SEL3333 : File of Original Literary Work
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Lars Iyer
- Demonstrator: Dr John Challis, Ms Liz Flanagan
- Lecturer: Professor Sean O'Brien, Miss Zoe Cooper, Mrs Ann Coburn, Dr Margaret Wilkinson
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
1. To prepare a file of work which may consist of: a collection of about 20 poems or equivalent; or, a collection of about four short stories or equivalent, or, a novel or extract from a novel; or, a dramatic text or script or preparation of a text or script for performance or filming.
(After discussion with the module leader it may be possible to submit a notebook to theatrical performance; or, a collection of journalism or other prose work such as travel journal or notebook.)
2. To show through the file a finally shaped work or body of work along with a self-reflexive commentary on the processes, influences, and themes of the work.
Outline Of Syllabus
Students should select a subject and mode of approach, prepare a short project proposal (up to 150 words), and discuss this with the module leader in the semester preceding commencement of this module. Only when their project proposal has been approved will they be permitted to begin study.
There will be an initial plenary to discuss the course, separate students into strands, and establish study groups. Study groups will meet weekly, and post reports on Blackboard.
Students will be required to attend tutorials at the beginning and end of semester 1, and at the beginning of Semester 2, and before submission. They may also drop in during tutors' office hours on request to discuss ongoing issues.
There will be two seminars per strand, one per semester, to discuss students' work in a group, or to examine a matter of technique that the tutor wishes to emphasise. The tutor may also arrange one or more additional seminars if required.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||79:00||79:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||1||1:00||1:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||140:00||140:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||3||2:00||6:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||1||10:00||10:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||7||1:00||7:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||157:00||157:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Each student must consult the module leaders with an initial proposal, submitting an opening plan/draft for comment and discussion.
All students attend the plenary session to be assigned study groups. The study groups will post progress reports on Blackboard's Discussion Groups.
All students attend the two seminars appropriate to their proposed body of work.
Each student must attend a tutorial at least once a semester to report on work in progress for comment and discussion with the module leader, including a session to go over their final work before submission.
The meetings listed above are the basic requirement. The specific amount of time will vary from student to student. Some will attend Office Hours for brief meetings. Some will wish to have longer sessions at greater intervals after they have built a body of work.
Creative work of this sort needs both the clear overriding structure of the meetings listed above and greater flexibility in terms of the duration and frequency of further discussion.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Portfolio||2||A||100||4,000- 5,000 words of a self-contained short play, a synopsis of no more than 300 words and a commentary of not more than 1500 words|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
In the commentary students will discuss the processes of drafting and any principles of selection. Extracts from novels and script submission need to be accompanied by a short synopsis of the entire novel, and the rationale behind the choice of extract should be discussed. They will also discuss any relevant information about influences and themes explored in the file. It must include a bibliography of books read and events attended as evidence of research.
The weighting of marks is 80/20 where the file of original is the dominant element, and the essay/commentary constitutes the minor element.