WRIT11023 - Beginning Creative 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. In this unit you will investigate and practice techniques such as narrative viewpoint, characterization, dialogue and description of setting via drafting and editing creative writing pieces. The Unit is suitable for intending teachers and students with no prior learning in creative writing.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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

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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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 87.50% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 35.56% 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 Evaluation Report Personal Reflection
Students fail to find value in the critical reflection task
Further scaffold the critical reflection assessment, or review as to whether it is the best way of assessing the writing process.
Action Taken
The critical reflection assessment was maintained, with the addition of a 'writing room' where students could obtain critique on their writing in a supportive location.
Source: SUTE Evaluation Report
Assessment criteria require further clarity and less words
Review and rewrite assessment criteria to be more aligned with the Learning Objectives.
Action Taken
The assessment criteria was revised.
Source: Teacher Evaluation Report
Lecturer provided valuable feedback
Continue to provide valuable feedback to all students who participate in the live and online opportunities for feedback.
Action Taken
Feedback was provided to students, however more supportive feedback could be provided.
Source: Teacher Evaluation Report Observation
Students would value live weekly lectures
Increase the number of live Zoom workshops and consider timetabling.
Action Taken
Online classes were provided regularly.
Source: SUTE
Feedback provided was not always useful
Ensure that student feedback is useful, relevant, forward facing and supportive.
Action Taken
Source: Head of Course review
'Writing room' encourages student engagement
Continue the 'writing room' where students can submit work and receive critique in a supportive and collegial manner, and so encourage student engagement.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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