Course Title: Produce Writings - Poetry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: COMM5402

Course Title: Produce Writings - Poetry

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4171 - Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:mctafe@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Ania Walwicz 
Telephone: 03 99254525
Email: ania.walwicz@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 105

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

At RMIT, the competency Produce Writings – Poetry  is delivered and assessed alongside the following competencies:
CUVCOR03A: Develop, refine and communicate concept for own work
CUVCOR11A: Source information on history and theory and apply to own work
CUSRAD01A: collect and organise information 

Course Description

In this course you explore the skills and knowledge needed to write and market your own poetry. You are introduced to the works of many different poets and experiment with a range of approaches, techniques and modes of writing while creating your own body of work.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP552 Produce Writings - Poetry

Element:

1. Analyse the purpose of the writing task

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The purpose of the work is confirmed with relevant parties
1.2 The form, media and technique most appropriate to the purpose of the writing task is selected
1.3 The stylistic and cultural context of the writing task is proposed to meet the writing objective

Element:

2. Investigate the scope of the writing task

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The level and scope of the writing task is analysed to determine the length and style of the work
2.2 The level of research required to fulfil the agreed outcome to the required style and standard is analysed
2.3 The resources necessary to retrieve or generate the relevant information is determined
2.4 The type and level of information required to suit the context of the writing task is planned

Element:

3. Plan the writing task

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The writing task is planned to reflect the media, scope, structure and content of the work and to meet agreed timelines
3.2 Ideas are organised and developed into an ordered sequence.
3.3 All resources required to deliver the writing task are organised
3.4 A timeline for the completion of the writing task that reflects the critical milestones is determined

Element:

4. Create the writing task

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Components of the information required and the form in which the writing will be developed, constructed and presented is resolved
4.2 The intention of the writing task and the characteristics of the audience are reflected in the writing
4.3 Appropriate processes and research are utilised to retrieve the necessary information
4.4 The particular characteristics of the media are analysed to inform the writing in a way that is appropriate for the purpose of the writing
4.5 Relevant information sources are employed to generate and inform the writing task
4.5 Common literary devices and the metaphoric function of language are integrated into the writing task
4.6 Writing task is produced in accordance with writing goals

Element:

5. Realise the writing task

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The writing task is appropriate for the media, the context of the brief and the style of the subject matter
5.2 The language in which the writing task is written is suitable for the intended audience
5.3 The writing task is proofed and edited to the standard required for presentation
5.4 A draft is presented, if required, to the client to confirm that the work is acceptable
5.5 Work is adjusted as required and presented in the agreed manner and timeframe


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will have gained insight into the process of production and appreciation of poetry. Through research and practice you will be able to develop an initial concept into a written work.


Details of Learning Activities


In this course you learn through -
In-class activities:

  • lectures
  • industry speakers
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • reading poetry
  • reflection and discussion
  • creative writing exercises
  • workshopping of student work

Out-of-class activities:
  • independent project based work
  • writing and reading assignments
  • online and other research
  • independent study


Teaching Schedule


Teaching schedule
Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

CUSRAD 01A - Collect relevant informationCUVCOR03A - Develop conceptCUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theoryVBP552 - Plan the writing task •Performance poetry•Looking at the way poetry is presented in public•Examining the aspects of writing for performance•Creative writing exercises•Workshopping of student work
Week Starting
Class ContentAssignments DueCompetency & Elements

 Week 1

7 Feb

Discussion of course content and assessment

Explanation and discussion of presentation topics

Introduction to poetry

-Lecture on the poetic statement
-Reading of the handout material
-Refections on the poems read, their context, function and effect
Personal responses to poetry
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CUVCOR03A - Develop concept
CUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theory
VBP552 - Analyse the purpose of the writing task

 Week 2

14 Feb

•The poetic form
•Examination of the variety of poetic forms
•Readings of examples
•Poetic terms
•Exploration of poetic constructs

Discussion of presentation and sources for research
 
CUSRAD 01A - Assess the information / Organise the information
CUVCOR03A - Develop concept
CUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theory
VBP552 - Investigate the scope of the writing task

 Week 3

21 Feb

Contemporary Australian poetry

-Examples of poetry read in class
-Discussion and reflection on the works
-Identifying the strategies of the poet
-Trying out these strategies in the act of writing
-Creative writing exercises

 
CUVCOR03A - Develop concept/Communicate concept
CUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theory
VBP552 - Plan the writing task

 Week 4

28 Feb

•Rhyme, Rhythm & Repetition
•Examination of poetic elements
•Discussion about context, purpose and function
•Exploration of the poetic elements
•Creative writing exercises


 

 Week 5

7 Mar

 •The ballad form
•Reading the ballad material
•Responses to ballads
•The effects of the ballad
•Construction of the ballad

Presentations
CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information<!--EndFragment-->
VBP552 - Plan the writing task /Create the writing task

