LITT08013 2019 Introduction to Portfolio

General Details

Full Title
Introduction to Portfolio
Transcript Title
Introduction to Portfolio
85 %
Subject Area
LITT - Literature
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
08 - NFQ Level 8
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Una Mannion, Emmet O'Doherty, Rhona Trench
Programme Membership
SG_HWRIT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature SG_HWLIT_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature

This module sees students formulate a path as autonomous learners, where they are capable of identifying their interests, research needs and practice requirements.  The students will be able to identify their own skills and area of focus, as well as their strengths and weaknesses. By developing proposals, research skills, project planning, the students will begin to lay the ground work for their own writing, and develop a plan of action for their final portfolio.  Through collaborative seminars, learners will develop editing skills and will both offer and receive critique.  Students will prepare professional documents for their writing practice, develop their web presence and be trained in various digital tools.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Engage in sustained personal research, setting goals, timelines for project completion.


Exercise a critical voice in assessing their work and the work of others, considering the creative context in which it will appear.


Be inventive, flexible, and exploratory in their idea development and initial writing, being open to taking risks and showing creative ownership.


Produce an initial body of work which will sustain further development.


Produce professional documents using appropriate digital tools. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

It is expected that the students will keep the staff informed in an active manner, as well as share with their peers on an ongoing basis.   The process will involve presentations, research, discourse, reflection as well as production and sharing of a set of writing.  There will be an early presentation of research and plans, as well as regular meetings both individually with relevant tutors and guided meetings in group covering ongoing development.   There will be ongoing classes on skills such as digital media, web presence, as well as industry specific discussions such as theatre, journalism, film and television.

Module Assessment Strategies

The students engagement with the process is key here towards the development of a successful plan forward at the end of the semester.  Assessment of the plan will take their experiences into account as well as the prospects for a successful final semester.

Our assessment strategies include producing professional and digital documents, developing project plans, reflecting on process and commencing a body of work.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat attend.

Indicative Syllabus

Students may select any field of writing.     The students will present to the staff and their peer group proposals for areas of interest, identifying future areas of research.   The staff will discuss the students focus and approach for the body of work and a path forward will be agreed in consultation with the staff.   The students will be expected to work in an independent manner and to actively research, gathering information as needed, and begin to build up a personal body of work.  Alongside this a series of peer review workshops and classes covering professional practice will be undertaken. 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Professional and digital documents Project Assessment 25 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5
2 Initial Portfolio Project Assessment 25 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5
3 Reflective research journal Project Assessment 30 % End of Semester
4 Portfolio Proposal Project Assessment 20 % End of Semester

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop Flat Classroom Group workshop 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2002-06-03 The War of Art Black Irish Entertainment LLC
ISBN 9781936891047 ISBN-13 1936891042

What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavorbe it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? The War of Art identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself.

Required Reading
2001-09-01 On Writing Hachette UK
ISBN 9781848941083 ISBN-13 1848941080

Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King's advice is grounded in the vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999 - and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever. Described in the Guardian as 'the most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature', Stephen King writes books that draw you in and are impossible to put down.

Required Reading
2015-10-30 Bird by Bird Scribe Publications
ISBN 9781925307443 ISBN-13 1925307441

Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that hed had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brothers shoulder, and said, Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird. Here, for the first time, is a local edition of the bible of writing guides a wry, honest, down-to-earth book that has never stopped selling since it was first published in the United States in the 1990s. In Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott, a bestelling novelist and memoirist, distils what shes learned over years of trial and error. Beautifully written, wise, and immensely helpful, this is the book for serious writers and writers-to-be.

Required Reading
2011-09-22 Getting Things Done Hachette UK
ISBN 9781405510745 ISBN-13 1405510749

Is your workload overwhelming? Does it just keep mounting up while your stress levels reach fever pitch? In Getting Things Done David Allen teaches you how to keep a clear head, relax and organise your thoughts while implementing the methods that he has introduced at organisations like Microsoft, Lockheed and the US Department of Justice: Learn the 'do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it' principle to empty your in-tray. Handle e-mail, paperwork and unexpected demands in a system of self-management. Plan and progress projects. Reasses goals and stay focused. Apply the two minute rule when deciding what to do now and what to defer. Overcome feelings of anxiety and being overwhelmed. With clear and specific methods and advice, David Allen's tried and trusted formula for business efficiency could transform the way you operate and your experience of work.

Required Reading
2004 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Simon and Schuster
ISBN 9780743272452 ISBN-13 0743272455

A leading management consultant outlines seven organizational rules for improving effectiveness and increasing productivity at work and at home.

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