Module title: Major Project

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: CLP11110
Module leader: Samantha Boyce
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Journalism & Publishing


2016/7, Trimester 3, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: NC
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Samantha Boyce
Module Organiser:
Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching methods including their alignment to LOs:
In this module you will work independently, experiencing the "real world" situation of the creative writer as you nurture, develop, write and re-write your work (LOs 3, 5). Online and face-to-face mentoring provides support, and also the opportunity to further develop your skills in working professionally with an editor (LO 4). Students will also be encouraged to critically support each other through informal learning communities (LO 4). Tutorial sessions will enable you to hone your critical and self-evaluative skills to a professional level (LOs 1, 2)

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills:
The completed Major Project forms the key element in your creative portfolio, demonstrating your own originality, talent and skill. It is your chance to develop work that can be used as a "calling card" when approaching editors, publishers, producers, script developers or agents in the future. The completion of a Personal Development Plan is an assessed part of the coursework, and requires you to plot your own pathway to a career in your chosen specialism. To do this, you will be required to reflect critically on your own progress, to document your current research, and to set out your plans for future career development.

Summative assessment takes the form of the Major Project, Reflective Report and Personal Development Plan. Formative assessment takes place throughout the module, in mentoring/tutorial sessions.

Research/Teaching Linkages:
Staff experience in mentoring, editing and professional development work forms the basis of the support offered throughout this module.

Supporting equality and diversity:
Lecture notes and additional material will be available via WebCT, which will enable all learners to access the module. A list of relevant online resources will be provided.

If you are an international student, you will be given advice

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 592
Face To Face Lecture 80
Total Study Hours672
Expected Total Study Hours for Module672
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 80 1-5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 20000
Report 20 3,6 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 80
Component 2 subtotal: 20
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Major Project is the culmination of all your learning on the MA. Depending on your chosen specialism it’s an opportunity to begin your novel in earnest and plan its path to publication, or to produce a high quality showcase of work in another medium, which can be used to approach agents, publishers, producers or developers. The module begins with a detailed induction session, to help you focus on the challenges ahead. After which, you’ll embark on intensive individual work, supported by three one-to-one supervision sessions of one hour and 20 minutes. A week before each session you’ll send up to 5,000 words of work-in-progress to your supervisor for feedback, problem-solving and discussion. You can also use supervision sessions to discuss your reading, research, critical reflection and personal development planning. Following Major Project marking, you’ll have a final one-to-one tutorial to discuss your Professional Development Plan, where the programme’s tutors will offer detailed advice on the next steps in your career.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Demonstrate a detailed understanding of narrative technique at the leading edge of your chosen specialism
LO2: Demonstrate a high degree of independence in generating ideas and professional judgement in discriminating between potential creative approaches
LO3: Use structured critical self-reflection and detailed analysis of contextual reading to identify and solve technical and aesthetic problems
LO4: Undertake independent research to analyse the commercial potential of your work in progress and produce an effective career development plan
LO5: Produce a polished portfolio of work to marketable standard

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