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ALW730 - Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay

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2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Indigo Perry
Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with: ALW601, ALW630
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 2-hour seminar equivalent

Content

This unit is designed to provide skills in writing the creative nonfiction form, as well as an understanding of the theoretical contexts and subtexts that underpin creative nonfiction writing. Particular emphasis will be focussed on the personal essay as a form of creative nonfiction narrative. Intensive discussion of ideas and work-in-progress will be undertaken, as will critical reading and analysis of a range of published materials.

 

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

ULO1

Create exercises to demonstrate Innovative and critical thinking skills and reflect on practice

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

ULO2

Create annotated bibliography detailing relevant research

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO3

Students will be able to demonstrate a concise composition for specified readership through relevance of analysis/responses to readings

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

ULO4

Construct creative writing and annotated bibliography through a selection of research materials

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO5

Evaluate the work of others using relevant critical appraisal during feedback process, and responses to reading analysis of other students

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year

Assessment

Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Exercise: portfolio & reflection 1500 words or equivalent 30% Week 4
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Exercise: Personal Essay 2500 words or equivalent 50% Week 11
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Class exercises: engagement with feedback processes 1000 words or equivalent 20% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ALW730 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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