Core Module Information
Module title: Authorship

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

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

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

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. You will undertake original research within a specific area of the publishing industry, and define how you might disrupt or invigorate it. You will develop an understanding of yourself as an author and of your place within the industry as a whole. You will choose a particular area of professional practice that many authors pursue alongside their own writing. Each area represent a real opportunity for writers outside of their personal creative practice. These areas are likely to include: Teaching Creative Writing; Self-publishing; Editing; Digital Platforms; Community engagement & live events.
Within your chosen area of professional practice, you will: Decide upon a research question; Carry out practical research in response to your question, investigating your chosen area before submitting a research essay; and Investigate relevant theory texts from a supplied syllabus.
You will be required to present concept documents for use within your chosen professional practice areas, and be part of a group presenting a manifesto that describes problems in your chosen area, along with potential solutions.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically engage with the theoretical, political and cultural contexts of contemporary authorship
LO2: Produce compelling and intellectually robust accounts of your own purpose and creative practice
LO3: Generate original research to analyse current industry practice from a theoretical perspective
LO4: Generate concept documents for use within your chosen area of professional practice
LO5: Produce original, marketable and culturally relevant work in essay form.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2020/1, Trimester 2, 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: David Bishop
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 06) will be a Short Portfolio comprising preparatory work for the Summative Assessment. This should include a central research question, the theoretical text chosen to analyse the findings of that research, and a draft version of a Deliverable output (see Summative Assessment for more detail).

Summative Assessment:
The Summative Assessment (due in Week 12) is a Portfolio, comprising an Essay, Deliverables, and Author Output. The Essay will critically reflect on an aspect of professional practice, using appropriate theoretical frameworks for analysis. The Deliverables 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 reflect findings from your research area. The Author Output is the text of a single blog post promotion 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)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
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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