HUMT20016 - Research Dissertation Creative Writing A

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites



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

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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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Research Proposal 0%
2. Creative work 0%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%

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.

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 37.5% 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 email
'Thank you so much for all the feedback and help! I really appreciate it.'
The unit coordinator will maintain the current student-centred approach in supporting students' creative endeavours.
Action Taken
Unit coordinator continued approach.
Source: Forum post
Zoom tutorials.
It is recommended to maintain opportunities for engagement through regular Zoom workshop sessions scheduled throughout the term.
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 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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Research Proposal
2 - Creative work
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
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 8