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SEL3402 : Poetry Portfolio

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Bill Herbert
  • 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


1. To prepare a file of work consisting of: a collection of about 20 poems or equivalent.

2. To show through the file a finally shaped work or body of work along with a self-reflexive commentary of 1500 words 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, and establish study groups. Study groups will meet regularly, and complete presentations.

Students will be required to attend monthly tutorials. They may also drop in during tutors' office hours on request to discuss ongoing issues.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Plenary
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1140:00140:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Presentation on events attended
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork32:006:00Attending 3 NCLA events/other agreed performances
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1165:00165:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00Monthly tutorials
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 must take part in two presentations based on their attendance of at least three NCLA events or other agreed performances.

Each student must attend a tutorial once a month 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 over-riding structure of the meetings listed above and greater flexibility in terms of the duration and frequency of further discussion.

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 commentary
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

In the commentary students will discuss the processes of drafting and any principles of selection. It 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.

Reading Lists