Course Title: Examine current issues

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C3311

Course Title: Examine current issues

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 55.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


360T Education


Term1 2014,
Term1 2015

Course Contact: Baia Tsakouridou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit develops skills of learners to investigate a range of local and international  current issues. 


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VU21464 Examine current issues


1 Discuss a current issue of local or international significance

2 Locate information on a current issue in texts

3 Write simple text on investigation of a current issue

Learning Outcomes

This unit applies to learners wishing to develop their language the skills and knowledge to explore and engage with current issues.

The outcomes described in this unit relate to the Performance Criteria from the four Elements the ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings)  They contribute directly to the achievement of ISLPR Listening 2, Speaking 2, Reading 2 and Writing 2.

They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF (Australian Core Skills Framework)  Indicators at Level 2.


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.
 You may be assessed by:

  •  participation in group discussion,
  • summaries and note taking, research reports
  • oral presentations.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester, in both oral and written form, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

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