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ENGL830 – Digital Voices and Publishing Tools

2017 – S1 Evening

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Lecturer and Unit Convenor
Rebecca Giggs
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
CWPG810 or CWPG811
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
In the transition from print-based media to digital writing forms what new genres, styles, techniques, platforms and audiences emerge? This applied writing unit reflects on the dynamic relationships that exist between creative writing practice and digital cultures. Recent technological innovations not only challenge established publishing modes, but also shape ‘voice’ in the digital sphere. We look at voice, and the increasing breakdown of boundaries between content producer and content consumer. Students will have the opportunity to engage with web-based and other electronic media, and to develop skills that advance their digital literacy. Having collectively established a theme for the unit, an e-portfolio of individual works will be produced over the course of the session. Assessment entails both class participation and written submissions.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

  1. a) Develop advanced digital literacy and research skills, adaptable to a variety of technological platforms;
  2. b) Further knowledge of the writing and publishing contexts of digital genres;
  3. c) Apply and understand digital platform vocabularies, relevant to the field of creative writing, in order to discuss and analyse concepts, craft and technique;
  4. d) The capacity to identify and apply key strategies in the conceptualisation, production and distribution of a creative digital work; and
  5. e) The ability to work collaboratively and independently, through self-reflection and constructive feedback in a peer workshop context.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Led Discussion & Participation 15% Week 01—Week 13
3 Developed Writing Exercises 15% Week 03, Week 06, Week 09
Digital Writing Analysis 20% 21 April 2017
Major Creative Work 50% 26 May 2017

Led Discussion & Participation

Due: Week 01—Week 13
Weighting: 15%

A threshold requirement for participation marks is timely involvement in all the weekly group discussions online (both those dedicated to workshop, and to engagement with the readings and lectures). Criteria for the assessment of participation includes: evidence of preparedness; timeliness; ability to reflect, critique and to offer insight; synthesis of key ideas and strategies relevant to the unit topics and readings; clear and concise communication; and significant engagement with the opinions of others. One week in the session each student will be designated a discussion group leader in the forum assigned to dialogue around the unit readings and lectures. 

For further information about this item of assessment, please refer to the Unit's iLearn site.  


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • b) Further knowledge of the writing and publishing contexts of digital genres;
  • c) Apply and understand digital platform vocabularies, relevant to the field of creative writing, in order to discuss and analyse concepts, craft and technique;
  • d) The capacity to identify and apply key strategies in the conceptualisation, production and distribution of a creative digital work; and
  • e) The ability to work collaboratively and independently, through self-reflection and constructive feedback in a peer workshop context.

3 Developed Writing Exercises

Due: Week 03, Week 06, Week 09
Weighting: 15%

A number of writing exercises are set in ENGL830—Writing Exercise 01: Writing for Smartphone (Week 02-03); Writing Exercise 02: Twitter Poetics (Week 05-06); and Writing Exercise 03: Digital Collage (Week 08-09) are assessment tasks each worth 5% of the student's overall grade. Writing exercises will be assessed for their adherence to step-by-step instructions; creativity of concept; use of relevant technique and presentation.  

For further information about this item of assessment, please refer to the Unit's iLearn site.  


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • a) Develop advanced digital literacy and research skills, adaptable to a variety of technological platforms;
  • c) Apply and understand digital platform vocabularies, relevant to the field of creative writing, in order to discuss and analyse concepts, craft and technique;

Digital Writing Analysis

Due: 21 April 2017
Weighting: 20%

In this short piece of criticism students will evaluate two aspects of a piece of digital writing: ‘voice’ and form. Texts that may be critiqued for this assessment task will typically be multimodal web-based texts—a list of set-texts is provided. Paying particular attention to narrative technique, layout, and the inclusion of multimedia, this critique will contextualise the reading to topics covered in the unit.

Criteria for assessment include: the student’s selection of textual evidence; appropriate use of terminology developed throughout the unit (‘chunking’, ‘layering’, ‘multimedia’, ‘imaging’, ‘non-linear story-telling’, ‘voice’, ‘new media’, and ‘multimodal text’); depth of analysis and insight; and presentation. 

For further information about this item of assessment, please refer to the Unit's iLearn site.  


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • a) Develop advanced digital literacy and research skills, adaptable to a variety of technological platforms;
  • b) Further knowledge of the writing and publishing contexts of digital genres;
  • c) Apply and understand digital platform vocabularies, relevant to the field of creative writing, in order to discuss and analyse concepts, craft and technique;
  • d) The capacity to identify and apply key strategies in the conceptualisation, production and distribution of a creative digital work; and

Major Creative Work

Due: 26 May 2017
Weighting: 50%

The final project for this unit is a piece of creative work suitable for a digital audience / readership, and written for a specific technological platform or context. Students may elect to submit more than one creative piece, so long as the combined word count does not exceed 2,000 words. Most students will take the opportunity to write with new media for this assessment. Student who do not work with new media for the Major Creative Work will not be disadvantaged. 

500 word Framing Statement is to be submitted at the same time as the Major Creative Work. 

