Course Title: Source information on history and theory and apply to own area of work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART5795C

Course Title: Source information on history and theory and apply to own area of work

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4171 - Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Coordinator: Clare Renner
Telephone: 9925 4047

Nominal Hours: 30

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

At RMIT, the competency Source information on history and theory and apply to own area of work,  is contextualised by your chosen writing courses. The competency is delivered and assessed along with each of your Produce Writing specialisations<!--EndFragment-->

Course Description

This course explores different ways of sourcing information on the history and theory behind the practice of your writing specialisation. You can then apply this knowledge to your own writing,

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVCOR11A Source information on history and theory and apply to own area of work


1. Collect information on history and theory

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and access relevant sources of information on history and theory in a culturally appropriate way
1.2 Gather and organise information systematically


2. Apply information to own area of work                               

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Review information as it relates to artistic practice in general and to a particular area of work
2.2 Select information which is relevant to own area of work
2.3 Use relevant information in a culturally appropriate way to develop an understanding of own area of work

Learning Outcomes

  On successful completion of this course you will be able to source information on the history and theory behind the practice of your writing specialisation. You will be able to apply this knowledge to your own writing.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course you  learn through - 

In-class activities:
• classroom-based lectures
• class exercises
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• class readings
• workshopping of students’ own projects

Out-of-class activities:
• independent writing and reading
• online and other research
• independent study and project work

Teaching Schedule

Source information on history and theory and apply to own area of work is delivered and assessed within your Produce Writing specialisations. For example, you discuss the skills required to source information on the history and theory of novel writing, desk-top publishing, children’s writing etc. and apply this to own work.

See your Produce Writing specialisation course outlines for the teaching schedule for this competency.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this unit.


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

All resources are supplied by the teacher for this unit. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment includes the completion of a written exercise and demonstration of competency through your chosen writing specialisations.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1
This unit is assessed through a preliminary exercise specific to this competency. This exercise will be e-mailed to you by the unit coordinator with directions on how to submit the assessment. The assessment is due in Semester 1.

The unit is also assessed within your writing specialisation assessment by your writing teachers. Successful completion of the assessment will demonstrate competency in sourcing information on history and theory of an area of writing and applying that theory and information to own writing.   See Produce Writing course guide for assessment details.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete all assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

This competency will be assessed as:
C Competent
NYC Not yet competent

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
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. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees

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