Course Title: Assess TV scripts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: COMM5921

Course Title: Assess TV scripts

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6088 - Advanced Diploma of Screenwriting

Course Contact : Brendan Lee

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Noel Maloney



Teacher: Ben Michael


Nominal Hours: 70

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

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The unit Assess TV Scripts develops the skills and knowledge required to analyse and assess a TV script. By exploring the various stages of the script process and examining the different elements, you will be able to isolate and identify the flaws and strengths of various scripts. This will enable you to provide feedback to others as well as develop your own work.



National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU306 Assess TV scripts


1. Establish program requirements.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The target audience is clearly identified
1.2 The production requirements and budgetary limitations are clarified
1.3 The genre and format of the script are clearly delineated
1.4 Story and character arcs are clearly established
1.5 Script is tailored to series episode length


2. Assess script elements.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Plot and narrative construction are analysed against conventions of the program
2.2 Style of script is examined for consistency with program style and audience expectations
2.3 Content of script is reviewed for consistency with genre and format
2.4 Characterisations are critiqued against program conventions and audience expectations
2.5 Script is checked for continuity


3. Redress script problems.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Script’s strengths and weaknesses are summarised
3.2 Tasks necessary for re-drafting of script are established
3.3 Appropriate strategies for re-drafting of script are prioritised
3.4 Written analysis is formatted to script department requirements and presented punctually

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to analyse and assess a TV script

Details of Learning Activities

You learn through:
1. In-class activities:
industry speakers
teacher directed group activities/projects
peer teaching and class presentations
group discussion
class exercises to review discussions/lectures
reading of scripts to provide examples of writing elements
workshopping of students’ own projects
analysis/critique of writings of students’ choice

2. 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 contentAssessment dueElements
Week 1
(9 Feb)
   Introduction to the course. Explanation of course content and assessment.   1,2,3
Week 2
(16 Feb)
   Identify Genre. Recognise formats. Determine budgetary requirements.
Week 3
(23 Feb)
   Identify story and character arc.
Week 4
(1 March)
   Tailor scripts to episode lengths. Work with house style and rules.
Week 5
(8 March)
  Construct plot and narrative.
Week 6
(15 March)
   Analyse script for consistency and audience expectation.
Week 7
(22 March)
  Analyse script for genre and format.
Week 8
(29 March)
   Assess a scripts strengths and weaknesses. Redraft a script.
   Please note: there is no class on Easter Thursday, 5 April  
Week 9
12 April)
  Assess a scripts strengths and weaknesses. Redraft a script.   2,3
 Week 10
(19 April)
   One on one sessions with teacher
 Week 11
(26 April)
  : One on one sessions with teacher.
 Week 12
(3 May)
   Write the same scene in different house/show styles.
 Assessment 1 due:
Assess a TV Script
 Week 13
(10 May)
   Develop dialogue.   1,2
 Week 14
(17 May)
   Presentations. Assessment 2 due:

 Week 15
(24 May)
  Presentations.Assessment 2 due: Presentations (cont.)
 Week 16
(31 May)
Assessment 2 due: Presentations (cont.) 1,2,3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

All course material will be provided in class


Extracts, readings and additional references are provided throughout the course. In addition to hard copy handouts, some readings are made available on Blackboard, and others can be accessed via the web. Recommended books will be discussed in class. You are advised to visit Blackboard for ongoing updated information

Other Resources

Students will require access to a word processing program and the facility to print hard copies of stories for workshopping. These are also available in the Carlton Library

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this unit 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, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Assessment 1 - ASSESS A TV SCRIPT  Due 3 May (50% )

Critique a given script of approximately 55 minutes in length, in terms of story structure, genre, format, characterisation and character development. (1000 words.)

Assessment 2 - ASSESS A TV SERIES Due on date to be arranged with teacher (50% )
(This project will be assessed in class.)

Working in pairs, choose a TV drama series from a shortlist provided and in dual presentation of approximately 30 minutes, determine its success, particularly in terms of:

  • Premise.
  • Intended audience.
  • Specific format.
  • Narrative structures and plot techniques.
  • Major character arcs.

Draw on and present scripted examples from at least five episodes and provide at least five video/DVD segments to illustrate your thesis.                                                                                                                                                                                              (Mark will be given for the presentation so each student in the pair will receive the same mark)

Grades used in this course are as follows:

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

For further details on these assessment tasks and the grading system and 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

Copyright and Ethics
This course offers you an opportunity to create your own work, and as a result, generate copyright. Ideas cannot be copyrighted; however, they can be honoured and acknowledged. In this course, you will share ideas constantly. Students are expected to act responsibly and generously in this process. If you wish to adapt another’s idea, seek their permission first. 

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.

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.;ID=kkc202lwe1yv

Special Consideration Policy
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