Course Title: Intermediate writing skills for complex documents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: COMM5894

Course Title: Intermediate writing skills for complex documents

School: 360T Education

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3211 - Certificate III in Spoken and Written English

Course Contact : Jennifer Chamberlain

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9476

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Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This/course/module covers the skills required to write formal letters and/or emails and to complete complex forms. It includes the objective, grammatically complex language required in formal written contexts and the reading skill to deal with complex instructions and questions in more demanding forms.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CSWEIIIL Intermediate writing skills for complex documents



Performance Criteria:

Write a formal letter/email
1.1 Plan and write a coherent 120-150 word formal letter/email
1.2 Use conventional layout, eg address, date for letter, subject line for email
1.3 Stage text appropriately, eg introduction, points and elaboration, concluding statement
1.4 Write paragraphs which clearly express objective information about topic
1.5 Provide information/supporting evidence, request action
1.6 Use grammatical structures appropriate to formal language, eg some use of passive nominalisation and dependent clauses
1.7 Use vocabulary appropriate to formal setting and register
1.8 Use punctuation to support meaning
1.9 Spell most words accurately
1.10 Produce typed of legible handwritten text

Complete a complex formatted text
2.1 Complete form correctly
2.2 Respond appropriately to instructions and questions
2.3 Provide required information using appropriate vocabulary and grammar
2.4 Write numerical information correctly and completely in appropriate space
2.5 Spell most words accurately
2.6 Produce typed or legible handwritten text

Learning Outcomes

The outcomes described in this unit relate to:
Performance criteria of 2 learning outcomes
The ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors 1+-2


Details of Learning Activities

Evidence should be gathered through a collection of learner documents

Teaching Schedule

This is a 20 week program:
Program Dates: 30 January -28 June 2012
Term break: Fri 30 March -Fri 13 April, 2012

Public holidays: Mon 12 March (Labour Day), Fri 6 April (Good Friday)Wed 25 April (ANZAC DAY) Mon 11 June 2012 (Queen’s Birthday)
Your program is made up of:
• Orientation
• Learning activities
• Guest speakers
• Excursions

All students will be inducted. The induction includes
AMEP handbook outlining student rights and responsibilities, grievance procedure and services information about student services, rights and responsibilities is contained in student diary.
Orientation to RMIT Libraries (library tour & on line catalogue introduction) and campus facilities

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


There are no set texts in this course learning materials are provided by the teachers
but it is recommended that you bring
• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
Writing materials

Overview of Assessment

This course is part of a full-time integrated program. Learner performance is assessed against specific criteria that describe a standard of performance. The criteria allows the learner to participate actively in the assessment process. The learner is given as many opportunities as practicable to achieve each outcome.
Learner is clearly informed that assessment is taking place and feedback on performance is given for each assessment.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your courses assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc


Assessment Tasks

Assessment should be gathered through a collection of learner documents

Assessment Matrix

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