HUMT20017 - Research Dissertation Creative Writing B

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is a component of the Master of Letters course. This unit requires you to complete the preparation of a dissertation as commenced in HUMT20016: Research Dissertation Creative Writing A. The final dissertation consists of two (2) interrelated parts: a sustained piece of original creative writing (either Fiction, Poetry, Drama or any other approved mix), and; an accompanying theoretically informed critical commentary (exegesis). The Dissertation will be formatted using the Harvard (Author-Date) Referencing style and the maximum combined length of the creative work and the corresponding exegesis should be between 15 000–20 000 words.


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



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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. Annotated bibliography 0%
2. Critical Review 0%
3. Thesis/Dissertation 100%

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 2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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
Good morning Nicole! And what a great morning it is, to be greeted with this news for me! What a satisfactory ending to this particular journey! I was thrilled with the examiner comments … Thank you so much for your mentorship and advice throughout this process.
The unit coordinator will maintain the current pedagogy and structure of the unit.
Action Taken
Structure and pedagogy maintained in 2021.
Source: Moodle forum
Students suggested that they would prefer weekly Zoom sessions and additional support in the development of a as many of them had never completed one previously.
Host Zooms more regularly (including some outside of traditional working hours).
Action Taken
Source: Email, Moodle forum
Students did not understand the rationale behind submitting the final two assessment pieces on the same day.
Ensure that the rationale is clearly set out in the Unit Profile as well as on the Moodle site.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply knowledge of both research principles and methods to undertake a critical review of the literature specific to the literary practice, genre and form characterising the sustained creative writing project
  2. Produce an exegesis critically and objectively explaining the logic and implementation of the literary applications and techniques underscoring the practice, design and realisation of the sustained creative writing project ('creative artefact')
  3. Finalise the culmination of research in the execution and fulfilment of a completed Dissertation comprising: a) a creative writing artefact; and b) an accompanying exegesis.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Annotated bibliography
2 - Critical Review
3 - Thesis/Dissertation
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
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