LITR19052 - The Modern Novel

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit invites students to explore a selection of novels by a number of significant writers from the twentieth century and from a range of national literatures. These novels address a range of issues including post-colonialism, the transition from the psyche to psychology, sexuality, the American Jazz age, Southern post-bellum agonistics, gender, magic realism, existentialism, slavery, racism, the holocaust and identity. The unit also charts the passage from modernism to post-modernism.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2024

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 17.14% 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: SUTE Student Evaluation
Marking criteria was not clear/relevant to assessment
Update marking criteria to better match Learning Outcomes and assessments
Action Taken
Unit Coordinator provided live and recorded tutorials on how to complete each assessment and went through the individual marking criteria. Students were encouraged (both within the tutorials and via email) to ask for clarification if it was needed. Explainer videos were also provided.
Source: Personal Reflection
Some students did not seem to engage with the Weekly Study Guides that have been written specifically to scaffold the assessments.
Provide further links to the Weekly Study Guides in the topic sections (in addition to the assessment pages)
Action Taken
Unit Coordinator showed students how to access the study guides during weekly tutorials and also provided an overview of the study guides during the tutorials. Links were checked to ensure they worked properly.
Source: Unit Coordinator reflection
Selection of novels doesn't represent a diverse selection of topics or writers
Ensure novel selection includes literary talents of a more diverse selection of writers and topics representative of the contemporary era, including women, First Nations, LGBTQIA+.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Coordinator reflection and anecdotal student feedback
Some of the assessments are confusing
Update assessments to ensure clarity in the assessment task.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse and compare selected modern novels within a framework of issues such as ideology, gender, race and the politics of literature;
  2. articulate the evolution of the novel from socio/moral/expressive realism through modernism and post-modernism; and,
  3. interpret, analyse and evaluate complex literary texts.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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 3
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 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment