- Dr Paul Mcdonald (Senior Lecturer - University of Wolverhampton)
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||1 x 20,000 word submission This may take the form of poetry or prose fiction, but not a combination of the two. Either a group of poems, or anything from one to three pieces of prose fiction. Each piece of prose fiction should be presented as complete in itself, not as an excerpt from a longer piece of writing. The poetry or fiction should be accompanied by a commentary which explains and contextualises the work in appropriately analytical terms. The word-count for a prose fiction portfolio is 20,000 words of which at least 4,000 and not more than 6,000 should be accounted for by a critical commentary. The word-count for a poetry portfolio is 10,000 words of which at least 4,000 and not more than 6,000 should be accounted for by a critical commentary.||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements.|
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. demonstrate an ability to produce a sustained piece of prose or poetic writing to near publishable level;
2. demonstrate an ability to employ technical knowledge in an accompanying critical-analytical commentary;
3. demonstrate mastery of advanced technical skills in either/both prose or poetic writing.
This module is designed for all MA students on the MA Writing; Process and Practice. It is the compulsory module written over the summer months (Semester 3 of the MA scheme) forming Part II of the degree scheme. It embeds within it the advanced study requirements of the AHRB.
The portfolio will be a means of building sustainable writing practices which encourage planning, reflection, revision, and completion of material. Each student will be assigned to a writing tutor for the duration of their module, with whom they will meet regularly. The format of the portfolio will enable students to include successive drafts of a piece of writing, recording aims and intentions, and explaining and reflecting upon successive modifications.
Supervision of research writing. In order to accomplish this task, students will be assigned a supervisor whose interests will be matched as closely as possible to those of the candidate. To facilitate this arrangement, all students will complete a Portfolio Proposal form and hand it in to the English Department Office before the Easter vacation (in the first year of study for full-time candidates and in the second year of study for part-time candidates). This Portfolio Proposal will form the basis of matching the student with a suitable supervisor, and it will act as the groundwork for the first consultations with the assigned supervisor.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||No|
|Communication||Yes: writtenm communication in extended format|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Yes: develop own research management skills|
|Information Technology||Yes: using electronic bibliographic resources, websites|
|Personal Development and Career planning||No, except in so far as this module is related to a research, academic or writing career.|
|Problem solving||Yes: formulating and developing an extended argument|
|Research skills||Yes: developing advanced study|
|Subject Specific Skills||Ability to produce prose or poetry with technical sophistication and precision.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7