 Week 6

14 Mar

•Song Lyrics & Poetry
•Listening to audio recordings of songs
•Relationship between language and music
•Song lyrics and evocative memory
•Composition of the song lyric

Presentations 
CUVCOR03A - Develop concept / Communicate concept
CUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theory /
VBP552 - Plan the writing task 

 Week 7

21 Mar

•Free- form writing
•Historical context of free- form writing
•Examples of free –form writing
•Automatic writing of surrealism
•Adventures and engagement with free-form

Presentations 
CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information
CUVCOR03A - Develop concept / Communicate concept
VBP552 - Plan the writing task /Create the writing task 

 Week 8

28 Mar

•Games with language
•Introduction to the Dada movement
•The play of coincidence
•Indirect modes of writing
•Trying out modes of chance in poetic formation

Presentations 
CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information
CUVCOR03A - Develop concept / Communicate concept
VBP552 - Create the writing task 

 Week 9

4 Apr

•Juxtaposition of imagery in poetry
•Contemporary American poetry
•Writing as a collage format
•The influence of the New York School
•Creative Writing Exercises dealing with juxtaposition
 Presentations  CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information
CUVCOR03A - Develop concept / Communicate concept
VBP552 - Create the writing task

 Week 10

Apr 11

•Sound language and rap music
•Watching a film about rap
•Discussion of the aims, effects and context of rap
•Primal modes of language as chant, utterance, sound
•Trying out rap methods
Presentations 
<!--EndFragment-->CUVCOR11A - Apply information to own area of work
CUVCOR03A - Refine the concept
VBP552 - Create the writing task
CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information

 Week 11

18 Apr

•Recorded poetry
•Looking at films of poets
•Reflection on the poet as actor, performer
•Discussion about poetry in print form and other possible formats
 Presentations CUVCOR11A - Apply information to own area of work
CUVCOR03A - Refine the concept
VBP552 - Create the writing task
CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information
 Mid-semester Break  

 Week 12

2 May

•Narrative poetry
•Poet as storyteller
•Narrative form
•Poetry as prose form
•Direct modes of poetic expression
 
 Presentations CUVCOR11A - Apply information to own area of work
CUVCOR03A - Refine the concept
VBP552 - Create the writing task
CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information

 Week 13

9 May

•Contemporary anthologies
•Reading of contemporary poetry
•Analysis of the text and discussion of form, context and reception
•Creative writing exercises based on the poems studied
•Class workshopping of student work
 
Presentations 
CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information
CUVCOR03A - Refine the concept
CUVCOR11A - Apply information to own area of work
VBP552 - Create the writing task

 Week 14

16 May

•The page setting in poetry
•Examining the way the poem is presented
•Examples of variety of page settings
•Creative writing exercises
•Class workshopping of student work
 
 Presentations  CUVCOR03A - Refine the concept
CUVCOR11A - Apply information to own area of work
VBP552 - Create the writing task
CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information

 Week 15

23 May

•Expressive poetry
•Emotive evocation in poetic form
•Close reading of expressive works
•Discussion of the effects of poetry
•Creative writing exercises
 
Semester 1 folio of poetry due

Presentations
CUVCOR03A - Refine the concept
CUVCOR11A - Apply information to own area of work
VBP552 - Realise the writing task
CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information

 Week 16

30 May

 •Poetry in sequence- a suite of poems
•Reading of works in sequence
•Discussions of works placed in sequence
•Creative writing exercises
•Planning a longer work, in segments
 Presentations  CUVCOR03A - Refine the concept
CUVCOR11A - Apply information to own area of work
VBP552 - Realise the writing task
CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information

 Week 17

6 June

 No classes
   
 Semester 2   

 Week 1

4 July

Explanation and discussion of presentation topics
•Poetry magazines
•Examining poetry publications
•Reflection of the way poetry is publicised
•Plans for the class publication
•Workshopping of the student folios
 CUSRAD 01A - Collect relevant information<!--EndFragment-->
CUVCOR03A - Develop concept
CUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theory
VBP552 - Analyse the purpose of the writing task

 Week 2

11 July

•Surrealist poetry
•Readings of non-linear poetic text
•Strategies for lateral thought
•Creative writing exercises
•Workshopping of student work
 
 CUSRAD 01A - Assess the information / Organise the information
CUVCOR03A - Develop concept
CUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theory
VBP552 - Investigate the scope of the writing task

 Week 3

18 July

•American poetry
•Survey of American poets
•Close readings and discussion
•Creative writing exercises
•Workshopping of student work
 
 CUVCOR03A - Develop concept/Communicate concept
CUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theory
VBP552 - Plan the writing task

 Week 4

25 July

•French poetry
•Looking at French poetry
•Readings and discussion
•Creative writing exercises
•Workshopping of student work
 
  
CUSRAD 01A - Collect relevant information
CUVCOR03A - Develop concept
CUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theory
VBP552 - Plan the writing task

