DBCS House Style and Research Code of Practice

Updated: June 2016, released ad experimentum on October 2015.

This document is made available to all DBCS students and professors. It is to be applied in all research endeavors in the institution — including all assigned papers in class, theological synthesis papers for Bachelor in Theology (BTh) students, thesis papers for Master of Arts in Theology (MATh) candidates, project papers for Master in Religious Studies (MRS) candidates, as well as papers for publication.

Please note that there are two sets of this guide:

Each guide or version, has two main sections:

  • The first is the House Style, which is divided into two parts. Part I is the same for both guides, and presents the General Notes in Academic Writing. The difference can be found in Part II as well as in the Appendices: In Guide for the MATh and BTh Programs, Part II presents the Instructions for Thesis Paper Writing and the Appendices present examples and/or forms to be used in the process of completing the thesis paper as well as the synthesis paper. In Guide for the MRS Program, Part II presents the Instructions for Project Paper Writing and the Appendices present examples and/or forms to be used in the process of completing the project paper.
  • The second main section is the Research Code of Practice which lists the responsibilities of the members of the academic community when it comes to research.


Research Paper Guide

Released ad experimentum on June 2016.

This document has two parts:

  • Part I presents the different kinds of research papers, which are divided into two major classifications: those usually required by professors as part of coursework and those required by the institution for graduation. The following information is included for each type of research paper: what it is — the basic description; what is expected from the student-writer; and when the paper is usually assigned or applied. The aim is to acquaint students with what will be expected of them; further details and instructions will depend on each professor’s preferences and teaching style. A Quick Reference guide is included in the beginning of Part I for ease of reference.
  • Part II lists the basic steps in making a research paper to give general guidelines on what needs to be done in coming up with a good paper. Please note that further steps may be added depending on the scope and importance of the paper.


Resident and Guest Professors

Students of the MATh and MRS Programs may select their advisers from resident and guest professors, including the following:

Catechetics, Homiletics
Research Interests: Catechetics, Homiletics, Religious Consecrated Life

Fr. Christmar DAGUNO, SThL
Pastoral Theology
Research Interests: Pastoral Theology, Theology of Migration, Missiology

Fr. Rafael DELA CRUZ, Jr, SDB, SThD
Dogmatic Theology
Research Interests: Christian Anthropology, Eschatology, Popular Piety, Ecclesiology, Theo Dramatics

Canon Law
Research Interests: Pastoral Ministry

Fr. Ramon O. GARCIA Jr, SDB, MATh, SThL
Dogmatic Theology
Research Interests: Christology and Mariology

Fr. Renan Michael LA GUARDIA, SDB, SThL, MATh, PhD
Dogmatic Theology
Research Interests: Philosophy of the Human Person, Philosophy of Education, Process Theology, Process Philosophy, Process Ethics, Moral Theology, John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility, Theology of the Body, Church and Social Communication, Pastoral Theology

Fr. Francis GUSTILO, SDB, SThD
Dogmatic Theology
Research Interests: Salesian Studies, Spirituality: Grace, Pneumatology, Charisms

Youth Ministry
Research Interests: Youth Ministry, Spirituality of Youth, Spirituality of the Youth Minister, Youth Theology, Youth Culture, Play and Sports in Youth Ministry, Film and Youth Ministry

Fr. Crisostomo MAGBITANG, SDB, MATh, SThL
Sacred Liturgy, Sacramental Theology, Dogmatic Theology
Research Interests: Liturgy, Sacraments, Pastoral Theology, Pastoral Ministry, BEC, Campus Ministry, Parish Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Family Ministry

Dogmatic Theology
Research Interests: Mariology, Patrology, Ecclesiology

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