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ALW734 - Script Writing


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:

Final year of offer 2020

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125




Incompatible with: ALW603, ALW634
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


This unit teaches the basic principles and techniques of scriptwriting through a combination of historical, theoretical and practical approaches. Discussion of classical texts on dramatic production such as Aristotle’s Poetics paves the way for an exploration of modern scriptwriting methodologies.

The unit covers scriptwriting elements including story, plot, structure, suspense, character, dialogue and setting, while emphasizing collaborative learning and the benefits of intensive workshopping. The role of the scriptwriter as an embedded participant within a larger production and industry context is also explored, coupled with advice on career advancement strategies for scriptwriters.

A premise of the unit is that the basic principles and techniques of scriptwriting are consistent across all scriptwriting genres. Upon mastering these fundamentals, students will advance their knowledge by completing a script for their choice of screen, stage or sound. Other scriptwriting projects for assessment may also be permitted with the agreement of the unit chair.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Explain, apply and combine the basic principles and techniques of scriptwriting

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Interpret, appraise and critique a script by a fellow scriptwriter in a workshopping context

GLO2: Communication

GLO7: Teamwork


Summarise, illustrate and discriminate amongst different scriptwriting traditions and approaches

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital Literacy


Discuss, interpret and question the role of the scriptwriter as an embedded participant within a larger production and industry context

GLO7: Teamwork

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

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: ALW734 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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