HM5105: Writing the Novel

HM5105: Writing the Novel

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Writing the Novel
Module Code HM5105
Module Tutor Martin Randall
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

This module will introduce the student to planning and writing a novel. Students will be introduced to the key elements of the long form prose form – characterisation, plot, theme, motif and structure.

Indicative Syllabus
  • How to Write a Synopsis.
  • How to Research.
  • The Opening Chapter.
  • The Literary Novel v the Popular Novel.
Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of, and an ability to critically analyse and evaluate, a range of theories related to writing a novel;
  2. demonstrate ability to understand the relationship between taboo and transgression;
  3. demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the creative relationship between theory and practice;
  4. demonstrate ability to experiment and take creative risks;
  5. convey an understanding of the politics and poetics of the concept of transgression;
  6. demonstrate an understanding of how non-mainstream writing can potentially critique and subvert various cultural and political hegemonies.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 28
Independent Learning Hours: 122
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 40% Assignment: Individual: 1500 words or equivalent
002: 60% Assignment: Individual: 2500 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements

Both/all elements of assessment must be passed in order to pass the module.

Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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