Course Title: Apply communication for a range of purposes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: SOSK5797

Course Title: Apply communication for a range of purposes

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C1073 - Certificate I in Transition Education

Course Contact : Liz Cotter

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254870

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

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 skills and knowledge to operate more effectively and independently in the community by applying communication skills to meet everyday needs. It focuses on helping you to develop communication skills appropriate to a range of relationships and situations, including a focus on electronic communication modes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20453 Apply communication for a range of purposes


1. Communicate information to a range of relationships and situations

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Select an appropriate form of communication to meet the purpose required

1.2 Demonstrate effective listening skills

1.3 Questions are used to gain additional information and to clarify understanding

1.4 Demonstrate face-to-face communication skills

1.5 Undertake verbal, written and/or non verbal communication

1.6 Undertake communication in familiar and unfamiliar situations and with familiar and unfamiliar individuals and groups 


2. Locate information in a short simple texts

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Access a range of short, simple texts in the community to meet the learner’s needs

2.2 Identify features of texts encountered in the immediate environment

2.3 Identify specific sources of information


3. Complete short, simple formatted texts for personal/social/community purposes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify features of the texts

3.2 Outline purposes of the texts

3.3 Create a range of information texts

3.4 Enter information accurately on simple forms

3.5 Create texts to engage in social communication


4. Participate in communication for social/community/work/further education

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Give factual information/messages clearly

4.2 Receive and respond to information

4.3 Routine instructions are carried out in a safe manner

4.4 Generate and respond to messages

4.5 Express dis/agreement with others appropriately

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will have developed and applied the following skills: 

Communication skills to participate in conversations and to interact with others

Problem solving skills to identify and select appropriate communication strategies for different audiences and different situations

Language and literacy skills to participate in conversations and clarify communication requirements

Self-management skills to identify and seek out sources of support for own communication needs

Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in learning activities which will be timetabled for a particular time each week for the duration of the course.

Learning activities will take place in the classroom, with workshops in the computer laboratory.  There will be timetabled excursion activities.

Learning activities for this unit will include:

  • Group work
  • Class discussions
  • Project work
  • Excursions
  • Role play and observation

Teaching Schedule

You will be provided with a comprehensive workshop schedule at your first class in February that will highlight the different days of the week and the classes that are scheduled for this course.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts




Other Resources

You will be provided with the resources and tools for learning in this course. You will also have access to the resources in the library.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course is ongoing and will include the following:

Role Play and observation

Written questions

Written assignment

Assessment Tasks

There are four assessment tasks you will need to complete for this course:

Assessment task 1 - Role play and Observation activity  

Assessment task 2 - Short answer questions

Assessment task 3 - Written assignment

Assessment task 4 - Role Play and Observation activity

Assessment Matrix

The assessent matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency.  These are available from the Program Coordinator or the subject teacher.

This program is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment. Grades include -

CA: Competency Achieved

NYC: Not Yet Competent

DNS: Did not Submit for assessment

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

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 competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

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. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n


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