WRIT13013 - Writing Project
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

The writing project is the final unit in the writing plan. The focus of the project will be in providing practical experience in the invention, composition and revision of a writing project designated as either professional or creative writing. You will be expected to produce work of a publishable standard, and will be encouraged to find a print or online publication outlet - journal, magazine, newspaper - and submit your project for consideration. You will be expected to reflect on your project and to demonstrate, through a weblog, knowledge of how professional and creative writing works. You will demonstrate advanced writing skills, as well as the ability to collect, analyse, organize and present ideas and information in creative and/ or professional ways.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: (WRIT11023 and WRIT12010) or (COMM11007 and JOUR12010)

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
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment Pass/Fail
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Written Assessment 65%

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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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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
"Is it possible for you to add the following information to the course information of WRIT13013 Writing Project: 'Students cannot enrol in this course without first contacting and obtaining approval from the Course Coordinator.'" Email: Student Experience Directorate This information will be included in the Unit information for future iterations of this Unit. The provision will ensure that the Unit Coordinator can/can not identify and allocate an appropriate supervisor for individual students.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. complete at publishable standard a writing project designated as either professional or creative writing;
  2. complete a critical reflection on their project;
  3. demonstrate knowledge of how professional and/or creative writing works;
  4. demonstrate the ability to collect, analyse, organise and present ideas and information in creative and/ or professional ways; and,
  5. demonstrate advanced writing skills.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 4 5
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural 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
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Written Assessment  

Prescribed Textbooks

The road to somewhere: a creative writing companion
Author/s: Graham, R., Newall, H., Leach, H., Armstrong, J & Singleton, J. Year: 2013
Edition: 2nd Ed Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
City: Houndsmill State: Basingstoke
Country: United Kingdom
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Students intending to undertake a creative writing project for WRIT13013 will need to access the above text, which can be purchased at the CQUniversity Bookshop here.

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

Project

The essential textbook for students interested in undertaking a creative writing project is:

Graham, R, Newell, H, Leach, H, & Singleton, J 2013, The road to somewhere: a creative writing companion, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

This is a primary companion helping students acquire the literary craft and disciplines needed to develop and undertake a creative writing project in this unit.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Project

The Pitch/Proposal Due

Written Assessment -The 'Pitch'/Proposal Due Friday (17 Mar 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 3 20-03-2017

Project

Week 4 27-03-2017

Project

Week 5 03-04-2017

Project

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Project

Week 7 24-04-2017

Project

Week 8 01-05-2017

Project

Week 9 08-05-2017

Project

Week 10 15-05-2017

Project

Reflection Journal Entries due.

Written Assessment 2 - Reflective Journal Due Friday (19 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Project

Week 12 29-05-2017

Project

Final Assessable Draft due.

Written Assessment - Final Piece (Creative Artefact) Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

WRIT13013 Writing Project requires instructor consent. This provision will ensure that the Unit Coordinator can/can not identify and allocate an appropriate supervisor for individual students. Students cannot enrol in this unit without first contacting and obtaining approval from the Unit Coordinator.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment -The 'Pitch'/Proposal
Task Description

Students are required to develop a 500 word 'pitch' for a publication of their choice (e.g. Magazine, journal, literary review, etc.). The 'pitch' will include an outline describing the basic themes, plot/story line or concept of the writing project for the Term and must be topic specific to the submission requirements of the chosen publication. The publication will dictate topic, tone, required images, word length, etc. The aim of the pitch is twofold: a) to show how the student's chosen topic fits the publication criteria; and b) to ensure the writing piece will be developed and written in a suitable and appropriate way. Students must negotiate the topic for the "pitch" with their supervisor.

The Pitch/Proposal is non-graded but it is a condition of the unit that the item must be submitted and approved.

Assessment Due Date Week 2 Friday (17-Mar-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 4 Friday (31-Mar-2017)
Will be returned to students electronically.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

This assessment will be commented on with respect to the extent to which it demonstrates:

1. The overall clarity of the proposal with respect to what it envisages for the writing project that will grow out of it.

2. The extent to which the proposal evidences the student's research of the topic and the advanced writing techniques to be used, as well as overall clarity of expression including spelling and grammatical correctness.

