Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Non-fiction

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: COMM5409

Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Non-fiction

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5181 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Professional Writing and Editing Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact Email:Brendan.lee@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Ms Sian Prior
Email: sian.prior@rmit.edu.au


Nominal Hours: 85

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

Refine Writing and Editing – Non-fiction Project  is delivered and assessed along with 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 range of project briefs. You research the work of other writers and publishers and apply your findings to our own writing through the development of a concept into a written project.

Course Description

This unit covers the knowledge and skills required to research and experiment with writing and editing techniques and media to generate writings. It explores the skills required to produce a major non-fiction project and to develop a greater understanding of target audiences, publishers’ expectations and the marketplace.                             


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP553 Refine writing and editing techniques - Non-fiction

Element:

1. Inform work through experimentation with writing techniques and media   

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The potential for new approaches to writing based on the capabilities of techniques already used are evaluated
1.2 New techniques are selected, adapted and introduced for the achievement of different effects
1.3 The capabilities of writing techniques are extended through experimentation to inform practice 1.4 Relevant ideas and approaches from other practitioners are researched, adapted and used with consideration of intellectual property, moral rights and copyright requirements

Element:

2. Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings

Performance Criteria:

2.1 A conceptual vision for writings are developed based on a knowledge and understanding of different writing techniques 2.2 The criteria for selecting techniques are considered based on results of experimentation 2.3 The criteria which are most likely to facilitate the achievement of the conceptual vision are established 2.4 The approach to work which meets established criteria is selected 2.5 The conceptual vision is refined based on on-going experimentation and analysis of writing techniques

Element:

3. Determine and organise resource requirements for work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The specific resource requirements which arise from the use of techniques and experimental approaches are assessed
3.2 Potential sources of supply of writing resources are researched and accessed
3.3 Constraints that may impact on the development of work are evaluated

Element:

4. Plan the writing

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The writing task is planned to reflect the media, scope, structure and content of the work and to meet agreed timelines 4.2 Ideas are organised and developed into an ordered sequence of scenes 4.3 All resources required to deliver the writing task are organised 4.4 A timeline for the completion of the writing task that reflects the critical milestones is determined

Element:

5. Realise writings                              

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Writings are realised using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation to meet the conceptual vision 5.2 The potential for changes in the use of techniques are evaluated and responded to 5.3 The conceptual vision is refined based on on-going experiences with the production of writings 5.4 Issues of design and presentation of writings are considered and appropriate actions taken


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to develop a concept into a longer piece of non-fiction writing


Details of Learning Activities

In this course you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• industry speakers
• teacher directed group activities/projects/presentations
• peer teaching
• group discussion
• workshopping of students’ own projects
• analysis/critique of writings of students’ writing

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


Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentAssessment dueElements                     
1 Introduction to the course. Explanation of the year’s work and assessment. Initial writing exercises.
What skills do you need to develop to succeed in this area (non-fiction projects)? Summarise initial ideas for projects. Briefing re. oral presentation of market research over next two weeks
 Task One: Three minute summary of your intended project and answering related queries  VBP 553 – 3
CUVDES05A - 1
CUVCOR13A - 1
CUVCOR04A – 1
CUSRAD02A - 1
CUSADM03A - 1
CUECOR01B - 1
2 Writing to a brief.
Industry expectations.
Understanding the market for non fiction writing resources/market etc.
Understanding the scope of the work and how it can be managed
 TASK TWO DUE: 10 minute class presentations on market research 
VBP 553 – 3
CUVDES05A - 1/2
CUVCOR13A - 1/2
CUVCOR04A – 1/2
CUSRAD02A - 1/2
CUSADM03A - 1
CUECOR01B - 1/2
3 Workshopping and Inquiry
Discussion of examples of sources of information
Students will workshop sections of writing from their project and give and receive constructive feedback
Students may use workshop to discuss and solve problems
Class exercises relating to issues arising
 TASK TWO: 10 minute class presentations on market research VBP 553 – 2
CUVDES05A - 2
CUVCOR13A - 1
CUVCOR04A – 1/2
CUSRAD02A - 1/2
CUSADM03A - 1/2
4 Discussion: ‘The voice’ in non fiction writing
Students will workshop sections of writing from their project and give and receive constructive feedback
Students may use workshop to discuss and solve problems
Workshopping and Inquiry
Class exercises relating to issues arising
  VBP 553 – 2
CUVCOR13A - 1
CUVCOR04A – 2/3
CUSRAD02A - 1/2
CUSADM03A - 2
CUECOR01B -2
5 Workshopping and Inquiry
Students will workshop sections of writing from their project and give and receive constructive feedback
Students may use workshop to discuss and solve problems
Class exercises relating to issues arising
  
