Module title: Innovation and Authorship

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP11121
Module leader: David Bishop
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture


2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Samantha Boyce
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los
This module is taught fortnightly over two trimesters, with a classroom available in the intervening weeks for collaborative learning and group work in place of individual homework. Resources and suggestions for using the collaborative learning time will be posted on Moodle.

The taught sessions will focus on introducing theoretical concepts, critical contexts and techniques for generating new ideas (LOs 2 and 3) with in-class experiments and feedback (LOs 1 and 2). You’ll create presentations on the values underpinning your individual creative practice, and on the intellectual work supporting your professional practice project (LOs 3, 4, 5), and you’ll work independently in a small group to deliver your chosen public project (LO 6). Finally, you’ll bring all this learning and experimentation together in a reflection on the future of your practice, its role in the wider world and the practical actions you need to take to achieve a sustainable career (LOs 1-6).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment takes the form of two presentations. In the first trimester this is a manifesto for the future of your writing practice, in which you will use theoretical, cultural, ethical and political concepts to make a case for your particular innovations. In the second trimester, this is a contribution to a student led symposium, in which you’ll present the research and thinking underpinning your professional project. For each of these, you’ll receive peer feedback in class and tutor feedback by Moodle following the session, enabling you to develop your work further towards the relevant summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment takes the form of two portfolios, each with individual and group elements.

For the first you’ll produce and experiment in collaborative concept development followed by two individual experiments in innovative technique from a choice of five options, and critically reflect on the outcomes using relevant theoretical frameworks and contextual reading.

For the second, you’ll submit a portfolio evidencing the collaborative development of your professional practice project followed by an individual critical reflection on the outcomes, using relevant theoretical frameworks and industry/sector research.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 36
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 128
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 50 1,2,3,4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Portfolio 50 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module is a journey of creative self-definition and professional development. It begins with a series of experimental challenges, underpinned by concepts drawn from linguistics, philosophy and literary theory. The purpose of these challenges is to explore originality – in concept, content, form, language and technique – and the aim is to help you develop your own personal method of rigorous invention. Whilst conducting a variety of individual and collaborative experiments, you’ll also be analysing recent examples of innovative narrative practice. During the first half of the module, you’ll also be asked to declare your own values as a writer, creating a manifesto for the future of your practice.

In the second half, you’ll take the principles you’ve developed out into the wider world, choosing one of three professional practice strands: teaching creative writing, public/community engagement, or creating digital platforms. Within each of these strands you’ll work in a small group, supported by the module tutors and specialist guest lecturers, to design and deliver a specific project. You’ll present the research and theoretical contexts informing your project in a student-led symposium. You’ll also take a critical view of current publishing practice, empowering yourself to make informed decisions about your role in the wider culture and the direction of your future career.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Generate original concepts through collaborative working
LO2: Conceptualise and deploy a range of narrative possibilities in language, form and technique
LO3: Critically engage with the theoretical, political and cultural contexts of experimental work and contemporary authorship
LO4: Produce compelling and intellectually robust accounts of your own purpose as a creative practitioner
LO5: Generate original research to analyse current industry trends
LO6: Demonstrate professional skills in the context of a self-directed public project, and critically reflect on the outcomes.

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