Course Title: Write extended stories

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: COMM5911C

Course Title: Write extended stories

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5295 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

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Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of how a story is told on screen. It will develop a visual and aural literacy and will place screenwriting in a cultural context by examining examples of both contemporary and historical Australian and international cinema.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFWRT402A Write extended stories


Analyse extended story writing requirements

Performance Criteria:

1. Identify the components of a storytelling creative concept, brief or project, including target audience, format, timeline and proposed outcomes
2. Consider factors such as style, tone and length in relation to purpose of the writing task
3. Decide on the most appropriate structuring technique for extended story writing tasks
4. Discuss with relevant personnel possible visual and aural storytelling structures if appropriate to storytelling tasks


Draft extended stories

Performance Criteria:

5. Research extended and more complex stories from a range of creative works that may inspire story ideas to meet project requirements
6. Use information sources to research subject areas
7. Experiment with a range of narrative structures and writing styles and techniques
8. Develop extended ideas for characters, plots and settings
9. Develop complex scenarios, contexts and situations as required
10. Select the story structure, style, techniques and content that best meet the requirements of projects
11. Seek feedback from relevant personnel on proposed stories and refine approach as required


Prepare to write extended stories

Performance Criteria:

12. Draft extended stories using appropriate structuring, style and language
13. Use relevant formatting and presentation techniques
14. Proofread draft stories for appropriate grammar, punctuation and spelling
15. Submit draft manuscripts to relevant personnel for feedback and amend as required


Write final drafts

Performance Criteria:

16. Evaluate extended stories in line with relevant criteria
17. Discuss and confirm with relevant personnel additional requirements or modifications to the story
18. Complete necessary amendments as required within agreed timelines
19. Evaluate story writing process, assessing one's own performance and noting areas for future improvement

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you should be able to;
1. Develop synopsis and treatment using story conferencing techniques.
2. Identify visual drama components.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the skills and techniques required to convey the rhythm of the visual narrative and its appropriate disruption.
4. Produce scenes conveying the emotional state and development of character without use of dialogue or narration.

Details of Learning Activities

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Teaching Schedule

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Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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Overview of Assessment

You will be required to present a story board, do a presentation to class on a screen play, workshop and develop a draft short film script or treatment and participate in class activities.

Assessment Tasks

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Assessment Matrix

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Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress
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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 by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Special consideration, appeals and discipline

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

Late Submission
Work submitted late without an extension or special consideration will be penalised. See the program website for more details.

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