Course Title: Conduct research

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: GEDU6106C

Course Title: Conduct research

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4370 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Course Contact: Jennifer Mills

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 30

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 performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to research history and theory for application to artistic practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUARES402 Conduct research


1. Clarify research brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm research topic or content with relevant personnel, including completion deadlines 1.2 Identify research and data gathering techniques that best meet requirements of the brief 1.3 Discuss research ideas with relevant personnel and identify any implications for research briefs 1.4 Discuss and agree on the format for presenting research findings with relevant personnel 1.5 Identify issues of a culturally sensitive or legal nature that affect research briefs 1.6 Alert relevant personnel to potential difficulties in meeting briefs and agree on alternative strategies or outcomes 1.7 Assess brief to identify need for specialist research expertise and discuss with relevant personnel if required


2. Conduct research

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify, record and maintain accurate details of information sources and potential contributors 2.2 Design research tools, as required 2.3 Research a sufficiently wide range of reliable sources to optimise validity of results in line with research brief and agreed methodology 2.4 Make contact with identified sources promptly and in accordance with data gathering techniques methodology 2.5 Adjust research strategies to achieve required research outcomes, if necessary 2.6 Adopt safe ergonomic practices when using screens and keyboards for long periods of time 2.7 Record, and store all information and data in a system that allows for easy access and retrieval


3. Analyse research findings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Analyse and interpret data or information gathered 3.2 Check all facts and assess all information before including them in research findings 3.3 Observe copyright, intellectual property and privacy laws that may impact publication of research, and seek legal advice if required 3.4 Develop conclusions and recommendations as required in consultation with relevant personnel


4. Present research findings

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Organise information logically and clearly in the agreed format 4.2 Present information to relevant personnel by agreed deadlines 4.3 Identify key issues for further research or discussion with relevant personnel 4.4 Seek feedback on the quality of research and note areas for improvement

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will have completed research projects that will contribute to a portfolio of evidence.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:

  1. In-class activities:
  • lectures
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • group discussion


  1. Out-of-class activities include:
  • reading articles and excerpts


The approach to the course consists of the presentation of weekly topics regarding major questions about the nature of art, its purposes and related matters. Each week the subject is introduced by a talk and then the subject is opened to class discussion. The aim of this is for the students to encounter not only my more formal account of the issues regarding the week’s topic but also the dialogue and different viewpoints of their peers. As many of the topics are interrelated, the students can gather material for their essays from more than one class session. Their notebook then becomes a prime text in which to not only take notes from my lectures but also to record ideas, viewpoint and insights which have emerged from the class discussions. Greater research can later be done based on what arises from the lecture and discussion

Teaching Schedule



Course content

Task / Assessment due dates



The course and the assessment requirements are explained. Information gathering methods. Citation, copyright.


What is art

What distinguishes a work of art from non-art?

What characteristics must an object have for it to be considered a work of art?

Brief is handed out






Is there a distinctive type of experience, which one receives from an artwork or nature, the aesthetic experience and what is it like?

What are aesthetic emotions and are they different from other emotions? If so, in what way?

Is there a special attitude, the aesthetic attitude, which we should bring to art works and to nature and what is it like?







What's the relationship, if there is one, between appreciation of art works and appreciation of nature?







What is artistic beauty? Is this the only value art has? What other values doe art possess?







Must a work of art be made by an artist or can anyone create a work of art?

Can something be seen as art even if it wasn’t originally intended to be so?

Can an object be considered as art today even if it was not considered to be art at the time it was made?







Why is it possible to have an aesthetic experience from art works, which deal with violence, the bizarre, sadness or the tragic?








The ethical, social, and moral aspects/uses of art.

Does art have to have an extra-artistic purpose for it to be of value (e.g. political, social, educational, etc.) or can it be of value in itself?

Is an artwork’s aesthetic value independent of its moral, ethical or political stance?







Censorship of art

Should censorship be applied to art, if so, under what conditions/for what reasons?

Should art considered offensive be banned from public exhibition or would it be appropriate to alter the work to remove the offensive elements?

Essay to be handed in






What is the nature of Creativity?

What’s the relationship between creativity and play?






The role/function/status of the artist

What is the nature of the artist’s status- worker, craftsperson, genius, creator, collector and assembler, commentator, entertainer, etc




4.1, 4.2,4.4





Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The student is encouraged to use both library and online facilities for research.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through completion of a body of work that demonstrates concept development, understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in a studio.

