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.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Nil

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 - 2020

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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 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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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
Have some example assessments for layout and content purposes.
Recommendation
Exemplar assessment items will be provided in 2019
Action Taken
Exemplars provided for all assignments and given individually to students in their feedback.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
The reading and work load of this course was immense.
Recommendation
While students are encouraged to read everything, it is possible to complete the assessments and pass the course by reading a minimum of 4 novels.
Action Taken
It was made clear on the Moodle site that students should read as much as they could, but that a selection was perfectly acceptable.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
It would be better if the criteria sheet was highlighted accurately rather than in one column so it was possible to see what areas specifically needed improving on to better the grade.
Recommendation
Be more conscientious in highlighting criteria and offering advice on improving grades.
Action Taken
The criteria sheet had columns for the range of grades.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Students valued the variety of novels, the quality of resources, the assessments as an aid to learning and the the depth of feedback provided.
Recommendation
Continue with Unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
A small number of students found some of the instructions for texts and assessment confusing.
Recommendation
Refine instructions for clarity.
Action Taken
Nil.
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment