Course Title: Essay Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Essay Project

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Bonny Cassidy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3792

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


You should undertake COMM2652 Creative Writing: Project at the same time as this course as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in practice. These are co-requisite courses.

Pre & Co requisites

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

Course Description

Essay Project is a co-requisite course to Creative Writing Project. It will hone your research and essay writing skills in relation to your major project. You will read and critically synthesise a range of texts in a discursive manner to situate your work within a relevant cultural and intellectual framework. The essay project could manifest itself in a variety of ways, including an exegetical essay, an industry focused analysis, a set of theoretical annotations, or an academic literary studies paper. The focus of this course is to harness and demonstrate intellectual rigour and a focused research endeavour that provides insights to your work as a creative writer.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically read and analyse a range of theoretical, historical, cultural and contemporary texts in order to inform and develop your professional practice
  • Critically respond to and communicate ideas as a creative writer in a global context, analysing and reflecting on your own and others’ writing.
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the discipline of creative writing. 

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Apply your skills as an independent researcher and critical thinker.
  2. Examine your creative writing projects through a critical, reflective and/or theoretical lens.
  3. Reflect on your ability to position your craft professionally and critically within your field.
  4. Create and produce an essay that demonstrates your ability to appropriately contextualise your creative writing within academic, industry and/or professional frameworks.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Creative Writing students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include essays, reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment and exams.

Task 1 Mini Essay [25% Linked course learning outcomes: 2, 3, 4]

Task 2 Annotated Bibliography [25% Linked course learning outcomes: 1, 2]

Task 3 Exegetical Essay [50% Linked course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4]