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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 04/03/2022 12:34:51

Title of Module: Creative Lives

Code: CMPG11012 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Dr. Kathryn  A.  Burnett

Summary of Module

The module offers postgraduate students the opportunity to interrogate the significant creative practice arena of biography and autobiography in various literary and inter-disciplinary creative forms (notably life-writing, memoir, essay and journalism, but also script, film, photography, animation, audio/podcasting, for example). The relationship between fiction and non-fiction will be examined with reference to a range of creative investigative methods and research formats. The module's first assessment will take the form of an academic essay-style written task (40%) where students will undertake an academic literature review to inform and enhance their understanding of the academic field of biography and autobiography. The second assessment will take the format of practical work (i.e., a creative output/artefact) (60%). This task requires students to each provide a professional standard or 'scaled draft' creative art/media output as a response to the concept of creative lives and the portfolio submitted must include a short contextualisation (300-500 words) demonstrating the application of module learning (biographical and autobiographical research and practice) as informing of this practical creative work. In regard of the postgraduate level, students are encouraged to engage with external – industry and community - partners such as creative media competitions; local, national and/or international events and festivals; publishers and/or broadcasters to inform this artefact's form and each student's individual professional and creative industry ambitions.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:


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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Evidence a critical understanding of research and professional concepts and principles underpinning auto/biographical creative practice through a critical review of key research literature.

L2. Demonstrate professional ambition, substantial autonomy and initiative in management of creative engagement in the delivery of a “Creative Lives” portfolio.

L3. Produce an industry and/or competitive standard creative practice output, informed by module themes, learning and reflection.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 11.

A critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts and principles associated with research for and related to biographical studies and “life writing”.

An extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding in biographical research methodologies much of which is at or informed by developments at the forefront of research in and focused on creative practice.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Use a selection from a range of research methods techniques and practices at the forefront or informed by key developments in biographical studies and associated creative practice.

Demonstrate originality or creativity in the application of knowledge and understanding of research and research methods as applied to biographical studies and creative practice.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to the deployment of research methods informed by developments at the forefront of creative research related to biographical studies.

Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues relating to creative practice and related research in the context of biography.

Deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data/information.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Use a range of advanced and specialised communication and dissemination skills relevant to the accounting for creative research such as:

• communicate, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise;

• communicate with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities.

Take responsibility for own work and/or significant responsibility for the work of others.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The delivery mode for this optional module is blended. Online content will be provided via AULA, "Zoom based" all class sessions, enhanced via UWS supported platforms and resources. UWS Learning and Library resources will require to be accessed most especially in regard of successful completion of assessment 1. Off and on campus independent study is accommodated. On campus productive/practice space engagement is encouraged via Ayr Campus not least to facilitate creative practice/production of practical work/artefact realisation (assessment 2). Peer and Tutor engagement is encouraged both "online" and via campus 'face-to-face' group and peer study, and tutor support sessions.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery6
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity6
Asynchronous Class Activity24
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

a/b Autobiography Studies (Online).

Barnwell, A. and Douglas, K. (eds) (2019) Research methodologies of Auto/Biography studies. New York: Routledge (ebook).

Batchelor J. (ed) (2005) The Art of Literary Biography, Oxford: Claredon Press (ebook).

Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly (Online).

Life Writing (Online).

Renders, H., de Haan, B. and Harmsma, J. (Eds.) (2017) The biographical turn: lives in history. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY. (ebook)

Textual Practice (Online).

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on AULA, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardArts & Media
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelArts & Media
ModeratorMrs Elizabeth McLaughlin
External ExaminerTBC
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
An assessment in the form of a written essay style task focusing on the development of an academic literature review to inform and enhance understanding of the academic field of biography and autobiography literature will account for 40% of the module marks.
A practical portfolio i.e. creative artefact/output, accompanied by short reflective contextualisation will account for 60% of the module marks.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essaycheck mark  400

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of practical work check markcheck mark600
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using AULA, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content. The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:

Our partners are fully committed to the principles and practice of inclusiveness and our modules are designed to be accessible to all. Where this module is delivered overseas, local equivalent support for students and appropriate legislation applies.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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