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SEL3400 : Prose Portfolio

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lars Iyer
  • 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


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.

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 attend three NCLA prose events as a study group, responding to questions set by the module leader, reporting back to their tutor in two presentations, one in semester 1 and one on semester 2.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1178:30178:30N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching20:301:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork31:304:30N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity110:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1199:00199:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Each student attends the plenary session to learn about the module and to be assigned study groups.

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 will, as part of a study group, attend three NCLA events (recorded here as small group teaching), reporting on two of them to their tutor (recorded here as fieldwork).

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