Course Title: Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: GEDU6041

Course Title: Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4344 - Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study)

Course Contact: Baia Tsakouridou, Bloss Robertson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact Email:,

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jane Collins 



Marcelle Damicoucas 



Melanie Reynolds 



Beverley Carlton





Nominal Hours: 20

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

This unit of competency describes language analysis skills and knowledge required by adult learners with language backgrounds other than English. In this unit you will focus on language analysis and application of these skills to review own texts for further study purposes.

This unit is part of a full time integrated academic preparation program. It aims to provide you with the cultural understanding, advanced English language and study skills to participate in further study contexts.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21353 Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio


1 Identify potential pathways

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Discuss a range of options with an appropriate adviser

1.2 Access and note information about possible options


2 Clarify learning goals

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify learning goals in relation to identified options

2.2 Explore any additional skills requirements

2.3 Identify any gaps in current skills and knowledge

2.4 Discuss preferred learning styles

2.5 Discuss previous experiences in relation to achieving identified goals


3 Design and implement an individual learning plan

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Discuss the purposes of an individual learning plan

3.2 Clarify the features and components of an individual learning plan

3.3 Determine the processes for developing an individual learning plan

3.4 Document the individual learning plan and seek approval from relevant parties


4 Prepare portfolio of completed work samples

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify possible audiences and uses for the portfolio are identified

4.2 Identify requirements of the portfolio

4.3 Discuss types of evidence selected

4.4 Assemble examples of evidence for portfolio


5 Monitor and update the individual learning plan

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Regularly review progress towards end-of-course goals and objectives

5.2 Determine factors which contributed to success in meeting goals

5.3 Identify barriers to success and propose potential solutions

5.4 Identify learning strategies which can be applied to other contexts

5.5 Evaluate individual learning plan and revise as necessary

Learning Outcomes

This unit develops the skills and knowledge to investigate pathway options and plan skills development, in discussion with an appropriate support person. You will develop and maintain a portfolio of evidence over time.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study) which is an integrated program. This means that you will study this unit with other units on the same day. Your program consists of Face to Face teaching and Directed Study. Your program will have a minimum of 8 hours directed study a week. You are not required to attend classes to complete the Directed Study, however, you are expected to complete all work given and will at times be required to show evidence that the work has been completed. An outline of your Directed Study is published each week in the Weekly Program Delivery Plan.

The Weekly Program Delivery Plan is a detailed outline of what activities you will be undertaking in each session on a weekly basis. You can access this via Blackboard (Mystudies) at the start of each teaching week.


You are encouraged to read a wide range of texts relevant to the study context.

You will:
• read, analyse and review tertiary education websites and brochures
• identify potential pathways


You will:
• design and implement an individual learning plan


Teaching Schedule

Program Dates:

17 July – 24 November 2017

Mid-Semester Break:

Monday 25th September – Friday 6th October 2017  

Public Holidays:

Melbourne Cup Holiday Tuesday 7 November 2017


This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program and is scheduled for Weeks 4-13 of the Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study). The assessment tasks will also cover other units within the course. This is Cluster 4 - Research Pathways and Produce a Learning Plan and Portfolio.



VU21353 Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolioElements



Course overview

Pathways Presentation

“Creating your Pathway”- listening & note taking


Evaluate teacher presentation – 5Ps


 Pathway Interviews










Careers presentation 


Careers Resources eg statistics, technologies, and enterprise skills



Set up  Assessment Task 5: Careers and Study Project Part 1 and 2


Monitor and update individual plan

Online research courses  for Task 10


Demonstrate RMIT Study With Us and complete research table in small groups and students to present orally back to the class

Demonstrate Pathways resources on Blackboard






AV Clip

Search for career satisfaction takes unusual path (Paul Seymour)

With Vocabu

lary activity 


Personal Statement

language, structure and models (Directed Study) Checked week 9 or earlier


Assessment Task 5: Careers Project

Check Part 1 – Plan outline and to be checked by teacher





Assessment Task 5: Careers Project – submit, deliver presentation and complete evaluation








Assessment Task 6: Mid semester interviews








 Set up Assessment Task 10: Produce a Learning Plan Portfolio


Directed study - Personal Statement  - language, structure and models.

