- Professor Kevin Mills (Professor - University of South Wales)
- Dr Paul McDonald (Senior Lecturer - University of Wolverhampton)
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Essay Assignment 1 x 5000 word essay on some aspect of the publishing industry, plus annotated bibliography (bibliography is not included in the word count)||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmit failed essay assignment Resubmit failed or missing 5000 word essay assignment on some aspect of the publishing industry, plus annotated bibliography (bibliography is not included in the word count)||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate their understanding of matters relating to the publishing process. An indicative list of topics might include the role of agent and editor; the responsibilities of the author, particularly with regard to the preparation and presentation of material; and the role of specialist and small press publishing;
2. Demonstrate an ability to undertake relevant factual research;
3. Engage in discussion, at an appropriate level, with representatives of the world of publishing.
This module is to be expanded from five to ten weeks to fit the pattern used for MA literature modules. This will be done by adding workshop discussions, group presentations and one-to-one tutorials to the existing visiting-tutor sessions. This will increase contact time and allow a deeper exploration of the issues covered.
Estimated Student Workload
Contact time: 16 .5 hours
Preparation for workshops and seminars: 64 hours
Preparation of essay: 120 hours
Weeks 1-5. Five invited lecturers, all industry professionals, will discuss their roles with the students and, where appropriate, carry out workshop exercises with them. These lecturers may include
• A novelist
• A literary agent
• An editor at a major publishing house
• A small-press publisher
• The editor of a literary journal
• A blogger or online editor
• A radio playwright or producer.
Weeks 6-8. Students will be formed into groups based on the affinities of their proposed projects, and will give joint presentations on aspects of the publishing industry connected with the projects. These will be discussed by the class as whole.
Week 9. Students will receive one-to-one tutorials on their projects (30 minutes each) with the module tutor or an additional tutor engaged for the purpose.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||N/A|
|Communication||Oral through workshop and seminar discussion, and group presentation (not assessed) written through assignment|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Through revision of work in response to workshop feedback|
|Information Technology||Through Blackboard and wordprocessing skills|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Through study of the creative industries and the development of transferable communication skills.|
|Problem solving||Through dealing with problems of writing and research|
|Research skills||Through wordprocessing and online research|
|Subject Specific Skills||Writing academic prose|
|Team work||Through group presentations and co-operation in workshops and seminars|
This module is at CQFW Level 7