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Writing the Family Saga HAA104



Adventure or romance, tragedy or triumph, legends of extraordinary feats or quiet tales of everyday struggles: What kinds of stories are there in your family tree? This unit builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in HAA004 Writing Family History. Students will have further opportunity to develop key skills for the writing of fiction and/or non-fiction based on genealogical records. The emphasis in this unit is on crafting and polishing engaging and readable multigenerational family history narratives.


Unit name Writing the Family Saga
Unit code HAA104
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline English
Coordinator Doctor Naomi Parry Duncan
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Term 4 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 4 16/10/2023 30/10/2023 20/11/2023 24/12/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Use, reflect on, and critically approach a wide range of key strategies and techniques for writing narratives based on genealogical research
  • Write constructive and comprehensive critical feedback to help a writer improve a draft narrative
  • Reflect and act on critical feedback to improve your own writing
  • Produce coherent, sustained, and linked works of short fiction or non-fiction based on genealogical research
  • Observe the conventions of spelling, punctuation, and grammar in narrative writing
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
100705 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $2,445.00

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Teaching Pattern

Weekly online learning materials (e.g. short video lectures, discussions, readings, activities) (approx. 3 hours).

AssessmentShort online exercises (writing activities) (40%)|Expanded activity (20%)|Short written narrative (40%)
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