 Week 5

1 Aug

 •Religious poetry
•Examining the relationship of poetics, reflection, trance
•Readings and discussion
•Creative writing exercises
•Workshopping of student work
 PresentationsCUSRAD01A - Communicate the information<!--EndFragment-->
VBP552 - Plan the writing task /Create the writing task

 Week 6

8 Aug

 •Mythology and poetry
•Myth and the poetic statement
•Readings of poetry based on myth
•Creative writing exercises
•Workshopping of student work
 PresentationsCUVCOR03A - Develop concept / Communicate concept
CUVCOR11A - Collect information on history and theory /
VBP552 - Plan the writing task

 Week 7

15 Aug

•Spanish poetry
•Examining the qualities of Spanish poetics
•Reflection and discussion
•Creative writing exercises
•Workshopping of student work
 
Presentations
CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information
CUVCOR03A - Develop concept / Communicate concept
VBP552 - Plan the writing task /Create the writing task

 Week 8

22 Aug

 •Nature Poetry
•Reflection on natural setting
•Asian tradition and its legacy
•Creative writing exercises
•Workshopping of student work
Presentations
CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information
CUVCOR03A - Develop concept / Communicate concept
VBP552 - Create the writing task 

 Week 9

29 Aug

•The haiku form
•The tradition of haiku and its history
•Reading haiku and reflection
•Creative writing exercises
•Workshopping of student work
 
 PresentationsCUSRAD01A - Communicate the information
CUVCOR03A - Develop concept / Communicate concept
VBP552 - Create the writing task

 Week 10

5 Sep

 •Poetry and images
•Exploration of the way images are configured in poetry
•Readings and discussion
•Creative writing exercises
•Workshopping of student work
 PresentationsCUVCOR11A - Apply information to own area of work
CUVCOR03A - Refine the concept
VBP552 - Create the writing task
 CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information

 Week 11

12 Sep

 PresentationsCUVCOR11A - Apply information to own area of work
CUVCOR03A - Refine the concept
VBP552 - Create the writing task
CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information

 Week 12

19 Sep

Concrete poetry
Looking at examples of poetry as image
Relationship between visual work and language
Creative writing exercises
Workshopping of student work
 
 PresentationsCUVCOR11A - Apply information to own area of work
CUVCOR03A - Refine the concept
VBP552 - Create the writing task
CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information
 Mid Semester Break  

 Week 13

10 Oct

 •Political poetry
•Readings of poetic text
•Approaches on reflection on society in poetry
•Creative writing exercises
•workshopping
 PresentationsCUSRAD01A - Communicate the information
CUVCOR03A - Refine the concept
CUVCOR11A - Apply information to own area of work
VBP552 - Create the writing task

 Week 14

17 Oct

•Poetry and music
•Ideas of writing poetry with musical adjunct
•Tonal and atonal ideas
•Listening to examples
•Ideas for using the musical context
 
 PresentationsCUVCOR03A - Refine the concept
CUVCOR11A - Apply information to own area of work
VBP552 - Create the writing task
CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information

 Week 15

24 Oct

 Poetry classics
Reading poetry ,reflection and discussion
Creative writing exercises
Workshopping of student work
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Semester 2 folio of poetry due
Presentations
CUVCOR03A - Refine the concept
CUVCOR11A - Apply information to own area of work
VBP552 - Realise the writing task
CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information

 Week 16

31 Oct

 •Editing our poetry publication
•Reflection on the class publication
•Plans for format and content
•Looking at former class publications
•Finalising our plans
 Presentations  CUVCOR03A - Refine the concept
CUVCOR11A - Apply information to own area of work
VBP552 - Realise the writing task
CUSRAD01A - Communicate the information

 Week 17

7 Nov

 Assessment Week  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References

You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.


Other Resources

You require access to a computer and to the internet for this course


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to your writing tasks.


Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Semester 1
1. A folio of completed poems- in sum 200 -lines handed in semester 1- due 26/5/11 (35%)
2. A short, informal introduction to your favourite poem or poet- on a date to be arranged (5%)
3. Class exercises and workshopping (10%)

Semester 2
1. A folio of completed poems- in sum 200 lines – handed in semester 2- due 27/10/11 (35%)
2. Class presentation - an analysis of a work that has influenced your own writing - on a date to be arranged (5%)
3. Class exercises and workshopping (10%)


Assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail

For further information on the criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant
Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program
administration

Other Information

Submission of assessments
Submit all assessment tasks in hard copy with a completed School of Media and Communication cover sheet. You are expected to keep a copy of all assignments submitted.

Feedback:
You will receive spoken and/or written feedback from your teacher on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Late Submissions
Please refer to the course blackboard site for policy information on late submissions and plagiarism

Plagiarism
RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are
unable to complete any piece of assessment on or by the due date, you will need to
apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%
20Syers;SECTION=1;

 

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