Course Title: Research events in Australian history post 1770

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: HUSO5210

Course Title: Research events in Australian history post 1770

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3311 - Certificate III in EAL (Access)

Course Contact : Bloss Robertson / Baia Tsakouridou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254488

Course Contact /

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Jane Saunders 51.2.002 email:

Tim Morris 51.2.002 email:

Angela Borrelli 51.2.002

Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers reading and writing skills and knowledge required by adult learners with language background other than English. The focus of this unit is on investigating and become familiar with aspects of Australia’s history, post 1770. The unit provides an introduction to the political and social history Australia from 1770 to the present day.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21481 Research events in Australia history, post 1770


1 Examine the coastal exploration of Australia prior to 1778

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the reasons for exploration of the coast of Australia
1.2 Identify the key players and their roles in the exploration
1.3 Discuss the reasons for Britain’s decision to settle Australia


2 Describe the role of convicts in the European settlement of Australia

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify the main types of convicts
2.2 State the relationship between convicts and soldiers
2.3 Describe the key elements of convict life


3 Investigate a significant period or event in Australian history

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop a timeline of major events or significant periods in Australian history following European settlement of Australia
3.2 Select a major event or significant period in Australia’s history to examine
3.3 Scan informational texts and make notes on the main features of the event
3.4 Describe some general features of life in Australia at the time
3.5 Analyse the significance of the event in Australia’s history


4 Present your research findings

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Plan a written report comprising several coherently linked paragraphs based on research
4.2 Select and order information
4.3 Use appropriate terminology and language
4.4 Draft using appropriate layout
4.5 Proofread and correct final draft, with guidance

Learning Outcomes


This unit develops skills and knowledge for adult learner of English as an addtional language to investigate and become familiar with aspects of Australia’s history post 1770.

The outcomes described in this unit relate to:
The ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Reading and Writing. They contribute directly to the achievement of ISLPR Reading 2+ and Writing 2+
the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of competence for Reading and Writing at Level 3

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate III in EAL (Access) which is an integrated program. This means that you will study this unit with other units on the same day. Your program consists of Face to Face teaching and Directed Study. Your program will have a minimum of 8 hours Directed Study per week. You are not required to attend to complete Directed Study, however you are expected to complete all work given and will at times be required to show evidence that the work has been completed in this unit. This is a very important part of your program and we ask that you do 4-5 hours on your non attendance day and at least 1 hour each evening to cover all the units in the program. An outline of your Directed Study is published each week in the Weekly Program Delivery Plan.

This unit covers in part the reading and writing macro skills addressed in the whole certificate.

READING You are encouraged to read a wide range of texts relevant to the study context. You will read, analyse and review complex texts for research purposes


  • read and write straightforward informational texts
  • analyse documentaries and historical text


In a variety of writing activities, you will improve your sentence structure and learn how to use different writing styles. This will include descriptive and narrative texts and short reports. You will:

  • descriptive text
  • write an informative/narrative text
  • write reflective text


Teaching Schedule

This program is of 17 weeks duration. Week one is induction week.

Program Dates: 9 February - 5 June, 2015
Public Holiday
Labour Day 9 March,2015

Mid Semester Break
2 April - 8 April, 2015

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program. This unit is clustered with VU21469 Read and write straight forward descriptive and narrative texts (LANG5815). The assessment tasks will also cover other units within the course. 

Week VU21481 Research events in Australian history post 1770 VU21481        VU21469          
1Discuss and read texts about early Australian exploration 1 1, 2
2Read  and discuss texts about early explorers’ experiences. Range of simple and compound sentences. 1 1, 2, 3, 4
3Read and demonstrate comprehension about reasons for settlement in Australia. Vocabulary to describe events in Australian history. 1, 2 2, 3, 4
4 Listen to audio about important early explorers. 1 1, 3
5Write short answer questions about life as a convict in Early Australian history. Discourse markers connectives, 2 1, 2, 3
6Examine key elements of early live in Australia 3 1, 3
7Assessment Task: Write a reflective/narrative text outlining a journey as an early explorer 1, 4 2, 4

.Mid Semester Interview

 3 2, 4
9Examine a significant period in Australian history  1, 2
10Examine a significant period in Australian history. 3 1, 2, 3
11Write and plan a report writing skills, coherently linked paragraphs. 4 1, 3
12proof reading skills 4 2, 4
13Scan informational texts make summary notes 3 2, 4
14Discussion  and reflection of significant periods in Australian History2, 31, 2, 3, 4
15Assessment task: Write a written report about and significant period or event in Australian history and give an oral presentation. 4 2, 4
16Revision of Australian History post 1770 3 2, 4
17Results released 1, 2, 3, 4 1, 2, 3, 4

Note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the order is subject to change depending on class needs and availabiltiy of speakers and resources.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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

This course is part of a full-time integrated program. You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent.

Students will be assessed orally and though written essay, journals, short answer questions and report.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

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 policy 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 see

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 3 : Read and Write a personal informational/descriptive text. Due Week 4 & 6

  • This is a task which focuses on reading descriptive texts and developing skills of descriptive writing skills. Read and write a descriptive text following conventions and discourse features of descriptive writing.

Assessment Task 6: Reflective narrative text early explorers pre 1778: Due Week 7

  • This task focuses on reading narrative texts, analysing conventions of descriptive writing skills. Read and Write a Narrative text about early Australian Explorers

Assessment task 12: Oral presentation and written report. Due Week 15

  • This task focuses on reading texts and locating information and then using the information to write a report. the report is presented in class.

Cover Sheets
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of work submitted in hardcopy.The signed cover sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications


All assessment tasks including electronically recorded student work will be kept by the University for student feedback and to meet government requirements.

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.

Other Information


It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required leaning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain competency.

Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Student program policy

You will be asked to attend mid-semester and end of semester interviews with relevant teachers and Program Co-ordinator. The interviews are an important part of giving you feedback and supporting you through your program by monitoring your academic progress

Special consideration policy (Late submissions)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.

Special consideration is an assessment adjustment for unexpected circumstances that are outside your control, which:
• have a significant adverse impact on your performance in assessment or
• prevent you from attempting or submitting the assessment. Special Consideration

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy

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