HUMT20016 - Research Dissertation Creative Writing A
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit requires you to write a substantial creative piece accompanied by an exegesis which will be completed in HUMT20017: Research Dissertation Creative Writing B, that is, the dissertation is the one sustained project not two separate term projects. The topic will be negotiated with a supervisor. The creative piece may be either Fiction, Poetry, Drama or any other approved mix and will be accompanied by a theoretically informed exegesis (critical commentary) of a combined length totaling 15 000–20 000 words. The creative piece will be expected to reflect a high level synthesis and stylistic application of the writing skills you have acquired through HUMT20012: Elements of Creative Writing I, HUMT20013: Elements of Creative Writing II, HUMT20014: Writing Short Fiction, and HUMT20015: Writing Poetry and Short Dramatic Pieces. The Dissertation will be formatted using Harvard Author-Date Referencing Style.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites:

HUMT20012 Elements of Creative Writing I

HUMT20013 Elements of Creative Writing II

HUMT20014 Writing Short Fiction

HUMT20015 Writing Poetry and Short Dramatic Pieces

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
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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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 10%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 50%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a systematic and coherent knowledge of the stylistic principles in one or more creative writing techniques
  2. Demonstrate skills in developing a board understanding of contemporary creative writing knowledge
  3. Critically apply concepts and advanced understanding in one or more specialised area of technical creative writing practice
  4. Apply knowledge of research principles and methods and technical research skills to the design and execution of a sustained creative writing project in one or more disciplines or areas of creative writing genre and practice.

N/A

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research
5. Self-management
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

There are no set texts for the dissertation. Please consult with your supervisor.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorNicole Anae (n.anae@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Please consult with your supervisor regards the structure of your Master of Letters project work for the term.

Week 2 13-03-2017
Week 3 20-03-2017
Written Assessment - Thesis proposal Due Friday (24 Mar 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 4 27-03-2017
Week 5 03-04-2017
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017
Week 7 24-04-2017
Week 8 01-05-2017
Written Assessment - First Draft Due Friday (05 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017
Week 10 15-05-2017
Week 11 22-05-2017
Week 12 29-05-2017
Written Assessment - Revised First Draft Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - Thesis proposal
Task Description

Please contact your thesis supervisor for information regarding the requirements for the proposal in your relevant discipline (that is Creative Writing, Film, History, Liberal Studies, Literature, Media Studies or Visual Culture.

Assessment Due Date Week 3 Friday (24-Mar-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017)
Dissertation draft will be return as soon as practicable after the end of the examination period.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

As provided by the supervisor.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Refer to supervisor.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate a systematic and coherent knowledge of the stylistic principles in one or more creative writing techniques

2. Demonstrate skills in developing a board understanding of contemporary creative writing knowledge

3. Critically apply concepts and advanced understanding in one or more specialised area of technical creative writing practice

4. Apply knowledge of research principles and methods and technical research skills to the design and execution of a sustained creative writing project in one or more disciplines or areas of creative writing genre and practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - First Draft
Task Description

Present a first draft of a 15,000 to 20,000 word thesis within the chosen discipline, that is Creative Writing, Film, History, Liberal Studies, Literature, Media Studies or Visual Culture which will meet the content and formal requirements of a dissertation within an AQF Level 9 course as advised by the thesis supervisor.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

As provided by your thesis supervisor.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate a systematic and coherent knowledge of the stylistic principles in one or more creative writing techniques

2. Demonstrate skills in developing a board understanding of contemporary creative writing knowledge

3. Critically apply concepts and advanced understanding in one or more specialised area of technical creative writing practice

4. Apply knowledge of research principles and methods and technical research skills to the design and execution of a sustained creative writing project in one or more disciplines or areas of creative writing genre and practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - Revised First Draft
Task Description

Present a revised first draft of a 15,000 to 20,000 word thesis within the chosen discipline, that is Creative Writing, Film, History, Liberal Studies, Literature, Media Studies or Visual Culture which will meet the content and formal requirements of a dissertation within an AQF Level 9 course as advised by the thesis supervisor.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

As provided by your thesis supervisor.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate a systematic and coherent knowledge of the stylistic principles in one or more creative writing techniques

2. Demonstrate skills in developing a board understanding of contemporary creative writing knowledge

3. Critically apply concepts and advanced understanding in one or more specialised area of technical creative writing practice

4. Apply knowledge of research principles and methods and technical research skills to the design and execution of a sustained creative writing project in one or more disciplines or areas of creative writing genre and practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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