WRIT11025 - Creative Nonfiction

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides students with an introduction to the practice and craft of Creative Nonfiction writing. This emerging genre offers nonfiction writers the opportunity to incorporate literary devices such as description, dialogue and development of scenes. The student will be introduced to the concept of reportage, examine the work of creative nonfiction luminaries such as Joan Didion, Truman Capote and Helen Garner, the ethics of nonfiction writing and research, and develop their literary essay writing skills with practical writing activities in a range of subgenres including the personal essay, review writing and food and nature writing.

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 2 - 2020 Profile
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Term 2 - 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 55%
3. Written Assessment 45%

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
The assessment descriptions were not clear
Recommendation
Clarify assessment descriptions
Action Taken
The assessment descriptions have been clarified and the unit coordinator will continue to refine them to increase student satisfaction.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
The Unit Profile and criteria sheets need to be elaborated.
Recommendation
The criteria sheets for assessment items will be more detailed.
Action Taken
The criteria sheets were redesigned to offer more useful feedback.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Moodle was not easy to navigate; plus a lot of the content was hard to read because of font size, formatting etc.
Recommendation
Steps are being taken to make the Moodle site easier to navigate and understand.
Action Taken
Unit evaluation figures suggest the Moodle site is now more navigable
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
There were different due dates throughout the moodle site and unit profile
Recommendation
Unit coordinator to ensure that dates are consistent across different platforms and documents.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
The requirements for Assessment 2 unclear as the assessment page and learning guides gave different instructions.
Recommendation
Unit coordinator to ensure that assessment instructions are consistent across different platforms and documents.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
The example essay for the pitch to get an idea of what was expected, was different from what the marker wanted.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will find or develop a better exemplar for the next iteration of the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Draft and effectively redraft a sustained piece of creative nonfiction writing
  2. Research and write creative nonfiction writing using ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment