Course Title: Develop a novel to a second draft

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: COMM7309

Course Title: Develop a novel to a second draft

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5295 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Please refer to the Diploma of Profesional Writing and Editing- Program booklet for Students

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

For information regarding the delivery of this course please refer to the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing Student Handbook.

Course Description

This unit of competency requires you to assess and reflect on an existing draft of a novel as the basis for sustained development. This includes attention to form, structure, style and point of view, as well as to details of expression. Marketing and publishing strategies are explored, and a proposal and publishing pitch developed.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20280 Develop a novel to a second draft


1 Review existing draft

Performance Criteria:

Original concept, genre and intended audience for novel is confirmed
Draft is evaluated through review of characterisation, plot development, setting, theme and structure.
Language and style are considered to ensure they are suited to the genre of the novel and the intended audience.
Feedback on the draft is sought from relevant others


2 Plan the development of the draft

Performance Criteria:

Writing tasks are planned based on analysis of review and feedback from relevant personnel.
Writing tasks are organised and developed into an ordered sequence
Constraints that may impact on the development of novel are evaluated
A timeline for the completion of the narrative is agreed with commissioning agents or editors if applicable


3 Develop extended draft of novel

Performance Criteria:

Fictional narrative is extended through development and integration of novel elements
Draft is realised using writing techniques suitable for novel, selected from research and experimentation
The potential for changes in the use of techniques are evaluated and responded to where necessary
Synopsis of novel and / or chapter outline is written


4 Revise extended draft

Performance Criteria:

Feedback is sought from relevant personnel and revisions made as necessary
Work is checked for consistency of form, structure and style and point of view
Draft is edited to ensure that grammar, vocabulary, style, presentation and time frame meets professional levels of execution


5 Explore publishing / marketing strategies for own novel

Performance Criteria:

Research of the market, based on the genre of the novel, is undertaken
Most likely sources of publication for novel are identified
Strategies to stimulate marketing are proposed
Proposal and pitch to publisher are developed

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course you will have the ability to develop and extend your ability as a writer and understand the elements and principals of exploring your creative vision.

Details of Learning Activities

Please refer to the Diploma of Profesional Writing and Editing- Program booklet for Students

Teaching Schedule

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Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Please refer to the Diploma of Profesional Writing and Editing- Program booklet for Students

Overview of Assessment

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete a number of pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.


Assessment Tasks

Please refer to the Diploma of Profesional Writing and Editing- Program booklet for Students

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.
Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy

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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