SEL3333 : File of Original Literary Work

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion179:0079:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1140:00140:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity110:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision71:007:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1157:00157:00N/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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A10020 poems OR one act play of 4000-5000 words plus a synopsis OR 8500 words of creative prose PLUS 1500 word commentary
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

In the commentary students will discuss the processes of drafting and any principles of selection. Extracts from novels need to be accompanied by a short synopsis, and the rationale behind the choice of extract should be discussed. I twill 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