic efforts one has to put in, in order to successfully complete a course.

b. An assessment of Field education involvement.

c. Successful completion of an approved thesis of not less than 20,000 words.

d. Successful completion of an oral/written comprehensive examination covering the course work and thesis.

e. An assessment of character, spiritual development and ministry commitment.

2.2.6  Subjects Required for M.Div. Programme

MD-01           O.T. Introduction-3                                        

MD-02           N.T. Introduction-3                      

MD-03           Preliminary Greek-3                                         

MD-04           Preliminary Hebrew-3   

MD-05           Biblical Hermeneutics-3

MD-06           Research Methodology-3

MD-07           O.T. Theology-3

MD-08           N.T. Theology-3

MD-09           Introduction to Systematic Theology-6

MD-10           Person and Work of Christ-3

MD-11           Christian Ethics-3

MD-12           Theology in the Asian Context with Special Emphasis on India-3

MD-13           Church History-3

MD-14           History of Christianity in Asia with Special Emphasis on India-3

MD-15           Survey of World Religions-3

MD-16           Modern Religious and Secular Movements-3

MD-17           Introduction to Missions and Evangelism-3

MD-18           Introduction to Communication: Theory and Practice-3

MD-19           Homiletics-3

MD-20           Pastoral Care and Counselling-3

MD-21           Thesis-4

MD-22           Oral/Written Comprehensive Examination-3

10 more subjects from the following

MD-23           Bible Study Methods-3            

MD-24           Christian Education-3

MD-25           Christian Leadership-3

MD-26           Principles of Church Growth-3

MD-27           Christian Discipleship-3

MD-28           Basic Spirituality-3

MD-29           Brethren Distinctives-3

MD-30           Biblical Archaeology-3

MD-31           Christian Apologetics-3                                    

MD-32           False Cults-3 

MD-33           Manners & Customs of Bible Lands-3

MD-34           Life of Christ-3

MD-35           Acts of the Apostles-3

MD-36           Life of Paul-3


2.3 Master of Theology (M.Th.)


2.3.1  Goals of  the Programme

a. To help the student to demonstrate a general knowledge of the Bible.

b. To train the student in the methodology of advanced research and in the written presentation of his work.

c. To help the student to do in-depth research using primary and secondary sources.

d. To develop the student’s ability to articulate and defend the uniqueness and inerrancy of the Word of God.

e. To train the student to demonstrate high communication skills necessary for an effective teaching ministry.

2.3.2  Admission Requirements

a. Experience of conversion to Christ.

b. B.D./M.B.S./M.Div./a Secular Master degree /a Secular professional degree--with B+ grade or a high second division.

c. A proficiency in an appropriate language for the field of study.

d. Ministry experience is required.

2.3.3   Medium of Study

M.Th. is offered only in English medium.

2.3.4  Duration of the Programme

The minimum duration of the course will be two years for those who join with B.D./M.Div. and  three years for those who join with M.B.S./a secular Master degree/Professional degree. Maximum duration will be six years from registration.

2.3.5  Graduation Requirements

a. Successful completion of 50 credits of course work for those who join with B.D./M.Div.

b. Successful completion of 80 credits of course work for those who join with M.B.S.

c. Successful completion of 100 credits of course work for those who join with a secular Master degree/Professional degree.

BBI follows the Credit system for its programmes. Each credit amounts to 30 hours of study comprising all learning activities. Thus, a five-credit course involves 150 hours of study. This helps the student to understand the academic efforts one has to put in, in order to successfully complete a course.

d. Successful completion of an approved thesis of not less than 30,000 words.

e. Successful completion of an oral and written Comprehensive examination covering the course  work  and  thesis.

2.3.6  Subjects Required for M.Th. Programme


2.3.6.1  M.Th.  in Systematic Theology


MST- 01                           Biblical Foundations-Part I-3         

MST- 02                           Biblical Foundations-Part II-3         

MST- 03                           Theological Foundations-3     

MST- 04                           Advanced Hermeneutics -3

MST- 05                           Readings in Theology-3

MST- 06                           Research Methodology and Theological Research-3

