Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Advanced Novel

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5181

Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Advanced Novel

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 70.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Term2 2011,
Term2 2012

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

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Course Description

This course covers the knowledge and skills required to work on an advanced draft of a novel. The emphasis in this course is on completing a manuscript to publishable standard and preparing to show the work to publishers and agents.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

At RMIT your are required to have completed or be in the process of completing the competency Refine Writing and Editing Techniques – Novel before enrolling in Refine Writing and Editing Techniques – Advanced Novel.

At RMIT Refine Writing and Editing Techniques – Advanced Novel is taught and assessed alongside 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

You are expected to have 30,000 words of a novel project completed before the start of the class. 

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBP553 Refine writing and editing techniques - Advanced Novel


1. Inform work through experimentation with writing techniques and media   

2. Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings

3. Determine and organise resource requirements for work

4. Plan the writing

5. Realise writings                              

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to develop a final draft of your novel and prepare the manuscript for publication.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Assessment tasks include participation in class exercises and the completion of written assignments.