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HUMT20016 Research Dissertation Creative Writing A
Research Dissertation Creative Writing A
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General Information


This unit requires you to write a substantial creative piece accompanied by an exegesis which will be completed in HUMT20017: Research Dissertation Creative Writing B, that is, the dissertation is the one sustained project, not two separate term projects. The topic will be negotiated with a supervisor. The creative piece may be either Fiction, Poetry, Drama or any other approved mix and will be accompanied by a theoretically informed exegesis (critical commentary) of a combined length totalling 15 000–20 000 words. The creative piece will be expected to reflect a high-level synthesis and stylistic application of the writing skills you have acquired through HUMT20012, HUMT20013, HUMT20014, and HUMT20015. The Dissertation will be formatted using Harvard Author-Date Referencing Style.


Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 12
Student Contribution Band: 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: HUMT20015

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2022


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Research Proposal
Weighting: Pass/Fail
2. Reflective Practice Assignment
Weighting: Pass/Fail
3. Creative work
Weighting: Pass/Fail

Assessment Grading

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

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Zoom tutorials.


It is recommended to maintain opportunities for engagement through regular Zoom workshop sessions scheduled throughout the term.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Locate critical scholarly research, apply secondary data sources, and review existing academic literature in developing a methodology for the planned creative writing project
  2. Incorporate advanced stylistic and technical concepts to produce a creative writing artefact that reflects a high-level synthesis and application of various creative writing skills in one or more disciplines
  3. Apply knowledge of both research principles and methods to produce a systematic and coherent critical reflection objectively tracking and discussing the development of the creative artefact over time.


Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Research Proposal - 0%
2 - Creative work - 0%
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment - 0%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Textbooks and Resources


There are no required textbooks.

Additional Textbook Information

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