Course Title: Develop and use information literacy skills

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: LIBR5019C

Course Title: Develop and use information literacy skills

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3311 - Certificate III in EAL (Access)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou / Bloss Robertson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254488

Course Contact /

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jane Saunders 51.2

Angela Fortunis 51.2

Nominal Hours: 40

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

This module must be co-delivered and assessed with at least of the language (Listening and Speaking or Reading and Writing) units from the certificates in EAL.

Course Description

This unit covers the competencies and performance outcomes to develop information literacy skills to source and  evaluate specific information and prepare and present the information.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CULINL301A Develop and use information literacy skills


1. Source information to meet specific needs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Determine exact nature of information needs
1.2 Confirm purpose of outcomes required from information searches
1.3 Identify range of potentially appropriate sources of information
1.4 Use basic search strategies to locate relevant information


2. Evaluate information against needs

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess search results and located information and adjust search strategies as necessary
2.2 Review search results and select relevant information to meet requirements


3. Prepare and present information to meet needs

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Prepare results of information searches according to organisational procedures
3.2 Present information concisely and accurately in a context or format appropriate to the purpose
3.3 Meet agreed deadlines in relation to the presentation of information


4. Develop own information literacy skills

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Evaluate own information literacy skills based on feedback from customers and colleagues
4.2 Seek opportunities to develop own information literacy skills based on evaluation

Learning Outcomes

This unit will develop information literacy skills through sourcing and evaluating information for specific needs and prepare and present the information

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.

You will:
• work in pairs and in small groups
• give a formal oral presentation
• take part in formal and informal discussions
his unit covers in part the reading and writing macro skills addressed in the whole certificate.

In a variety of writing activities, you will improve your sentence structure and learn how to use different writing styles. This will include formal letters, course applications, essays, and short reports. You will:
• do a research project
• write formal letters
• take notes from a range of complex texts
• develop a writing folio which includes extended written texts
• learn to locate and record references used
• reflect on issues and your own learning
• learn about research 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.


use the internet to locat information and complete online language learning activities

Teaching Schedule

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 VU21467 Read and write straightforward communications and transactional texts (LANG5814). The assessment tasks will also cover other units within the course

WEEKCULINL301A Develop and use information literacy skills





Diagnostic Reading and Writing Skills assessment
  • Orientation
  • Working through the MyRMIT login and navigating student information
  • Diagnostic Test on Student’s Computer Skills
 4 1, 2



  • basic features of web navigation and email:
  • features of email addresses
  • @ symbol, spacing, extensions, etc
  • use of upper and lower case
  • use of underscore, dot
  • difference between cc and bcc
  • correct way to write an email (informal/formal)
  • Online learning activities/locate info. McMillan readers? Open/check & send an email
 1 1, 2, 3


  • basic researching skills to:
  • identify appropriate information sources
  • sort and process information
  • searching techniques

    Assessment Task 1: Informal Email

 1 2,3,4



  • prepare information for
  • accessing online forms
  3 1, 2,



  • accessing online forms
 1 1, 2, 4



  • interpret and convey information clearly, concisely and coherently
 2, 3 1,2



Assessment Task 7: Form Filling/Email

  1, 3, 4 1, 2, 4



 Mid-Semester Interview




  •  taking notes
  • questioning and active listening skills to elicit information
 3 1,2



  Assessment Task 5:  Formal Cover Letter 3, 4  2, 4



  • self management to follow workplace procedures and meet deadlines
 4 1, 2, 3



  • using industry current systems to source information
 3 1, 2, 3



  • use business technology
  • investigating current technology
  1, 4



  •  relevant protocols or organisational policies and procedures in relation to the presentation of different types of information
 4 1, 3



 Preparation for assessment task - searching information services 4 2, 4



 Assessment Task 14: Searching and Using Information Services

 4 1



Review of Assessment tasks.  Students have the chance to resubmit and resit tasks (if needed) 1, 2, 3, 4 1, 2, 3, 4

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

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.

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.

Assessments will include:

direct observation of classroom based practical activities
on line language learning activities
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.

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

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.

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.

Assessment Tasks:

Summative assessments:

Assessment Task 1: Read and write Informal Email. Due Week 3

  • This task requires the student to write and send an informal email about themselves.

Assessment Task 5: Filling in Forms. Due Week 7

  • Students are to fill in an online form and email it.

Assessment Task 7: Read and write formal Cover Letter. Due Week 10

  • Students to write a formal letter to a prospective employer.

Assessment 10: Develop and use information literacy skills Due Week 14

  • Search, locate and review information on the internet

Assessment Task 14: Searching and using information Services Week 16

  • Students to research a website and information source and present their findings to the class as an oral presentation and a written document. 

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.

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

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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