Course Title: Intermediate writing skills for discussions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: COMM5903

Course Title: Intermediate writing skills for discussions

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 discussions, ie to present arguments for more than one side of an argument. It includes the skills to research and plan discussions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CSWEIIIP Intermediate writing skills for discussions



Performance Criteria:

Prepare to write a discussion

1.1 Identify topic
1.2 Research topic and write notes
1.3 Write a plan organising content according to discussion structure, eg introduction, arguments for and against, conclusion

Write a discussion
2.1 Write a coherent discussion of approximately 300 words or more
2.2 Structure text appropriately, ie introduction, arguments for and against, conclusion
2.3 use linking devices to develop discussion, eg on the other hand, in conclusion
2.4 Write coherent paragraphs which express arguments for and against and provide evidence to support/substantiate arguments
2.5 Use topic sentences to focus on and organise arguments with paragraphs
2.6 use appropriate conjunctive links, eg to compare and contrast
2.7 Use grammatical structures of appropriate complexity in order to develop the discussion, eg some use of modality, complex clauses, nominalisation, dependent clauses
2.8 Use vocabulary appropriate for presenting different points of view
2.9 Use punctuation to support meaning
2.10 Spell most words accurately
2.11 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 may be gathered through the collection of learner documents

  • Preparation of a discussion
  • Write a discussion

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 may be gathered through the collection of learner documents

Preparation of a discussion
Write a discussion

Assessment Matrix

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