Course Title: Conduct online research for further study

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: GEDU6095

Course Title: Conduct online research for further study

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4386 - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

Course Contact: Melanie Kyle

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4052

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Melanie Kyle 51.2.0

Jacqueline Cheng 51.2.0

Tim Morris 51.2.0



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



Assumed knowledge: 

To successfully undertake this unit, minimum language, literacy and numeracy skills that align to level 3 of ACSF are recommended.

Course Description


This course will be delivered in a blended mode. This means that the delivery is both online and face to face. By studying online in this course you will develop your independent learning skills in preparation for tertiary study. You will develop research and analysis skills in a tertiary study context. This unit of competency is taught in conjunction with VU21865 Tertiary reading and Writing (GEDU6092).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21868 Conduct online research for further study


1. Prepare for online research

Performance Criteria:


Access online web search tutorials to gather effective search techniques


Identify search engines and databasesrelevant to research needs in consultation with expert personnel


Determine method and process for collecting and recording information gathered with others if required


2. Research information

Performance Criteria:


Determine purpose and scope of the research according to requirements and clarify with others if required


Identify key words and phrases for the search according to appropriate techniques


Access a range of websites and databases using relevant search engines


3. Analyse information

Performance Criteria:


Critically examine material for relevance and suitability


Identify references from texts to follow up in further search


Gather, organise and manage information in a format suitable for analysis and interpretation

Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competence of the above elements. The outcomes described in this unit relate to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) and Australian Qualities Framework (AQF). 

They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF/AQF indicators of Reading and Writing competence at Level 4.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation program. This competency will have blended delivery: online and face to face.

This competency will cover basic skills in online research. You will develop the skills and knowledge required to gather, critically analyse, organise and present information from online research.

You will:

  • Access online resources and complete online activities
  • Identify search engines and databases relevant to research needs
  • Critically examine material for relevance and suitability
  • Gather, organise and manage information in a format suitable for ananlysis and interpretation


Course Dates: 

3 July - 27 October

Mid‐Semester Break:

Monday 28 August – Friday 1 September


Teaching Schedule

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is clustered with VU21865 Prepare for Tertiary Reading and Writing (GEDU6092)  which is delivered using blended mode (online and face to face).  


VU21865 Prepare for tertiary reading and writing

VU21868 Conduct online research




Reading Strategies


Welcome Announcement

Teacher Introduction

Post Student Introduction on Discussion board

Course Overview and Assessment Guide

Privacy and Social Media Guidelines (Induction Booklet)

Efficient reading strategies- skim & scan (Learning Lab)

Activity-Reading, scanning and comprehension


Face to face:

Explanation of and modelling blended delivery

Induction: Blackboard & accessing online courses, Turnitin and My Provisional Grades, invoices & RMIT email

Review/practice reading, scanning and comprehension




Research and note-taking


iSearch Library Research Skills –Get Started

Reading, Note taking: Learning Lab

Activity- read and take notes from article, complete quiz


Face to face:

Review/practice listening & note taking from AV or written text


E1 E2 E3


Paragraph Writing


iSearch Library –Search

Activity- taking notes and summarising longer text

Paragraph Writing- topic sentences and linking words


Face to face:

Topic sentence & paragraph scramble activities

Using databases for online research

Turnitin – how to use, access GradeMark feedback and check Originality report RMIT guidelines & instructions

E1 E3

E1 E2




iSearch Library -Evaluate

What is an expert?

Activity-read and paraphrase

Assessment Task 3: Paragraph Writing

Due Monday 24 July via Turnitin


Face to face:

Paraphrasing and critical thinking CAPOW activity

E1 E3

E 1 E2




iSearch Library -Reference

Harvard Referencing style

Annotated bibliography models & structure

Activity-Write practise Annotation with citation

Start Assessment Task 5: Annotated Bibliography

Face to face:

Referencing &  writing annotations and model annotated bibliographies

E1 E2 E3 E4


E1 E2 E3


Topic focus and Academic/Formal Writing


Mind mapping tutorial

Activities-Academic Writing and Harvard Referencing

Assessment Task 5: Annotated bibliography topic focus and research.

