Course Title: Create a range of complex texts for learning purposes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: GEDU5444

Course Title: Create a range of complex texts for learning purposes

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3209 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact : Judith McCann

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99258366

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Geraldine Walton - Teacher


Nominal Hours: 25

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 is designed to prepare the student with the writing skills required for  further studies, with an emphasis on writing for science.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBQU161 Create a range of complex texts for learning purposes

Learning Outcomes

Competency Based Learning

Details of Learning Activities

• Lectures
• Class discussions
• Writing exercises

Teaching Schedule



 4 hrs per week  ( 27 hours)

1.       13/14Sep               

Sentence Structure Punctuation                                                  

Mid Semester Break

Paragraph Writing

4.4/5 Oct

Spelling; Homonyms & confusing words

5.11/12 Oct

 Persuasive Writing

6.18/19 Oct

Persuasive Writing

 Informative Writing

7.25/26 Oct

Informative Writing

8.1/2 Nov

Melb Cup Tues 1/11 - Public Holiday Writing Portfolio due - 2/11

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

English Dictionary - see teacher for details


English Thesaurus - see teacher for details

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

In-class worksheets

Portfolio of Written Work

Assessment Tasks

Student assessment is based on teacher evaluation of the following:

• verbal (oral/written) questioning and teacher observation

• assessment tasks, completed in class, with teacher support and supervision.

Assessment Tasks:

A pass must be obtained in both assessment tasks in order to pass this course.

Number         Assessment                                Issued Week            Due Week            Assessment weighting 
                                                                                                                                                       _% of final mark

1.                     In-class worksheets                  Weekly                         Weekly                           Hurdle                                            

2.                     In-class writing activities           2-4                                    7                                     30

3.                     Persuasive Writing                       4                                       7                                     30

4.                     Informative Writing                       5                                       7                                     40

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

For information on late submission of work or absence on the day of assessment, please go to the Program site on the Learning Hub for C3209 Certificate III in Science or contact the Program Co-ordinator, Judi Mc Cann.

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