WRIT28001 - Creative Writing Exegesis

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Unit Synopsis

An exegesis refers to a piece of writing accompanying an existing creative work. The exegesis is the result of extensive research into the various aspects of the creative writing project: the characteristics of the genre, the theoretical and literary influence of the writing context, and the shaping elements in a literary work of art. In this unit you will prepare an exegesis to accompany your creative artefact. You will also complete an annotated bibliography to assist you in: a) clearly stating the relationship between the creative and scholarly components of your creative writing project, and b) supporting your assertions with evidence and critical analysis. To complete this unit, you will combine your creative artefact with your accompanying exegesis and submit your Dissertation. The maximum combined length of your Dissertation (constituting the creative artefact and the corresponding exegesis) can be up to 16,000 words.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites






WRIT13014 Creative Writing Artefact

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Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Annotated bibliography 40%
2. Thesis/Dissertation 60%

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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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate initiative and judgement in the scholarship and critical practice of theoretical inquiry in one or more genres or areas of creative writing practice
  2. Demonstrate self-direction and independence in the planned undertaking of a sustained creative writing project and accompanying theoretically informed exegesis
  3. Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to independently solve complex stylistic problems in the finalisation of the complete Creative Writing dissertation.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Annotated bibliography
2 - Thesis/Dissertation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Annotated bibliography
2 - Thesis/Dissertation