Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Poetry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: COMM5451

Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Poetry

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 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: 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

At RMIT, Refine writing and editing – Poetry 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 apply your findings to your own writing through the development of a concept into a completed work.

Course Description

In this unit you explore the skills and knowledge needed to write and market your own poetry. You analyse and discuss 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. The course includes reading of critical essays on poetry.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP553 Refine writing and editing techniques - Poetry


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to develop a concept into a written work of poetry 


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
    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.

Week Starting
Class ContentAssignments DueCompetency & Elements

Week 1

 

Discussion of course content and assessment

Discussion of management of work 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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CUECOR01B - Develop personal time management skills
CUSADM03A - Determine scope of projects
CUVCOR04A - Research concept ideas
CUVCOR13A - Research history and theory
CUVDES05A - Interpret the brief
CUSRAD02A - Clarify and confirm purpose of research

 Week 2

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

Discussion of presentation, students to choose dates to suit and sources for research
 
VBP 553 - Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings
CUECOR01B - Develop personal time management skills
CUSADM03A - Determine scope of projects
CUVCOR04A - Research concept ideas
CUVCOR13A - Research history and theory
CUSRAD02A - Clarify and confirm purpose of research
CUVDES05A - Interpret the brief

 Week 3

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

 VBP 553 - experimentation with writing techniques and media
CUECOR01B - Manage own learning
CUSADM03A - Develop a plan for the project
CUVCOR04A - Research concept ideas
CUVCOR13A - Research history and theory
CUSRAD02A - Clarify and confirm purpose of research 

 Week 4

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


 VBP 553 - Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings
CUSADM03A - Determine scope of projects
CUVCOR04A - Research concept ideas
CUVCOR13A - Research history and theory
CUVDES05A - Develop and refine concept
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 Week 5

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

Presentations
VBP 553 - Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings / Determine and organise resource requirements
CUECOR01B - Manage own learning
CUVCOR04A - Research concept ideas
CUVCOR13A - Research history and theory
CUSRAD02A - Analyse research findings /Provide information in appropriate format

 Week 6

• 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 
VBP 553 - Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings
CUECOR01B - Receive and act constructively on personal feedback
CUVCOR04A - Generate concept / Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice
CUSRAD02A - Analyse research findings /Provide information in appropriate format
CUSADM03A - Develop a plan for the limited project or section of the larger project

 Week 7

• 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 
VBP 553 - Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings
CUECOR01B - Receive and act constructively on personal feedback
CUVCOR04A - Generate concept / Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice
CUSADM03A - Develop a plan for the limited project or section of the larger project

 Week 8

• 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 
VBP 553 - Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings / Plan the writing
CUVCOR04A - Generate concept / Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice
CUSRAD02A - Analyse research findings /Provide information in appropriate format
CUSADM03A - Administer and monitor project

 Week 9

 

• 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

Feedback session with teacher as needed
 Presentations VBP 553 - Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings / Plan the writing
CUVCOR04A - Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice
CUSRAD02A - Analyse research findings /Provide information in appropriate format

 Week 10

• 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 
VBP 553 - Realise writings
CUECOR01B - Manage own learning /Receive and act constructively on personal feedback
CUVCOR04A - Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice
CUSRAD02A - Analyse research findings /Provide information in appropriate format

 Week 11

Public Holiday  

 Week 12

• Narrative poetry
• Poet as storyteller
• Narrative form
• Poetry as prose form
• Direct modes of poetic expression
 
 Presentations  VBP 553 - Realise writings
CUECOR01B - Manage own learning /Receive and act constructively on personal feedback
CUVCOR04A - Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice

 Week 13

• 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 
VBP 553 - Realise writings
CUECOR01B - Manage own learning /Receive and act constructively on personal feedback
CUVCOR04A - Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice
CUSRAD02A - Provide information in appropriate format

 Week 14

• 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 VBP 553 - Realise writings
CUECOR01B - Manage own learning /Receive and act constructively on personal feedback
CUVCOR04A - Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice        CUSRAD02A - Provide information in appropriate format

 Week 15

• 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
VBP 553 - Realise writings
CUECOR01B - Manage own learning /Receive and act constructively on personal feedback
CUVCOR04A - Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice
CUVDES05A - Complete the production of the work CUSRAD02A - Provide information in appropriate format

 Week 16

 • 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 VBP 553 - Realise writings
CUECOR01B - Manage own learning /Receive and act constructively on personal feedback
CUVCOR04A - Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Update and maintain knowledge of trends within own area of artistic practice
CUVDES05A - Complete the production of the work CUSRAD02A - Provide information in appropriate format

 Week 17

 Assessment Week - No classes
   
 Semester 2   

 Week 1

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
Presentations
VBP 553 - Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings
CUECOR01B - Develop personal time management skills
CUSADM03A - Determine scope of projects
CUVCOR04A - Research concept ideas
CUVCOR13A - Research history and theory
CUVDES05A - Interpret the brief
CUSRAD02A - Clarify and confirm purpose of research

 Week 2

• Surrealist poetry
• Readings of non-linear poetic text
• Strategies for lateral thought
• Creative writing exercises
• Workshopping of student work
 
Presentations
VBP 553 - Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings
CUECOR01B - Develop personal time management skills
CUSADM03A - Determine scope of projects
CUVCOR04A - Research concept ideas
CUVCOR13A - Research history and theory
CUSRAD02A - Clarify and confirm purpose of research

 Week 3

• American poetry
• Survey of American poets
• Close readings and discussion
• Creative writing exercises
• Workshopping of student work
 
