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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

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

Marjorie Furlan

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


Theory classes

Class Discussions

Writing Exercises


Teaching Schedule



Week beginning



11 April

Course overview and assessment outline;
Sentence structure; Punctuation; Paragraph Writing


18 April

Spelling: Homonyms & Confusing words; Paraphrasing & Summarizing - Review, Informative writing introduction  (Assessment 1 Uploaded)


25 April

Public Holiday No Class
(Research for Informative Writing Assignment to be completed)


2 May

Informative Writing examples & exercises

Work on Assessment 1; (Assessment 2 uploaded)


9 May

Assessment 1: Informative writing due - to be submitted on  Blackboard

Persuasive writing. Debating skills. Work on Assessment 2


16 May

Assessment 2: Debate on a given topic - materials to be submitted on Blackboard
Debate held in class. (Assessment 3 uploaded)


23 May

Persuasive Writing. Work on Assessment 3


30 May

Assessment 3: Persuasive Writing Due - to be submitted on  Blackboard

Feedback and Peer Reviews


6 June

Exam Week – No class


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


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



Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks



Assessment task

Due Date



% of final mark


Informative Writing

9th May 2016, 5:30pm



In-class writing activities/Debate

30th  May 2016,  5:30pm



Persuasive Writing

30th May 2016, 5:30pm



Note:  Class participation will be observed and will be a consideration in the grading.  Layout and presentation of assessment tasks will be a significant consideration.  A minimum Pass grade must be obtained in EACH assessment task in order to pass the course.  Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Assessment information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilise graded assessment
CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
CDI Competent with Distinction (70 – 79%)
CC Competent with Credit (60 – 69%)
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded (50 – 59%)
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

  • 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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