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CWR2002 Writing About Place

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Writing About Place
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100705 - Written Communication
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 17 October 2019

Staffing

Examiner: Nike Sulway

Requisites

Pre-requisite: CWR1001

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and to UConnect for this course.

Rationale

This course introduces you to a range of ways of writing about places, familiar and unfamiliar, real and imagined. You will be supported in developing writing that reflects an awareness of current debates and practices within genres such as travel writing and speculative fiction, as well as an awareness of a range of ideas about the relationships between ideas about place, space, culture and identity.

The course will equip you with a range of skills required in the workforce, and in professional writing practice, including interpreting and responding to market submission guidelines, meeting deadlines, and writing to purpose. In addition, this course provides you with opportunities to develop your editorial skills, through working as an editor on a course-based magazine.

Synopsis

Effective and engaging narrative writing depends (among other things) on a clear and effective expression of place -- whether that place is real or imagined. In this course, you will explore a range of genres and forms through the lens of place, focusing on how professional writers evoke a sense of place. You will explore a range of sub-themes, including Writing About Here: an exploration of writing about places that are familiar and real; Writing About There: an exploration of writing about places that are unfamiliar and real, and; Writing About Elsewhere: an exploration of writing about places that are unfamiliar and unreal. You will be guided through the process of creating a range of works, in various forms and genres, including nature writing, travel writing, and works of speculative or imaginative fiction.

Objectives

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. write engaging works that demonstrate your developing an awareness of the ways writers use language to create a sense of place
  2. demonstrate writing skills across a range of genres and forms
  3. identify suitable markets for your writing
  4. produce writing that reflects a developing awareness of audience and market
  5. identify, reflect on and adapt writing strategies and techniques used by professional writers
  6. demonstrate developing skills in rewriting, proofreading and editing
  7. describe and reflection your writing practice.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Nature Writing 40.00
2. Urban Writing 40.00
3. Editorial skills development. 20.00

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). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=02&subject1=CWR2002)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

All readings and reference materials will be made available through the Study Desk and/or the Learning Objects Repository. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/).

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.
All required reading materials for this course will be available via the Study Desk.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
NATURE WRITING 100 25 26 Aug 2019
REVIEW PORTFOLIO 100 25 09 Sep 2019
URBAN WRITING 100 25 21 Oct 2019
EDITING PORTFOLIO 100 25 24 Oct 2019 (see note 1)

Notes
  1. You will be expected to complete a range of peer editing tasks, and two reviewing tasks, during semester. Due dates will be outline on the Study Desk.

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 http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (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:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.

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.