ALW227 - Scriptwriting: Character, Action and Reaction

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Patrick West
Cohort rule:Nil

Students must have passed one level 1 unit prior to enrolling in this unit

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


Students will further examine the fundamentals of dramatic writing introduced in ALW102. They will develop work in any genre using these fundamentals. Students are encouraged to experiment in a range of styles with focus on the collaborative nature of scriptwriting. Presentation of work-in-progress and subsequent redrafting are part of this process.

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

Engage in creative and critical thinking in developing dramatic works using narrative technique, character development, dialogue and subtext

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Apply relevant research, experience and materials from a variety of sources to create dramatic works

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Give and receive constructive critique that focusses on the intention of the writer, the specified audience, and the demands of the medium.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving


Utilise scriptwriting technology, research and feedback to compose, redraft, analyse and critically evaluate scripts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Script 1 Exploring Dialogue and Characters Through Scenes 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 5
Assessment 2 - Plot Summary and Workshopping Reflection 800 words 20% Week 10
Assessment 3 - Writing a Script in Any Genre 2000 words 50% Week 12

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 ALW227

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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