Course Outline

CMN200 Writing for Screens

Course Coordinator:Lee McGowan (lmcgowa1@usc.edu.au) School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC 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 usc.edu.au 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 key elements in writing for screens, including film, television and other screen media across a range of genres and storytelling forms. You will explore practical approaches to the development of screen-based narratives, examine relevant theoretical and critical frameworks, and discuss industry expectations and policy. You will consider key aspects of storytelling including world-building, adaptation, character, conflict, and dialogue. Course engagement consists of workshops supported by online resources and materials. 


How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Interactive online learning activities. 1hr Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled face to face workshops. 2hrs Week 1 12 times
Online
Learning materials – Interactive online learning activities. 1hr Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled online workshops. 2hrs Week 1 12 times

Course Topics

writing for the screens (adult themes, course language, violence)

writing across platforms

elements of storytelling (adult themes, course language, violence)

theoretical and critical frameworks

industry expectations and policy

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

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 Identify and describe key elements in writing for screen or screens, including film, television and digital media across a range of genres and storytelling form Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2 Discuss, examine and apply practical approaches in the development of narrative elements and aspects including, but not limited to, characterisation, dialogue, plot, conflict, world-building and adaptation. Creative and critical thinker
Empowered
3 Analyse critically, evaluate and convey use of relevant theoretical and critical frameworks and related industry expectations and policy. Empowered
Ethical
4 Design, plan and deliver a creative work for a screen or screens in accordance with industry expectations and academic writing standards. Knowledgeable
Engaged

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC 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)

Not applicable

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

The first assessment task will be delivered in Week 4.

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 Case Study Individual 20%
1000 words
Week 4 Online Submission
All 2 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Individual 30%
1500 words
Week 8 Online Submission
All 3 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Individual 50%
2500 words
Week 12 Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Case Study
Goal:
This assessment is designed to explore and test understanding of the elements of screen narrative content design and development, including world-building, conflict, structure and setting.
Product: Case Study
Format:
You will submit a critical analysis of a screen media work of your choosing. You will identify and analyse some underlying theoretical concepts, related industry trends and devices used by fiction and non-fiction writers of screen content and present arguments on their significance in short piece of academic writing. Critical sources should be referenced in your submission. This is an individual assessment.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Identify key aspects of screen media content design and delivery, including theoretical concepts and frameworks, and industry standards and trends.
1 2
2
Demonstrate engagement with and understanding of elements of screen media narrative including characterisation, plot and setting, world-building, conflict and adaptation.
1 2
3
Present work in accordance with academic writing standards
4
All - Assessment Task 2:Adaptation
Goal:
The goal of this assessment is the successful adaptation of a work of fiction or non-fiction to appropriate industry format, standards and expectation.
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
Format:
You are required to adapt a work of fiction or non-fiction, to be negotiated with your tutor, into an appropriate format in alignment with industry standards and expectation.

The adaptation or design for adaptation may be accompanied by a brief reflexive critical rationale.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Adapt a narrative for screen or screens.
2 3 4
2
examine and apply elements of screen media narrative including characterisation, plot and setting, world-building, conflict and adaptation.
2 4
3
Present work in accordance with industry expectations and academic writing standards
4
All - Assessment Task 3:Creative Work
Goal:
The creative work will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of appropriate theoretical frameworks and appropriate elements of storytelling, which may include conflict, characterisation, dialogue through the construction of a scene or narrative for screen in alignment with industry standards and expectation.
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
Format:
You are required to create a short narrative designed for your preferred screen media (2000 words or equivalent). Your work will be formatted to industry standards and demonstrate appropriate storytelling elements discussed across the course. The creative work will be accompanied with a critical rationale (300-500words) that reflects your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts and industry-based considerations. This work should be negotiated with your tutor. This is an individual assessment.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Design a creative work for a screen or screens in accordance with appropriate theoretical concepts and industry standards
3 4
2
Plan a creative work for a screen or screens in accordance with appropriate theoretical concepts and industry standards
4
3
Deliver a creative work for a screen or screens in accordance with appropriate theoretical concepts and industry standards.
4
4
Critically analyse, evaluate and reflect on a creative work in accordance with academic writing standards.
3 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. 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

Not applicable

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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