WRIT11023 - Creative Writing 1: Fundamentals of Writing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit has as its focus the development of basic writing techniques necessary for the creative reproduction of personal and imaginative experience. The student will investigate and practice techniques such as narrative viewpoint, characterization, dialogue and description of setting via drafting and editing creative writing pieces.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution 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 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online

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 0%
2. Written Assessment 45%
3. Written Assessment 55%

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: Student Unit Evaluation Comment
Feedback
Communication with the lecturer was excellent. Questions were quickly answered. As a FLEX student this is especially important. Lecturer was encouraging as well as constructive in her assessments.
Recommendation
The UC will continue to support student learning in providing timely responses to students' questions and queries.
Action Taken
The UC supported student learning by providing timely responses to students' questions and queries.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation Comment
Feedback
The feedback was excellent. The highest standard of any other course I have done and really helped me to get a clearer understanding.
Recommendation
The UC will continue to support and encourage student learning in providing effective and timely feedback to all students.
Action Taken
The UC provided effective and timely feedback to all students.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation Comment
Feedback
I did not receive my textbook for this course from CQU bookshop until at least halfway through the course. This was disappointing as I could access this online from other sources immediately. When I contacted the bookshop to inquire, I was informed it would be arriving soon so I did not cancel the order as it would have meant getting a refund. However, it took a lot longer after that than was expected.
Recommendation
Students are encouraged to order their essential texts as soon as possible. Unit outlines are available three (3) weeks before Term commencement. If students are informed by the Bookshop that there is an unexpected delay regarding their textbook, students are advised to contact their Unit Coordinator as soon as possible.
Action Taken
Students were notified of essential texts in advance. No issues were reported this term.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation Comment
Feedback
I was shocked to find feedback for my second assignment so soon after submitting. I was hoping for feedback before the due date for my last assignment but had accepted it may not happen due to the timeframe. The feedback was in depth and really promoted my learning and without it I may not have been so enthusiastic whilst studying this unit. I loved the way all the assessment pieces worked together pushing me towards my final creative artefact.
Recommendation
The UC will continue to provide opportunities to engage students in the practice and craft of creative writing.
Action Taken
The UC provided opportunities to engage students in the practice and craft of creative writing.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation Comment
Feedback
I loved every aspect of Creative Writing 1. I especially enjoyed and got the most from the Zoom Workshop Sessions. Excellent Unit, Great Lecturer and fantastic constructive feedback.
Recommendation
The UC will continue to support and encourage student engagement using Zoom sessions in providing a platform for collaborative feedback and peer interaction in the practice of creative writing.
Action Taken
The UC supported and encouraged student engagement using Zoom sessions and enhanced the function of the Writing Room for online critique between the UC and peers.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Lots of helpful feedback on assessments and loved being able to submitt drafts of my final assessment for others to comment on. The whole process was great for learning about creative writing. The number of opportunities for interaction and feedback from peers and the tutor was excellent. The lecturer was fantastic and highly responsive when contacted.
Recommendation
The UC should continue to support and encourage student engagement using timely formative feedback and Zoom sessions in providing a platform for collaborative feedback and peer interaction in the practice of creative writing.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation/Self-Reflection
Feedback
[Not] Basing the initial proposal on an online writing site. Most of the links were broken or the site required a subscription or the comments made by the users were discouraging. It seemed like a dated idea and didn't fit with the considered structuring of a piece of writing being taught. I loved the creative aspect of this course. Although it was structured the ability to pick any genre and topics for story allowed me to write about my own interests.
Recommendation
Most students chose the option of creating their own story without the aid of a collaboration website (which was allowed). This may require some rethought in design as it seems students no longer need this crutch and prefer to exercise their own creativity and interests.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
I loved this course a lot. It helped me find what I wanted to do with my life as well as giving me the tools to start it. I think the best thing is the assignments. They're well designed and all link together to basically be one giant assignment.
Recommendation
Maintain a structure where the assessments each build on one another to develop the creative piece.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. development of your skills in literary craftsmanship
  2. development of your analytical skills through first-hand experience with problems of crafting 'imaginative' literature
  3. broadening of your understanding of the 'imaginative' writer's relationship with both society and individuals within that society through a heightened awareness of your reactions to society and the individual and the parts such reactions play in the generation of your own 'imaginative' themes.

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
6 - Information Technology 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