Core Module Information
Module title: Authorship

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

Module code: CLP11174
Module leader: El Lam
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

The purpose of this trimester is to examine the changing role of the author over the years, as well as the realities of authorship in the 21st century. Throughout the trimester, you will develop your understanding of yourself as an author and of your place within the industry as a whole. You will do this by undertaking original research within a specific area of the publishing industry, and by defining how you might disrupt or invigorate it. You will begin by exploring the areas of professional practice that many authors pursue alongside their writing in order to build sustainable careers. These include teaching creative writing, self-publishing, digital platforms, community engagement, and live events. After selecting an area of professional practice to investigate further, you will decide upon a research question; carry out practical research; investigate relevant theory texts; and submit your findings in the form of a research essay. You will then be required to present concept documents for use within your chosen professional practice areas, describing problems you have identified and proposing potential solutions or demonstrating best practice. Overall, this will enable you to become a responsible, literary citizen as your progress through your career as an author and creative professional.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically engage with the theoretical, political and cultural contexts of historical and contemporary authorship
LO2: Produce compelling and intellectually robust accounts of your own professional practice and literary citizenship
LO3: Investigate industry practice by undertaking specialised applied and theoretical research
LO4: Critically review and consolidate research to produce a cohesive and logical essay using appropriate academic techniques
LO5: Generate concept documents for potential use at the forefront of your chosen area of professional practice

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: El Lam
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Weekly sessions will include short lectures to introduce new topics , individual and group exercises, both creative and analytical, student-led discussions, debates and presentations and vocational training in industry practices (LOs 1-5). Each session will include feedback on homework tasks and further guidance for research, creative exploration and professional development, with comprehensive resources and additional exercises available on the VLE.

A grounding in challenging theoretical concepts together with varied practice in original critical thinking and analytical skills provides the basis for further research or teaching. Understanding the intellectual principles and cultural context of work currently at the leading edge of narrative practice, along with the ability to formulate and articulate new possibilities, will enhance your employability across the cultural and media sectors. Demonstrable collaborative working skills are prized throughout the creative industries. The specific industry knowledge and critical awareness of current industry practice you’ll gain in the later stages of this module will enhance your employability in areas such as arts media and book publishing, as well as increasing your professionalism as a prospective author. Throughout the module, you’ll be challenged and encouraged to define and articulate your own purpose and ethos as a writer – an essential skill for the professional development of your creative career

Formative Assessment:
The Formative Assessment (due in Week 7) will be a Short Portfolio comprising preparatory work for the Summative Assessment. This should include a central research question, the theoretical text(s) chosen to analyse the findings of that research, and a
draft version of a Deliverable (see Summative Assessment for more detail).

Summative Assessment:
The Summative Assessment (due in Week 12) is a Portfolio totalling 5,000 words, comprising an Essay, Deliverables, and an Author Output. The Essay (2,500 words) will critically reflect on an aspect of professional practice, using appropriate theoretical
frameworks for analysis. The Deliverables (1,500 words) will be a series of documents you create for use within your chosen area of professional practice, displaying an understanding of how that area operates and reflecting the findings from your research.
The Author Output (1,000 words) is the text of a single web article, blog or newsletter post promoting yourself as an author, demonstrating contextualistion of learning both practical and theoretical from across the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 6
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1,2,3,4,5 12 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 5000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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