Course Title: Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: EMPL5645C

Course Title: Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5314 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925-4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Yannick Thoraval

Kate Neal

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 course addresses the collection, application and updating of general industry information needed to write a range of documentation relevant to the creative arts industries.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFIND201A Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge


Source and apply industry information

Performance Criteria:

1. Seek information on the structure and operation of the creative arts industries using appropriate sources

2. Seek information on employment obligations and opportunities within the creative arts industries using appropriate sources

3. Seek information on new technology affecting the creative arts industries using appropriate sources

4. Comply with copyright requirements when accessing information

5. Apply information in day-to-day work activities to enhance quality of work performance


Update and maintain industry knowledge

Performance Criteria:

6. Seek information on laws and regulations affecting the creative arts industries using appropriate sources

7. Identify implications of breaching laws and regulations affecting the creative arts industries

8. Apply information to ensure laws and regulations are not breached in day-to-day work activities


 Identify industry laws and regulations

Performance Criteria:

9. Identify and use a range of opportunities to update knowledge of the creative arts industries

10. Identify current issues of concern to the creative arts industries

11. Share updated knowledge with colleagues

12. Establish and maintain effective contacts in the creative arts industries

Learning Outcomes

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

Details of Learning Activities

 In class activities may include:

  • Lectures
  • Guest lecture
  • Class presentations
  • Group discussions
  • Teacher directed group activities/projects
  • Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • Workshopping of student projects
  • Analysis/critique of relevant reading material

Out of class activities may include:

  • Online research

Independent project based work

Teaching Schedule


Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.


Topics covered


What is a grant? Elements of funding applications. Finding and evaluating sources of funding.


Understanding and writing to selection criteria.


Writing effective project plans.


Developing project budgets.


Writing for the grant maker: how funding applications are assessed.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Your teacher will supply all readings and class materials in class.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include the development and refinement of a range of writing pieces which address the current standards used in the workplace. All assessment should meet a professional level of completion and will include:

  • participation in written exercises, in class and online
  • oral presentations/case studies
  • questioning and observation
  • the application of current industry research learned skills and insights

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following two pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task. You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on MyRMIT for full assessment criteria.

Assessment One:  Identify a project and relevant funding source (Due 4 May)

As an individual, you will write a short (500 word max) description of a project for which you will source a grant. The project can be a creative work, such as a written publication or a performance piece. You may also choose a non-creative project, such as a community event. You will then research potential funding opportunities for this project. Finally you will articulate why the funding source you identified is suitable for your project.


Assessment Two (Graded): Write a Grant Proposal (Due 2 June)

As an individual, you will prepare a draft application for funding from a funding provider. As previously determined, the project can be a creative work, such as a written publication or a performance piece. You may also choose a non-creative project, such as a community event. You will present your project as it adheres to the objectives and eligibility criteria of the funding provider.

Once you have demonstrated competency, you will also receive a grade for Assessment Two and for the course. Refer to MyRMIT for grading rubric. 

Graded assessment in this course uses the following grades:

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


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available on Blackboard under the 'Assessments' tab. 

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

How to submit work
You must submit assessments electronically through Turnintin on Blackboard. You will be asked to attest your work is your own.

Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises. We strongly advise that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

We request that you speak to your teacher if regular attendance becomes difficult.

Assessment feedback
You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1

Student progress
Monitoring academic progress is helps us to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to assessment (incl. applying for a time extension)
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.;ID=kehn9bz22r41

Academic integrity and plagiarism
Academic integrity is about the honest presentation of work that is your own. RMIT University has a clear policy on plagiarism (see web page for more detail).

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Credit Transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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