CUVCOR13A -3
CUSADM03A - 1/2
6 Recognising the scope of your project
Workshopping and Inquiry
Students will workshop sections of writing from their project and give and receive constructive feedback
Students may use workshop to discuss and solve
Problems
Class exercises relating to issues arising
  VBP 553 – 4
CUVDES05A - 3
CUVCOR13A - 1
CUVCOR04A – 3
CUSRAD02A - 2
CUSADM03A - 1/2
7 Special class: all students to attend ‘RMIT Conversation’ with SP interviewing guest writers   VBP 553 – 4
CUVCOR13A - 1/2
CUVCOR04A – 3
CUSRAD02A - 3
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -3
8 Discussion – Memoirs – what makes a good story?
Workshopping and Inquiry
Class exercises relating to issues arising
  VBP 553 – 4
CUVCOR13A - 1/2
CUVCOR04A – 3
CUSRAD02A - 3
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -3
9 Workshopping and Inquiry (cont.)
Class exercises relating to issues arising
 ASSESSMENT ONE: 3000 words of project DUE  VBP 553 – 3/4
CUVCOR13A - 3
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSRAD02A - 3
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -3
 Mid-semester break :Thursday 4 April to Wednesday 11 April (inclusive)   
10 Discussion – Prologues and Introductions
Workshopping and Inquiry (cont.)
Class exercises relating to issues arising
  VBP 553 – 3/4
CUVCOR13A - 3
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSRAD02A - 3
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -3
11 Discussion – Prologues and Introductions
Workshopping and Inquiry (cont.)
Class exercises relating to issues arising
  VBP 553 – 3/4
CUVCOR13A - 3
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSRAD02A - 3
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -3
12 Workshopping and Inquiry (cont.)
Class exercises relating to issues arising
  VBP 553 – 4/5
CUVCOR13A -3
CUVCOR04A – 3
CUSRAD02A - 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -3
13 Organising your material
Workshopping and Inquiry (cont.)
Class exercises relating to issues arising
  VBP 553 – 4/5
CUVCOR13A -3
CUVCOR04A – 3
CUSRAD02A - 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -3
14 Workshopping and Inquiry (cont.)
Class exercises relating to issues arising
  VBP 553 – 4/5
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUECOR01B -3
15 Workshopping and Inquiry (cont.)
Class exercises relating to issues arising
  VBP 553 – 4/5
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUECOR01B -3
16 ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS with lecturer. Review of the semester and discussion of work progress in semester 1 ASSESSMENT TWO: 3500 words of project DUE (NB. NEW WORK, NOT RE-WORKING OF PREVIOUSLY-ASSESSED MATERIAL) VBP 553 – 5
CUVDES05A - 2
CUSADM03A - 3/4
CUECOR01B -2
17 Assessment Week - no class  
 SEMESTER 2  
1 Workshopping and Inquiry (cont.)
Class exercises relating to issues arising
  CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 4
CUECOR01B -3
2 Workshopping and Inquiry (cont.)
Class exercises relating to issues arising Preparation of the publishing proposal
  VBP 553 – 2
CUVDES05A - 3
CUVCOR13A - 3
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSRAD02A - 4
CUECOR01B -3
3 Workshopping and Inquiry (cont.)
Class exercises relating to issues arising
Guest lecturer
  VBP 553 – 2
CUVDES05A - 3
CUVCOR13A - 3
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSRAD02A - 4
CUECOR01B -3
4 Time management – working to a deadline
Class presentation of theoretical/historical underpinnings
Class exercises relating to issues arising
 Task Three Due: Class presentation of theoretical/historical underpinnings VBP 553 – 4/5
CUVCOR04A – 4
CUSADM03A - 3/4
CUECOR01B -2/3
5 Time management – working to a deadline
Class presentation of theoretical/historical underpinnings
Class exercises relating to issues arising
 TASK THREE(CONT.) Class presentation of theoretical/historical underpinnings VBP 553 – 5
CUVCOR13A -2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -3
6 Workshopping and Inquiry (cont.)