MST- 07                           Advanced Bibliology-3   

MST- 08                           Advanced  Apologetics-3        

MST- 09                           Eschatology-3

MST- 10                           Christology and Soteriology- 3

MST- 11                           Pneumatology and Spiritual Gifts-3

MST- 12                           Ecclesiology and Ecumenism-3

MST- 13                           Dispensationalism-3   

MST- 14                           Thesis-6

MST- 15                           Oral and Written Comprehensive Examination-5

ADDITIONAL SUBJECTS

MST- 16                           Historical Theology-3

MST- 17                           Contemporary Theology-3

MST- 18                           O.T. Theology-3

MST- 19                           N.T. Theology-3

MST- 20                           Dogmatic Theology-3

MST- 21                           Indian Christian Theology-3

MST- 22                           Biblical Theology of Missions-3

MST- 23                           Charismatic Movements-3

MST- 24                           Comparative Theology-3

MST- 25                           Biblical Archaeology-3

Additional Subjects for those who join with Secular Master degree/Professional degree

MST-26                            Christian Ethics-3

MST-27                            Evangelism and Missions-3

MST-28                            Bible Study Methods-3 

MST-29                            Church History-5

MST-30                            Pastoral Care and Counselling-3

MST-31                            Christian Education-3

MST-32                            Christian Leadership-3

MST-33                            Principles of Church Growth-3

MST-34                            Christian Discipleship-3

MST-35                            Basic Spirituality-3

MST-36                            Brethren Distinctives-3

MST-37                            False Cults-3 

MST-38                            Manners & Customs of Bible Lands-3

MST-39                            Major Religions-5

MST-40                            Contemporary Indian movements-3

MST-41                            Life of Christ-3

MST-42                            Acts of the Apostles-3

MST-43                            Life of Paul-3

2.3.6.2  M.Th.  in Old Testament

MOT-01                            Biblical Foundations-Part I-3         

MOT-02                            Biblical Foundations-Part II-3       

MOT-03                            Theological Foundations-3             

MOT-04                            Advanced Hermeneutics-3

MOT-05                            Readings in O.T. -3

MOT-06                            Research Methodology and O.T. Research-3

MOT-07                            Advanced Bibliology-3      

MOT-08                            Advanced  Apologetics-3                       

MOT-09                            O.T. Introduction-3

MOT-10                            O.T. History-3

MOT-11                            Exposition of Pentateuch-3

MOT-12                            O.T. Theology-3

MOT-13                            Dispensationalism-3

MOT-14                            Thesis-6

MOT-15                            Comprehensive Examination-5

ADDITIONAL SUBJECTS 

MOT-16                            History of Israel-3

MOT-17                            Exposition of O.T. Historical Books-3

MOT-18                            Exposition of O.T. Poetical Books-3

MOT-19                            Exposition of Major Prophets-3

MOT-20                            Exposition of Minor Prophets-3

MOT-21                            Critical Study on O.T. Higher Criticism -3

MOT-22                            Biblical Archaeology-3

MOT-23                            Inter-testamental Period-3

MOT-24                            Christ in the O.T.-3

MOT-25                            Typology-3

Additional Subjects for those who join with Secular Master degree/Professional degree

MOT-26                            Christian Ethics-3

MOT-27                            Evangelism and Missions-3

MOT-28                            Bible Study Methods-3 

MOT-29                            Church History-5

MOT-30                            Pastoral Care and Counselling-3

MOT-31                            Christian Education-3

MOT-32                            Christian Leadership-3

MOT-33                            Principles of Church Growth-3

MOT-34                            Christian Discipleship-3

MOT-35                            Basic Spirituality-3

MOT-36                            Brethren Distinctives-3

MOT-37                            False Cults-3 

MOT-38                            Manners & Customs of Bible Lands-3

MOT-39                            Major Religions-5

MOT-40                            Contemporary Indian movements-3

MOT-41                            Life of Christ-3

MOT-42                            Acts of the Apostles-3

MOT-43                            Life of Paul-3

2.3.6.3   M.Th.  in New Testament

MNT-01                            Biblical Foundations- Part I-3

MNT-02                            Biblical Foundations- Part II-3     

MNT-03                            Theological Foundations-3             

MNT-04                            Advanced Hermeneutics-3

MNT-05                            Readings in N.T.-3

MNT-06                            Research Methodology and N.T. Research-3

MNT-07                            Advanced Bibliology-3     

MNT-08                            Advanced  Apologetics-3    

MNT-09                            N.T. Introduction-3

MNT-10                            N.T. History-3

MNT-11                            N.T. Theology-3

MNT-12                            Exposition of Pauline Epistles-3

MNT-13                            Dispensationalism-3

MNT-14                            Thesis-6

MNT-15                            Comprehensive Examination-5

ADDITIONAL SUBJECTS

MNT-16                            Life and Ministry of Paul -3

MNT-17                            Early Church History-3

MNT-18                            Exposition of Synoptic Gospel and Acts-3

MNT-19                            Exposition of Johannine Writings-3

MNT-20                            Exposition of General Epistles and Revelation-3

