Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Novel

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5181

Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Novel

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 85.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Term1 2011,
Term1 2012

Course Contact: Brendan Lee

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

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Course Description

This unit covers the knowledge and skills required to research and experiment with writing and editing techniques while working on a novel. The emphasis in this course is to extend a novel in progress, concentrating on further development of plot, themes, characterisation and dialogue. 

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enrolment into this course at RMIT requires the completion of Develop Writing and Editing Skills. Produce Writings – Novel or Writing for YA.

The competency, Refine Writing & Editing Techniques -- Novel is taught and assessed alongside the following competencies:
CUVCOR04A - Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice
CUECOR01B - Manage own work and learning
CUSADM03A - Manage a project
CUVDES05A - Interpret and respond to a brief
CUSRAD02A - Conduct research

Through the development of these competencies, you gain the skills needed to manage your work and learning while responding to a project brief. You research the work of other writers and publishers and apply your findings to your own project through the development of a concept into a written work.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBP553 Refine writing and editing techniques - Novel


1. Inform work through experimentation with writing techniques and media   

2. Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings

3. Determine and organise resource requirements for work

4. Plan the writing

5. Realise writings                              

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to refine the concept of a novel and revise an early draft, moving the novel towards completion. You will also be able to refine a synopsis.  

Overview of Assessment

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