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CODE DGA5017

 
TITLE Reflective Writing

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Digital Arts

 
DESCRIPTION Some students may prefer to write instinctively, especially in a creativity-led programme, but following a structured process of planning, researching and writing can enhance the quality and effectiveness of one's written work. Accordingly, the study-unit focuses on the ways in which being able to think critically about one's own practice and learning is an essential aspect of ongoing professional development. It will initially expose students to various skills in academic writing, including essay writing and the composition of reports, but will then move on to study aspects of form and pitch in reviews and will explore the purposes and styles of reflective writing. In the process, the study-unit provides students with both broad preparation in relevant academic and professional writing skills and the capacity for articulate auto-critique in the practice of the digital arts.

Study-unit Aims

- to enhance students' skills in academic writing at postgraduate level;
- to provide the opportunity to students to direct their own sorting out/clarifying process;
- to explore students' ongoing process of thinking about their development in relation to their own work;
- to consolidate students' recording (description) and reviewing (their own and others') of their work, with scope for close and comparative analysis and evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the students will have benefitted from the experience of having:

- created a learning journal/log and a reflective statement;
- investigated and applied the process of reflective and experiential learning.

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- stand back and assess work in a more detached light;
- solve problems through regular reflection on practice;
- employ various writing skills and techniques in reflecting about one's own work.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

- Bolton, Gillie. (2010) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development (3rd Edition) Sage Publications Ltd. (Available in Library)
- Carter, D. (2000). Writing as Reflective Action: A Reader. Longman.
- Cazeaux, C. (2000). The Continental Aesthetics Reader. Routledge.
- Kopek, D et al. (2011). Evidence Based Design: A Process for Research and Writing. Prentice Hall.
- Moon, J. (2004) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning. London: Routledge Falmer.
- Sayre, H. M. (2008) Writing About Art (6th Edition). Prentice Hall.

Other journal articles related to the topic will be made available on the Study Unit e-learning website

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Seminar and Independent Study

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation No 30%
Assignment Yes 70%

 
LECTURER/S Mario Aquilina

 
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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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