Core Module Information
Module title: Major Project

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

Module code: CLP11706
Module leader: David Bishop
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

Major Project takes place across two trimesters and is the culmination of all your learning on the MA. It's an opportunity to begin your novel or novella in earnest and plan its path toward publication.

Each trimester begins with a detailed induction session to help you focus on the challenges ahead. You will then embark on intensive individual work, supported by three one-to-one supervision sessions of one hour each during both trimesters. A week before each session, you’ll send up to 2,000 words (totalling no more than 10,000 words across both trimesters) 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, project management and personal development planning.

At the end of of the first trimester, you'll assemble a short portfolio of written work in the form of a literary agent query package, as well as presenting your progress to an industry panel, and receive formative feedback on the query package and your presentation.

At the end of the second trimester, you will submit your Major Project portfolio and attend a concluding seminar in the form of a celebratory showcase. Finally, following Major Project marking, you’ll have a 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:

LO1: Demonstrate a critical, detailed understanding of narrative technique at the forefront of your chosen specialism
LO2: Demonstrate a high degree of autonomy and initiative in generating ideas, and professional judgement in your critical analysis and evaluation of new and complex 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: Independently create a polished portfolio of work to a marketable standard

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, ONLINE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: ONLINE
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: David Bishop
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Project Supervision 7
Online Seminar 8
Independent Learning Guided independent study 585
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 75 1, 2, 5 27 , WORDS= 20000
Portfolio 25 3,4 28 , WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 75
Component 2 subtotal: 25
Module subtotal: 100

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