WRITE390-22A (HAM)

Directed Study

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Arts
English

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: alexandra.cullen@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This paper gives students the opportunity to complete a stand-alone writing project. The project will be divided into smaller assessed writing tasks, including an abstract or outline of the planned project; an analysis of models/sources/examples (or an annotated bibliography) as appropriate; a sustained piece of independent original writing presented first in finished draft form, and then resubmitted after a process of revision. Students will meet as a group for two timetabled hours per fortnight during the semester for peer critique and to discuss work in progress with the supervisor/s.
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Paper Structure

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This paper involves an independent but guided writing project. You may devise your own project, in conjunction with one of the convenors. Alternatively, you may wish to select one of the topics suggested below, under ‘Assessment’. Regardless of topic, all students will complete the same set of writing exercises, and meet the same submission deadlines:

  1. An abstract or outline for your project. This will describe your project, the related reading/research you plan to do, and the scope and format of your major assignment. Length: around 500 words.
  2. A research-based analytical exercise. This will present a report on some strong examples of genre/form in which you will be working. Length: 1000-1500 words.
  3. A draft of your writing project. You should regard this as the ‘finished’ version of your project, and present it at the highest possible standard of completion. It will be marked closely and carefully, and returned to you for revision. Length: 3000-5000 words.
  4. Your revised, final writing project. This will be assessed on the extent to which you have developed your writing and ideas in response to feedback. Length: 3000-5000 words.
  5. The group will meet every two weeks for peer critique and supervisor input. Your mark will depend on the quality of your participation and on attendance. A roll will be taken.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • present written work to a high standard of mechanical correctness, and to exacting deadlines and word lengths
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  • work independently
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  • improve the close-reading and analytical skills essential for effective writing
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  • improve the research skills necessary for good writing
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  • increase their ability to read other people's work closely, and to provide constructive feedback
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  • assimilate constructive feedback on their own work, and revise their own work in response to that feedback
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Assessment

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WRITE390-22A Creative non-fiction / non-fiction topics: Research, write and re-write

You may write on any one of the topics suggested below, or devise your own topic in conjunction with the supervisor. All topics need to meet the following criteria:

  • Able to be researched. You need to LEARN about your chosen topic or genre in order to be able to write well about it.
  • Have a tight focus. You need to choose something that you can write about effectively, telling a good story, in 3-5000 words.
  • Can't involve interviews. The ethics approval process for university-based research is too time-consuming for research undertaken in a single trimester.

Choose one of the following, or devise your own project in consultation with the supervisor:

1) Write a research-based piece about a clearly-identified issue in contemporary New Zealand life. You could focus on any one of the following: agriculture/farming; architecture/the built environment; art; education; environmentalism/the natural environment; health; fashion; film or theatre; food; literature; music; politics; rural life;a movement in popular culture; a clearly identified issue in social justice, etc. Your imagined publication venue might be The Spinoff (https://thespinoff.co.nz), The Pantograph Punch (https://www.pantograph-punch.com/), or the New Zealand Listener.

2) Write a research-based ‘family history’, or a history of one member of your family. For example, you could write about someone who served in a war, or someone who had an unusual professional life, or someone who made a special contribution to their community. Your ideal readership might be New Zealand Geographic magazine. See http://www.nzgeographic.co.nz/archives

3) Write a research-based journalistic ‘profile’ of a town (or region) you know well. You would need to find an ‘angle’ that gives your piece structure and makes it interesting. People? Architecture? Industry? Agriculture? Tourism? A particular event that took place there?
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Abstract/Outline
25 Mar 2022
4:30 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Analytical Exercise
22 Apr 2022
4:30 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Project Draft
27 May 2022
4:30 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Project Final
20 Jun 2022
4:30 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Class Participation
10
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Students will devise their own project-specific reading programme, in consultation with the supervisor.
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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this paper. Forums will be used actively. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato.
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Workload

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The expected workload for this paper is 10 hours per week (2 hours of class time and 8 hours of self-directed study) throughout the 15 week semester.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: WRIT391

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