Course Title: Apply further study skills

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: GEDU5990

Course Title: Apply further study skills

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3308 - Certificate III in General Education for Adults

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou, Bloss Robertson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact Email:baia.tsakouridou@rmit.edu.au, bloss.robertson@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jane Collins

jane.collins@rmit.edu.au

9925 4488
 

Nominal Hours: 90

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

None

Course Description

In this unit of competency you will be introduced to skills and knowledge required to prepare to enter tertiary study . The competency will cover basic skills in research and the analysis of tasks in a tertiary study context.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20746 Apply further study skills

Element:

1 Use a range of learning strategies
 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 a range of popular views about learning are compared

1.2 A range of learning strategies are defined

1.3 The main learning contexts that may be experienced in a tertiary learning environment are considered

1.4 Learning strategies are used for a a range of leanrning contexts.

1.5 Individual strengths, weaknesses and preferences in the use of different learning strategies in different contexts are considered

 

Element:

2 Use a range of library and online sources to access information
 

Performance Criteria:

2.1 the main services of a library are described

2.2 The range of sources for obtaining information in a library are identified

2.3 Appropriateness of information is assessed

2.4 Accurate records are made and stored appropriately
 

Element:

3 Use effective reading strategies for complex texts
 

Performance Criteria:

3.1 A range of academic reading strategies are described and applied

3.2 The significance of context for the meaning of a text is identified and discussed

3.3 Techniques for note-taking, summarising and synthesising information are applied

3.4 Text structure, technical vocabulary, wording and syntax are used to assist interpretation of meaning

3.5 Dictionaries and other references are used to assist interpretation of texts

 

Element:

4 Use academic writing skills to produce complex texts
 

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Main features of different academic texts are identified

4.2 Main phases of the academic writing process are identified

4.3 The significance of ausience and context are reflected in the conventions of academic writng

4.4 Appropriate citation is used for references and quoted work

4.5 Academic standards on plagiarism and collusion are observed

 

Element:

5 Participate effectively in collaborative learning
 

Performance Criteria:

5.1 the key features of collaborative learning are identified

5.2 Characteristics of effective collaborative learning are described

5.3 Verbal, interpersonal and participatory skills necessary for effective learning collaboration are used

5.4 Appropriate planning processes are negotiated with fellow students to achieve agreed outcomes

 


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competence of the above elements. The outcomes described in this unit relate to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of Reading and Writing competence at Level 5:
http://www.deewr.gov.au/Skills/Programs/LitandNum/ACSF/Pages
 


Details of Learning Activities

The competency will cover basic skills in learning strategies, analysis, critical thinking, research and academic writing for tertiary study.

You will be taught research and analytical skills over a wide range of texts relevant to the study context.

You will:
• read, analyse and review complex texts for appropriateness in a further study context.
 

In a variety of writing activities, you will improve youracademic skills and learn how to use different writing styles theat are appropriate for your study context.This will include essays, research reports, lab reports, proposals, critques. You will:
• take notes from a range of complex texts
• learn to locate and record references used
• learn about research, essay and report writing
• learn to plan, draft and proofread your work.
• construct formatted texts for study purposes
• become familiar with academic discourse
The revision of important grammatical structures will be incorporated into each activity.

Verbal communication skills necessary for Collaborative learning will be explored
 


Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: Mon 22 July – Fri 29 November, 2013

Term Break: Mon 23 September – Sun 6 October 2013

Public holidays: Tue 5 November (Melbourne Cup Day)