MNT-21                            Critical Study on N.T. Higher Criticism-3

MNT-22                            Textual Criticism of the N.T.-3

MNT-23                            Biblical Archaeology-3

MNT-24                            Inter-testamental Period-3

MNT-25                            Life of Christ-3

Additional Subjects for those who join with Secular Master degree/Professional degree

MNT-26                            Christian Ethics-3

MNT-27                            Evangelism and Missions-3

MNT-28                            Bible Study Methods-3 

MNT-29                            Church History-5

MNT-30                            Pastoral Care and Counselling-3

MNT-31                            Christian Education-3

MNT-32                            Christian Leadership-3

MNT-33                            Principles of Church Growth-3

MNT-34                            Christian Discipleship-3

MNT-35                            Basic Spirituality-3

MNT-36                            Brethren Distinctives-3

MNT-37                            False Cults-3 

MNT-38                            Manners & Customs of Bible Lands-3

MNT-39                            Major Religions-5

MNT-40                            Contemporary Indian movements-3

MNT-41                            Typology-3

 
3. STUDY SCHEDULE

The methodology of instruction in the Distance Education system is different from the teaching system in the conventional Seminaries or Bible Colleges.Unlike the conventional teaching - oriented system, the Distance Education system, as you will experience, is a teaching-learning system. In fact it is more learner oriented. It would, therefore, require your active participation.

Along with admission letter, you receive a packet of course materials for the first subject. It would be in your interest to chalk out a regular study schedule so that you may study for two to 2.5 hours daily spread over the next two months. What you should do is to go through the notes and jot down important points in the margins or in a separate notebook whichever is convenient to you.

4. PLANNING YOUR TIME TABLES

You must finish your course within the allotted time period that is shown below. This period can be extended by paying an extension fee, however, it is in your own interest to finish the course fast. Only in exceptional cases or misfortune should only you exceed the time taken to complete the course.

The first thing that you should do is to make several timetables for yourself. We give several tables below which you can use to plan your schedule. It will be good if you plan for the Optimum Period suggested by us, so that there is always a "reserve" of time for meeting emergencies. The foolish ones allow time to drive them, while the prudent ones plan and drive the time to their advantage.

4.1 Information For Helping You To Plan

Your Time Table
Course Credit Hours Optimum Time Maximum Time
M.B.S 50 24 Months 60 Months
M.Div. 60 24 Months 60 Months
M.Th. 80 24 Months 60 Months

It must be noticed that after examination of their records / transcripts, candidates already having qualifications higher than what is required for a given course would be given some relaxation in the number of credit hours that they have to study. In such cases the Optimum Time would be lesser than what is suggested above. There will be no relaxation in the matter of Thesis. With the above mentioned requirements in mind, please plan your timetables.

4.2 Plan Your Own Time Table for Getting Outline
      of Thesis Approved
Date For Submission Of Tentative Outline


Date For Submission Of Revised Outline


5. ASSIGNMENTS

You will do certain assignments for each subject that you are doing, and send these to the Dean of P.G. Studies within two months from the date of receipt of the assignment questions.

You are advised to practise the following norms while doing the assignments.

1. The answer should be precise and well documented.

2. Write in clear and legible handwriting. Typewritten or computer printed submissions would automatically get 5% bonus marks.

3. Make the best use of study materials.

4. Send the answer sheets on or before the date set for each assignment.

5. The answer sheet should be complete in all respects. Make sure that you answered all the questions in an assignment before you send it to us. Incomplete answer sheets will bring you poor grades.

6. Use only A4 size paper for your responses. Use ordinary writing paper for your assignments and bond paper for the Research papers. Don't use the very thin variety.

7. Leave one inch margin on the left, and atleast five lines in between each answer in an assignment.

8. You should not send published articles as your answers to assignments.

9. Do not remind us to send back corrected response sheets. You are advised to keep a copy of your response for your own use.

