ALW225 - Designing Fictions

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Trimester 3: Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Hayley Elliott-Ryan
Trimester 3: Hayley Elliott-Ryan
Cohort rule:Nil

Students must have passed unit ALW101

Incompatible with: ALW325
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week or equivalent


This unit explores technical and discursive aspects of fiction-writing, with reference to highly regarded texts. The unit involves much exploration of creativity and experimentation; improvisation and revision. Students must be prepared to do considerable practical work in and out of seminars. Each student will submit a complete original work or works of fiction.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Identify the differences between literary fiction and genre fiction

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

Practise and apply the key components of writing

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Explain and apply current standards of grammar and language usage

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy


Demonstrate critical thinking and composition abilities through giving and receiving constructive critique

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving


Develop short writing projects and design creative writing strategies

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Report on unit readings 1500 words
or equivalent
35% Week 9
Assessment 2 - Original Work or series of Works of Fiction 2000 words
or equivalent
50% End-of-unit assessment period
Assessment 3 - Seminar responses to students' work and participation 500 words
or equivalent
15% Ongoing

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ALW225

Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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