3. Overall clarity of expression including spelling and grammatical correctness.

4. Appropriate acknowledgment and in-text citation of all sources consulted in the creation of the proposal using the Harvard( author-date) referencing style.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

See Moodle site for submission guidelines.

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

1. complete at publishable standard a writing project designated as either professional or creative writing;

3. demonstrate knowledge of how professional and/or creative writing works;

4. demonstrate the ability to collect, analyse, organise and present ideas and information in creative and/ or professional ways; and,

5. demonstrate advanced writing skills.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment 2 - Reflective Journal
Task Description

Critical Reflection Journal

Students are required to reflect weekly on their progress through the writing process with specific reference to the submission guidelines of the selected publication.

The reflective journal must discuss in a critical way not only how the written piece meets the submission guidelines and the journalistic/creative standards of the selected publication, but on the various factors effecting the process of literary creation. Students can complete their reflective journal as a blog if desired.

Students weekly reflections must account for the period Week 3 until Week 10 (7 weeks in total).

Each weekly answer is worth 5 marks.

Word limit: Each response should be between 200-250 words in total.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Will be returned to students electronically.
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment will be evaluated on the extent to which it demonstrates:

  1. Critical reflection regarding the ways in which the work in progress aligns with the creative intentions set out in the proposal;
  2. Consideration of the publications standards/requirements of the nominated publication/s;
  3. Critical reflection regarding the ways in which the work in progress is a demonstration of the critical engagement with the advanced writing techniques alluded to in the proposal;
  4. A deliberate and concerted enterprise in seriously considering the factors which have shaped and determined the process of literary creation including; a justification of literary techniques used, a justification of chosen genre and form, a justification of how each step of the writing process as gone beyond simply sitting and writing, but offers insight into how you have critically examined your creative product in the light of contemporary theory and practice (insights each supported by critical/scholarly readings and material);
  5. Each critical reflection reflects flawless presentation, clarity of expression - including spelling and grammatical correctness - as well as appropriate acknowledgment of sources and in-text citation using the Harvard (author-date) referencing style.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

See Moodle site for submission guidelines.

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

1. complete at publishable standard a writing project designated as either professional or creative writing;

3. demonstrate knowledge of how professional and/or creative writing works;

4. demonstrate the ability to collect, analyse, organise and present ideas and information in creative and/ or professional ways; and,

5. demonstrate advanced writing skills.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - Final Piece (Creative Artefact)
Task Description
Students are required to complete at least one piece of writing of a publishable standard.

Word Count: 1250 words

The publishable piece must be completed according to the topic proposed in Assessment One ('The Pitch'/Proposal), as negotiated with their supervisor. The word count is negotiable depending on the genre of the writing and the publication requirements of the chosen publication.Please note however, that the word count expected for Assessment Item 3 will be 1250 words.

This means that while the publication requirement for your chosen journal/magazine might suggest a word count of 1000 words, and this piece will comprise your publication submission as well as your submission for Assessment Item 3: Final Piece, for this unit (WRIT13013) students will be expected to submit a smaller piece (e.g., 250 words) in addition to the main principle piece (e.g., 1000 words) for their Assessment Item 3: Final Piece submission. This is to ensure students choosing a publication with a word limit of 500 - 750 words will not be at an advantage over students submitting work to a publication calling for 1000 words, or students choosing a publication with a word limit of 1250 words will not be at a disadvantage to students submitting work to a publication calling for 1000 words.

While it is acceptable in this unit to allow of a 10% variation (either above or below) the word count, students are strongly advised to accord with the chosen publication requirements as regards word counts and limits.

Students will be encouraged to formally submit their written piece to the chosen publication for consideration. Students will also be encouraged to submit smaller pieces to an alternative publication for consideration if they so choose.

Weighting
: This assessment item is worth 65% of the overall assessment.
Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 65%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment will be evaluated to the extent to which the work:

  1. Evidences a carrying-out of the points referred to in the project pitch/proposal with experimentation and innovation;
  2. Demonstrates an original piece of writing of the chosen genre and is of a standard clearly showing indicators for the chosen genre and publication;
  3. Showcases a work of a flawless, polished, and finished piece of writing at a publishable standard;
  4. Utilises overall clarity of expression including spelling and grammatical correctness as well as appropriate acknowledgment of sources using the Harvard( author-date) referencing style where this may be relevant.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

2. complete a critical reflection on their project;

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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