Module Information

Module Identifier
WR21020
Module Title
Transpositions
Academic Year
2016/2017
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
External Examiners
  • Dr Paul McDonald (Senior Lecturer - University of Wolverhampton)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Workshop 10 x 2 Hour Workshops
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment First essay assignment  Students will present for assessment a portfolio of `transposed work, with a total word count of approximately 2,500 words (though portfolios consisting exclusively of poetry should have a total word count of approximately 2,000 words) inclusive of a critical commentary of between 500 and 1,000 words. Work submitted for assessment will normally include both poetry and prose, but there will be flexibility in the case of students who strongly identify with one or the other form.  50%
Semester Assessment Second essay assignment  Students will present for assessment a portfolio of `transposed work, with a total word count of approximately 2,500 words (though portfolios consisting exclusively of poetry should have a total word count of approximately 2,000 words) inclusive of a critical commentary of between 500 and 1,000 words. Work submitted for assessment will normally include both poetry and prose, but there will be flexibility in the case of students who strongly identify with one or the other form.  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit failed or missing essay  Resubmission of a portfolio of `transposed work, with a total word count of approximately 2,500 words (though portfolios consisting exclusively of poetry should have a total word count of approximately 2,000 words) inclusive of a critical commentary of between 500 and 1,000 words. Work submitted for assessment will normally include both poetry and prose, but there will be flexibility in the case of students who strongly identify with one or the other form.  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit failed or missing essay  Resubmit a portfolio of `transposed work, with a total word count of approximately 2,500 words (though portfolios consisting exclusively of poetry should have a total word count of approximately 2,000 words) inclusive of a critical commentary of between 500 and 1,000 words. Work submitted for assessment will normally include both poetry and prose, but there will be flexibility in the case of students who strongly identify with one or the other form.  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. recognize a range of literary genres and demonstrate an understanding of how they work;

2. demonstrate an ability to write in a range of literary genres;

3. demonstrate a developing critical awareness of their own writing practice;

4. demonstrate an ability to express themselves clearly in writing and in speech

Aims

This module aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of a range of literary forms and genres, to develop their range and capabilities as writers, and to enable them to work with increasing confidence in a variety of forms and genres.

Brief description

This module is based upon a series of writing tasks which involve `transposing' a pre-existing piece of material in some way, either from one medium to another (for example, from picture to words), or from one genre to another (for example, from a biblical story to a thriller), or from one viewpoint to another (for example, from first-person narrative to third person `omniscient-narrator' style), and so on. The idea is to remove the burden and anxiety of conceiving plot and situation, so that technique and treatment can become the focus.

Content

Teaching Pattern
The module is taught in a series of two-hour workshops over one semester, with two workshops on each of the five topics. In the first workshop of each pair the tutor will introduce the concept and present examples, which will then be discussed. The second stage will consist of presentation, discussion, and development of student work in the same mode.

Reading and Preparation for Classes
Members of the group will be expected to pursue a relevant but non-prescriptive programme of reading (a list of suggested reading is supplied); and to present weekly, for comment and supportive criticism by the group, anticipatory work carried out during the preceding week and geared to the focal concerns of the coming session.

Outline of Weekly Programme

Weeks 1-2: From Picture to Words

Weeks 3-4: From Genre to Genre

Weeks 5-6: From Viewpoint to Viewpoint

Weeks 7-8: From Long to Short, from Short to Long

Weeks 9-10: From Then to Now



Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Through workshop discussions and through written assignments
Improving own Learning and Performance Through improving work in response to peer and tutor feedback
Information Technology Through use of Blackboard and wordprocessing
Personal Development and Career planning Through critical reflection and the development of transferable communication skills
Problem solving Through dealing with problems of writing and research
Research skills Through online research
Subject Specific Skills Creative writing, literary research and criticism
Team work Through co-operation in workshops

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 5