Course Title: Prepare reports

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: COMM7343C

Course Title: Prepare reports

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5367 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Anna Moodie

Nominal Hours: 60

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 the skills and knowledge required to prepare comprehensive reports.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

AHCWRK503 Prepare reports


1. Research material

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and describe the topic of the report
1.2 Determine the sources of information
1.3 Collect and organise information appropriate to the task


2. Evaluate information

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Confirm that information collected is relevant and sufficient to provide a full report
2.2 Seek clarification where information is unclear or difficult to understand and seek assistance if required
2.3 Obtain additional information where available information is inadequate
2.4 Assess information for its validity and reliability and organise into a suitable form to aid decision making
2.5 Confirm that conclusions drawn from relevant information are based on reasoned argument and appropriate evidence


3. Produce a document

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use language that is applicable to the task and audience
3.2 Organise the document logically, and confirm it is structured and balanced according to purpose, audience and context
3.3 Format the document
3.4 Confirm that conclusions reached reflect the stated objectives of the report
3.5 Complete preparation within the specified timeframe
3.6 Follow enterprise and work health and safety requirements and procedures


4. Deliver a verbal presentation

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Confirm language is applicable to the task and audience
4.2 Use concise and well presented support materials are used in oral presentations
4.3 Allocate sufficient time to allow clear presentation of the desired topic
4.4 Deliver verbal presentation is delivered within a specified time

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Lectures, field-trips, in-class exercises, presentations, written reports, group discussions.

Teaching Schedule

Week No.


Learning activity

Assessment Due Dates



Introduction to unit

Purpose and types of reports




Finding relevant literature -

LIBRARY sessions - Computer Lab – Building 56, Level 4, Rm 88

Preliminary research activities and library resources




Common structures and terms in reports

Referencing – Harvard System




No Classes – work on Assessment 1




Paragraphs, summaries, paraphrasing, quotes, plagiarism

Formatting reports - Image, resizing and referencing

Assessment 1 – 6/8/17



Formatting reports – titles, heading, tables and figures

Reasoned arguments, drawing conclusions




What is a Technical Report?

Writing Technical Reports in a Team




Copyright, plagiarism and Referencing

Practicing writing reports in the Scientific Format




Mid-semester break – no classes 28th Aug – 3 Sept




Revision of referencing methods

Working on Major report




Report topics –writing a proposal

Time to work on Written Report / ask questions

Assessment 2 - 17/9/17



Using PowerPoint for presentations

Structuring presentation to address key points

Use of media in presentations



25th – 28th Sept

Camp to Wonthaggi Heathland




Presenting information - understanding different communication and learning styles




1) Oral Presentations  (Assessment 4)

2) Writing Funding Submissions and Project Proposals




1) Oral Presentations  (Assessment 4)

2) Writing Funding Submissions and Project Proposals

Assessment 3 Due – 15/10/17



1) Oral Presentations  (Assessment 4)

2) Practice of writing skills




End of Year


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment includes research activities, written reports & presentations

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task

Assessment Name

Due Date


1)      Assessment Task 1

Assignment - Defining topic, audience and literature search, review and other references collation




2)      Assessment Task 2

Written Report – Report of topic



3)      Assessment Task 3

In-Class Exercises



4)     Assessment Task 4

Oral Presentation – Presentation of topic





Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Assessment Information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilises graded assessment
CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
CDI Competent with Distinction (70 – 79%)
CC Competent with Credit (60 – 69%)
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded (50 – 59%)
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (reports, assignments etc.)

  • Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.
  • APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available online at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.
  • For missed assessments such as tests and field trips- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of the assessment

Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher. 

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