AMU2315 - Strategies in writing experiments - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Arts and Social Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Assoc Professor Ng Hock Soon


Dr Andrew Ng

Not offered in 2019


Two of the following units AMU1277, AMU1312 or AMU1314




The unit approaches creative writing in terms of its status as a product of processes of experimentation (as distinct from personal expression). Students will explore a range of strategies for experimenting with forms and with themes through a series of reading materials (short stories, excerpts from longer works, poetry, etc.) and writing exercises that are contextualised in varied social-political and cultural contexts. The major composition that is built on weekly exercises has a thematic focus that is student-driven and demonstrates the processes of researching, drafting and editing creative texts. The unit is oriented towards practical and critical application of advanced experimental strategies in creative writing so that students can better appreciate the extent of originality of style and content of their work in relation to that of published authors. Equally important is the appreciation of what these strategies aim to achieve both aesthetically and ideologically, and the pros and cons of their engagement. Finally, the unit is also oriented towards the production of effective and experimental writing, and the importance of reflecting on creative work through the critical techniques of exegesis.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. identify and assess a range of writing structures and techniques;
  2. evaluate a range of experimental writing strategies;
  3. utilise research and critical reflection skills in the exegetical stages of the creative writing process;
  4. edit, proof and prepare copy for publication;
  5. review and critique the work of peers as a member of an online writing group.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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