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 totaling 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: Elements of Creative Writing I, HUMT20013: Elements of Creative Writing II, HUMT20014: Writing Short Fiction, and HUMT20015: Writing Poetry and Short Dramatic Pieces. The Dissertation will be formatted using Harvard Author-Date Referencing Style.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites






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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2021

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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 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. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%
3. Creative work 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. Incorporate advanced stylistic and technical concepts to produce a creative writing artefact that reflects a high-level synthesis and application of various writing skills in one or more disciplines
  2. Apply knowledge of both research principles and methods, and, technical research skills, to the design and execution of a sustained creative writing project in one or more areas of creative writing genre
  3. Apply a systematic and coherent knowledge of critical reflective practice in 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 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - Creative work
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
3 - Creative work
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
1 - Research Proposal