Face to face:

Mind mapping activity

Topic focus discussion

Demonstrate & produce academic writing and Harvard Referencing


E1 E3 E4


E 1 E2 E3 E4




Academic Writing Style

Activity- Read, take notes and synthesize

Assessment Task 5: Annotated bibliography DRAFT due Monday 14 August via Turnitin

Face to face:

Practice synthesizing and in text citations

Discuss Assessment Task 5: Annotated bibliography



Face to face:

Academic writing style and reporting verbs

Analyse sample annotations & read model Annotated Bibliographies

E1 E2 E3 E4

E 1 E2 E3


Skills Revision


Complete reference list quiz

Read teacher feedback on draft in Turnitin & redraft/edit as required


Face to face:

How to read & interpret Turnitin feedback. Explain Annotated Bibliography marking Rubric

Review synthesizing & analyse samples

Practise Academic writing style





Editing Assessment tasks


Editing and proofreading

Annotated Bibliography: Use editing checklist

Assessment Task 5: Annotated Bibliography

due  Monday 3 September via Turnitin


Face to face:

Assessment Task 5: Annotated Bibliography

How to read and interpret feedback

Start Assessment Task 7: Academic Report


E 1 E2 E3 E4

E1 E2 E3


Report Writing


Academic writing style

Report Writing

Sections of a report and a sample report


Face to face:

Academic Report:

Turn topic into a question

Support with writing report

E1 E3

E1 E2 E3


Academic Report


Assessment Task 7: Academic Report:  Topic focus and research

Report structure and language activities

Choose 3  - 4 relevant academic texts: use RMIT Harvard Reference Style & record in CAPOW table


Face to face:

Analyse model reports

Review Reporting verbs (Uni of Adelaide handout)

Review features of Introduction and Findings

Write draft Introduction in class

Write Findings for Directed Study

E1 E 2 E3 E4


E1 E 2 E3


Interpreting Graphs


reading and interpreting graphs and diagrams

Assessment Task 7: Academic Report:

Reading and interpreting graphs and diagrams

Write Findings sections


Face to face:

Preparation for Academic Report

Interpreting, describing trends and labelling graphs/diagrams

Review features/structure of  Discussion section of report

Start draft Discussion in class?

Finish for Directed Study: Discussion, Conclusion, Recommendations, References

E1 E 2 E3 E4


E1 E 2 E3


Academic Report


Assessment Task 7: Academic Report write Discussion section


Face to face:

Language and purpose of Discussion section of academic report with emphasis on synthesizing

E1 E 2 E3 E4


E1 E 2 E3


Editing and Proofreading


Editing and proofreading activity

Assessment Task 7: Academic Report DRAFT

due Monday 9 October via Turnitin


Face to face:

Peer and self- edit draft academic report using editing checklist

E1 E 2 E3 E4


E1 E 2 E3


Re drafting


Assessment Task 7: Academic Report:

Check teacher feedback in Turnitin

Edit/redraft  using checklist


Face to face:

Support with redrafting and editing final academic report

E1 E 2 E3 E4


E1 E 2 E3


Academic Report


Assessment Task 7: Academic Report

due Wednesday 25 October via Turnitin

Face to face:

Support with Academic Report resubmission (if applicable)

E1 E 2 E3 E4


E1 E 2 E3


The teaching schedule may be 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 



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


This competency will have blended delivery: online using Blackboard and face to face. You can access Blackboard through myRMIT/My Studies. At the induction session in the first week of your program you will be given guidelines on using the system.

Additional information about using Blackboard is available in the Induction Booklet. For information technology needs and online learning tools see:;ID=hi8nszlw2pr 

There are no set texts for this course however it is recommended that you have:

  • Laptop computer
  • Headphones and microphone capability on your device
  • USB (Memory stick)


Overview of Assessment


This competency is part of an integrated program. 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. Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or written tasks.


Both verbal and written feedback will be provided throughout the semester, as well as individual and group feedback on practical exercises.

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.

You will be given written feedback on all assessment tasks. There will be individual and group projects completed.
Assessment is ongoing and its purpose is to develop your skills.You will be given the opportunity of checkpoints throughout the course to develop your ability to identify and correct your own mistakes which 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.


All assessment must be submitted through Turnitin via myRMIT, My Studies (Blackboard).

Summative Assessments:

Assessment Task 3: Paragraph Writing (due Week 4)

Read and write a cohesive paragraph with topic sentence and supporting sentences.

Assessment Task 5: Annotated Bibliography (due Week 9)

Research, read and critically analyse academic texts and complete an annotated bibliography.

Assessment Task 7: Academic Report (due Week 16)

 Research, read and critically analyse a topic and write a cohesive report.



All assessment tasks including electronically recorded student work will be kept by the University for student feedback and to meet government requirements.

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. 

You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or Program Coordinator. An assessment delivery plan will be available on Blackboard (myRMIT).


Other Information

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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