LITR11043 - The Short Story

General Information

Unit Synopsis

A short story contains multiple points of view and myriad narrative strategies. Moreover, as Patricia Hampl notes, the short story is 'acknowledged to be the most exquisite kind of prose fiction, requiring the perfect craft, the form in which the smallest slip can bring the whole contraption—plot, character, narration—down in a crash. A delicate business'. The aim of this unit is to provide students with an opportunity to explore the complexity and delicacy of the short story while developing their text-based interpretative and analytical techniques.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Online
Rockhampton

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 Undergraduate 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 40%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 25.33% 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: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
We studied the writing techniques of short story authors but we did not explore writing our own short stories.
Recommendation
Although this is not a creative writing unit, an assessment item could be developed that enables students to write their own short story.
Action Taken
None. There are numerous opportunities in the WRIT suite of units for students to write creatively. The emphasis in this unit is on critical analysis and academic writing.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
I feel that the lecture notes were not very easy to understand.
Recommendation
The lectures will be revised to maximize their clarity.
Action Taken
Done. Lectures streamlined and rewritten to reflect learner needs.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Online quizzes should be more clear.
Recommendation
The online quiz will be adjusted to remove ambiguity and potential confusion.
Action Taken
The quiz was reconfigured and worked better this term
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Textbook
Recommendation
Curated readings will be made available through the eReading list on Moodle from 2021. This will provide students with resources and supporting materials to foster their skills and learning.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Moodle site
Recommendation
The refresh of the Moodle site will ensure the information is presented accurately.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Participation
Recommendation
Information will be provided to students to clearly outline their obligations with regard to participation in the unit discussion forums.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. interpret, analyse and evaluate selected short stories from the nineteenth and twentieth century using a variety of advanced text-based interpretative and analytical techniques;
  2. analyse and compare selected short stories within a framework of issues such as ideology, gender, race and the politics of literature;

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
1 - Written Assessment