10. Do not enclose doubts for clarification, if any, along with the assignments. Send them in a separate cover.

11. Students should submit their assignments within a period of two months from the date of receipt of the assignment questions.

12. The top of the first page of our response sheets should look something like this.

Method Example
TITLE OF THE ASSIGNMENT 

An

assignment

 submitted to

the faculty of the

Brethren Bible Institute

 for P.G. Theological studies

 in 

partial

 fulfilment of the

 requirements for the subject 

"Name of the Subject"

required for

 Master of Biblical Studies

 by
  Name of the Student 
on 
Date


REASONS FOR ASSYRIAN CAPTIVITY 

An

assignment

 submitted to

the faculty of the

Brethren Bible Institute

 for P.G. Theological studies

 in 

partial

 fulfilment of the

 requirements for the subject 

"O.T. Survey"

required for 

Master of Biblical Studies

 by
 James Varghese
on
3 June 1998

13. Use only one side of the paper; Do not use the other side for any other purpose.

14. Please use large size (A4) envelopes for submitting your assignments.

15. DO NOT fold the papers. Please stock sufficient numbers of large size envelopes.

16. Completed assignments should be sent in the given address.

Dean of Distance Education Programme
B.B.I.
P.O.BOX. 46,
PATHANAMTHITTA,
KERALA- 689 645.

6. THESIS

6.1 Submission of the Thesis

Each student would have to fulfil the following obligations:

1. Thesis should be typed in double-space on one side of the paper only. Three bound copies (hard bound, not comb or spiral bound) are to be submitted.

2. You will have to submit a first draft, a second corrected draft, and a final draft. Only the final draft has to be bound. The rest can be submitted without any binding.

3. Please get each draft checked by an English teacher or a person knowledgeable in English before submission. BBI shall not entertain Thesis that contains errors of grammar.

4. Students producing exceptionally meritorious write-ups shall be allowed to submit the final draft without having to submit a second draft, but this is a rare event.

5. Attach the appropriate forms found at the end of this guide along with each submission of your Thesis.

6. Exceptionally meritorious Thesis shall be kept in our Library so that it becomes available to researchers .

7. Details about research and preparation of the thesis is given on the following pages.

6.2 How To Prepare A Thesis

6.2.1 How To Choose A Subject: BBI has the policy that the Institute should exist for the academic and spiritual benefit of student, and not the other way round. Thus we encourage each student to try to choose a subject that would benefit his or her spiritual ministry. Thus the first thing you should do is to decide the major area in which you would like to write.

Once you decide the major subject, you should reflect upon all those topics within this subject on which you have ever wished to write. Thus you might find that your major subject of interest is counselling while the sub topic is disciplining the children. This can then be converted into "An Investigation Into Biblical Stand On Disciplining Children".

BBI's orientation is BIBLICAL-ACADEMIC, and not merely academic. Thus we would encourage students to preferably choose subjects where they can use the Bible as the major resource. When Bible is the major resource, you can begin your work if you have a Bible, a concordance, and a Bible Dictionary.

If you do not have access to a good theological or secular library, then avoid choosing subjects that require library facilities.

Choose more than one topic, and then send your request on the Research Topic Request Form to the Dean. He would personally, or in consultation with your guide, select a topic, and then send you the final form of the research topic. A number of suggested topics are given further down in this Guide.

6.2.2 How To Collect Materials: If your subject is primarily Biblical, then you need to search the entire Bible. You can do it by reading and marking relevant passages from Genesis to Revelation, or you can seek the help of a Concordance. Good Concordances ought to be available from any Christian bookshop. If not, you can try to borrow it from a friend, evangelist, or pastor. If even that attempt fails, then we can ask a Christian bookshop close to us to mail you a copy.

At the same time you can try collecting extra-biblical material on this topic from your own personal library (if you have one), from the library of your friends, and through any other library that is available to you. (We must remind you once again to choose only a subject on which resources are available to you. If it is difficult to get access to a good library, then choose a Biblical subject where Bible is your major source of investigation).

6.2.3 Preparing An Outline: Along with the collection, you must begin preparing the Tentative Outline, and must get it approved immediately. (You must have planned the dates already, along with sufficient margin to take care of sickness, emergencies, postal delays, etc.)

