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 SCA 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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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 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 21.05% 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 evaluations
Feedback
Student comment: 'This unit allowed me to enjoy the great works of literature chosen for this course without having to recreate and turn them into something not intended by the authors. It was a great opportunity to really pursue the novels as they were meant to be. I also really enjoyed the fortnightly tutorials as they were such a comfortable space to discuss each other's opinions on the novels and their content'.
Recommendation
Continue with the current learning design.
Action Taken
The novel text list was continued. Design was refreshed in collaboration with Learning & Teaching and CQURefresh checklist.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Adding a few more question options for the last assessment piece would be good.
Recommendation
Some new and extra essay options are in development for 2021.
Action Taken
Assessments were redeveloped for 2021, including the choice for students to develop their own essay topics.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Rather than having more analysis assignments can there be others such as creating an ending for a book or something similar.
Recommendation
There is potential for developing this kind of Assessment Item as creativity and criticism are certainly two sides of the same coin.
Action Taken
More innovative assessments were developed that allowed creativity as well as analysis.
Source: Student Evaluation and Self Reflection
Feedback
Microsoft Teams discussions drop off over the term
Recommendation
Investigate ways to encourage students to interact more in Microsoft Teams across the term
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Students found freedom of choice in design and engagement by UC high
Recommendation
Continue with unit design and UC engagement in unit by providing timely feedback.
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