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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: GEDU5444

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

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

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

Cynthia Skruzny

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 clarified

1.3 Structure, style and format requirements are analysed

1.4 Required resources to complete the text are organized or obtained

1.5 Content is gathered, synthesized 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



Classroom participation

Group work


Teaching Schedule





7th September

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


14th September

Spelling: Homonyms & Confusing words; Informative writing introduction; Informative Writing examples & exercises (Assessment 1 Uploaded)


21st September

Paraphrasing & Summarising; Referencing; (Avoiding Plagiarism)

Informative Writing examples & exercises



28th September

Debating skills. (Assessment 2 uploaded)

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


5th October

Debating Skills.

Persuasive Writing examples  (Assessment 3 uploaded)

Newspaper Article Samples/Exercises


12th October

Independent group work to prepare for the debate.

Private study – start work on Assessment 3


19th October

Assessment 2: Debate on a given topic
Debate held in class.


26th October

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

Finalise “Assessment 3 on Persuasive Writing” in Class.


2nd November

Q & A Review

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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

Submit on Blackboard

28th September 2017 11.59pm




Submit debate arguments on Blackboard

Debate held in class


2.1   8th October 11.59pm

2.2   19th October debate in class



Persuasive Writing

Submit on Blackboard

26th October 2017 11.59pm


Assessment Matrix




Other Information

This course is graded in accordance with competency ­based assessment, but which also utilises 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 e frame

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