Presentations
VBP 553 - Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings CUECOR01B - Manage own learning
CUSADM03A - Develop a plan for the project
CUVCOR04A - Research concept ideas
CUVCOR13A - Research history and theory
CUSRAD02A - Clarify and confirm purpose of research 

 Week 4

• French poetry
• Looking at French poetry
• Readings and discussion
• Creative writing exercises
• Workshopping of student work
 
   Presentations VBP 553 - Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings
CUECOR01B - Manage own learning
CUVCOR04A - Research concept ideas
CUVCOR13A - Research history and theory
CUVDES05A - Develop and refine concept

 Week 5

 • Religious poetry
• Examining the relationship of poetics, reflection, trance
• Readings and discussion
• Creative writing exercises
• Workshopping of student work
 PresentationsVBP 553 - Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings / Determine and organise resource requirements
CUECOR01B - Manage own learning
CUVCOR04A - Research concept ideas
CUVCOR13A - Research history and theory
CUVDES05A - Develop and refine concept
CUSRAD02A - Provide information in appropriate format

 Week 6

 

 • Mythology and poetry
• Myth and the poetic statement
• Readings of poetry based on myth
• Creative writing exercises
• Workshopping of student work
 PresentationsVBP 553 - Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings
CUECOR01B - Receive and act constructively on personal feedback
CUVCOR04A - Generate concept / Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice
CUVDES05A - Develop and refine concept  CUSRAD02A - Provide information in appropriate format

 Week 7

• Spanish poetry
• Examining the qualities of Spanish poetics
• Reflection and discussion
• Creative writing exercises
• Workshopping of student work
 
Presentations
 VBP 553 - Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings
CUECOR01B - Receive and act constructively on personal feedback
CUVCOR04A - Generate concept
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice
CUVDES05A - Develop and refine concept   CUSRAD02A - /Provide information in appropriate format

 Week 8

 

 • Nature Poetry
• Reflection on natural setting
• Asian tradition and its legacy
• Creative writing exercises
• Workshopping of student work
Presentations
VBP 553 - Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings / Plan the writing
CUVCOR04A - Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice
CUVDES05A - Develop and refine concept 
 CUSRAD02A - Provide information in appropriate format

 Week 9

• The haiku form
• The tradition of haiku and its history
• Reading haiku and reflection
• Creative writing exercises
• Workshopping of student work
 
 PresentationsVBP 553 - Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings / Plan the writing
CUVCOR04A - Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice
CUSRAD02A - Analyse research findings /Provide information in appropriate format

Week 10 • Poetry and images
• Exploration of the way images are configured in poetry
• Readings and discussion
• Creative writing exercises
• Workshopping of student work
 PresentationsVBP 553 - Realise writings
CUECOR01B - Manage own learning /Receive and act constructively on personal feedback
CUVCOR04A - Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice
CUSRAD02A - Provide information in appropriate format
Week 11 • 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
 PresentationsVBP 553 - Realise writings
CUECOR01B - Manage own learning /Receive and act constructively on personal feedback
CUVCOR04A - Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice
CUSRAD02A - Provide information in appropriate format

 Week 12

Concrete poetry
Looking at examples of poetry as image
Relationship between visual work and language
Creative writing exercises
Workshopping of student work
 
 PresentationsVBP 553 - Realise writings
CUECOR01B - Manage own learning /Receive and act constructively on personal feedback
CUVCOR04A - Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice
CUSRAD02A - Provide information in appropriate format

 Mid Semester Break  

 Week 13

 • Political poetry
• Readings of poetic text
• Approaches on reflection on society in poetry
• Creative writing exercises
• workshopping
 PresentationsVBP 553 - Realise writings
CUECOR01B - Manage own learning /Receive and act constructively on personal feedback
CUVCOR04A - Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice
CUSRAD02A - Analyse research findings /Provide information in appropriate format

 Week 14

• Poetry and music
• Ideas of writing poetry with musical adjunct
• Tonal and atonal ideas
• Listening to examples
• Ideas for using the musical context
 
 Presentations VBP 553 - Realise writings
CUECOR01B - Manage own learning /Receive and act constructively on personal feedback
CUVCOR04A - Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice
CUSRAD02A - Analyse research findings /Provide information in appropriate format

 Week 15

 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
 VBP 553 - Realise writings
CUECOR01B - Receive and act constructively on personal feedback
CUVCOR04A - Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Link research to artistic practice
CUVDES05A - Complete the production of the work CUSRAD02A - Analyse research findings /Provide information in appropriate format

 Week 16

 • Editing our poetry publication
• Reflection on the class publication
• Plans for format and content
• Looking at former class publications
• Finalising our plans
 PresentationsVBP 553 - Realise writings
CUECOR01B - Receive and act constructively on personal feedback
CUVCOR04A - Conduct critical discourse
CUVCOR13A - Update and maintain knowledge of trends within own area of artistic practice
CUVDES05A - Complete the production of the work CUSRAD02A - Analyse research findings /Provide information in appropriate format

 Week 17

 Assessment Week - no classes
  


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 and understanding 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 23/5/12 (35%)
2. A short, informal introduction to your favourite poem or poet- on a date to be arranged (5%)
3. Class exercises and workshopping (5%)

Semester 2
1. A folio of completed poems- in sum 200 lines – handed in semester 2- due 24/10/12 (35%)
2. Class presentation - an analysis of a work that has influenced your own writing - on a date to be arranged (5%)
3. An essay researching the life and work of a poet-1,500 words- due 24 /10/12 (10%)
4. Class exercises and workshopping (5%)


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 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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