6.2.4 How To Write It Out: On receiving the approval for the outline from your guide, you must begin writing immediately. Do not leave it all for the last minute. A bit by bit the ocean is filled, and similar ought to be the case with your project/thesis.

6.2.5 Adding References: There are standard methods for adding references in your Thesis, and you can use any of them. However, do not try to load your work with references and footnotes. Our main concern is to see an original contribution from your mind, not a compilation of what others say. Use references and footnotes only where essential.

6.2.6 Things To Be Avoided: BBI encourages you to think and write biblically. Therefore your thesis has to be somewhat different from what is seen in the academic world today. Many institutions encourage students to fill their writings with quotations, but we do not. We want to encourage you to think biblically, and write out your thoughts. Thus please take care of the following things:

** Do not fill your writing with unnecessary quotations. It is all right to submit a thesis without even a single quotation.

** Do not fill your thesis with unnecessary references and footnotes. We are not interested in what others say, but in what you have to say biblically.

** Use quotations only when it is justified, such as an occasion when what someone else said needs to be exhibited and refuted.

** Do not give unnecessary prominence to what radical theologians think. Write about or quote them only if absolutely essential. Remember, a radical is a person who denies all the fundamentals of Christian faith, including the fact that Bible is the inspired and inerrant word of God. He has no place for historical Christian faith. Thus he has no place in BBI. Of course, you can quote a radical if it is to demonstrate his absurdity or error.

** Do get your thesis checked by an English teacher or language expert. The language of your thesis is definitely taken into account during evaluation, and it looks distressing when a candidate at Masters level submits a document with errors which an eighth grader can spot.

6.2.7 Getting It Typed: The first and second drafts should be typewritten, but not necessarily on thesis quality paper.

** It should be double-spaced.

** The material should be typed only on one side of paper. Leave the other side for comments from your guide.

** Be sure to submit only after the spelling and grammar is corrected.

** The first drafts of the thesis can be submitted in the form of loose sheets. It is not necessary to get it bound.

** The Final Draft should be typed on thesis quality paper, and bound properly .

6.2.8 Getting It Bound: Thesis should preferably be bound in hard cardboard, with a rexine.

The title of the work should be displayed on the cover.

6.2.9 The Process Of Submitting The Thesis: Three bound copies of the final draft are to be submitted. The matter should be typed double- spaced, on thesis quality paper, only on one side of the paper. At the beginning of the thesis there should be the following signed Declaration:

Declaration

I ......................... hereby solemnly declare that this thesis entitled ......................... is totally and completely my own original work. I have not copied or lifted material from the work of others, except the quotations that are fully acknowledged.

I understand that I shall be disqualified from using the degree if at any time it is discovered that my work was a duplicate or plagiarized version of someone else's work.

Place                                                                                  Signature

Date

Thesis received without the above declaration shall not be accepted for evaluation.

Once the thesis is received, you have to wait for 2 to 3 months for the declaration of the final result, depending upon your subject.

7. BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR SUPPLEMENTARY READING

Although the course materials send you are fairly comprehensive ,still some books for supplementary reading are suggested for each subject. Most of these books will be available in Christian book shops and those of you who are interested in adding to your knowledge should read the relevant portions of such books.

8. CREDIT SYSTEM

B.B.I follows the Credit system for its programmes. In Distance Education, each credit amounts to 30 hours of study comprising all learning activities. Thus, a four credit course involves 120 hours of study. This help the student to understand the academic efforts one has to put in, in order to successfully complete a course.

9. EXAMINATION

Examination for a subject will be conducted ,only after the submission of the assignments for that particular subject.

9.1 Examination Centre

Examinations will be conducted in a place convenient to the students. You are permitted to select an examination centre. A mature and sincere Evangelist or Elder/Pastor or Bible teacher of your convenience will be authorized to conduct the examination. You need to send the names, designations and the addresses of such four persons, and B.B.I. will select one person from that list. However, students staying in Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Kollam, and Alappuzha districts should write their examinations in B.B.I. itself.

9.2 Evaluation

The evaluation system of courses in the Master's degree programme is based on two elements.

a. Assignments -50%

b. Written Examination - 50%

9.3 Evaluation Criteria

BBI follows a very clearly defined criterion on the basis of which all assignments, project reports, and theses are evaluated. Keeping this in mind can ensure maximum marks for you. Here are the important points to understand:

1. How clearly have they expressed their answers (obviously we do not encourage fuzzy thinking or writing).

2. Have they justified their point biblically. (We expect the students to support their statements biblically. There is no place here for theories or human opinion).

