module specification

SJ6P03 - Project (Creative Writing and English Literature) (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Project (Creative Writing and English Literature)
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)
Total study hours 300
294 hours Guided independent study
6 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 10%   Project plan or sample draft chapter
Coursework 90%   A written project of approximately 10,000 words. (or approximately 20 pages of poetry
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North - To be arranged

Module summary

This Project module allows students to explore in depth a literary or creative writing topic of their own choice, arising out of previous study and subject to supervisor approval. Independent but supported learning and sustained research and writing provide students with a focus for refining and drawing together a wide range of creative, critical, literary and transferable skills.

Module aims

The main aims of this module are:
1. to enable students to become aware of the way specific interests relate to the broader field of literary study or creative writing;
2. to foster students’ understanding of the theoretical and methodological approaches appropriate to the specific project topic, including (where relevant) the contextual and theoretical research required for a creative writing project;
3. to develop students’ ability to conceive, plan and undertake a sustained piece of work involving independent research.
4. to develop students’ profile of personal and professional attributes of self-evaluation, performance in a variety of idioms and contexts and a creative and ethical approach.


The content of this module will vary according to the students’ chosen topic. Guided by a list of English Literature and Creative Writing tutors' areas of interest, students will choose a topic that focuses on some aspect of English literature, or, choose to write in a creative genre such as prose, poetry, drama, life-writing or other creative nonfiction. With guidance from a supervisor, students will formulate a project proposal; including aims, method and a basic research and writing plan. Students will also have the opportunity to meet for tutor-facilitated group workshops at least once during the year to share their research and writing strategies and give a short presentation of their project. A weblearn site will be used as a source of support. Over the duration of two semesters and under the ongoing guidance and support of their supervisor, students will complete a long dissertation-style essay, or creative writing of equivalent length, based on this plan. Each chosen topic must involve research, reading and reflection at a depth appropriate for a 30 credit final year module.

Learning and teaching

The project is undertaken largely by supervised independent learning. Students will be expected to arrange mutually convenient face to face tutorial times with their supervisor, who will also advise on the best method of receiving feedback electronically throughout the year. In addition, there will be three workshops sessions held advising students on appropriate planning and research methods and allowing them to present their own project plan. A general session aimed at students who have begun work on the project will be held around the beginning of their final academic year, and a further workshop will allow students briefly to present their chosen topic and discuss any concerns. As part of their Personal Development Portfolio, students will be expected to reflect, orally in supervisions, and in their project notes, on their developing creative and research skills throughout the module and enhance their employability by developing specialist experience of a specific genre or subject, and by strengthening their academic and general research skills.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Evaluate and utilise the wider contexts appropriate to their
own specific literary and writing interests;
2. define and apply methodological, stylistic and theoretical approaches appropriate to the specific project topic;
3. conceive, plan and undertake a sustained piece of critical or creative work involving independent research, editing and redrafting;
4. prepare a scholarly or literary project with appropriate attention to presentation, citational and bibliographical convention, and polished writing style at a professional publication standard.

Assessment strategy

• Formative assessment will comprise submission and discussion of drafts of each student’s writing plan with his or her individual supervisor, and then submission and discussion of drafts of the project with the supervisor. Students will be able to discuss their work in face-to-face supervision and also by email submission. Students will be expected to make a minimum of monthly contact with their supervisor and regular submission of drafts of their work. Their formative assessment will also include attendance of and participation in all scheduled workshops, and a brief presentation of their own project.

• Summative assessment for the project will comprise: written presentation of the project plan and submission of the final project. Students will also need to show that they have researched their project, whether it is a creative writing or a literary piece, by inclusion of a bibliography and other research notes as discussed with their supervisor.



For literary projects the following will be helpful. However, all students will be advised by their supervisor on reading specific for their discipline, theme and genre.

Jonathan Anderson and Millicent Poole: Thesis and Assignment Writing, Juta Legal and Academic Publishers, 4th edition, 2008
Nigel Fabb, Professor Alan Durant: How to write essays, dissertations and theses in literary studies: Longman, 1993.
Jordan, R. R. : Academic writing course : study skills in English 3rd ed: Longman, 2005.
Preece, R. A. Starting research : an introduction to academic research and dissertation writing:
Continuum, 1994.
Derek Swetnam and Ruth Swetnam: Writing Your Dissertation: The Bestselling Guide to Planning, Preparing and Presenting First-Class Work (The How to Series), How To Books, 2000.
Bryan Greetham, How to Write your Undergraduate Dissertation (Palgrave Study Skills), Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
Watson, George: Writing a thesis : a guide to long essays and dissertations, Longman, 1987.