HUMT20012 - Elements of Creative Writing I

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to the basic elements of writing creatively. You will engage in weekly discussions of contemporary theory and complete practical exercises in the techniques explored via the unit Moodle website. At the end of the unit you will have acquired a working knowledge of the following creative writing techniques - Point of View, Characterisation, Dialogue, Setting, and Plot/Suspense/Pace - and will be able to plan and undertake a writing project successfully demonstrating the capacity to incorporate these techniques into the production of a 'creative artefact' (3500–4000 words in total) consisting of a creative work and a critical reflection (exegesis).

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online

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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Written Assessment 45%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 42.86% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student unit evaluation
Feedback
As a student doing my fourth degree by distance education, I found this course to be the best structured and presented that I've done. I felt engaged throughout the term with timely and comprehensive communication. The study guides, lectures and reference material were first class. The contact with lecturer and other students through the Zoom sessions was particularly helpful. Overall, I found the course most stimulating; I learnt more than I expected and enjoyed the whole experience. I'm looking forward to more of the same next term.
Recommendation
Unit coordinator will continue to ensure a high quality learning experience for all students.
Action Taken
Unit coordinator has continued to ensure a high quality learning experience for all students.
Source: Student unit evaluation
Feedback
I can't see that any aspect of the unit could be better. The Zoom meetings are a fantastic way to ensure that even distance education students get to experience the University culture. My Supervisor is always on hand when I need assistance and she is happy and friendly making my Masters experience a happy time for me also. I'm a writer, this could go on for some time :) I just want to say that overall, I am extremely impressed with Queensland Universities ability to embrace the on-line culture and run with it. I couldn't be happier, so no, there are no aspects of this unit that I feel needs any improvement. Thank you for allowing me to study with you.
Recommendation
Unit coordinator will continue to ensure flex students have opportunities to connect directly and meaningfully with their lecturer and fellow students via online platforms such as Zoom.
Action Taken
Unit coordinator has continued to ensure flex students have opportunities to connect directly and meaningfully with their lecturer and fellow students via online platforms such as Zoom.
Source: Student unit evaluation
Feedback
I can't think of any particular feature that would add to the quality of the course. It's comprehensive, professional and in my opinion, of the highest academic standard. It is presented by a highly qualified, experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic academic. Couldn't ask for more than that.
Recommendation
Unit coordinator will continue to ensure a high quality learning experience for all students.
Action Taken
Unit coordinator has continued to ensure a high quality learning experience for all students.
Source: Email from student
Feedback
Hi Nicole, Thanks for your advice and feedback throughout the term for the creative writing course, it was incredibly valuable.
Recommendation
The UC will continue to provide effective and timely advice to all students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation Comment
Feedback
• Nicole's knowledge of creative writing is excellent and she has a fabulous way of providing encouraging feedback.
Recommendation
The UC will continue to provide effective and timely advice to all students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation Comment
Feedback
• The expertise of the lecturer meant the learning experience was comfortably couched within the theoretical framework. The excellent learned assessment feedback was foundational to learning.
Recommendation
The UC will continue to support and encourage student learning in providing effective and timely feedback to all students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation Comment
Feedback
Nicole was very approachable and seemed to be genuinely interesting in the students' learning as well as improving their craft. The active involvement in the ZOOM sessions was the best part of this unit
Recommendation
The UC will continue to support and encourage student engagement using Zoom sessions in providing a platform for collaborative feedback and peer interaction in the practice of creative writing.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Develop and realise a planned writing project and manage any problems in its implementation
  2. Critically evaluate published academic research in contemporary creative writing theory
  3. Identify secondary data sources and review extant literature to develop a theoretical framework for the planned writing project
  4. Prepare a critical reflection based on the planned writing project
  5. Complete practical exercises and apply learned techniques in the planned writing project.

N/A

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment