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SEL3400 : Prose Portfolio

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Lars Iyer
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0
European Credit Transfer System


To prepare a portfolio of work which may consist of: a complete long story; or a collection of short stories; or the opening chapters of a novel (plus a synopsis of 300-350 words).

To provide a self-reflexive commentary on the processes, influences, and themes of the work.

To develop skills in revision and feedback.

Outline Of Syllabus

There will be an initial plenary to discuss the module, and establish study groups.

Students will be required to attend six tutorials, three in semester 1 and three in semester 2.

Students will circulate work-in-progress within their study groups, and provide feedback on peers’ work-in-progress, three times in semester 1 and three times in semester 2

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1150:00150:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork32:006:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1237:00237:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Each student attends the plenary session to learn about the module.

Each student attends three tutorials in semester 1 and three in semester 2 to report on work in progress for comment and discussion.

Each student attends three NCLA events / equivalents.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A1008500 words of creative prose PLUS 1500 word commentary
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students on this module focus on the production of creative prose and on a critical essay on their creative work. The essay will discuss the process of drafting their creative work. It will also discuss any relevant information about influences and themes explored in the portfolio. It must include a bibliography of books read and NCLA events attended as evidence of research.

Reading Lists