HUMT20015 - Writing Poetry and Short Dramatic Pieces

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The aim of this unit is to introduce you to the basic elements of writing poetry and/or short dramatic pieces or any approved mix/variation thereof and to provide weekly opportunities to complete practical exercises in those writing forms and to reflect on contemporary creative writing theory via the unit Moodle website. At the end of the unit, you will have acquired knowledge of the characteristic elements of the following creative writing techniques – experimental poetic techniques (concrete, visual, and 'code-as-text' poetry) and shorter dramatic forms ('short-act' plays, 'skits,' creative non-fiction and 'flash' fiction) – and will be able to demonstrate the capacity to incorporate these techniques into the production of a 'creative artefact' (3500 - 4000 words) consisting of creative work and a critical reflection (exegesis).


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


HUMT28003 OR HUMT20014

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).

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2023 - Online

Higher Education Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

There are no Higher Education availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2023
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. Research Proposal 0%
2. Critical Review 50%
3. Creative work 50%

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 25% 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 emails
Students commented favourably on the availability of Zoom sessions over the course of the term.
The unit coordinator will continue to ensure that recorded Zoom sessions are available for all students to view/review when/where needed.
Action Taken
Zooms were made available for students.
Source: Personal reflection
Lack of attendance in Zooms
More regular Zooms with some outside of traditional working hours could encourage participation.
Action Taken
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 planning a sustained creative writing project
  2. Produce and effect a deliberately organised project in writing poetry and/or short dramatic pieces, synthesising learned creative writing techniques, and resolving any problems arising in its completion
  3. Create a weekly critical reflection objectively discussing the development and execution of the planned writing project.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Research Proposal
2 - Critical Review
3 - Creative work
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8