Class exercises relating to issues arising
  VBP 553 – 5
CUVCOR13A -2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -3
7 Workshopping and Inquiry (cont.)
Class exercises relating to issues arising
  VBP 553 – 5
CUVCOR13A -2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -3
8 Workshopping and Inquiry (cont.)
Class exercises relating to issues arising
  VBP 553 – 5
CUVCOR13A -2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -3
9 Workshopping and Inquiry (cont.)
Class exercises relating to issues arising
  VBP 553 – 5
CUVCOR13A -2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -3
10 Workshopping and Inquiry (cont.)
Class exercises relating to issues arising
  VBP 553 – 5
CUVCOR13A -2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -3
11 Workshopping and Inquiry (cont.)
Class exercises relating to issues arising
  VBP 553 – 5
CUVCOR13A -2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -3
12 Workshopping and Inquiry (cont.)
Class exercises relating to issues arising
 ASSESSMENT THREE: Publishing proposal due VBP 553 – 5
CUVCOR13A -2
CUVCOR04A – 3/4
CUSADM03A - 3
CUECOR01B -3
 Mid-Semester Break  
13 Guest lecturer – probably Di Websdale Morrisey  CUVDES05A - 3
CUVCOR13A - 3
CUVCOR04A – 4
CUSADM03A - 4
CUECOR01B -3
14 Guest Speaker from Industry
Speaker will assess your proposals and come to class to give you individualised feedback
  CUVDES05A - 3
CUVCOR13A - 3
CUVCOR04A – 4
CUSADM03A - 4
CUECOR01B -3
15 Guest Speaker from Industry
Speaker will assess your proposals and come to class to give you individualised feedback
 ASSESSMENT FOUR: 3500 words of project due CUVDES05A - 3
CUVCOR13A - 3
CUVCOR04A – 4
CUSADM03A - 4
CUECOR01B -3
16 FINAL CLASS: Review of year’s work.
Students will assess their project against their original plans and speak to its development and where they will take it from here
  CUVDES05A - 3
CUVCOR13A - 3
CUVCOR04A – 4
CUSADM03A - 4
CUECOR01B -3
17 Assessment Week (no class)   


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Any prescribed reading material is provided by the teacher


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 and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in series of exercises, workshopping and the development of your a concept into a non-fiction writing project.
 


Assessment Tasks

Task 1. Summary of intended project (Not graded)
Three minute summary of your intended project and answering related queries. Due Feb 8

Task 2. Presentation on market research (Not graded)
Class presentation on market research. Due Feb &

Assessment 1. 3000 words of project (25%)
Due April 12

Assessment 2. 3500 words of project (25%)
Due July 12

Task 3. Class presentation (not graded)
Class presentation of theoretical/historical underpinnings
Due July 17 & 26.

Assessment 3. Publishing proposal. (25%)
Due September 20

Assessment 4. 3500 words of project (25%)
Due October 23


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 Assessment Tasks
You are required to 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.

Late Submissions
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension before that due date.
Please refer to the course blackboard site for information on late submissions and on applying for an extension.

Feedback
You will receive both spoken and written feedback on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Academic Integrity
Academic Integrity is about the honest presentation of your academic work. Presenting work that fails to acknowledge other people’s work within yours can compromise academic integrity. For further information on academic integrity and plagiarism, please refer to the following URL. http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=kkc202lwe1yv

Special Consideration Policy
Please refer to the following URL for information on applying for special consideration:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1



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