Course Title: Creative Narratives

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Creative Narratives

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Leanne Ryan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8747

Course Coordinator Email: rmit.training.fs.team.leaders@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Level 4, B108


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

Through a focussed examination of English texts, you will investigate how effective communication of ideas and experiences are effectively shared for different audiences and purposes. You will examine written works and multimodal media pieces exploring in depth the techniques and conventions that are used to influence the thinking, understanding and actions of the intended audience. You will develop as independent, innovative and creative learners and thinkers who appreciate the use of language; evaluate perspectives and evidence; and challenge ideas and interpretations. Media journalism, public and international relations, and the world of advertising are elements within this course.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See Learning Outcomes.


Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply the rules of, and expectations for, academic study and assume responsibility for your own actions to work effectively as an individual and/or as a member of a group;
  2. Develop and express ideas through independent reading, the creation of images, and the collection and interpretation of data and information; 
  3. Communicate ideas with clarity, logic, and originality in both spoken and written English;
  4. Construct coherent arguments, narratives or justifications of issues, problems or technical processes when undertaking analytical, practical or creative tasks; and
  5. Use a range of contemporary digital and learning technologies, tools and methods common to the discipline.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Investigate and evaluate how effective communication occurs across a range of contexts and purposes to influence and affect the intended audience
  2. Examine, evaluate and respond to the features of texts used to connect to the audience including structure, context, ideas, images, characters and situations;
  3. Explore the influence and power of language choice and communication styles to influence the audience; and
  4. Interpret texts and synthesising a range of perspectives into critical and imaginative responses.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course includes a blend of didactic, active, and collaborative learning activities designed to meet the needs of international students. The course encourages the process of inquiry, application and reflection through student centred learning and teaching activities including practical work in studio environments and laboratories . In doing so, there will be a focus on the development of critical and analytical thinking skills that promote problem solving, independent research skills and group work. Students will develop their technology skills through engagement in formative and summative assessments. The course will maximise the use of the learning management system by incorporating flipped and blended methodologies. This may be complemented by guest lectures, excursions and speakers with discipline specific work life expertise to further connect content to the professional world and generate opportunities for reflective practice.


Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available through RMIT’s learning management system,  Canvas. In addition to assessment details and a study schedule, you will also be provided with links to relevant course information, class activities and communication tools. 

Other learning resources are also available online through RMIT Library. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Academic and learning support is provided through Study Success at RMIT Training. The Foundation Studies home group program will also provide support, navigating university systems, advice on living and studying in Melbourne as well as explaining RMIT university policy and procedures.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.


Overview of Assessment

 Assessment Type Assessment Description  Weighting 
Persuasive Language Tasks

Public Service Announcement [PSA]  - This can be presented in different format such as a radio announcement, poster, billboard, web based advertisement or social media banner. Due Week 3 (10%)

Human Interest Story  - A student researched human-interest piece that spotlights an issue or broad topic and seeks in influence opinion (700 words). Due Week 9 (20%)
 30%
Non-Print Text Analysis A written or multimodal response to the selected film studied in class, providing an analysis of the effects of themes, aesthetic features and stylistic devices in the literary text that prompt critical and emotional responses (700 written words or equivalent). Due Week 5  20%
Creative Writing Text Response The re-creation or reworking an aspect of one of the texts studied, such as re-casting a part of the text in another setting or form, or presenting an episode in the text from another point of view. (600-800 words). Due Week 14  20%
Critical Text Review Critical review of selected text with references to other text studied (800-1200 words). Due Week 17  30%