Creative Writing Dissertation (EASM123)

StaffDr Sam North - Convenor
Credit Value60
ECTS Value30.00
NQF Level7
Pre-requisitesNone
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 3: 11 weeks;

Module aims

In consultation with an academic member of staff, students will elect either to write an entirely new piece of creative writing, or to continue a longer piece of work that has already been started in previous modules for example an ongoing novel-in-progress, a screenplay, or a book-length collection of verse. Thereafter the student researches and writes the dissertation, under appropriate academic supervision. The module develops advanced research and writing skills and qualities of independence and active learning.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate an advanced capacity to produce an extended piece of creative writing, as agreed with their supervisor
  • 2. Complete an extended piece of creative writing, if chosen, such as a novel-in-progress, a book-length collection of verse, or a full screenplay
  • 3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of their chosen form, genre and style of writing
  • 4. Demonstrate an advanced appreciation of appropriate contemporary creative texts and critical concepts and contexts
  • 5. Demonstrate an advanced appreciation and application of research methodologies appropriate to their dissertation writing project.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. Demonstrate an advanced and intellectually mature appreciation of formal techniques and imaginative expression in creative writing
  • 7. Present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments concerning their own creative writing and the work of other authors, both peers and published authors, and to use such ideas relating to their own work to develop their creative ideas
  • 8. Demonstrate an advanced and autonomous understanding of a variety of theoretical positions in the appropriate critical and professional terminology.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. Demonstrate avanced research and bibliographic skills, an advanced capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument, advanced skills of creative expression, and an advanced capacity to write clearly and imaginatively
  • 10. Demonstrate advanced proficiency in information retrieval and analysis, and other methodological approaches, through research for the dissertation.

Syllabus plan

Students will submit an initial Dissertation Proposal form in term 2, comprising a list of Aims, Objectives, Methods of Working, Initial Bibliography, and outline of Related Contexts. Supervisors will be allocated on the basis of student numbers and proposed forms of writing. After allocation of supervisors, students will have an initial meeting; the first of three supervisions over the course of the project.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
35970

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled3supervisions to be arranged by student
Guided independent597Research, reading and preparation of dissertation

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio of original, new creative writing as described above 7515000 words 1-3, 6Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up
A critical contextualising essay as described above 255000 words4-5, 7-10Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up
0
0
0
0

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Portfolio of original, new creative writing as described above Portfolio of original, new creative writing as described above 1-3, 6Referral/deferral period
A critical contextualising essay as described above A critical contextualising essay as described above 4-5, 7-10Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

To be developed, under direction, by the student.

Module has an active ELE page?

No

Available as distance learning?

No

Last revision date

October 2011

Key words search

Creative Writing, Research