|Semester 2, 2020 Online|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Creative Arts|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|ASCED code :||100703 - Journalism|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
Examiner: Leonie Jones
This course is a foundation course for first-year students. Students are introduced to a range of technical, conceptual, practical and observational skills related to various storytelling and scriptwriting practices. The course enriches the student's comprehension of the creative process necessary for the generation of original and adapted fiction and non-fiction works.
Students learn to understand the various processes involved in developing story ideas into script form. Students build technical, analytical and research skills within narrative, story, character, dialogue and scene development. Students will conceptualise and develop basic original stories, generate outlines and write scripts from original and adapted fiction and non-fiction stories in order to develop a good understanding and practice of the writer's methods in storytelling as it relates to the cinema industry. Students are encouraged to research concepts, techniques and skills in order to apply and develop their understanding of storytelling and screenplay practice.
On completion of this course students should be able to:
- demonstrate foundational skills and understanding of professional story and scriptwriting practices (concepts, processes, theories and techniques) related to artistic concerns within the cinema industry;
- research historical and contemporary narrative film to evaluate and analyse the reflexivity and criticality of ideas constructed by writers and directors;
- communicate clearly and logically by expressing ideas pertaining to practices and concepts inherent within traditional cinema fiction writing outcomes through journal writing and written exercises;
- work independently and/or collaboratively to produce/edit/rewrite beginner writer level original and/or adapted fiction and non-fiction works for cinema;
- recognise the role of the writer to reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues and apply local and international perspectives to story and writing outcomes.
|2.||Fiction and non-fiction cinema writing||40.00|
|3.||Scriptwriting format and generating outlines||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=2020&sem=02&subject1=FTR1006)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|ASSIGNMENT 1||100||20||04 Sep 2020|
|ASSIGNMENT 2||100||40||02 Oct 2020|
|ASSIGNMENT 3||100||40||23 Oct 2020|
Important assessment information
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
There is no examination for this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.
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.
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.