Week

 VU20746 Apply further study skills

GEDU5990

1

22 - 26 July
 

 Time
Management

Assessment Planning discussion

Reflective Journal/Time line

Note-taking

2

 29 July - 2 Aug

 Study groups set up

Reading
Note taking skills

Listening Lecture
Note taking

Reflective journal

3

 5 - 9 Aug

 Tutorial discussion

Writing support

Parapharasing
Synthesis

Referencing
Research skills

Reflective journal

4

 12 - 16 Aug

 Tutorial discussion
Writing support

Parapharasing
Synthesis

Referencing

Research skills

5

 19 - 23 Aug

 Tutorial discussion

Writing support

Parapharasing
Synthesis

Referencing

Research skills

Reflective journal

6

26 - 30 Aug
 

 Tutorial discussion

Writing support

Parapharasing
Synthesis

Referencing

Research skills

Reflective journal

7

 2 - 6 Sept

 Reading
Note taking skills

Listening Lecture
Note taking
Oral presentation skills
Research skills
Powerpoint
Reflective journal

8

 9 - 13 Sept

 Reading
Note taking skills
Oral presentation skills
Listening Lecture
Note taking

Powerpoint

 

 

Research skills

9

 

 16 - 20 Sept

 Oral presentation skills
Note taking skills
Oral presentation skills
Listening Lecture
Note taking

10

 7 -11 Oct

 Tutorial discussion

Writing support

Parapharasing
Synthesis

Referencing
Research skills

11

14 - 18 Oct

 Tutorial discussion

Writing support

Parapharasing
Synthesis

Referencing
Research skills

12

21 - 25 Oct

 

 Reflective journal

Exam Preparation
 

13

28 Oct – 1 Nov

 Writing support

Parapharasing
Synthesis

Referencing
Research skills
Exam Preparation

14

4 – 8 Nov

 Melbourne Cup Holiday – no classes

15

11 - 15 Nov

 Writing support

Parapharasing
Synthesis

Referencing
Research skills
Exam Preparation

16

18 - 22 Nov

 Cert IV Justice finishes

Review of skills
 

17 

**The teaching schedule maybe subject to change. Students will be advised via Blackboard and in class should changes occur.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

There are no set texts in this course, but it is recommended that you bring:

• English-English dictionary (we ask that you do not use a translation dictionary)
• Thesaurus
• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Highlighter pens
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
• Headphones (use your own or they can be purchased from the Carlton Library very cheaply)
• USB (Memory stick)


Overview of Assessment

 You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or written tasks.

Feedback:
Both verbal and written feedback will be provided throughout the semester, as well as individual and group feedback on practical exercises.
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 http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc


Assessment Tasks

Assessment will take place throughout the course. Your work is assessed on a competent (CA)/not yet competent (NYC) basis – it is not graded. You will be given written feedback on all assessment tasks. There will be individual and group projects completed both in and out of class.


Assessment is ongoing and its purpose is to develop your skills. You will be given assistance in redrafting and editing written assessment tasks because developing your ability to identify and correct your own mistakes is an important part of the learning process. It is important that you read the specific elements each assessment task addresses on the cover sheet for each task. At the time of setting assessments you will be given clear guidelines about which course, elements and performance criteria you will need to meet in order to successfully complete the task. Submission dates & deadlines will also be clearly explained.


Summative Assessment tasks:

  Task 1 Academic essay

Academic essay topic is from one of the Certificate IV/ Diploma in Justice courses. It will invlove research and note taking skills. This essay will follow the academic conventions including paraphrasing, summarising, synthesising, APA intext refencing and reference list.

Task 2 Academic essay /Literature Review

Academic essay/Literature review topic is from one of the Certificate IV Diploma in  Justice courses. It will invlove research and note taking skills. This essay will follow the academic conventions including paraphrasing, summarising, synthesising, APA intext refencing and reference list.

Task 3 Oral Presentation

Oral presentation topic is from one of the Certificate IV Diploma in  Justice courses. It will invlove research and note taking skills. Powerpoint and presentation skills and teamwork.

Formative assessments: ongoing observations, summaries and review of student work
Please note:


Assessments tasks will include other courses (Units of competency) from the program.
All Assessment tasks should be submitted by the deadline. If an extension is required you must ask your teacher for one before the due date.
 


Assessment Matrix

Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to performance criteria. The sum of assessment tasks will cover all units and their elements over a range of occasions. You will be given opportunities to demonstrate competency in a variety of ways throughout the program. You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on MyRMIT. 

 

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