Research for Writers - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments - 60%-70% , Online Discussion - 30%-40%

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,650.00
Domestic continuing 2,078.00
International 2,900.00
International continuing 2,328.00

2016 Swinburne tuition fees are reduced for continuing postgraduate students.
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In this subject, students will learn about the relationship between the concept of research as it is used in writing, the methodical collection of appropriate investigative materials and the publication of a researched piece of writing.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify and critically evaluate a range of creative research methodologies appropriate for the field of creative writing
  2. Demonstrate practical skills in collecting, collating, and synthesising research data and the application of a research methodology appropriate to their chosen writing project
  3. Conceptualise, methodologise, collate data, contextualise, and produce a writing project that includes a written piece for publication, a detailed plan, and a reflective researchers’ journey
  • Assignments — 60%-70%
  • Online Discussion — 30%-40%

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • LPW502 — Research to Publication
  • LPW505 — Research for Writers (Previously LPW502)
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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The Research Project - Focussing research and the assignment
2The elements, stages and features of the research process
3The research question - from formulation to implementation
4Research for Journalism and Media
5Researching fiction
6Researching non-fiction
7Research case studies - eg. literature for young people; crime writing
8Other formats for research publication (eg drama and performance)
9Ethics of research
10Conventions of publishing - drafting, editing, formatting, ethics, submission and the pitch
11Publication opportunities

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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