Course Title: Apply writing and presentation skills within a justice environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: JUST5726

Course Title: Apply writing and presentation skills within a justice environment

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4323 - Certificate IV in Justice

Course Contact: Irene Pagliarella, Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4581

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sandra Reitano

Nominal Hours: 40

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


Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to research, analyse and evaluate, document and present information that meets organisational requirements across a range of justice environment contexts.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20870 Apply writing and presentation skills within a justice environment


1. Plan for writing complex document/s for a justice environment context

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Purpose and objectives, format and specific requirements of document/s are determined
1.2 Function and suitable use of descriptive, analytical, evaluative interpretative and investigative reports is reviewed
1.3 Research information and required resources are delineated
1.4 Appropriate use of language, including grammar and syntax is examined and practised
1.5 Research referencing requirements for range of written materials is examined and practised


2. Research and develop complex document/s for a justice environment context

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Resources are determined and accessed
2.2 Research is conducted and collated
2.3 Document/s is developed in designated format, to discipline standard and suitable for dissemination objectives
2.4 Feed back on suitability of document is obtained according to organisational requirements


3. Present information in a justice environment context

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Presentation strategies, format and delivery methods that match the requirements of the target audience location, resources and required personnel are determined and practised
3.2 Presentation is conducted according to determined strategies, format and delivery methods
3.3 Feedback is sought from key personnel and used to inform future practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements and the following;

• Conduct research for a report or document
• Effectively use written and oral skills, to industry standard, in the development and presentation of a researched document
• Reference sources of information through in-text referencing and bibliography according to specific citation system
• Understand the knowledge of research and presentation methods
• Understand the knowledge of privacy legislation, regulations and standards

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities are designed to develop competencies in individual students. The expectation is that students will organise and present their learning, thinking and research activities in a number of different formats. These may include, but will not be limited to: -
• essays
• reports
• tutorial papers
• book or article reviews
• oral presentations
• journals
• group presentations
• projects
Students will develop knowledge and skills required to document and present information to a high standard that meets organisational requirements within the Criminal Justice Field.

Teaching Schedule

Week One:
1. Introduction including review of course guide and assessments.
2. In class activity
3. Group Rules and Expectations

Week Two:
1. Introduction to writing skills.
2. Introduction to communication skills
3. In class activity
4. Formative Assessment Task - LLN

Week Three:
1. Academic writing
2. Research Skills
3. Presentation Skills
4. In class activity

Week Four:
1. Critical Analysis
2. Literature Reviews
3. In class activity – Criminal Justice writing (Case Note recording)
4. Formative Assessment Task

Week Five:
1. Referencing systems (APA)
2. Plagiarism

Week Six:

Week Seven:
1. Referencing Systems (APA)
2. In Class Activity – Witness Statements
3. Formative Assessment Task

Week Eight:
1. Effective Presentation skills
2. Oral Presentation Skills
3. Verbal communication skills

Week Nine:
1. Group Oral Presentations – preparation week

Week Ten:
1. Group Oral Presentations
2. In Class activity – Police Reports
3. Formative Assessment Task

Week Eleven:
1. In class activity
2. Criminal Justice Field – including legislative frameworks.
3. Examples of Reports

Week Twelve:
1. Literature review
2. In class activity – Court Reports
3. Formative Assessment Task

Week Thirteen:
1. Critical analysis skills
2. Literature review workshops

Week Fourteen:
1. Writing styles; meeting your audience
2. In class activity
3. Formative Assessment Task

Week Fifteen:
1. Research methods
2. In class activity

Week Sixteen:
1. Literature Review & Critical analysis
2. Formative Assessment Task

Week Seventeen:
1. Overview
2. In class activity

Week Eighteen:
1. Literature review Due
The teaching schedule outlined above is subject to change depending on your assimilation of knowledge and skills of the subject matter, and on changes to legislation as well as unforeseen circumstances.

As a student you need to demonstrate both knowledge and practical skills relevant to the course content within the classroom environment. Engagement with educators and other students is critical to you maximising learning opportunities and achieving satisfactory results. Participation in classroom discussion and activities will allow educators to apply observational assessment during role-plays, exercises and assignments and provide you with feedback.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

RMIT library has an extensive collection of associated texts related to the subject.

A recommended text book is “Writing for the Social Sciences” – Angela T. Ragusa (2011).

Students will receive “The Essential Assessment Guide for Commencing Students” as a resource.
Students will also receive readings and relevant material required for the completion of the Assessment Tasks, however students are expected to conduct independent research.


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessments may incorporate a variety of methods including role-plays, observations, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, reports, group/individual training workshops, and audio-visual presentations.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.


A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca

Assessment Tasks

There are three pieces of assessment in this subject, as follows:
There are two Assessable tasks (Summative Tasks) for this subject;

Group Oral Presentation – 40%
Literature Review/Critical Analysis – 60%

Furthermore, students will be required to complete Formative Tasks throughout the duration of the Course.

A further detailed outline of the assessment tasks and submission requirements will be handed out in the second week of the course, as well as posted on Blackboard. The marking criteria will also be distributed to students.

Assessment Matrix

The assessments have been designed to cover all Learning Outcomes and will be graded in accordance with RMIT’s Mark Table which is as follows:

CHD=Competent with High Distinction
CDI=Competent with Distinction
CC=Competent with Credit
CAG=Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC=Not Yet Competent
DNS=Did not Submit for Assessment

Grades which apply to course delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not-graded)

CA=Competency Achieved
NYC=Not Yet Competent
DNS=Did Not Submit For Assessment

Other Information

All written work must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics
2. It is expected that all submitted work will be well written, with clear and consistent grammar, expression and punctuation. It must be well structured and cogently address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical, ordered and organised manner
3. The concepts must be well defined and demonstrate a critical analysis of the chosen topic
4. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research
5. In-text references must follow the APA style of referencing. In addition, you must provide a bibliography with correct and comprehensive details in relation to texts, articles, research reports and other sources that you have used
6. Double or 1.5 spacing and a font size of 10-12 must be used in either Arial or Times Roman. Do not submit double paged assessments.

In accordance with RMIT policy, you may apply for an extension where there have been unexpected or extenuating circumstances, e.g.
• Hospital admission, serious injury, severe asthma, severe anxiety or depression. This does not include minor illness such as a cold, period pain or hay fever.
• Loss or bereavement – e.g. death of a close family member, family/relationship breakdown.
• Hardship/trauma – e.g. victim of crime, sudden loss of income or employment, severe disruption to domestic arrangements.
You must keep a copy of their assessment until the graded submission has been returned or marks have been posted.

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT student email address.

Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:

Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each working day late.
No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date.

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
• You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).

• Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing

Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

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