Course Outline

CMN117 Playing with Genre

Course Coordinator:Ginna Brock (gbrock@usc.edu.au) School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2022Semester 2

USC Sunshine Coast

USC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Online

Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

This course introduces you to the conventions of a variety of creative writing genres and consists of a series of exercises and activities designed to develop aspects of a writer's craft and manipulation of genre with a foundation in theory. A selection of readings in a range of genres, styles, and innovations will serve as models for creative writing development and experimentation.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Asynchronous online delivery of learning material. 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Synchronous and scheduled interactive face to face workshops. 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Seminar – Synchronous, face to face seminars (Recorded). 1hr Week 1 3 times
Information session – Synchronous online Task Information Sessions (Recorded/ All cohort/ Shared with Online). 1hr Week 4 3 times
Online
Learning materials – Asynchronous online delivery of learning material. 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Synchronous online interactive workshops (Recorded). 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Seminar – The recorded version of the Blended Mode seminars or Synchronous Online Seminars (Recorded) depending on the size of the online cohort. 1hr Week 1 3 times
Information session – Synchronous online Task Information Sessions (Recorded/ All cohort/ Shared with Blended). 1hr Week 4 3 times

Course Topics

Fable      

Legend and Myth              

Fairy-tale and Fantasy     

Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction  

Adventure and Journey  

Crime, Detective and Mystery Fiction     

Horror and Thriller            

Romance and Realist Fiction       

Creative Non-fiction, Memoir, and Biography     

Historical Fiction

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Demonstrate knowledge of a range of narrative genres and their conventions used in creative writing practice Knowledgeable
2 Create creative writing artefacts in alignment with publishing industry standards of professional presentation and communication Empowered
3 Create and critically reflect on creative writing in relation to theoretical concepts and/or societal contexts Creative and critical thinker
4 Analyse creative writing texts using scholarly conventions, critical thinking and the application of theory to practice Creative and critical thinker

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.

Pre-requisites

Not applicable

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

You are expected to have established reading and writing skills. English language basics are not taught in this course, except as elements of narrative style.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Students will receive weekly formative feedback in tutorial workshops starting in week 1. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Individual 34%
Creative Response: 800 words
plus a Critical Reflection: 250 words
Week 5 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Individual 34%
Creative Response: 800 words
plus a Critical Reflection: 250 words
Week 10 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Individual 32%
Creative Response: 800 words
plus a Critical Reflection: 250 words
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Conventions of ‘Unreal’ fiction: Tutorial Activities and Creative Artefact
Goal:
The goal of this task is to give you an opportunity to develop your writing skills and genre knowledge in legend, fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction. This task will also provide opportunity to critically analyse creative practices and to develop original ideas that align with publishing industry standards
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
Format:
Professional/industry format: You are required to read, engage with, and discuss the set material each week. Each week you will complete short creative writing exercises and critically reflect on your writing within the set genre conventions. You will receive formative feedback on these attempts. These creative responses will prepare you, and provide the basis, for your week 5 submission.

In week 5 you will write a scene/scenario in your chosen genre, with an accompanying critical reflection. The work must be thoroughly edited and professionally presented. This assessment will be submitted electronically through Canvas. More information can be found on Canvas.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Demonstrating basic knowledge of narrative genres and their conventions
1
2
Demonstrating basic knowledge of writing for audiences through appropriate content and style
1
3
Creating artefacts in alignment with publishing industry standards of professional presentation and communication
2
4
Demonstrating basic ability to create creative writing artefacts that respond to theoretical concepts and/or societal contexts
3
5
Analysing creative writing texts using scholarly conventions and basic critical thinking
4
All - Assessment Task 2:Conventions of ‘Real’ fiction: Tutorial Activities and Creative Artefact
Goal:
The goal of this task is to give you an opportunity to develop your writing skills and genre
knowledge in crime, adventure, horror, realist and romance fiction. This task will also
provide opportunity to critically analyse creative practices and to develop original ideas that
align with publishing industry standards.
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
Format:
Professional/industry format: You are required to read, engage with, and discuss the set
material each week. Each week you will complete short creative writing exercises and
critically reflect on your writing within the set genre conventions. You will receive formative
feedback on these attempts in class. These creative responses will prepare you, and provide the basis, for your final assessment in week 10.

In week 10 you will write a scene/scenario in your chosen genre, with an accompanying critical reflection. The work must be
thoroughly edited and professionally presented. This assessment will be submitted
electronically through Canvas. More information can be found on Canvas.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Demonstrating emergent knowledge of narrative genres and their conventions
1
2
Demonstrating emergent knowledge of writing for audiences through appropriate content and style
1
3
Creating artefacts in alignment with publishing industry standards of professional presentation and communication
2
4
Demonstrating emergent ability to create creative writing artefacts that respond to theoretical concepts and/or societal contexts
3
5
Analysing creative writing texts using scholarly conventions and emergent critical thinking
4
All - Assessment Task 3:Conventions of Non-fiction: Tutorial Activities and Creative Artefact
Goal:
The goal of this task is to give you an opportunity to develop your writing skills and genre
knowledge in historical fiction and non-fiction. This task will also provide opportunity to
critically analyse creative practices and to develop original ideas that align with publishing
industry standards.
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
Format:
Professional/industry format: You are required to read, engage with, and discuss the set
material each week. Each week you will complete short creative writing exercises and
critically reflect on your writing within the set genre conventions. You will receive formative
feedback on these attempts. These creative responses will prepare you, and provide the
basis, for your final assessment in week 13.

In week 13 you will write a scene/scenario in your chosen genre, with an accompanying critical reflection. The work must be
thoroughly edited and professionally presented. This assessment will be submitted
electronically through Canvas. More information can be found on Canvas.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Demonstrating developed knowledge of narrative genres and their conventions
1
2
Demonstrating developed knowledge of writing for audiences through appropriate content and style
1
3
Creating artefacts in alignment with publishing industry standards of professional presentation and communication
2
4
Demonstrating developed ability to create creative writing artefacts that respond to theoretical concepts and/or societal contexts
3
5
Analysing creative writing texts using scholarly conventions and developed critical thinking
4

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Nil

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.

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For help with course-specific advice, for example what information to include in your assessment, you should first contact your tutor, then your course coordinator, if needed.

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