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Postgraduate Course: Creative Writing Dissertation Portfolio (Online Learning) (ENLI11226)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryIn preparation for their final folio, students will receive consultations with their supervisor at regular intervals contribute to three writing forums. Towards the end of the year in question they will submit a portfolio of work for assessment: for poetry it will be c.30 pages of poetry and for fiction will be 20,000 words.
Course description In this third year of study, students will be working towards their final dissertation portfolio. Though by this stage in the programme a degree of autonomy is expected, they will continue to consult with and receive feedback from their supervisor, as well as contributing to three student-led writing forums. By this point they should be consolidating the range of writing skills which they have acquired and developed over the previous two years. They should be generating, redrafting and refining the material which they intend to submit for their final folio. They will be directing the critical skills they have honed, by way of critiquing published texts and the work in progress of their peers, towards their own manuscripts, to ensure that their final submission is of as high a standard as possible.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 5, Online Activities 100, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 25, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 436 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Poetry - circa 30 pages
Fiction - 20,000 words
Feedback During the course of the year, formative assessment will take place at regular intervals. Students will submit samples of work in progress to their supervisor. They will receive in-depth feedback, both textually specific and general, and have the opportunity to request clarification on points made. In this third and final year, it is expected that students have developed their critiquing skills to a high level and so their writing forums, in which small groups of students offer peer critique on work in progress, will operate as autonomous learning forums. At the end of the academic year, students submit a dissertation portfolio of creative work (circa 20,000 words of fiction or circa 30 pp of poetry) for summative assessment. Once a mark has been approved by the external examiner, students will receive markers' comments on their work.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain the skill and expertise required to generate, develop, redraft and edit a substantial body of their own work to a high standard.
  2. Have the ability to work independently
  3. Have the confidence and ability to discern between differing responses to their creative work and be able to act on t his accordingly
  4. Prepare a manuscript for submission to literary agents and/or publishers
  5. Identify and exploit a range of techniques absorbed through study and discussion of core components of craft
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Miriam Gamble
Course secretaryMiss Kara Mccormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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