Course Title: Create a range of complex texts for learning purposes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: GEDU5444

Course Title: Create a range of complex texts for learning purposes

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3305 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Emilija Malinova - teacher

Nominal Hours: 25

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are none

Course Description

The focus of the unit is on writing skills to create complex texts which are relevant to the further study context. Its emphasis is on structured reflective and opinion texts used in a range of study environments.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBQU161 Create a range of complex texts for learning purposes


1 Select and plan for texts for learning purposes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Range of complex text options is researched
1.2 The purpose and audience of the texts is analysed
1.3 Structure, style and format requirements are analysed
1.4 Required resources to complete the text are organised or obtained
1.5 Content is gathered, synthesised and arranged


2. Produce a portfolio of complex texts for learning purposes

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Structure, style and format is appropriately applied
2.2 Content and language is appropriate and relevant to the writing purpose
2.3 Texts in chosen option(s) are proof read and edited prior to presentation
2.4 Feedback on effectiveness of texts is elicited
2.5 Completed text is submitted appropriately

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

• Lectures
• Class discussions
• Writing exercises

Teaching Schedule

  Please note that instead of 9 x 3-hour classes per week, this course has 7x 4-hour classes per week. (27 hours total)
WeekDate: week beginningTopic
110 April      Sentence Structure; Punctuation
210 AprilParagraph Writing
317AprilSpelling; Homonyms & confusing words






24 April

24 April

1 May



Debate on a given topic/ In-class worksheets

Assessment 1



8 May

8 May

Informative Writing

Informative writing Assessment 2

915 MayPersuasive Writing





22 May

29 May

12 June



Persuasive Writing Assessment 3

Feedback about assessments

Peer review


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


English dictionary - see teacher for details
English Thesaurus. See teacher for details

Other Resources



Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course may include assignments, presentations , tests and group work.

Assessment Tasks

Debate/in-class worksheets 30%
Informative Writing 30%
Persuasive Writing 40%

Assessment Matrix 1.4 1.5 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 
 Debatex    x   x x 
 Informative writing x x x x x   x
 Persuasive writing  x x x x  x x  x

Other Information

 Assessment information

  • All assessment types must be passed (worksheets, writing assignments. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the worksheets but fail one of the writing components).
  • Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.
  • APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK- A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available online at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51, or emailed to the Coordinator (
  • Students requiring extensions longer than 7 days must apply for Special Consideration (see the ‘Help me’ link in blackboard, via myRMIT studies or For missed assessments such as exams - you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence (e.g. medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.
  • If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.

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