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CWR5003 Collaborative Writing Practice

Semester 2, 2016 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100705 - Written Communication

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Examiner: Dallas Baker


While we often think of writing as a solitary activity, there are many forms of professional writing that involve collaboration. Writers frequently collaborate with other writers, with editors and publishers, as well as with other professionals, such as actors, producers, directors, composers, and visual artists.

This course is part of the Scriptwriting specialisation within the Graduate Certificate of Digital Production and Performance, and is offered as an elective for postgraduate students interested in developing their collaborative writing skills. The course equips you with a range of skills required by professionals writing for performance across a range of modes, including interpreting and responding to industry expectations, meeting deadlines, writing collaboratively, and writing to purpose.

Completing this course contributes to your development of the Creative and Performing Arts Threshold Learning Outcomes, and USQ Graduate Capabilities


One of the most interesting and exciting aspects of being a professional writer is working in collaboration with other writers, and/or with other skilled practitioners. This course provides you with an understanding of the personal and professional skills required when working collaboratively with other writers, and with other practitioners.
In this course, you will be supported in developing your skills as a creative collaborator in a writing-related medium (such as one of the broadcast or performance arts), or in an area of cross-arts practice. You will work collaboratively with a team of other writers and/or other skilled practitioners to produce a major work. The nature of the work will be governed by the skills of the team you work with, and the medium you choose to work in: you will be encouraged to be innovative and creative in designing and developing your group's major work.


On completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate skills and knowledge across a range of techniques involved in writing scripts for a variety of mediums (CAPA TLO 1)
  2. develop, research, and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice (CAPA TLO 2)
  3. interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments in modes suited to a range of audiences (CAPA TLO 4)
  4. apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce scripts for a range of performance modes (CAPA TLO 3)
  5. work independently and collaboratively to develop effective performance scripts (CAPA TLO 5)
  6. engage critically with social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives in writing for performance. (CAPA TLO 6)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Collaborative practice 50.00
2. Cross-disciplinary/cross-arts practice 25.00
3. Creative practice as research 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Waldeback, Z & Batty, C 2012, The creative screenwriter: exercises to expand your craft, Methuen Drama (Bloomsbury), London.
  • Other required reading materials will be suppplied as digital files on the Study Desk for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • A range of reference materials will be supplied as digital files on the Study Desk for this course.
  • Students in this course are expected to be proactive in seeking out reference materials that will enhance their learning.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Collaborative Practice 85.00
Individual Practice 40.00
Online Engagement 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
TV PILOT SCRIPT 100 50 19 Sep 2016
ONLINE PORTFOLIO 100 40 21 Oct 2016

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.