Module Catalogue 2023/24

SEL3402 : Poetry Portfolio

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Professor SinĂ©ad Morrissey
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
SEL2224Poetry Workshop
SEL2226Theatre Script Workshop
SEL2227Prose Workshop
Pre Requisite Comment

Students should have taken either SEL2224 or SEL2226 or SEL2227 or SEL2228 to be able to take this module.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To prepare and shape a portfolio of creative work consisting of a collection of about 20 poems or equivalent, and an accompanying essay on the processes, influences, and themes of the work.

Outline Of Syllabus

An introductory talk, followed by monthly tutorials with a supervisor over the duration of two semesters.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students will gain an understanding of the process of selecting and planning an extended creative project, and acquire an insight into the imaginative processes of writing at length and the affective power of language. They will understand key technical aspects of poetic form and expand their knowledge of a range of contemporary poetry.

Intended Skill Outcomes

The ability to create and develop a substantial body of poetry; to apply craft skills, techniques and methods to new creative work; to sustain a self-directed project over time, building on and developing work already underway; to engage in a prolonged process of editing and revision; to read exemplar and other texts with attention to verbal and formal creativity; to assess and reflect upon the creative process with constructive rigour.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1140:00140:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork32:006:00Attending 3 NCLA events/other agreed performances
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1167:00167:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

All students must attend the Module Talk and each student must attend a tutorial once a month to report on work in progress for comment and discussion with the module leader.

The meetings listed above are the basic requirement. The specific amount of time will vary from student to student.

Creative work of this sort needs both the clear over-riding structure of the meetings listed above and greater flexibility in terms of the duration and frequency of further discussion.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A10020 poems PLUS 1500 word accompanying essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Both the poetry collection and accompanying essay will show evidence of the processes of drafting, principles of selection, the uses of influence, and the key themes explored in the file. The portfolio must include a bibliography of books read and events attended as evidence of research.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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