The Major Creative Work will be assessed with reference to voice, appropriate use of / responsiveness to technology, the integration of any researched content, creativity of concept, use of relevant technique, style, presentation and evidence of re-drafting / incorporation of feedback. The Framing Statement will be assessed with reference to a capacity to describe and analyze methodology and creative process; the identification and characterisation of readership; and an ability to contextualize the Major Creative Work within a digital setting.   

For further information about this item of assessment, please refer to the Unit's iLearn site.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • a) Develop advanced digital literacy and research skills, adaptable to a variety of technological platforms;
  • c) Apply and understand digital platform vocabularies, relevant to the field of creative writing, in order to discuss and analyse concepts, craft and technique;
  • e) The ability to work collaboratively and independently, through self-reflection and constructive feedback in a peer workshop context.

Delivery and Resources

This unit is taught through a combination of lectures; discussion groups; and creative workshops that run from Week 01 to Week 12 of the session (Week 13 is a non-teaching week). Students are expected to listen to all online lectures; complete weekly set reading; to respond to weekly dialogue in a dynamic group setting; and to provide succinct feedback on workshop drafts to their peers. The Unit Convenor/Lecturer will contribute to both discussion groups and creative workshops. A series of writing activities are also set in ENGL830, three of which are assessed. There is no ‘live classroom’ for this unit—no set time when it is anticipated that all students will login to iLearn simultaneously. Readings will be made available through the Library’s Multisearch interface, or by way of embedded links in the case of digital texts.  

This unit contains a Workshop component, as do the majority of applied creative writing units taught at Macquarie. Workshop comprises peer feedback on students’ own writing, conducted in a small group setting. Workshop is a teaching method premised on the belief that students improve as writers not just by writing a lot and receiving informed critique, but also by becoming more sophisticated and fluent critics of other writers’ work—principally, that of their peers. Workshops run from Weeks 03 to 10 in ENGL830. All students will be given two opportunities to receive feedback on works-in-progress over the course of the session.  

Unit Schedule

Week 01 An Introduction to Digital Material

Week 02 Reading Screens

Week 03 Chunking & Layering & Imaging

Week 04 Making Multimedia & Making eBooks

Week 05 The Self & Social Media

Week 06 Innovations in Digital Fiction

Week 07 Fan Fiction and the Young Adult Online

Week 08 Uncreative Writing

Week 09 Authorship and Authenticity

Week 10 Emotion Online

Week 11 Writing on New Media in ‘Old’ Media

Week 12 Going Viral / Archiving Digital Writing Projects

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Student Support

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Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • a) Develop advanced digital literacy and research skills, adaptable to a variety of technological platforms;
  • b) Further knowledge of the writing and publishing contexts of digital genres;
  • c) Apply and understand digital platform vocabularies, relevant to the field of creative writing, in order to discuss and analyse concepts, craft and technique;
  • d) The capacity to identify and apply key strategies in the conceptualisation, production and distribution of a creative digital work; and
  • e) The ability to work collaboratively and independently, through self-reflection and constructive feedback in a peer workshop context.

Assessment tasks

  • Led Discussion & Participation
  • 3 Developed Writing Exercises
  • Digital Writing Analysis
  • Major Creative Work

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • a) Develop advanced digital literacy and research skills, adaptable to a variety of technological platforms;
  • c) Apply and understand digital platform vocabularies, relevant to the field of creative writing, in order to discuss and analyse concepts, craft and technique;
  • d) The capacity to identify and apply key strategies in the conceptualisation, production and distribution of a creative digital work; and

Assessment tasks

  • Led Discussion & Participation
  • 3 Developed Writing Exercises
  • Digital Writing Analysis
  • Major Creative Work

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • b) Further knowledge of the writing and publishing contexts of digital genres;
  • c) Apply and understand digital platform vocabularies, relevant to the field of creative writing, in order to discuss and analyse concepts, craft and technique;
  • e) The ability to work collaboratively and independently, through self-reflection and constructive feedback in a peer workshop context.

Assessment tasks

  • Led Discussion & Participation
  • 3 Developed Writing Exercises
  • Digital Writing Analysis
  • Major Creative Work

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • d) The capacity to identify and apply key strategies in the conceptualisation, production and distribution of a creative digital work; and
  • e) The ability to work collaboratively and independently, through self-reflection and constructive feedback in a peer workshop context.

Assessment tasks

  • Led Discussion & Participation
  • Digital Writing Analysis
  • Major Creative Work

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • a) Develop advanced digital literacy and research skills, adaptable to a variety of technological platforms;
  • b) Further knowledge of the writing and publishing contexts of digital genres;
  • c) Apply and understand digital platform vocabularies, relevant to the field of creative writing, in order to discuss and analyse concepts, craft and technique;
  • d) The capacity to identify and apply key strategies in the conceptualisation, production and distribution of a creative digital work; and
  • e) The ability to work collaboratively and independently, through self-reflection and constructive feedback in a peer workshop context.

Assessment tasks

  • Led Discussion & Participation
  • 3 Developed Writing Exercises
  • Digital Writing Analysis
  • Major Creative Work

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • a) Develop advanced digital literacy and research skills, adaptable to a variety of technological platforms;
  • e) The ability to work collaboratively and independently, through self-reflection and constructive feedback in a peer workshop context.

Assessment tasks

  • Led Discussion & Participation
  • 3 Developed Writing Exercises
  • Digital Writing Analysis
  • Major Creative Work