Course Title: Make a presentation

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: COMM5974C

Course Title: Make a presentation

School: 320T Architecture & Urban Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5359 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact: Alistair Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 9925 9446

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dale Nason

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

None required.

Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to prepare, deliver and review a presentation to a target audience. You will utilise presentation tools and skills to communicate a range of concepts, ideas and information.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBCMM401 Make a presentation


1 Prepare a presentation

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Plan and document presentation approach and intended outcomes

1.2 Choose presentation strategies, format and delivery methods that match the characteristics of the target audience, location, resources and personnel needed

1.3 Select presentation aids, materials and techniques that suit the format and purpose of the presentation, and will enhance audience understanding of key concepts and central ideas

1.4 Brief others involved in the presentation on their roles/responsibilities within the presentation

1.5 Select techniques to evaluate presentation effectiveness


2 Deliver a presentation

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Explain and discuss desired outcomes of the presentation with the target audience

2.2 Use presentation aids, materials and examples to support target audience understanding of key concepts and central ideas

2.3 Monitor non-verbal and verbal communication of participants to promote attainment of presentation outcomes

2.4 Use persuasive communication techniques to secure audience interest

2.5 Provide opportunities for participants to seek clarification on central ideas and concepts, and adjust the presentation to meet participant needs and preferences

2.6 Summarise key concepts and ideas at strategic points to facilitate participant understanding


3 Review the presentation

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Implement techniques to review the effectiveness of the presentation

3.2 Seek and discuss reactions to the presentation from participants or from key personnel involved in the presentation

3.3 Utilise feedback from the audience or from key personnel involved in the presentation to make changes to central ideas presented

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio and computer laboratory using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.In class activities will include:

  • class exercises
  • tutorials
  • practical demonstrations
  • workshops
  • group discussion
  • review and revision
  • peer learning
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • workshopping of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

Out of class activities may include:

  • independent research
  • independent project based work
  • studio practice
  • online tutorials and activities
  • review and revision

Teaching Schedule

This course, COMM5974C - Make a Presentation - is delivered face-to-face in combination with COMM7341C - Research visual communication history and theory. The combined timeline is presented here as a complete reference to the combined session delivery. The courses are clustered on Canvas under the title: HISTORY, THEORY & PRESENTATION.

Additionally 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. There will be a number of prescribed tasks and projects (see Assessment Tasks below).


Topics & Activities Feedback & Assessment Learning Elements
Learning Elements

Week 1

O'Week Timetable      
Week 2 Project Brief: Assignment #1 delivered    1 - 4  1 
Week 3
Project Development: First ideas workshop    1 - 4  1
Week 4
Feedback: Critical discourse & concept generation Feedback  1 - 4  1
Week 5
Project Development:
Concept development and graphic design production.
Presentation development.
   1 - 4  1 - 2
Week 6
Assignment #1
Presentation: Poster design concept & rationale.
Assignment #1 Presentation

Peer Feedback
 1 - 4  1 - 2
Week 7
Project Development: Individual tuition & production    1 - 4  
Week 8

Assignment #1
Project Submission: Outcome due by end of day

Assignment #2
Project Brief: delivered & research task set.

Assignment #1

1 - 4   1
Week 9 Assignment #1
Display of poster outcomes.
Review of presentation with critical feedback relevant to Assignment #2 presentation.

Assignment #2
Presentation development. Research task due.
Display & Critical Review

Research task due - feedback
1 - 4   1 - 3
Week 10 Assignment #2
Presentation: Designer booklet subject & rationale
Assignment #2 Presentation

Peer Feedback
 1 - 4  1 - 3
BREAK NO SESSIONS - Break duration 2 weeks      
Week 11 Project Development - individual tuition    1 - 4  1 - 2
Week 12 Project Development: Test print and mock-up Present Book Version #1 to small group review. Feedback  1 - 4  1 - 3
Week 13 Project Development: Layout development, content finalization    1 - 4  1
Week 14 Project Development: Print & Book construction towards final outcomes    1 - 4  1
Week 15 Project Submission: Outcomes due by end of session. Photographic documentation Assignment #2 DUE  1 - 4  1 - 2
Week 16 Project Presentation: Display of book outcomes and discussion Display & Review  1 - 4  1 - 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no compulsory prescribed texts in this course. This course has recommended books listed under ‘References’

You are advised to look at the Learning Hub at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year.

You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources.

Amongst the library’s electronic resources is the ability to access for online tutorials and lessons. You may be given these tutorials (and other resources) to supplement your classroom learning. The University Library has extensive resources for Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through the presentation of written and visual information. The assessment tasks are:
Presentation project/s 
An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks (Projects) in this clustered unit provide opportunity to achieve competency in all required assessment criteria. Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.

This course has 2 Graded Assignments, both of which must be completed/submitted.
Each comprises:
- a Presentation during development of the subject, concept & design rationale
- a Design outcome that satisfies all requirements of the Assignment

You are required to demonstrate all assessment criteria to a satisfactory standard to achieve competency.
When competency is determined, a graded outcome will be assessed.
Both Assessment Tasks are equally weighted (50%) in regards to the final graded outcome.

Project 1: Poster.
Poster design (with real-world competition entry where possible).
DUE: Week 8

Project 2: Booklet.
Present your research of a designer identity in the form of a book.
DUE: Week 15

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment are:
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 are available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information


The major aspect of your learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity for success.



You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects. 


Student Progress

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



When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e Submission process. Information regarding the eSubmission process


 Special Consideration Policy, Late Submission & Extensions

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. Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration

Reasonable adjustment is available and may be applied through the Special Consideration process. Any student seeking an extension, should aim at doing so a minimum of 2 days before the deadline. Work submitted late and without an extension at any point will incur late penalties in accordance with university policy. If you require an extension you must complete an extension form with evidence supporting your application and hand this to your instructor. Further links  Application for extension of time


On Time Submission and Impact of Late Submission

On time submission is an important factor in your assessment. Employability skills are embedded in all courses and these include Planning & Organising and Self-management. For this reason, late work impacts on your overall grade for each assessment task.

The following adjustments for late submission will be made: Work submitted late will be assessed for competency only. Submissions are only permitted during the period that the competency is scheduled.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity. Academic Integrity


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