Assessment Tasks

The assessment consists of a major essay

Major Essay

The student is required to choose one of the issues from the weekly program to research and to form a an articulate and coherent and critical in the form of an essay. Research should be based on relevant authorities on the subject and making reference to specific artworks used as evidence to support and one’s argument.

Assessment Matrix


course title

Conduct Research

RMIT Unit code


National code


Assessment tasks


Performance criteria


*Required knowledge

*Required skills

*Critical aspects of evidence

1.The Major Essay




2.1- 2.7

3.1 - 3.4

4.1 - 4.4

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:


* explain features of commonly used quantitative and qualitative research methodologies


*explain how to evaluate validity and reliability of an information source


*explain typical legal issues that can affect research activities including copyright, intellectual property and privacy legislation


*identify reliable sources of advice on legal issues


*explain requirements for gathering information with cultural sensitivities


*identify work health and safety standards as they relate to working for periods of time on screens and keyboards.





* Interprets textual information in a variety of formats from diverse sources


*Critically evaluates content to develop reliable findings that fulfil research briefs



Develops material for a specific audience using clear and detailed language to convey explicit information, requirements and findings


*Maintains an easily accessible and accurate information database


Oral Communication

* Engages in  detailed discussions with others to clarify requirements and reach agreement


*Explains detailed information clearly using language, tone and pace appropriate to audience  


*Uses careful listening and questioning techniques to gather information


Navigate the world of work

* Takes responsibility for provision of valid and reliable research services that meet client requirements


*Identifies potential legal compliance issues


*Identifies improvement opportunities to own research practice


Interact with others

* Demonstrates sophisticated control over oral and written formats drawing on a range of communication practices to achieve research objectives and outcomes


*Engages others in consultation and negotiations to reach agreement


*Establishes rapport with research participants to elicit cooperation and information


Get the work done

* Uses systematic, analytical processes to undertake complex tasks required to undertake research and present findings that satisfy requirements of project briefs


*Clarifies research purpose and determines information sources, tools and techniques, and whether legal issues are present and specialist support is required


*Manages and adjusts collection processes to ensure sufficiency and reliability of information


*Establishes effective systems to underpin analysis of findings


*Presents information in agreed format to deadline


*Uses main features of digital tools and systems to access, organise and present information



Evidence of the ability to:


*analyse research briefs and agree on requirements with relevant personnel


*gather valid and reliable information from a range of sources according to an agreed methodology


*analyse and interpret research findings to develop appropriate conclusions and recommendations


*present research findings to relevant personnel, in an appropriate format, by agreed deadlines


*maintain a system to store, retrieve and maintain contacts and research information


*discuss key issues and seek feedback from relevant personnel to improve quality of research.




Other Information

Other information



You will receive written feedback on the completion of your assessment tasks.




RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Special consideration policy (late submission)

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.

Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1 (unresolved);

Reasonable adjustment

In assessing whether a particular adjustment is reasonable consideration should be given to:

·         the student’s disability and his/her views

·         the effect of the adjustment on the student, including effect on his/her ability to achieve learning outcomes, participate in courses or programs and achieve independence

·         the effect of the proposed adjustment on anyone else affected, including the education provider, staff and other students

·         the costs and benefits of making the adjustment.

As a result, what constitutes "reasonable" varies on a case-by-case basis and the balance is sometimes difficult to strike.  However, it is clear that education providers are not required to lower academic standards or disregard the needs staff or other students. In more complex cases discussion with the disability service will be useful. It may be useful to examine previous judgements in relation to the DDA.

Language Literacy & Numeracy

An RTO needs to fit LLN into the delivery of its training and assessment as it has an important role in:

·         redressing any deficiencies in its students’ key LLN skills

·         building the generic skills of teamwork, communication and problem solving that are highly valued by employers.

Employability skills

In addition to developing skills and knowledge for a particular job, this program also aims to help you to develop broad work skills, known as Employability Skills. There are eight employability skills.

Employability Skills which feature in the Diploma of Visual Art include:

·         Communication

·         Teamwork

·         Problem solving

·         Initiative and enterprise

·         Planning and organising

·         Self management

·         Learning

·         Technology 

Employability skills are embedded in the units of competency in your program. When you demonstrate that you are competent in your particular job skills and knowledge you are also demonstrating that you have developed relevant employability skills. Further information about the employability skills you will develop in this program is available at: chapter/EmpSkillsMandText

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