Module title: Creative and Editorial Development

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

Module code: CLP11122
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 prepares you for Major Project, and for the challenge of maintaining self-sufficient, professional creative practice following graduation. The module is driven by guided independent goal-setting, creative work, research and critical self-reflection (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4). Mentoring sessions mirror the professional demands of a writing career – for example, working one-to-one with an editor, agent, script developer or creative collaborator (LO5).

Within the structure of the Learning Agreement and assessment pathways, learning and teaching methods are flexible, and responsive to the unique demands of each individual writer and the creative challenges their work presents. Your tutor’s aim will be to help you activate and embed learning from across the taught programme in the way you identify questions and solve problems, in order to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself.

Formative Assessment:
There are six formative assessments, three in each trimester. In advance of each editorial mentoring session, you will upload to Moodle:

The current draft of your Learning Agreement
Creative work for discussion (a maximum of 5,000 words per session)
A brief critical self-reflection on the work submitted
A note of the questions or issues you want to raise in mentoring

Following each meeting, you will upload a Record of Meeting, using the template provided. Your tutor will provide written feedback via Moodle within two weeks, to help you develop your practice further, and ensure the outputs are aligned to the summative assessment criteria.

Summative Assessment:
There are two summative assessments, one at the end of each trimester. For these you will produce a Learning Journal to add to the portfolio already submitted for formative assessment. In the Learning Journal you will:

Critically evaluate your creative progress and the development of your learning in the context of your Learning Agreement aims and goals

Provide an annotated bibliography, detailing your personal reading during the trimester and the impact this has had on your thinking and creative decision making

Identify the challenges still to be met and a plan for future work.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Project Supervision 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 192
Total Study Hours198
Expected Total Study Hours for Module198

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Report 60 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this two-trimester module you will work independently on a project of your own. There is a choice of pathways towards assessment, enabling you to focus either on ambitious experimental work towards your Major Project, or on producing polished short pieces for competitions or publication opportunities. At the beginning of each trimester you’ll work with your mentor to write a Learning Agreement, defining the purpose, aims and goals of the work you intend to pursue.

You’ll then embark on a journey of structured, self-directed creative development, supported by three one-to-one editorial mentoring meetings per trimester, each lasting an hour. All the meetings will be documented and you’ll receive written feedback on your progress after each meeting. At the end, you’ll reflect on your learning and development, and decide on your future goals.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Generate ambitious ideas and discriminate between potential projects in terms of their creative and commercial viability
LO2: Identify and resolve complex technical and aesthetic problems using learning from across the taught programme
LO3: Demonstrate critical and analytical engagement with a range of relevant reading towards the development of your project
LO4: Produce a regular output of independent work and critically evaluate your learning and creative progress against clearly defined goals
LO5: Collaborate efficiently and effectively in a professional editorial relationship whilst exercising appropriate individual judgement

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Contact your module leader