 Monitor and update individual plan


Continue Individual Pathway interviews


SWOT Analysis  Power Point and task


Learning Styles Theory and VARK Activity










Guest Speakers Oral Presentation – EAL Alumni  and Oral Presentation about further study pathways- 


Evaluate speakers’ presentations and ask questions about further study pathways. 








Personal Statement draft due on paper- peer and teacher editing


Team work problem solving activity Manning et al, (2007) University Foundation Study Team Working Course Book, Garnet Publishing








Assessment Task  10: Produce a Learning Plan Portfolio


Monitor and update individual plan


Support with IT Direct Applications


Review oral presentation skills








Assessment Task  10


Assessment Task 14: Group Oral Presentation

Review oral presentation skills & do Kahoot Quiz


Analyse assessment task


Group meeting to plan oral presentation – use planning sheet







 **The teaching schedule maybe subject to change. Students will be advised via Blackboard and in class should changes occur.

All students will be inducted into the program. Induction includes:

Induction Booklet and presentation

Explore RMIT activity

Orientation to RMIT libraries


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


There are no set texts in this course, but it is recommended that you bring:

  • Dictionary/Thesaurus
  •  Display folder with plastic sleeves
  •  Highlighter pens
  • Notebook or loose leaf paper in folder
  • Headphones
  • Laptop computer 

Overview of Assessment

You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester, in both oral and written form, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

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 manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1

Assessment Tasks

Assessment will take place throughout the course. Your work is assessed on a competent (CA)/not yet competent (NYC) basis – it is not graded. You will be given written feedback on all assessment tasks. There will be individual and group projects completed both in and out of class.
Assessment is ongoing and its purpose is to develop your skills. You will be given assistance in redrafting and editing written assessment tasks because developing your ability to identify and correct your own mistakes is an important part of the learning process. It is important that you read the specific elements each assessment task addresses on the cover sheet for each task. At the time of setting assessments you will be given clear guidelines about which course, elements and performance criteria you will need to meet in order to successfully complete the task. Submission dates & deadlines will also be clearly explained.

Assessment tasks:

Summative assessment: Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio

Assessment Task 5: Careers and Study Project (Due Session 4,  Week 7)

  • This task involves focusing on employability skills and involves researching future career prospects and study programs with online guides such as TAFE or university websites or the Job Guide. It involves preparing and planning an individual oral presentation of 2-3 minutes. The task will also encourage reflection with opportunities for peer and self-evaluation after the presentation.

Assessment Task 6: Mid-Semester Interview and Portfolio of Evidence (Due Session 5, Week 8)

  • A formal interview between teacher and student to discuss a variety of matters such as attendance, assessment tasks, further study options, progress and other issues including presentation of a portfolio of evidence.

Assessment Task 10: Produce a Learning Plan Portfolio (Due Session 10, Week 13)

  • This is an ongoing task for students to investigate pathways for further study. It encourages self-reflection by analysing learning styles, SWOT analysis and identifying opportunities for skills development and setting and maintaining study goals and the writing of a personal history statement for further study pathways including VTAC. The evidence should be collected and presented in a portfolio.


 Formative assessments: ongoing observations, summaries and review of student work

Please note:
Assessments tasks will include other courses (Units of competency) from the program.

Assessment Matrix

Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to performance criteria. The sum of assessment tasks will cover all units and their elements over a range of occasions. You will be given opportunities to demonstrate competency in a variety of ways throughout the program. To successfully complete this unit you will need to demonstrate that you are competent in each element of the unit/subject on at least two occasions.

You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on myRMIT

Other Information

Your course involves participating in face to face classes. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to successfully complete this course.

Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Student program policy

You will be asked to attend mid-semester and end of semester interviews with relevant teachers and Program Co-ordinator. The interviews are an important part of giving you feedback and supporting you through your program by monitoring your academic progress

Special consideration policy (Late submissions)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Extension

Special consideration is an assessment adjustment for unexpected circumstances that are outside your control, which:
• have a significant adverse impact on your performance in assessment or
• prevent you from attempting or submitting the assessment. Special Consideration

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy

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