10. GRADE SYSTEM

The following grades will be followed by B.B.I.

Grade                                Marks

A+                                     95-100

A                                       90-94

B+                                     85-89

B                                       80-84

C+                                    75-79

C                                      70-74

D+                                    65-69

D                                      60-64

Fail                                   Below 60
 

11. DESPATCH OF COURSE MATERIALS

Students receive the first set of notes along with the admission letter. Only after the submission of the assignments, the next set of notes are sent. Students are directed to verify the lessons and if any lesson is found missing, they may report to this office immediately, clearly stating the subject, the lesson number and the page number.

12. COUNSELLING

B.B.I. faculty members are available to clear your doubts and help you in your study. You may write your doubts to the Dean of Distance Education Programme ( E-mail: binusamuel1@gmail.com   Mobile: +91- 9447359183.

13. LIBRARY FACILITY

B.B.I. Library can be used by the students of the Distance Educational Programme. Library is opened from 2.30-4.30 p.m. on every working day [ Monday to Friday].

14. RESEARCH TOPIC REQUEST FORM

(Fill And Keep This Copy For Your Records. Send Only A Photocopy To BBI)

Your Name: ............................................................................................ .............................

Course ................................... Register Number ...................................................................

Address ..................................................................................................................................

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1. Tick The General Area In Which You Wish To Do Research

[ ] Hermeneutics                        [ ] Systematic Theology                              [ ] Doctrines

[ ] Practical Life                         [ ] Counselling                                            [ ] Cult Studies

[ ] N.T. Studies                          [ ] O.T. Studies

2. Suggest The Topics On Which You Can Do Fruitful Investigation:

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15. THESIS OUTLINE APPROVAL FORM

(Fill And Keep This Copy For Your Records. Send Only A Photocopy To BBI)

Your Name: ............................................................................................ .............................

Course ................................... Register Number ...................................................................

Address ..................................................................................................................................

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Your Thesis should definitely contain the following topics/chapters:

Introduction

Importance Of This Study

Survey Of What Others Have Said (If applicable)

Conclusion

Insights That I Gained By This Study

The Ways In Which BBI Studies Helped Me

The Ways In Which I Wish To Use My BBI Training

Suggestions For Further Investigation

Questions To Be Asked, If This Work Is Used By Someone As A Textbook (There should be at least 20 questions that can be answered in one paragraph, 10 that would require a page, and 5 that would require at least 5 pages for a proper answer).

Your Outline:

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16. SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR RESEARCH

This list is neither exhaustive, nor a stipulation. It is only a guideline to show you the possibilities for research with BBI.

16.1 Cult Studies:

16.2 Hermeneutics: 16.3 Systematic Theology: 16.4 Doctrines: 16.5 Practical Life: 16.6 Counselling:                                           Anger

                                          Lust

                                          Ambition

                                          Bitterness

                                          Fear

                                          Moral Purity

16.7 O.T. Studies: 16.8 N.T. Studies: 17. THESIS SUBMISSION FORM

(Fill And Keep This Copy For Your Records. Send Only A Photocopy To BBI)

Your Name: ............................................................................................ .............................

Course ................................... Register Number ...................................................................

Address ..................................................................................................................................

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1. Tick The General Area In Which You Have Done Research

[ ] Hermeneutics                   [ ] Systematic Theology                     [ ] Doctrines

[ ] Practical Life                    [ ] Counselling                                   [ ] Cult Studies

[ ] N.T. Studies                     [ ] O.T. Studies

2. Tick The Appropriate Answer:

a. Did You Get The Grammar / Spelling Corrected ? [ ] Yes [ ] No

b. Did You Incorporate The Suggestions Given By Your

Guide In The First And Second Draft Stage ? [ ] Yes [ ] No

c. Is The Thesis / Project Typed Double-spaced, Only

On One Side Of Thesis Quality Paper ? [ ] Yes [ ] No

d. Is Your Declaration There In The Work ? [ ] Yes [ ] No

e. Have You Enclosed The Thesis Evaluation Fees ? [ ] Yes [ ] No

f. Have You Fulfilled All Other Requirements Of

BBI [ ] Yes [ ] No

Place:                                                                                         Signature

Date:
 
 
 

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